Garlic Pill Treats Type I and Type II Diabetes
A chemical found in garlic has been found to effectively treat type I and type II diabetes by reducing blood glucose levels, a new study in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Metallomics reveals. The drug has previously shown results when injected, but this is the first time it has been modified into pill form so it can be taken orally.
The drug is based on vanadium and allixin, a compound found in garlic, and its action described in an Advance Article from Metallomics available free online from today. The first issue of the new journal will be published in 2009.
In previous work they had discovered the vanadium-allixin compound treated both diabetes types when injected, but this new study shows the drug has promise as an oral treatment for the disease.
Type I diabetes (insulin dependent) is currently treated with daily injections of insulin, while type II (non-insulin dependent) is treated with drugs bearing undesirable side-effects – the authors note neither treatment is ideal.
The researchers aim to test the drug in humans in future work.