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What Is Salt Bush Used for Today?

Salt bush may prove useful in the treatment of type 2 (non-insulin-dependent or adult onset) diabetes . This idea came to the attention of medical researchers in 1964, when they discovered that a rodent called the sand rat ( Psammomys obesus) is highly susceptible to developing diabetes. 1 Yet wild sand rats, which regularly consume salt bush, never show any signs of diabetes—they tend to develop it in response to being fed regular laboratory food! As a result, scientists have explored the possibility that salt bush has an antidiabetic effect.

The results of animal studies and preliminary human trials suggest that salt bush does indeed have antidiabetic effects. 2 3 4 5 However, while these studies are certainly intriguing, only double-blind, placebo-controlled studies can prove a treatment effective, and none have yet been reported. (For information on why this type of study is essential, see Why Does This Database Rely on Double-Blind Studies? ) For this reason, the use of salt bush for diabetes remains highly speculative.

Some animal researchers speculate that the effect of salt bush (if, indeed, it has one) may be partly due to the chromium it contains. 6 Considerable evidence indicates that chromium supplementation can improve blood sugar control, especially in type 2 diabetes. However, there could be other active ingredients in salt bush as well.

References

  1. Adler JH, Lazarovici G, Marton M, et al. The diabetic response of weanling sand rats ( Psammomys obesus ) to diets containing different concentrations of salt bush ( Atriplex halimus ). Diabetes Res. 1986;3:169–171.
  2. Adler JH, Lazarovici G, Marton M, et al. The diabetic response of weanling sand rats ( Psammomys obesus ) to diets containing different concentrations of salt bush ( Atriplex halimus ). Diabetes Res. 1986;3:169–171.
  3. Aharonson Z, Shani J, Sulman FG. Hypoglycaemic effect of the salt bush ( Atriplex halimus )—a feeding source of the sand rat ( Psammomys obesus ). Diabetologia. 1969;5:379–383.
  4. Shani J, Ahronson Z, Sulman FG, et al. Insulin-potentiating effect of salt bush ( Atriplex halimus ) ashes. Isr J Med Sci. 1972;8:757–758.
  5. Stern E. Successful use of Atriplex halimus in the treatment of type 2 diabetic patients: a preliminary study. Zamenhoff Medical Center, Tel Aviv, 1989.
  6. Shani J, Ahronson Z, Sulman FG, et al. Insulin-potentiating effect of salt bush ( Atriplex halimus ) ashes. Isr J Med Sci. 1972;8:757–758.
 
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