Renaissance Herbs Introduces High Potency Extract of Salacia (Salacia reticulata)

Renaissance Herbs is pleased to announce their high-potency extract of Salacia (Salacia reticulata), standardized to 20% saponins.

Yet another Ayurvedic herb holds great promise for management of weight and blood sugar issues.

Salacia is a large, woody climber found in the rain forests of Sri Lanka and parts of western India. Its principal use in traditional, Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diabetes is near legendary. It was believed to be so potent that patients were told to simply drink water left to sit overnight in a cup made from the wood of the plant. Yet, until only recently the antidiabetic effect of Salacia remained a mystery.

A pilot clinical study in human volunteers found that when a water extract of Salacia stems was drunk 5 minutes before a beverage containing 50 grams of sucrose, the increase in serum glucose from the sugar was significantly suppressed (Shimoda et al., 1998). This finding led to a placebo-controlled cross-over study of Salacia in patients with type 2 diabetes not taking medication. After 6 weeks on a diet containing a water extract of Salacia or placebo, the results showed that the Salacia group had significantly lower fasting plasma glucose levels, significantly lower body weight, and a significant decrease in their total glycohemoglobulin levels (Kajimoto et al., 2000). A similar study (6-month, randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over design) in type 2 diabetics taking oral hypoglycemics (Metformin and Sulphonylurea) along with either placebo or a tea containing Salacia found a significant decrease in the level of glycohemoglobulin and in the required dose of sulphonylurea in the Salacia group, but not in the placebo group (Fernando et al., 2003).

Renaissance Herbs Salacia is a pure, powder extract made from the roots using only ethanol alcohol.

Renaissance Herbs, Inc. ( is an American company dedicated to the research and development of the finest and most innovative botanical health care products available today. Our 50,000 square foot factory and R & D Center in Bangalore, India provides manufacturers with potent, standardized botanical extracts backed by Good Manufacturing Practices. The company was founded in 1990 by Alex Moffett and maintains offices in Los Angeles, California, Bangkok, Thailand and Bangalore, India.

Shimoda H, Kawamori, S, Kawahara Y. [Effects of an aqueous extract of Salacia reticulata, a useful plant in Sri Lanka, on postprandial hyperglycemia in rats and humans]. Nippon Eiyo Shokuryo Gakkaishi [J Japan Soc Nutr Food Sci]. 1998;51(5):279-287 (in Japanese with English abstr and tables).
Kajimoto O, Kawamori S, Shimoda H, Kawahara Y, Hirata H, Takahashi T. [Effects of a diet containing Salacia reticulata on mild type 2 diabetes A placebo-controlled, cross-over trial]. Nippon Eiyo Shokuryo Gakkaishi [Journal of the Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science]. 2000;53(5):199-205 (in Japanese with English abstr).
Fernando DJS, et al. A double blind randomised placebo controlled cross over study of a herbal preparation containing Salacia reticulata in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Metabol. 2003;29(Hors serie
2):4S270 (abstr).

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