Cissus quadrangularis

Cissus quadrangularis

Cissus quadrangularis is a perennial plant of the grape family (Vitaceae) commonly found in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia, including India and Sri Lanka. It is also known by various common names such as veldt grape, devil’s backbone, adamant creeper, and hadjod. The plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in Ayurvedic and Siddha practices.

An extract of Cissus quadrangularis is often taken as a supplement, as it has many health benefits.

Cissus quadrangularis Health Benefits

Below are some of the health benefits of taking Cissus quadrangularis extract:

Cissus can help to heal broken bones

Cissus quadrangularis is known for its ability to speed up the healing of broken bones. A study was carried out on two groups of dogs that proved the healing effects of Cissus quadrangularis. One of the groups was given Cissus quadrangularis extract while the other group was given a placebo.

The results of the study were that the dogs that were given the Cissus quadrangularis extract were completely healed after 21 days. The dogs that were given a placebo were still unhealed after 21 days.

A similar finding was shown in rats. Rats who were given Cissus quadrangularis healed 50 percent faster. Researchers believe that Cissus quadrangularis helps increase the uptake of calcium. Calcium is one of the key nutrients that increases bone strength.

There has also been evidence to suggest that taking Cissus quadrangularis everyday can reduce a person’s risk of fracturing a bone by up to 40 percent.

Cissus for weight loss

When Cissus quadrangularis is combined with a healthy diet and exercise plan, it can help promote weight loss. A study was done where one group was given daily Cissus quadrangularis extract whilst another group was given a placebo.

The results were that the group given the Cissus quadrangularis lost 187 % more weight. Researchers believe that this supplement helps suppress appetite and burn fat. Researchers also believe that the supplement can help increase lean muscle mass.

There was another study done that involved three groups of participants. The first group was given a placebo, the second group only took a cissus quadrangularis supplement and the third group followed a diet and took a daily cissus quadrangularis supplement.

The study lasted for eight weeks. The results were that both groups who took the cissus quadrangularis supplement were able to lose significant amounts of weight. They were also able to reduce their blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol.

A further study seems to suggest that for weight loss Cissus quadrangularis works best when combined with Irvingia gabonensis.

Cissus to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

The number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has increased drastically in the past few years. Because cissus quadrangularis can help lower blood sugar, it can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, cissus quadrangularis helps reduce the risk of this condition by helping promote weight loss. Type 2 diabetes is strongly correlated with obesity.

Cissus may reduce the risk of heart disease

There has not been enough research done to determine the effects that cissus quadrangularis has on heart disease. However, some health experts do believe that this supplement can potentially reduce the risk of this condition. Cissus quadrangularis helps treat and prevent obesity. Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease.

Cissus helps relieve pain and inflammation

Cissus quadrangularis is very high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant nutrient that has been shown to reduce inflammation. Inflammation can cause pain, swelling and numerous other health problems. Many health experts compare the pain-relieving effects of Cissus quadrangularis to Aspirin or Ibuprofen.

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Cissus quadrangularis Herb Notes / Side Effects

Most of the people who used Cissus quadrangularis in clinical studies did not report any adverse side effects. The few people who did have side effects reported mild reactions such as headache, flatulence and nausea.

However, as with most herbs and supplements, Cissus quadrangularis may not be right for people who take certain medications. It is advised to check with your doctor if you are taking medication.

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