The Many Potential Benefits of Wax Mallow

Wax mallow or Malvaviscus arboreus is used in Mexico and Central America as a food, dye and in folk medicine as a medicinal plant.

Preliminary studies suggest that mallow has: multiple potential health benefits† However, more in-depth human research is needed to confirm these findings and evaluate potential interactions between this herb and other supplements and prescription medications.

Protect the liver

Animal studies show that max mallow can protect liver tissue from toxins. After using wax mallow, scientists found improved levels of liver enzymes alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), which support the protective role of this herb.

In addition, wasmallow showed effects similar to milk thistle, which is known for its ability to support liver health and gut function.

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Help High Blood Pressure

another study executed in animal models shows that wax mellow has the potential to control high blood pressure. The plant has several active ingredients that help relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the heart, similar to the effect of ACE inhibitor medication

ACE inhibitors are currently used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease. Scientists are optimistic that wax mold could be a step towards the discovery of new blood pressure drugs to better manage high blood pressure.

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Gastroprotective Effects

According to a preliminary study, an extract made with fresh waxy flowers helps protect the stomach from damage and manage ulcers. The plant showed great potential even compared to famotidinea proven remedy for stomach ulcers.

Two flavonoids in wax mold appear to be responsible for its gastric protective activity.

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Rich in antioxidants

Laboratory tests show that wax is soft a great source of antioxidantswhich can fight free radicals that damage cells.

Excess free radicals occur naturally with the aging process and when a person is exposed to pollutants and stress. These radicals cause so-called oxidative stress and have been linked to almost all chronic conditions, from diabetes to arthritis, heart disease, cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Anti-Diabetes Effects

A review of multiple herbs showed that wax mallow extract can help to manage or fight diabetes

In one study, mallow had the ability to inhibit two compounds that slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the small intestine and lower post-meal blood sugar in people with diabetes.

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Antimicrobial Effects

Because mallow is a great source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory plant compounds, scientists have been evaluating its potential role in fighting infectious microbes. According to one study, an excerpt by this herb can help foodborne illnessbecause it has the ability to fight bacteria such as: Ecoli 25922 and lmonocytogenes

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Anti-Epileptic Effects

Wash mallow seems to have anti-epilepsy Effects, at least in animal studiesthanks to plant substances such as saponins, phenols and tannins.

Extracts were found to be nontoxic when scientists performed the acute toxicity test, and so wax malt could be a safe and effective compound to control epilepsy, alone or in combination with prescription drugs that doctors currently prescribe.

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Use in folk medicine

Wax mallow is used in Mexico and Central America as a food and as a herbal remedy. The leaves and flowers are added to salads or used in teas and dyes. Herbalists from Panama, Guatemala, and Mexico recommend this plant to help manage fever, respiratory symptoms, various disorders of the liver and gallbladder, dysentery, cough, digestive problems including gastritis, and abdominal pain from other causes.

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Who should avoid it?

Wax mallow is generally considered safe to use. Like any other plant substance, it can cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to any of its components.

As a medicinal plant, mellow was often given as an extract. Based on the available research, which is limited to test tubes and laboratory animals, wax malt extracts are also safe and non-toxic. However, more tests are needed.

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Wax mallow shows the potential to fight conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, seizures and stomach ulcers – diseases that affect millions of people around the world. However, well-designed human studies are needed to confirm these benefits before experts can endorse its broad recommendation and use.

Meanwhile, the most medically recommended way to benefit from wax mallow is to include it as a food in salads to add more healthy antioxidants to your diet.

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