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Scientific Name: Rubus ideaus

Constituents:

  • Leaves: Tannins, volatile oil, flavonoid glycosides, Minerals (Ca, Mg, Fe, Se) Niacin
  • Fruit: Ketones (4-hydroxyphenyl). Vitamins (A & C) & Minerals (K, Ca, Mg)

Medicinal actions:

  • Astringent
  • Uterine Tonic
  • Partufacient
  • Thermogenic agent

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • High Calcium and Magnesium concentrations may help with tonification of smooth muscle, possibly due to actions on polypeptides incorporated into prostaglandin synthesis.
  • Tannins have shown anti-inflammatory and anti-Helicobacter pylori properties and inhibition of TNF-α induced NF-kB driven transcription in gastric cells in vitro.
  • Ketone (4-hydroxyphenyl) structure is similar to the structures of capsaicin and synephrine, compounds known to exert anti-obese actions and alter the lipid metabolism. Has been shown to significantly increase norepinephrine- induced lipolysis associated with the translocation of hormone-sensitive lipase from the cytosol to lipid droplets in rat epididymal fat cells.

Pharmacy:

  • Infusion
  • Tincture
  • Capsules
  • Topical as douche or wash

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • Avoid in first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Use caution in highly inflamed, ulcerated or damaged gastrointestinal tissue.

Interactions:

  • May theoretically inhibit the absorption of drugs and nutrients when used simultaneously due to high tannin content. May reduce absorption of zinc & non-heme iron from supplements and food.

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