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There are more than 70 species of aralia — m are native to the woodlands of the Americas and Asia — and many forms, including evergreen trees, deciduous shrubs, and beautiful flowering plants. Aralia is also a popular Chinese herb with many medicinal applications recognized for centuries.

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May Prevent Physical Fatigue

Aralia may be effective at preventing physical fatigue by protecting against the oxidative stress that comes from strenuous exercise. One study showed that pre-treatment with aralia showed an anti-fatigue effect on rats, mediating metabolic acidosis and lactate levels and suppressing muscle injury.

Rats that were pretreated with Aralia continentalis lasted longer before exhaustion than those that were not.

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Diabetes Mellitus

Studies show that a variety of aralia called Aralia taibaiensis could be a treatment for type 2 diabetes. In the study, diabetic rats that received aralia by mouth had lower fasting blood glucose and an increase in serum insulin than the control group, but the herb did not affect rats that were not diabetic.

Interestingly, this study also showed that aralia improved other symptoms of diabetes, including thirst, frequent urination, hunger, and weight loss.

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Potential Breast Cancer Treatment

A type of aralia called Aralia elata Seem has been studied as a potential treatment for breast cancer. This study used extracts from the leaves, which significantly reduced tumor growth in a nude rat model. Rats and beagles were also given different doses of this aralia extract, which caused no treatment-related changes in behavior, coordination, heart rate, or physical activity. While these results show that aralia may be an effective treatment for breast cancer in the future, more studies are needed.

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Possible Prevention of Cataracts

Water extract of Aralia elata may be beneficial at preventing cataracts. Results show it has some success at preventing cataracts from developing on rat lenses in a lab, most likely due to its antioxidant properties.

Experiments on diabetic rats were also successful, lowering cataract formation by 15 and 12 percent, depending on the dose.

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Aging Antioxidant

One study on rats showed that Aralia taibaiensis has high antioxidant activity, likely due to its ability to scavenge free radicals, preventing oxidative damage to the body.

In the study, aralia improved memory and learning in aging rats and increased antioxidant enzymes in the brain, heart, kidney, lung, serum, and spleen, showing its potential as a treatment for age-related diseases.

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May Prevent Cognitive Deficits Related to Aging

Aralia taibaiensis also prevented cognitive deficits in one study on rats. Neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging often lead to learning and memory deficits, and researchers believe that oxidative stress in the brain is a contributing factor.

In this study, aralia taibaiensis extracts protected against oxidative stress and cellular dysfunction in the brains of aging rats, improving learning and memory.

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