“Devils Backbone, Veldit Grape, or Cissus Quadrangularis as it’s called is a wonderful herb which helps with healing broken bones, lowering blood glucose and cholesterol, helps with pain and inflammation, and can also help with weight loss and obesity.”
Where it Grows – This plant which has white flowers and grows to be 4 feet tall grows in the Southern United States, Arabia, Asia, India, Africa, South America and other places in the world as a house plant. And it’s been used successfully for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic Medicine.
Pain and Inflammation – Because Devils Backbone is full of lots of great vitamin C which is a great antioxidant, it’s able to reduce inflammation and also help with pain. Many feel that Devils Backbone is just as effective as many of the over-the-counter pain relievers.
Healing Broken Bones – Many studies have been done showing that Devil’s Backbone increases the absorption of calcium. Studies with dogs with broken bones showed that broken bones healed within 21 days, where as those that were only given a placebo took much longer to heal. And studies with rats show that bones healed 50% faster with Devils Backbone. And studies with people show that Devil’s Backbone may increase healing by 40%. In the Journal Phramatech it was shown that normal bone healing took 6 weeks… but with Devil’s Backbone it took 4 weeks.
Weight Loss and Obesity – Studies with Devils Backbone over eight weeks showed increased weight loss compared to the normal group. In fact they lost 187% more weight than the placebo group. Devil’s Backbone works by blocking cortisol from interfering with fat loss… and when we are stressed we produce lots of cortisol which is a stress hormone.
Type 2 Diabetes – Devil’s Backbone lowers blood glucose, and it also helps to lower the chances of coming down with obesity which leads to type 2 diabetes.
Lowers Cholesterol – Studies show that Devil’s Backbone also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides both of which are important for those who are trying to lose weight.
Scurvy – Scurvy is not that common now, but because Devil’s Backbone contains lots of Vitamin C it can prevent scurvy.
Lower Blood Pressure – Studies show that Devil’s Backbone can lower blood pressure.
Body Builders – Because Devils Backbone helps with fat loss, it’s also been used by body builders to increase fat loss and increase lean muscle mass. Some feel it’s a good stress compound that also helps as a good anabolic agent to build lean muscle mass. It works by stopping cortisol from interfering with fat loss. Some also use Devil’s Backbone in conjunction with green tea and chromium for body building.
Osteoporosis – Studies show that because Devils Backbone increases calcium absorption it helps with osteoporosis.
Heart Disease – Because Devil’s Backbone lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, and helps with weight loss and obesity, it also helps to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Gastric Ulcers – Devil’s Backbone is a good antibacterial agent which may be helpful in reducing the bacteria which causes gastric ulcers.
Side Effects – At this time there are no real side effects to the Devils Backbone. Unless one takes very large amounts which causes nausea, headaches, and gas.
Dose – Most recommend taking 500 mgs twice a day before meals for weight loss and building lean muscle mass… and it comes in capsules and powdered form.
Finding – If you google “Buy Devil’s Backbone Herb” you will find lots of places that sell this wonderful herb including Amazon. And you can also ask for it at your local health food store.
Feel Free to Share – This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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