White Lily Helps Fight Inflammation and Diabetes

Age-related chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and neurodegenerative diseases is rapidly increasing.

Besides the conservative treatments that usually include lifestyle and diet changes, other medicinal therapies often have adverse side effects.

Therefore, developing new effective drugs from natural sources, like plants, is often recommended because many types of plants contain a ton of beneficial compounds.

White lily, for example, has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, but its claimed uses have never been scientifically investigated.

A new study published in the special edition of the journal Plants, called Composition and Biological Activities of Plant Secondary Metabolites, has examined the medicinal properties of white lily, with a focus on diabetes and inflammation.

What’s Important

Research over the years has suggested that the main culprit in developing age-related chronic diseases is inflammation in the body.

On top of this, genotoxic stress leads to chronic inflammation, which inevitably leads to vulnerability towards chronic diseases.

This means that finding therapeutic methods that target inflammation is very important.

Many medicinal plants exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can fight oxidative and DNA damage and inflammatory burden.

White lily (Lilium candidum) has been used in folk medicine for wound healing, skin inflammation, burns, and muscle pain.

There’s a small number of previous research on the medicinal properties of white lily, but they’ve all been successful in finding that white lily has some anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects on skin conditions. [1] [2]

What Did They Find?

In the particular study we’re overviewing today, the goal was to identify all of the bioactive compounds present in the white lily plant and to assess its medicinal potential, as well as examine its anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects.

They found the following:

  • White lily possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties thanks to 4 different phytochemicals;
  • Some of these phytochemicals inhibit the action of pro-inflammatory molecules that delay wound healing;
  • The same pro-inflammatory molecules are also associated with different age-related chronic diseases, like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
  • In Conclusion

    According to the results of this study, white lily seems to be a good candidate for regular medicinal use.

    In the words of the researchers: “With its rich collection of phytochemicals, L. candidum has promising therapeutic potential.

    Our results demonstrate a bright future for this plant and its compounds as prophylactic and therapeutic agents.

    However, additional clinical studies are warranted in order to establish the effectiveness of compounds from L. candidum in the treatment of chronic diseases.”


    Resource: Zaccai, M.; Yarmolinsky, L.; Khalfin, B.; Budovsky, A.; Gorelick, J.; Dahan, A.; Ben-Shabat, S. Medicinal Properties of Lilium candidum L. and Its Phytochemicals. Plants 2020, 9, 959. doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9080959 

    References:
    1.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S037887419700055X
    2.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S037887419900207X
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