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What is Corosolic Acid?

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Corosolic acid is an compound that is extracted from the lagerstroemia speciosa tree in India. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels and also acts as an antioxidant in the body. It may be found in many weight-loss supplements, and it is also known as Lagerstroemia Speciosa or 2alpha-hydroxyursolic acid.

The antioxidant benefits of corosolic acid may include protection against the damage caused by free radicals. It may also improve the condition of cell membranes. It also supports healthy kidney function in the human body. It has been suggested that corosolic acid may aid in weight loss, but there has been no significant evidence to support this claim.

Corosolic acid has been used to treat the symptoms of diabetes. It improves blood circulation, and its effects may be very similar to insulin. It helps to lower the blood sugar levels and also promotes the uptake of insulin. Many studies have also been conducted to further support these benefits.

It is believed that this compound may help individuals to lose up to four pounds (about 1.8 kilograms) per month when used on a daily basis. This weight loss many largely be due to the fact that it helps to transport insulin. Further research may explore the potential fat loss effects of corosolic acid.

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An added benefit of corosolic acid is that it may still help to lower blood sugar levels after a treatment cycle has been stopped. Insulin needs to be injected, since an oral dosage would be to small and, therefore, have no effect on blood sugar levels. Sufficient corosolic acid can be taken orally and provide the same benefits as insulin.

Corsolic acid may be found in various foods and may also be supplemented with an additional supplement to ensure that an adequate amount of corosolic acid is consumed daily. Corosolic acid may be taken in the form of a tea, as part of a multivitamin or separately in tablet form. The recommended dosage for people with diabetes is between 30 and 40 milligrams (about 0.03 and 0.04 grams) per day.

Some side effects of corosolic acid my include skin rashes, headaches and fatigue. According to research, these side effects will most likely be experienced by individuals who exceed the optimal dosage. It is not recommended for consumption by children or during pregnancy.

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