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'Magical' plant offers hope for osteoporosis sufferers
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A plant that scientists in the 16th century believed had magical powers could prove to be an effective treatment for osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease

A plant that scientists in the 16th century believed had magical powers could prove to be an effective treatment for osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease.

The 'vegetable lamb' plant (Cibotium barmoetz) still plays an important role in Vietnamese folk medicine - and now researchers believe it could help osteoporosis sufferers develop strong bones.

In one study, the plant blocked bone-destroying cells from developing without harming other cells. But it is not the first time that 'vegetable lamb' plants have been credited with magical properties - in the 16th and 17th centuries scientists believed its fruit turned into baby sheep.

(Source: Journal of Natural Products, 2009; 72: 1673).


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