In a multidisciplinary project of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM an investigation was made about this traditional Mexican plant and they concluded that it affects the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
Scientists from the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) discovered that the quelites, a traditional Mexican plant, are an excellent option to remedy some diseases including gastritis.
In a multidisciplinary project of the Faculty of Medicine of the UNAM, an investigation was made about this traditional plant and concluded that this plant affects the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and some of the diseases related to it, mainly gastritis.
In Mexico, there are around 500 species of quelites, distributed throughout the country. For this research, three species were analyzed: alache, from the State of Mexico; Chepil, from the region of Oaxaca; and chaya, from the Yucatan Peninsula and as a result of the study it was found that this plant, in addition to having a great nutritional contribution with vitamins, minerals and fiber, inhibits the bacteria that produces gastritis, even better than commercial antibiotics, said Irma Romero Álvarez, who heads the analysis.
“We wanted to determine if in addition to its nutritional value, quelites could have some property in the control of diseases, to give it an added value and favor its consumption,” said Romero.
The bacterium H. pylori is very common among the population so scientists try to find alternatives in medicinal plants, more effective, less toxic and easily accessible.
Romero Álvarez commented: “In our project, the next step is to do live test.”
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