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kudzu

(ko͝od`zo͞o), plant of the family Leguminosae (pulsepulse,
in botany, common name for members of the Fabaceae (Leguminosae), a large plant family, called also the pea, or legume, family. Numbering about 650 genera and 17,000 species, the family is third largest, after the asters and the orchids.
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 family), native to Japan. Kudzu (Pueraria thunbergiana) has a woody stem, broad leaves, and clusters of large purple flowers. It is used as a cover crop, for pasturage and hay, and for controlling soil erosion; in Asia, it is cultivated for its edible tubers and hemplike fiber. It was introduced in the United States c.1876 as a decorative vine. Later promoted for erosion control, its rank growth on roadsides, rail embankments, and forest edges in the South earned it a reputation (due in part to overestimates of its spread) as a noxious weed. Kudzu is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.
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kudzu

A vine that takes over everything. Millions of acres are covered with this stuff. Leaves clustered in threes. Reddish purple flowers, hairy seedpods. Amazing stuff. It helps regenerate liver tissue while protecting against toxins- look out milk thistle! Kudzu has 100 times more antioxidant than vitamin E. The powdered root is a thickening agent for food. It gives a glisteny shine to stir fried foods and clear sauces. A dairy alternative in cooking. Relaxes blood vessels. Root tea used to clear intestinal blockages, yet help diarrhea, dysentery, headaches. Induces sweating (detox) while lowering blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The whole plant is useable as a detox agent to clean the body of toxins, alcohol etc, while lowering desire for alcohol. The roots can be eaten and are a better source of estrogen than soy. Used in tumor prevention because it blocks the formation of tumor-feeding blood vessels. Said to be good for the spleen and stomach. Help ringing in ears (tinnitis)

kudzu

[′ku̇d‚zü]
(botany)
Any of various perennial vine legumes of the genus Pueraria in the order Rosales cultivated principally as a forage crop.
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To investigate whether long-term exposure to kudzu root extract alters plasma glucose and insulin tolerance, mice were maintained on a polyphenol-free AIN 93M diet with or without the addition of 0.
However, in ob/ob mice, but not in lean mice, dietary kudzu root extract caused a significantly greater decrease in plasma glucose concentration (Fig.
In contrast to the results of acute administration of puerarin, in which puerarin is the dominate isoflavone, in mice treated chronically with kudzu root extract, equol was the most abundant plasma metabolite 29,300 [+ or -] 3457 nM, followed by daidzein (883 [+ or -] 185 nM) and dihydrodaidzein (751 [+ or -] 269 nM; Table 2).
The lack of these latter effects of kudzu supplementation in the ob/ob is not entirely unexpected, since the driving force in physiology of the ob/ob mouse is the lack a functional leptin system, a system that the kudzu root extract or puerarin appear to have little influence over.
Kudzu root extract contains both puerarin and daidzin.
It is noteworthy that in the lean mice the kudzu root extract significantly lowered baseline plasma glucose concentration, but it did not significantly affect the glucose tolerance curve (Fig.
The finding that kudzu root extract can favorably decrease plasma ceramide concentration in ob/ob, despite its lack of effect on total cholesterol is potentially an important mechanism in its ability to improve glucose/insulin regulation.
Ceramide can directly inhibit the insulin receptor subunit 1 (IRS1; 28), and thus, the ability of dietary kudzu root extract to improve glucose and insulin responses may directly relate to its actions on ceramide.
Kudzu root "may provide a dietary supplement that significantly decreases the risk and severity of stroke and cardiovascular disease in at-risk individuals," the article notes.
You can purchase the valuable kudzu root in a digestible form at local health food stores, macrobiotic food companies, and Asian markets.