Lupine species, in particular Lupinus albus, produce edible seeds which, in addition to their nutritional value, are also hypoglycemic. This member of the pea family has an advantage over other food and medicinal crops in that it restores soil as it fixes nitrogen, and is tolerant of drought conditions. We previously determined that the L. caudatus has similar properties to L. albus, which suggests that more lupine species plants might also have hypoglycemic properties.
Being from a Third World country does not preclude someone from having diseases associated with the more developed world, such as type 2 diabetes. What distinguishes these groups from developed societies is their ability (or lack thereof) to treat the disease. Because natural products can often be grown and prepared in somewhat agrarian areas, the ability to produce plant materials that can be used crudely for control of disease is attractive. Disease treatment is therefore accessible to the poorer regions of the world, and, in the case of the lupine, the plant also provides a source of nourishment that might not otherwise be available. Type 2 diabetes lends itself to this practice, as one of the several plant materials which have been shown to control diabetes is the lupine.
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