Medical science is constantly looking for medicines for a variety of diseases and disorders, including type 2 diabetes. The Philippines boasts a young high school student who discovered a potential cure for this ever-expanding civilization disease and won international science award.

The type 2 diabetes comes first through an unsuitable lifestyle. Thousands of people die each year due this metabolic disease. According to the ABS-CBN report, scientists expect that by 2030, the number of patients with diabetes will rise to 7.8 million in the Philippines alone.

High School Winner

Philippine high school student, Maria Isabel Layson, discovered the curative properties of Aratiles fruit and deserved a place of honor among the winners of the 2019 National Science and Technology Fair held in February last year. She is the first of her group to receive the Young Scientist Award Gokongwei Brothers Foundation.

Maria will represent her country at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, where she was invited along with 11 other candidates.

The student discovered the effects of the miraculous fruit Aratiles, which grows across the Philippines. The study was called “Bioactive Ingredient, Antioxidant Activity and Antidiabetic Properties of Muntingia calabura Linn. In vitro studies”. Maria has discovered potential permanent effects on the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Miraculous Fruit

All parts of the Aratiles tree contain antioxidants that can fight diabetes and are edible. In addition to fruits, leaves, flowers and branches can be used. Moreover, it is a very cheap medicine.

The plant, known in many countries under variety names, such as Panama berry, yamanaza herb, Jamaican Cherry, Singapore cherry, has been researched for over 20 years. But the great potential is known after Maria’s study. In the Philippines, the Aratiles tree is known as kerson, datily, or manzanita.

Maria said she would continue her research. Her ambition is to develop specific compounds to treat the widespread civilization disease and plans to focus on other diseases as well.

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