Friday, August 10, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Henna is traditionally used as a brown or dark-red hair dye or as a tattoo ink. However, the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis) from which the dye is derived can also be good for the health. In fact, it can prevent liver damage, according to a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In the study, a team of researchers from Guru Nanak Dev University in India looked at the antioxidant activity and other protective properties of henna leaf extracts against liver damage.
The research team evaluated the antioxidant activity of the leaf extracts of the henna plant. The team also examined the plant’s ability to protect the liver from damage by administering henna leaf extracts to mice with chemically-induced liver damage over a period of 15 days. The henna leaf extracts were given at three doses: 100 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) body weight; 200 mg/kg body weight; and 400 mg/kg body weight.
The henna leaf extracts exhibited powerful antioxidant activities, suppressed lipid peroxidation, and reduced ferric ion activity. In addition, all three doses of the henna leaf extract led to a decrease in liver damage and liver disease parameters, such as serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP).
The henna plant extract also reversed liver damage in mice by restoring the normal structure of the liver. The research team suggested that the protective effects of the henna plant can be attributed to its different polyphenolic phytochemicals.
Based on the findings of the study, the research group concluded that the henna plant protects the liver from damage by suppressing free radicals and minimizing oxidative stress.
The henna plant, especially its oil, bark, and seeds, is traditionally used for its medicinal benefits. The plant also has anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, antibacterial, astringent, and antiviral properties. Listed below are some of the benefits of the henna plant:
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