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Canary Seed and Obesity and Diabetes | research

Canary Seed and Obesity and Diabetes | research

Ameliorative Effect of Hexane Extract of Phalaris canariensis on High Fat Diet-Induced Obese and Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Mice


The aim of the present study was to establish antiobesity and antidiabetic activities of the seeds of Phalaris canariensis.

The present study, which represents the first report on the antiobesity and lipid-lowering effects of seeds of P. canariensis in obese animals, has shown that there was a significant difference in the body weights between the high-fat and normal diet groups; no significant difference in the daily food intake between groups was observed. The high-fat diet groups continuously consumed similar quantities of food, regardless of the higher calories content in the diet. As a result, the caloric intake was raised in the high-fat diet group compared to the normal group counterpart. The supplementation of obese rats with AL-H at 400 mg/kg conversely causes a remarkable reduction of body weights compared to the untreated obese group. The findings demonstrated that AL-H is capable of preventing body weight gain and showed a significant reduction in their body weight after 4 weeks of treatment. 

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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Volume 2014, Article ID 145901, 13 pages

Received 11 May 2013; Revised 21 November 2013; Accepted 27 November 2013; Published 9 January 2014

Academic Editor: Musa T. Yakubu

Copyright © 2014 Rosa Martha Perez Gutierrez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.



Canary Seed Milk Recipe


  • 1 Cup Glabrous Canary Seed
  • Up to 2 Quarts of Water


  1. Soak 1 Cup of Seed in water for 24 hours
  2. Rinse and Drain
  3. In blender place seed and 2 quarts of ice water
  4. Blend 3 minutes on high speed
  5. Strain through a nut milk bag into another container
  6. Squeeze out all the liquid
  7. Add more ice water if needed to make 2 quarts of seed milk
  8. Drink 12 oz twice a day
  9. Keep refrigerated

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CBD and the Heart | research

Effects on Cardiovascular System

“Cannabidiol (CBD) has beneficial effects in disorders as wide-ranging as diabetes, Huntington’s disease, cancer, and colitis. Accumulating evidence now also suggests that CBD is beneficial in the cardiovascular system.”
Research Title: Is the cardiovascular system a therapeutic target for cannabidiol?
Authors: Christopher P Stanley, William H Hind, and Saoirse E O’Sullivan

Dr. David Allen talking about CBD

Retired Heart Surgeon, member International Cannabinoid Research Society 

CBD Effect on Reduced Blood Flow – myocardial ischaemia

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid, with anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and has recently been shown to exert a tissue sparing effect during chronic myocardial ischaemia and reperfusion (I/R). However, it is not known whether CBD is cardioprotective in the acute phase of I/R injury and the present studies tested this hypothesis.”

“CBD reduced both the total number of ischaemia-induced arrhythmias and infarct size when administered prior to ischaemia, an effect that was dose-dependent.” excerpts
Research Title: Acute administration of cannabidiol in vivo suppresses ischaemia-induced cardiac arrhythmias and reduces infarct size when given at reperfusion
Authors: Sarah K Walsh, Claire Y Hepburn, Kathleen A Kane, and Cherry L Wainwright

Blood Pressure Reducing Effects | research

Blood Pressure Reducing Effects | research

Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology

Blood pressure reducing effects of Phalaris canariensis in normotensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats


The birdseed Phalaris canariensis (Pc) is popularly used as an antihypertensive agent. AEPc reduced systolic blood pressure (SBP) in both adult groups; however, treatment interruption was followed by a gradual return of the SBP to baseline levels.

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Clévia Santos Passos, Lucimeire Nova Carvalho, Roberto Braz Pontes Jr., Ruy Ribeiro Campos, Olinda Ikuta, Mirian Aparecida Boim

Renal Division, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Rua Botucatu, 740, 04023-900, São Paulo, Brazil.Cardiovascular Division, Department of Physiology, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Corresponding author: Mirian A. Boim (e-mail: ).

Published on the web 6 February 2012.

Received May 20,2011. Accepted October 312011.

Antidiabetic and Antihypertensive Properties of Canary Seed | research

Antidiabetic and Antihypertensive Properties of Canary Seed | research

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Characterization of Antidiabetic and Antihypertensive Properties of Canary Seed (Phalaris canariensis L.) Peptides


Canary grass is used as traditional food for diabetes and hypertension treatment. The aim of this work is to characterize the biological activity of encrypted peptides released after gastrointestinal digestion of canary seed proteins. Canary peptides showed 43.5% inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV) and 73.5% inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity.

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J. Agric. Food Chem., 2014, 62 (2), pp 427–433

DOI: 10.1021/jf404539y

Publication Date (Web): December 26, 2013

Patricia A. Estrada-Salas, Gabriela M. Montero-Morán, Pedro P. Martínez-Cuevas, Carmen González, and Ana P. Barba de la Rosa

Canary Seed Nutrition & Sensory Profile | fact sheet

Canary Seed Nutrition & Sensory Profile | fact sheet

Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan


Canaryseed has been recently approved for human consumption in both Canada and the United States. It is a true cereal grain containing bran, germ and starchy endosperm and is a member of the same family as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. It is gluten-free, high in protein, high in fat, and a rich source of folate, phosphorous, magnesium, and manganese, compared to other cereal grains. Canaryseed has a history which began in the Mediterranean area in the mid-1500’s. Glabrous (hairless) canaryseed was developed in Canada via plant breeding techniques and is more suitable as a food crop. Canaryseed, with the hull removed, was approved for human food consumption in both Canada and the United States in late 2015. For approval purposes, it was compared to cereal grains including oats, wheat, barley, and rye.

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