A new natural health beverage that is not processed with chemicals is emerging in Hawaii, and it’s gaining popularity as a new alternative to prescription medications.
Hawaiian herbs are being marketed as herbal teas for use in traditional medicine and as an herbal tonic for treating pain and anxiety.
But a study published last week in the journal Medicinal Chemistry by scientists from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the University at Buffalo found that these herbal teases contain a naturally occurring molecule, a chemical called phenylalanine, that is also found in a wide range of foods.
The study found that phenylacetylalanin, which is also present in natural foods and drinks, can bind with and help remove the toxic heavy metals in tap water.
While natural ingredients such as fresh herbs and berries, vegetables and fish are abundant in the Hawaiian Islands, the use of these products is limited.
“I think it’s really important that we look at what’s really good for us as a community,” said Dr. Daniel S. Smith, who led the research team.
“I think a lot of people think it is like a natural supplement or it’s not a good idea to use a product that contains heavy metals.
But this is really an example of how this is a way of actually improving our health, which can’t be done by just giving you a lot more of a drug.”
While natural herbs are safe to consume and can be consumed without harmful side effects, the medicinal use of herbs is not the only way to get a taste of what natural herbs can offer.
Dr. John F. Friesen, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University, and his colleagues have been studying the chemistry of herbs and their ability to deliver certain compounds.
The compounds that are naturally present in a variety of plants, for example, are thought to have a variety.
For example, the alkaloids found in the flowering tops of various plants are also present naturally.
“We’re finding out how they are different from each other, and how they interact with each other to create different types of compounds,” said Friese, who is also a research associate at the Center for Functional Foods and Health at the UH School of Pharmacy.
He added that the compounds found in herbs and natural foods can be synthesized and then metabolized in the body, making them more efficient at delivering the compounds that the body needs.
“This is the mechanism that helps make herbs that are effective against a variety [of] conditions,” Fries said.
While this study focused on phenylalanine, other compounds like acetylcholine, acetyl-L-carnitine, and acetylcysteine also play a role in natural herbal teasers.
In this study, Friesens group discovered that phenylethylamine, which has the same chemical structure as phenylphenidate, was also present.
While the chemical structure of phenylethylphenidyl (PGP) and the phenylethanolamine (PGS) molecules are similar, the PGP molecule is found in tea and is metabolized differently by the body.
“The PGP and PGS are produced by the same enzyme and have different chemical structures, but the PGS is also very metabolically active,” Fuesen said.
“It’s also a precursor of PGP in the liver and a precursor for PGP to be metabolized.”
While it is not known exactly what happens during metabolism of the PGs and PGP molecules, Fuesens said that in the presence of anabolic steroids, the enzymes of the body begin to convert the PG molecules into PGP.
“It’s very exciting,” Friedens said.
“When you’re metabolizing the PPG and PGE molecules, it is a very important step,” Frysens said, explaining that in order for the liver to metabolize the PGE and PPG, the body must also convert the acetylated form of the two molecules into the PPE.
“So this is not just a chemical thing, it’s an energy-based process, and that means that these are really important enzymes for metabolism, and they’re really important for controlling how much you eat and how much energy you get,” he said.
But while the study was looking at the metabolism of phenylaspartate, another compound, Frysens said the study is also looking at other compounds that may be involved in the production of these PGP-like compounds.
“There’s also an activity of this enzyme called glutathione reductase, and this is actually a product of glutathionate,” Frysen said, referring to a chemical that is found naturally in plants.
“Glutathionine is a major metabolite of PGE, and the glutathiofolate reductases are involved in this activity.”
While some of the compounds in this study were present in the environment, the study