Native Serviceberry holds promise for treating diabetes

Blackfeet Community College, in partnership with Alabama State and Virginia State universities, holds a patent for a drug that’s being developed from the beautiful ornamental shrub which you may know under a variety of names: Juneberry, Saskatoon Berry, Serviceberry or Amelanchier. The fruit of Amelanchier alnifolia had been used medicinally by Native Americans but has only now been studied under laboratory conditions. (Photos courtesy of dbarronoss/Flickr and Carolannie/Flickr respectively.) Read more here.

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