We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Goat's Rue?

By Emma G.
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Goat's rue, or French lilac, is a plant that is used in various herbal medicines. It was first used to increase lactation in humans and animals. In recent years, scientific research has found that goat's rue may be effective in treating diabetes. It may also work as a natural weight-loss aid.

The plant is native to Europe and western Asia. It grows up to 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and prefers low-lying, moist soil. Sheep, goats, and cattle have died from eating the stems and leaves of the plant. Although most of the plant is poisonous, the flowers and seeds are safe for consumption and have been used in various medicines for hundreds of years.

These flowers appear similar to flowers in the pea family. They vary from white to lilac in color. The plant blooms from June to August.

Galega officialis is the scientific name for goat's rue. In Greek, galega means to bring on milk. The herb is named for its enhancement of milk production in humans and animals. It has been used for this purpose for hundreds of years.

Researchers in Europe and the United States have found evidence that goat's rue may help treat diabetes. Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not make enough insulin or because the body does not respond properly to the insulin that is produced. This leads to excess sugar in the bloodstream. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to poor blood circulation, nerve damage, or kidney failure. Extreme cases can cause death.

Type II diabetes is usually treated with drugs. Goat's rue may be able to serve the same purpose with fewer side effects to the patient. The plant contains a chemical called galegin that is similar to a chemical called guanidine, used in many diabetes drugs. Drugs with guanidine can cause vomiting and diarrhea, stomach pain, and loss of appetite. In most cases, goat's rue does not induce these side effects.

Not only does goat's rue cause fewer side effects than standard diabetes medicines, but it may also help prevent some common diabetes complications. Studies have shown that the herb reduces the risk of cataracts and other eye problems. It also helps prevent kidney damage, which is a common and life-threatening side effect of severe diabetes.

Studies by researchers in England have shown that goat's rue may be an effective weight-loss aid. Mice in one study lost a significant amount of body fat. Once returned to a normal diet without the herb, the mice did not gain back the weight they had lost.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.