The plants are being used to produce large quantitates of a human protein called Interleukin 37, or IL-37. The protein is naturally produced in the human kidney in very small quantities and has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-suppressing properties, providing potential for treating a number of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders like type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and arthritis.
Statins are a class of drugs prescribed to over three million Canadians each year to help lower cholesterol. While effective in reducing the risk of heart disease, statins can often cause a number of side effects such as muscle ache, pain and weakness.
Current Canadian guidelines do not indicate if statins should be taken with or without food, and most people take the medication on an empty stomach. With some drugs, eating food when taking a dose of the medication can reduce negative side effects.