Albizia julibrissin (Silktree or Persian silk tree), is a perennial tree shrub from the fabaceae family. It is only recently that scientist discovered that the extract of Albizia julibrissin flowers exerted anti-obesity properties by inhibiting adipogenesis , the process by which our organisms generate fat cells. Image left: Mimosa americana, Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) by pizzodisevo under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 2.0).
In the mentioned study, the extract of Albizia julibrissin inhibited adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes (cells that still didn't become fat cells of adipocytes). This opened a potential line of study for the use of this herb as anti-obesity agent.
Other characteristics of Silk tree included anti-angiogenetic (the process involved in the generation of certain types of cancer), and cytotoxic properties .
Common name: Pink siris, Persian silk tree, Lenkoran acacia, bastard tamarind, mimosa, silk tree , mimosa tree .