- 6 Spices for a Type 2 Diabetes-Friendly Diet
- Herbs and Spices: Variety Is Best
- Shopping and storing
- Fresh ginger, garlic, and hot peppers
- Cooking with herbs and spices
- Spice things up
- 3 Powerful Spices that May Help with Type 2 Diabetes
- Diabetes Incidence Rises with Age
- Spice It Up
- Additional benefits or Turmeric:
- Additional benefits of Cinnamon:
- Additional benefits of Ginger:
- Just a Spoonful
- 1. Gymnema Sylvestre
- 2. Ginseng
- 3. Sage
- 4. Bilberry
- 5. Oregano
- 6. Aloe Vera
- 7. Ginger
- 8. Fenugreek
- 9. Cinnamon
- 10. Clove
- 11. Turmeric
- 12. Neem
- 13. Shilajit
- 14. Chromium
- 15. Alpha Lipoic Acid
- 6 Magical Herbs That Can Improve Diabetes and Lower Blood Sugar
- 16 Super Herbs and Spices That Lower Blood Sugar Amazingly
- Countries With High Diabetes Prevalence:
- Why A Bigger Concern For Diabetes?
- Why maintaining normal blood sugar level is necessary?
- How to reduce the burden of diabetes?
- Time To Take Action
- Is alternative treatments like use of herbs and spices are helpful in lowering blood sugar levels?
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6 Spices for a Type 2 Diabetes-Friendly Diet
Who knew a diabetes diet could lead to fun exploration of your green thumb and your global palate? Type 2 diabetes cooking can be both tasty and healthy once you learn about the health benefits of certain spices. “Spices should take the place of sodium in your diet, and they have health benefits — they’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds,” says JuliAdelman, LD, CDE, with the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. “I encourage people with type 2 diabetes to grow their own herb gardens and boost up their spice racks.”
Many herbs, such as parsley, mint, and dill, pack a flavor punch that simply makes eating or drinking more pleasurable, while others could help with managing type 2 diabetes. Enjoy eating and growing herbs and spices; just don’t consider them a substitute for other type 2 diabetes treatment. “Moderation is key,” says Gustavo Ortega Jr., RD, with Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles. “The idea is to use spices as part of a balanced diet instead of as a supplement.”
Here are six spices that can make your diabetes-friendly meals more tasty and healthy.
Herbs and Spices: Variety Is Best
The newly published study by Hargrove and colleagues appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food.
Hargrove tells WebMD that he purchased the 24 spices used for the study at a nearby Wal-Mart.
“We showed that herbs and spices are powerful sources of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents,” Hargrove says. “About a teaspoon of cinnamon, for example, is plenty to get these beneficial effects.”
When blood sugar levels are high a process known as protein glycation occurs, which produces compounds that promote inflammation. These are known as AGE compounds (advanced glycation end-products). The researchers found a strong correlation in polyphenol content in herbs and spices tested and their ability to block the formation of AGE compounds.
Spices — derived from seeds, berries, bark, or roots — tended to have higher levels of polyphenols than dried herbs, derived from plant leaves.
Of the herbs tested by the researchers, oregano, marjoram, and sage had the highest polyphenol levels, followed by thyme, Italian seasoning, tarragon, mint, and rosemary. Black pepper had the lowest polyphenol content of any of the tested herbs and spices.
But researcher Diane Hartle, PhD, says it is best not to focus on any single herb or spice, suggesting that seasoning foods with a variety of spices is best.
In a news release, Hartle noted that different polyphenols have different mechanisms of action within the body. “If you set up a good herb and spice cabinet and season your food liberally, you could double or even triple the medicinal value of your meal without increasing the calorie content.”
Herbs and spices are a healthy cook’s best friend. They are excellent for enhancing the flavor of food without the addition of extra fat, sugar, or salt. But herbs and spices have other benefits, as well: They exhibit antimicrobial (germ-killing) properties, act as antioxidants, and may help prevent or decrease the spread of cancer. For centuries, they have been used for medicinal purposes in addition to food flavoring and preservation. The use of herbs, which typically come from the leaves of plants, has been traced back to the BC era. Spices, which come from the bark, fruit, stems, roots, buds, berries, or seeds of plants, started to be used widely around the second century AD. Centuries ago, people thought that herbs and spices had certain properties that benefited health. Today, scientists have uncovered just how healthful many herbs and spices are.
In one study, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture examined the antioxidant activity (the ability to protect cells against the effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that result from the breakdown of food, exposure to pollutants, or UV light) of fresh herbs grown in a garden at the Agricultural Research Service. They found that each of the herbs tested had greater antioxidant activity by weight than berries, fruits, or vegetables. According to this study, just one tablespoon of fresh oregano has the same antioxidant power as a medium-size apple. How do other herbs stack up? Three tablespoons of dill, 4 1/2 tablespoons of thyme, 7 tablespoons of sage, and 8 tablespoons of parsley all have the antioxidant potential of that medium-size apple. In addition to their antioxidant capabilities, several herbs — as well as some spices — act as antimicrobial agents in food. Clove, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, and rosemary are well known for their antimicrobial properties.
Other studies have found myriad benefits from specific herbs and spices. For instance, populations that regularly consume garlic and spices have a decreased risk of gastric cancer; cinnamon may lower blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity (although this finding is disputed); and capsaicin, the hot component of chili peppers, may inhibit prostate cancer growth. In addition, ginger, which is a long-standing treatment for nausea and vomiting, may also act as an anti-inflammatory agent and has been shown in animal and cell culture studies to decrease the incidence of some types of cancer. While no one knows the optimum doses of herbs and spices to achieve these benefits, it is reasonable to conclude that as with fruits and vegetables, regular consumption is best — but any amount is better than none at all.
In addition to the aforementioned health benefits of herbs and spices, marinating meat, pork, poultry, and fish in a marinade that is rich in herbs and spices prior to grilling may decrease the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), cancer-causing compounds that are produced in meat cooked at high temperatures. You can make your own marinade from any combination of the following: oregano, red chili pepper, garlic, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, and thyme. (Other tricks to decrease the formation of HCAs include cooking your meat longer at a lower temperature or starting to cook it in the microwave and then transferring it to the grill; not allowing meat to blacken or char; and wrapping meat in foil for grilling.)
Shopping and storing
Many people enjoy the taste of fresh herbs in cooking. For the freshest herbs, try growing your own — either in a garden, in large pots outdoors, or indoors near a sunny window. Most herb plants require at least six hours of sun a day. If growing your own isn’t an option, many supermarkets carry fresh cut herbs, such as parsley and cilantro, in or near the fresh vegetable section. Fresh herbs can be stored in an open or perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator for a few days. (Another option is to rinse and dry them, wrap them loosely in a paper towel, and store them in a closed plastic bag in the refrigerator’s crisper.)
To make fresh herbs last up to one week, trim the stems and place the herbs in a jar or vase with water in it, then loosely cover the leaves with a plastic bag and store the jar in the refrigerator. Change the water daily.
Fresh herbs that will not be used within a few days can also be rinsed, dried, chopped (or left whole), and frozen in plastic bags for later use. Fresh herbs can also be dried for later use. A simple drying method is to hang small bunches of fresh herbs in a dry, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Use cotton string or small rubber bands to hold the bunches together. Herbs should dry in 10–14 days using this method; they are done when a leaf rubbed between your fingers crumbles easily. The dried herbs should be stored in tightly closed glass jars in a cool, dark place.
Another way of drying fresh herbs is in the microwave oven. Place two layers of paper towel on the bottom of the microwave, add a layer of herbs, and cover with two more layers of paper towel. Run the microwave on high for two minutes, then check the herbs for dryness. If they are still moist, move the herbs around, run the microwave for another 30–60 seconds, and check again. Repeat until the herbs are dry.
Some stores now sell chopped fresh herbs in convenient, squeezable tubes. (Gourmet Garden is the main brand that is sold widely.) These should be located in the same section of your grocery store as conventional fresh herbs. Squeezable herbs contain some ingredients besides herbs, so read the label to make sure a product is acceptable to you. Squeezable herbs last for three months in the refrigerator or six months in the freezer.
Dried herbs are widely available in grocery stores. The shelf life of dried herbs depends on the herb and how it is stored, but generally, if a small amount of dried herb crumbled in the palm of your hand has very little odor, it will have very little taste and should be replaced.
Spices retain their flavor for longer than dried herbs, and whole spices have a longer shelf life than ground spices. To test the potency of a ground spice, shake the jar, let the contents settle, then give it a sniff. Spices with no aroma should be replaced; if there is some aroma but it’s not as strong as you think it should be, try using a little more of the spice than the recipe calls for.
The flavor of whole spice seeds is intensified if they are toasted first in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toast just until you can smell the seeds, being careful not to burn them. Use toasted seeds whole, or grind them in a spice mill or coffee grinder.
Fresh ginger, garlic, and hot peppers
Ginger, garlic, and hot peppers are versatile ingredients that can easily be used fresh on a regular basis. While often referred to as gingerroot, ginger is, in fact, the rhizome of its plant. Fresh ginger adds a spicy, slightly hot taste to a variety of dishes. It is widely used in Asian cuisines, and it is a popular flavoring for stir-fries. Fresh ginger should be off-white or buff-colored, have a smooth skin, and feel heavy and firm to the touch. To cook, first peel off the thin outer skin, then slice, mince, or grate the ginger as called for by the recipe. To store fresh ginger, place it in a plastic bag with a paper towel (to absorb any moisture) and refrigerate.
Garlic is neither an herb nor a spice, but it is used much like one for flavoring foods. Fresh garlic can enliven almost any dish. It has a sharp, sometimes overpowering flavor when used raw, but a more delicate flavor when cooked. A head of garlic should feel firm and exhibit no sprouting; if not used right away, it should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. Cloves of garlic must be peeled before most uses; they are easier to peel if they are first crushed slightly with the side of a knife. Garlic can be minced with a knife or crushed in a garlic press or with a mortar and pestle for use in recipes. Whole cloves or even entire heads of garlic can be roasted in the oven, either unpeeled and coated lightly with oil or peeled and in the juices of meat or poultry being cooked (with vegetables, if desired). The garlic can then simply be served whole or puréed and mixed into a sauce for the meat. To add a light garlic flavor to sautéed spinach or other vegetables, spear a lightly crushed, peeled clove of garlic with a fork and rub it in the heated oil to be used for sautéing.
Hot peppers, also called chili peppers, are featured in the cuisines of many different countries. (For a list of how other herbs and spices match up with different cuisines, see “Seasonings By Cuisine.”) Fully ripe, they are either red or yellow; before this, they are green (both ripe and unripe peppers are used in cooking). Popular pepper varieties include, from less to more hot, banana, poblano, jalapeño, serrano, and cayenne. Pepper hotness can also vary widely within a variety. For most recipes, hot peppers need to have their seeds and ribs removed (some recipes also require removing the skin). Seeding a pepper involves slicing it in half and using a spoon or sharp knife to scrape off the seeds and ribs. Since the substance in peppers that gives them heat, capsaicin, can be painful if it gets into the eyes or nose, it is a good idea to wear gloves when handling them. Cooking a dish with hot peppers in it for a longer duration increases the hotness of the dish.
Cooking with herbs and spices
In cooked dishes, fresh herbs fare best when they are added toward the end of cooking, though parsley can be added at any time. In dishes that are not cooked, however, such as dips or spreads, fresh herbs may need some time to release their flavors. Dried herbs and spices should be added toward the beginning of cooking.
If substituting fresh herbs for dry, you will need two to four times the amount of fresh herbs to get the same amount of flavor as you would from dried herbs. In other words, if your recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of dried basil, use 2–4 teaspoons of fresh basil.
Spice things up
Scientists say that more research is needed to know the quantities of herbs and spices needed for specific health benefits. But more research is typically needed to nail down how food, supplements, and food components (such as antioxidants) work; this does not mean the benefits are not real. One thing is certain: Herbs and spices can enliven a dish tremendously, and incorporating them into dishes tends to lower the amount of sodium, sugar, and fat needed for full flavor. So while scientists continue to examine the health benefits of herbs and spices, start spicing up your dishes now, and enjoy the flavors of your food along with the peace of mind that comes from doing something good for your body. For ideas on how to incorporate more herbs and spices into the foods you prepare, see “Do Try This At Home.”
Also in this article:
- Do Try This at Home
- Seasonings by Cuisine
3 Powerful Spices that May Help with Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 1 in 11 (425 million) adults worldwide have diabetes. They also say that 1 in 2 adults with diabetes are undiagnosed (212 million).
The IDF expects this number to rise to 592 million by 2035, when one in every 10 people will have the disease.
Diabetes Incidence Rises with Age
The likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes dramatically increases after the age of 45. The American Diabetic Association reports that diabetes affects about 25% of those aged 65 and older.
It’s true, there’s a genetic predisposition to developing type 2 diabetes. However, this metabolic disorder is primarily the result of the manner in which you live your life on a day to day basis.
Factors that can contribute to your risk of developing pre-diabetes (insulin resistance) and diabetes include inadequate sleep, stress, being overweight and poor dietary choices.
Most of us know that making positive changes in our lifestyle improves our health. Yet change isn’t always easy. And we may not always realize just how great an impact small changes can make.
If you’re diabetic, pre-diabetic or simply concerned about your risk of developing diabetes, you may be thinking that you should undergo a complete overhaul of your diet. Or perhaps you’re imagining imposing a Boot-Camp style workout regimen upon yourself.
Of course healthy eating and increasing activity will certainly help, but there’s something even more simple you can start doing today to have a profound impact on your body’s ability to regulate its blood sugar.
Spice It Up
Mother nature, in her infinite wisdom, offers us several herbs and spices which do a tremendous job of naturally lowering blood sugar levels.
Many of these natural compounds work as well, if not better, than the drugs commonly prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. Remember, never stop taking any medication without consulting your doctor.
Here are three common spices, well-researched and proven to help your body regulate blood glucose. They are easy to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. They also operate as ‘multi-taskers,’ producing other amazing overall health benefits.
Turmeric root is a rhizoid. It’s a bright yellow, earthy spice, typically used in many traditional cuisines around the globe. Curry dishes happen to be my ultimate favorites.
The component of turmeric which has been most extensively studied for preventing type 2 diabetes is curcumin. It has been shown to help diabetics control their blood glucose. In studies where curcumin supplements were given to pre-diabetics, the majority of these people did not develop diabetes at all.
Turmeric contains up to about 3% curcumin by weight. So, you certainly can benefit by purchasing curcumin in supplement form and I do recommend it. However, I have ultimate faith in Mother Nature, so incorporate whole turmeric root (ground spice) in your diet regularly.
Additional benefits or Turmeric:
Studies report that turmeric can be used in cancer prevention and treatment. It is extremely effective for reducing pain and inflammation. Turmeric has been shown to be cardio-protective and improves cognitive function.
This lovely and aromatic spice is obtained from the soft bark of the cinnamon tree, a type of evergreen. Cinnamon and cinnamon extracts have been studied extensively. Studies show it’s ability to improve the ability of the body to recognize and respond to insulin, thus lowering blood glucose.
The spice works in part by slowing the rate of gastric (stomach) emptying, which, in turn, slows the rise of glucose in the bloodstream. Consumption of as little as 1/2 teaspoon per day can lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
Additional benefits of Cinnamon:
Cinnamon has been shown in studies to aid in lowering triglycerides, LDL and total cholesterol. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-microbial qualities, so it is effective in supporting the immune system and in the prevention of colds and flu. Cinnamon enhances cognition and reduces systemic inflammation.
Ginger is also a rhizome, related to turmeric. The brown ‘root,’ which runs underground, is the portion we use. Its core is fibrous and juicy. After peeling, it can be chopped, grated, minced or ground.
Research has shown that it improves beta cell function – the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Ginger lowers fasting glucose levels. It also lowers HbA1C – the test that measures your average blood glucose for the past 90 days.
Additional benefits of Ginger:
Ginger reduces nausea and motion sickness, relieves joint pain and inflammation, is an effective anti-fungal and lowers cholesterol. A study demonstrated its effectiveness as a cognitive enhancer in middle-aged women.
Just a Spoonful
In many studies of these spices the dosages were quite low, similar to the amounts used in culinary applications. Small amounts, just like small improvements in diet – including adding these spices to yours! – can have a big impact when it comes to prevention of type 2 diabetes.
I incorporate these spices frequently by using them in teas, soups, stir-fries, curries and salad dressings. Think of the traditional recipes, passed down through previous generations.
Your grandmother’s favorite homemade dishes, which incorporate these and other spices, can benefit you in achieving your health goals and objectives. Naturally.
Do you add turmeric, ginger or cinnamon to your diet? What other spices do you enjoy for establishing a healthy lifestyle in your 60s? Please share them in the comments below so we may all benefit.
15 Effective Herbs For Diabetes Charushila Biswas Hyderabd040-395603080 May 1, 2019
It’s a no-brainer that high sugar levels can lead to a lot of health complications. The most prominent and dangerous one is diabetes. Have you noticed how the average age for diabetes has come down to 20 years in recent times? This is due to the sedentary lifestyle we lead and stress at work and home. It is a matter of serious concern and should not be ignored. So, start taking care of your blood sugar levels before it’s too late. And the smart way to do so is to use natural remedies. These ancient remedies are now backed with scientific research that gives us the confidence to share our findings with you. So, read on and find out about these 25 herbs, spices, and supplements, how to consume them, where to buy them, and much more. Let’s begin!
1. Gymnema Sylvestre
This plant is literally called ‘sugar destroyer’ in Hindi, so you can well imagine its diabetes-busting properties. The herb is loaded with glycosides known as gymnemic acids. These essentially reduce your taste bud’s sensitivity to sweet things, thereby lowering sugar cravings in prediabetics. Even those who are already affected by type 2 diabetes can control their sugar levels with the help of this herb. It increases the enzyme activity in the cells, which results in utlization of excess glucose in the body. It can also positively affect insulin production (1).
How To Consume Gymnema Sylvestre & The Dosage
You can consume it in the powdered form, make tea with its leaves or have capsules. You can make tea by steeping the leaves in boiled water for 10 minutes. You can also add the powder to a cup of lukewarm water and consume it. The dosage is as follows.
- Capsule: 100mg
- Powder: ½-1 teaspoon
- Leaves: 1 teaspoon
When To Consume Gymnema Sylvestre
The best time to consume Gymnema Sylvestre is in the morning or 20 minutes before meals.
Where To Buy Gymnema Sylvestre
You can buy it online and at Ayurvedic stores or pharmacies.
Ginseng has been known as an immunity boosting and disease-fighting herb for ages, but researchers have recently found that it also contains anti-diabetic properties. When you take ginseng, the absorption of carbohydrates slows down, and the cells take up and use more glucose. Apart from that, insulin production in the pancreas also increases. All these contribute to a healthier body that is less prone to diabetes. If you already have diabetes, this can help lower the blood glucose levels by 15 to 20%, better than placebo, as shown by the research team from the University of Toronto (2).
How To Consume Ginseng & The Dosage
You can have ginseng root or powder. Chop the root and add it to boiled water. Let it steep for 5-6 minutes. You can also mix powdered ginseng in warm water and have it. The dosage is as given below.
- Powder: 1 teaspoon
- Root: 2-3 g or 7-8 slices
When To Consume Ginseng
Consume ginseng early in the morning and before dinner.
Where To Buy Ginseng
You can buy it online or at Chinese medicine shops and Ayurvedic pharmacies.
Consuming sage on an empty stomach can help reduce the blood glucose levels significantly. It boosts insulin secretion and activity, which helps to curb blood sugar in prediabetics and manage it in type 2 diabetics. Apart from that, it also affects liver function positively, thus improving immunity. Although favored as an addition to meat dishes, this herb is at its medicinal best when it is consumed as tea (3).
How To Consume Sage & The Dosage
The best way to consume sage is in the form of tea. You can also include chew sage leaves or add them to your food or take sage supplements. To prepare sage tea, pour boiling water in a cup containing 1-2 sage leaves. Let it steep for 5 minutes. The dosage is as follows.
- Leaves: 4-6 g/day
- Dried leaves: ⅙-½ teaspoon
- Tea: 2-3 cups/day
When To Consume Sage
Consume sage tea or chew sage leaves early in the morning on an empty stomach. You can include sage leaves in your food for lunch and dinner.
Where To Buy Sage
You can buy sage at grocery stores or online.
This is another effective herb for diabetes treatment that has shown immense medicinal potential. Not only does it help type 2 diabetics, who suffer from high blood sugar levels, but it is also quite effective in treating diabetes mellitus. Bilberry contains a compound called glucoquinine, which is chiefly responsible for lowering the blood sugar levels. Bilberry infusions can also help people whose eyesight has been compromised due to this disease. However, you should be careful if you are taking bilberry infusion along with diabetes medication as it might cause your blood sugar to drop to dangerous levels. So, monitor your blood sugar levels regularly (4).
How To Consume Bilberry & The Dosage
Bilberry extract is widely available and is the safest way to control your blood sugar levels. Here’s the dosage.
- Bilberry extract: 10-100 mg with 25% anthocyanocides
When To Consume Bilberry
You can consume the extract once in the morning and once in the evening an hour before dinner.
Where To Buy Bilberry
You can buy bilberry extract at a pharmacy, Ayurvedic stores, or online.
Also known as marjoram, this exotic herb of Spanish and Mediterranean origin is known to contain glycosides that lower the blood sugar levels in the body. The water extracts of oregano exhibit a glycosidase inhibitory activity in vitro. The Rosmarinic acid separated from the extract has been shown to increase the pancreatic amylase activity. It also boosts the immune system. It helps in increasing insulin activity and mobilizes glucose in the cells, thus reducing the rate of carbohydrate formation (5).
How To Consume Oregano & The Dosage
Oregano is regularly used in different cuisines. You can use fresh or dried oregano in your food, chew the leaves, make oregano tea, consume diluted oregano oil or capsules. Make oregano tea by adding a teaspoon of dried or fresh oregano to a cup of boiled water. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Scroll down for the dosage.
- Oregano capsule: 600 mg per day
- Oregano oil: 4-6 drops per day (diluted)
- Dried oregano leaves: 1 teaspoon, twice a day
- Fresh oregano leaves: 4-5 leaves, twice a day
When To Consume Oregano
It is best to drink oregano tea early in the morning. You can also chew fresh leaves in the morning. Use dried oregano for lunch and dinner.
Where To Buy Oregano
You can buy oregano at any supermarket or online.
6. Aloe Vera
This fleshy leaf plant grows widely in India, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, and China. It is mostly used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Aloe vera has been used for ages to treat inflammation, improve digestion, prevent acne, and reduce hair fall. Recent scientific studies have found that aloe vera gel contains lipid-lowering and blood sugar lowering properties (6).
How To Consume Aloe Vera & The Dosage
Aloe vera juice and extract are available in the market. You can consume them as per the instructions on the bottle. You can also prepare aloe vera juice at home. Take a 3-inch aloe vera leaf, extract the gel and blend it. Add water and lemon juice to dilute it. You can also consume aloe vera capsules. Here’s the dosage.
- Aloe vera capsule: 300 mg per day
- Aloe vera juice or extract: as per instructions on the bottle
- Homemade aloe vera juice: 100 gm aloe vera gel
When To Consume Aloe vera
Consume aloe vera juice or extract early in the morning. You can have a capsule before lunch.
Where To Buy Aloe vera
You can buy aloe vera juice, extract, or capsule at any Ayurvedic store or online.
The mighty ginger is widely used in Asian cuisines and is grown in China, India, Australia, Africa, and Jamaica. Like aloe vera, ginger has also been used in herbal medicines since ancient times. This aromatic spice can also help lower the blood glucose levels. Many scientific studies have confirmed that ginger helps to control the blood sugar levels by increasing insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity (7).
How To Consume Ginger & The Dosage
You can chew raw ginger, use it in your food, drink ginger tea, consume ginger powder, use its oil, and add it as one of the ingredients in a glass of juice. Here’s how much much ginger you should consume per day.
- Ginger root: 1-2 inches
- Ginger oil: 3-4 drops
- Ginger in juice: 1 inch
- Ginger powder: ½-1 teaspoon
When To Consume Ginger
Ginger tea is great to start your day with. Try to avoid consuming ginger after 6 pm. Have a fruit juice along with a little ginger juice before lunch.
Where To Buy Ginger
You can buy it at any supermarket or online.
Fenugreek seeds and leaves are extremely useful to treat metabolic disorders and digestive problems. This plant is native to Spain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, France, Egypt, Argentina, and Morocco. It has been used since ages to treat hair fall, skin issues, and slow metabolism. This spice is also widely used in various cuisines. A study confirmed that fenugreek seeds have blood glucose-lowering effects and can be used to treat type 2 diabetes (8).
How To Consume Fenugreek &The Dosage
The best way to consume fenugreek is to soak the seeds overnight. You can also include the seeds and leaves in food preparations. Here is how much fenugreek you should consume per day.
- Fenugreek seeds: 2 teaspoons
- Fenugreek powder: 1 teaspoon
- Fenugreek leaves: 200 g
When To Consume Fenugreek
Drink fenugreek soaked water first thing in the morning. You can have fenugreek seeds or leaves during lunch or dinner.
Where To Buy Fenugreek
You can buy fenugreek seeds and leaves at any supermarket or online.
This strong-smelling spice, derived from the bark of cinnamon trees, is regularly used in South Asian cuisines and desserts. It is an amazing herbal supplement for diabetes and treat obesity, muscle spasms, diarrhea, and common cold. Many studies have confirmed that consuming cinnamon regularly can help to control high blood sugar and hence, it can be used as an alternative medicine to treat diabetes (9).
How To Consume Cinnamon & The Dosage
You can consume cinnamon bark, powder, or capsules. The dosage is as stated below.
- Cinnamon stick: 2 inches
- Cinnamon powder: ½ teaspoon
- Cinnamon capsule: 500 mg per day
When To Consume Cinnamon
You can have cinnamon tea in the morning and evening. Add cinnamon powder to your smoothie or juice for breakfast. Have the capsule once in two days.
Where To Buy Cinnamon
You can buy cinnamon at any grocery store or online.
Clove is a flower bud that is popularly used in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, and Tanzanian cuisines. This aromatic spice has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties. Research has confirmed that clove helps to improve insulin sensitivity and lowers the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides (10).
How To Consume & The Dosage
You can consume clove by chewing it raw. You can also use whole or powdered cloves in food preparations or consume clove capsules. Here is how many cloves you should consume.
- Clove: 2 for chewing, 5-6 in food preparation
- Clove powder: ½ teaspoon
- Clove capsule: 500 mg per day
When To Consume
Soak 3-4 cloves in a cup of water overnight and drink it in the morning. Use whole or powdered cloves in your food for lunch or dinner. Take 2-3 clove capsules in a week before dinner.
Where To Buy
You can buy clove atany grocery store and clove capsules at an Ayurvedic store or online.
Turmeric is commonly used in Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Iranian cuisines. This ginger-like spice adds color and a distinct flavor to food. Turmeric is also an Ayurvedic medicine that is used to treat bacterial infections, wounds, skin issues, and digestive problems. Research has found that a phytochemical called curcumin is responsible for turmeric’s yellow color and medicinal properties. Curcumin is also responsible for having a blood glucose-lowering effect. In fact, one study confirmed that patients with type 2 diabetes could lower their blood glucose levels by consuming turmeric (11).
How To Consume Turmeric & The Dosage
You can chew a small bit of raw turmeric, take capsules, or consume it in the powder form. Here is how much turmeric you should consume per day.
- Raw turmeric root: ½ inch
- Turmeric root paste: 1-2 teaspoons
- Turmeric powder: 1-2 teaspoons
- Turmeric capsule: 500 mg, twice a day
When To Consume Turmeric
You can chew turmeric on an empty stomach and use its paste or powder in cooking or smoothies/juices. Take the capsules before lunch or dinner.
Where To Buy Turmeric
You can buy turmeric at any Indian or Pakistani grocery store or order it online.
Neem or Azadirachta indica is native to India. It also grows in the neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. Neem trees have bright to dark green leaves that possess many medicinal properties. In fact, its bark and fruit are also used in traditional medicines. Ayurveda says that neem has antidiabetic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. A few studies show that it possesses blood glucose-lowering properties. This confirms neem’s antidiabetic property as mentioned in Ayurveda (12).
How To Consume Neem & The Dosage
You can chew thoroughly washed leaves of neem or take neem paste or neem capsules. Here is how much neem you should consume.
- Neem leaves: 4-5
- Neem paste: 1 teaspoon
- Neem capsule: As per instructions on the bottle
When To Consume Neem
You should consume neem paste diluted in a glass of water early in the morning. Chewing neem leaves in the morning is also effective. Take neem supplements before breakfast once a day.
Where To Buy Neem
You can buy neem supplements/capsules online or at any Ayurvedic store. You can also buy neem leaves at the local market or Indian supermarkets.
Shilajit is found in the Himalayas, Altai Mountains, Caucasus Mountains, and Gilgit-Baltistan Mountains. It is a tar-like mineral oil that oozes out of these mountains. Its color can range from light brown to dark brown. It has antioxidant properties and has been used to improve muscle power, reduce the risk of heart disease, slow down aging, and boost fertility. It has also been found that Shilajit can help stabilize the blood sugar levels (13).
How To Consume Shilajit & The Dosage
You can consume good quality shilajit supplements with milk, honey or sesame oil. Here is the dosage.
- Shilajit capsule: 100-300 mg per day
When To Consume Shilajit
You can consume it in the morning and before lunch/dinner.
Where To Buy Shilajit
You can buy Shilajit online or at any Ayurvedic store.
When it comes to lowering blood sugar, chromium is one of the best supplements. It has recently gained popularity as a dietary supplement. Chromium helps to keep your carb cravings at bay, lowers bad cholesterol levels, mobilizes fat, and improves insulin sensitivity (14).
How To Consume Chromium & The Dosage
Chromium supplements, such as chromium picolinate, chromium polynicotinate, and chromium chloride, are available in the market. Here is the recommended dosage.
- 100-200 mcg, twice a day
- When To Consume Chromium
- You can take chromium supplements before lunch and dinner.
Where To Buy Chromium
You can buy the supplements at any pharmacy.
15. Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an antioxidant mainly found in potato, spinach, broccoli, liver, yeast, and kidney. It is usually used to treat fatigue, memory loss, kidney disease, liver disease, neuropathy, and Lyme disease. It has been found that alpha lipoic acid supplements can help lower the blood glucose levels and hence, it is a potent supplement for treating diabetes type 2 (15).
How To Consume Alpha Lipoic Acid & The Dosage
ALA supplement capsules are the best way to provide your body with an extra amount of ALA. Dosage is as follows.
- ALA capsule: 600 mg per day for three weeks
You can buy it online or at any pharmacy.
There you go – 15 spices and herbs for diabetes cure along with its supplements! We highly recommend these for controlling your blood sugar levels. These are highly effective, have no side effects, and promote better health. So, what are you waiting for? Start using them today!
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Diabetes is one of the plagues of modern man. It affects millions of people across the world causing suffering and even death.
Diabetes is brought on by several factors. Some genetic, but in most cases, it is brought on by environmental and lifestyle factors.
There are two types of diabetes or diabetes mellitus if we’re being fancy type 1 diabetes and type 2. Both lead to a plethora of health complications.
This system meltdown causes a perfect storm of negative health conditions.
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, which can result in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, blindness known as diabetic retinopathy and even kidney complications.
With all this ominous information about the dangers of diabetes, it might seem like a lost cause.
You might be thinking the only way out is a bunch of prohibitively expensive treatments and maybe even medical procedures.
If left unmanaged, that may indeed be the case, but many people living with diabetes can live full and happy lives.
One thing you might not know is how managing your diabetes could be as simple as reaching for your spice rack.
That’s true, herbs and spices could be one of the most effective diabetes management and treatments you have on hand.
Herbs and spices have been used for centuries not just for their aromatic qualities as a food seasoning, but also for therapeutic and even medicinal functions.
From anti-microbial to anti-aging properties, many herbs and spices have found their usefulness beyond the kitchen cabinet to the medicine cabinet.
6 Magical Herbs That Can Improve Diabetes and Lower Blood Sugar
Amongst the plethora of benefits and treatments, there are a few magical herbs that improve diabetes and that lower blood sugar fast.
Turmeric is an aromatic spice with an ancient origin. The deep yellow pigment and unmistakable flavor of turmeric have made it part of the signature of eastern cuisine.
Its colorfast pigment has been revered as a vibrant textile dye and reviled as a permanent stain on many kitchen utensils.
Curries would be nothing without the flavor and color of turmeric. With all these amazing qualities, you’d think turmeric has more than served its usefulness.
However, behind all the culinary hype and dazzling hues lies a potent ally to your health.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a phytochemical responsible for its taste, color, but most of all, its healing qualities.
Turmeric curcumin is a known antioxidant, helping fight off the scourge of free radicals that wreak havoc on cellular integrity. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and by extension, a potent analgesic.
This quality pushes it on par with an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen. To add to that, curcumin is one of the most effective diabetes treatments known to man.
Turmeric has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels, increase insulin sensitivity and nourish the beta cells of the pancreas.
These are all the contributing factors that cause diabetes, managed by one yellow spice.
Turmeric also influences a decline in glucose production by the liver. This leads to a lower blood glucose level overall.
2. Holy Basil
Holy basil is another plant with its roots in the east. Known scientifically as ocimum sanctum, the plant has been part of the eastern medicinal tradition for thousands of years, forming the cornerstone of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient form of holistic medicine.
Holy basil is a common diabetes management food source. All parts of the plant including the leaves, stem, and seeds can be used.
It has been shown to help treat diabetes in three major ways.
Firstly, holy basil helps to decrease blood glucose levels. This is essential for the prevention or treatment of diabetes. By decreasing blood glucose, you’re helping increase insulin sensitivity, a key factor in combating diabetes.
Holy basil also helps improve insulin production. For many diabetes sufferers, a decline in insulin production is one of the main factors contributing to their condition.
By helping improve pancreatic insulin production, you can drastically improve your condition overall.
Lastly, holy basil helps improve cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is a common complication within the scope of diabetes-related disorders.
It also leads to many of the more serious conditions such as peripheral artery disease, potentially leading to leg amputation. Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of death in diabetes patients.
Suffice to say, curbing the risk of CVD will greatly improve your livelihood even with diabetes.
Cinnamon has been a popular spice for thousands of years. The story of cinnamon dates to ancient Egypt where aside from sweet fragrant spice, it was also valued as a luxury gift, often traded in the same stead as precious metals, gems, and textiles.
Cinnamon is the dried bark of a specific group of trees of the same family. The active ingredient is known as cinnamaldehyde.
It is found in the oil of the cinnamon bark which can be extracted through pulverizing in salt water then distilling to isolate the oil.
Cinnamaldehyde helps manage glucose levels in the blood. This works towards managing type two diabetes. This is because cinnamaldehyde interacts with certain digestive enzymes.
These enzymes control the breakdown of carbs in the food you eat. This moderates the uptake of sugars in the blood in a way that decreases blood glucose levels.
By doing this, you gradually increase your insulin sensitivity, essentially reversing the effects of diabetes.
Cinnamaldehyde also mimics the activity of insulin with cells. It can interact with the insulin receptor sites that signal cells to convert glucose into glycogen.
This happens at a far less efficient rate than pure insulin, but it is a welcome improvement from a natural source.
Cinnamon has also been proven to improve cinnamon production in the pancreas. It influences the beta cells responsible for the hormone’s production.
Cumin is a spice with a very diverse array of health benefits. It’s almost miraculous how such a little seed can pack such a healthy punch.
Its primary use is, as with most on this list, a culinary seasoning. The deep smokey flavor is a major part of the traditional Indian curry flavor. Above that, cumin is one of the best medicinal spices you will ever come across.
The oil pressed from cumin seeds has so many properties ranging from anti-microbial to anti-cancer.
It is also an amazing weapon against diabetes.
It helps regulate blood glucose levels, thereby decreases insulin resistance. This is achieved by cumin’s ability to drastically increase insulin production.
Cumin’s ability to lower blood glucose levels is so effective that caution is in fact required. Excess cumin can lead to hypoglycemia, a condition where the blood glucose level dips to a level below healthy.
Cumin seeds can also help manage body fat. This adds value to diabetes management since excess body fat is a leading aggravation in the fight against diabetes.
Rosemary is yet another aromatic herb popular in many dishes across the world. This herb comes in the form of tiny thick leaves with a potent fragrance great for meat seasoning.
Outside of its culinary heritage, rosemary has been shown to provide some profound qualities in the fight against diabetes.
It has been shown to decrease blood glucose levels with consistent use in diabetes patients. This is combined with its ability to lower LDL cholesterol.
This form of cholesterol is also known as bad cholesterol for its propensity to increase the risk of heart disease.
Heart disease as you now know is a leading aggravation and complication within the diabetes checklist.
Managing it not only improves your quality of life with diabetes but also acts as a treatment.
Sage has been in use since antiquity. Unlike a lot of herbs and spices whose healing qualities have been likened or interpreted as magic, sage is considered to possess magical properties according to esoteric literature.
Whatever your interpretation of the nature of its qualities, it packs a punch. This is especially true when dealing with diabetes.
Sage appears fresh as small, light green leaves with a pleasant, sweet aroma. It is also available dried and ground in many supermarkets and health stores.
Sage can drastically lower blood glucose levels. Foods that have sage as an ingredient are highly recommended for diabetes or pre-diabetes patients.
Sage has been shown to have a similar effect to Metformin. Metformin is a synthetic diabetes management drug.
Its activity is to minimize blood glucose level in type 2 sufferers. The level of effectiveness in this regard means sage should be taken in careful moderation. An overdose can lead to hypoglycemia.
Diabetes can seem like an insurmountable burden. The idea of endless trips to the doctor and all the extra stress of organizing your life around diabetes management might seem like an utter chore.
However, by simply peering into your spice rack, you might make your life with diabetes a lot easier. There are many more magical herbs you can discover in your quest to manage and treat diabetes.
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Q. I have Type 2 diabetes and I enjoy eating spicy food. However, I want to make sure I am eating only things that are good for me. Is it OK for me to eat chili powder, curry powder, and hot peppers?
A. Peppers are a hot topic! They are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and phytonutrients, which help reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage. In addition to adding variety to meals, using peppers and curry powder in cooking provides full-flavored seasoning without using excess salt. Even better, research suggests that there may be health benefits specific to diabetes for the active ingredients in both curry and chili peppers.
A major ingredient in most curry powders is the spice turmeric, which contains the active ingredient curcumin. Clinical research has suggested that curcumin may reduce inflammation and protect cells from oxidative damage. These health benefits may protect beta cells, the cells in the pancreas that release the hormone insulin.
One research study including 240 subjects with prediabetes treated one group with curcumin supplements and another with a placebo for nine months. The study showed that significantly fewer individuals in the group treated with curcumin eventually developed Type 2 diabetes. While these results are promising, it is important to note that the group who took curcumin also lost weight during the study. Moderate weight loss (5% to 7% of body weight) is associated with a decrease in insulin resistance and improved glucose control.
There are hundreds of different types of chili peppers that vary in size, shape, color, flavor, and amount of heat. Cayenne, habanero, chipotle, jalapeño, Anaheim, and ancho are popular varieties found in most supermarkets. Ground chili peppers are used to make chili powder, cayenne powder, and paprika.
The active ingredient in chili peppers is capsaicin, which may help to regulate blood glucose levels. A 2006 study found that blood glucose levels were lower in subjects who had eaten a cayenne-containing meal. Lower blood insulin levels were also noted, especially in a subgroup that had consumed a cayenne-containing diet for a month prior to the test. This suggests that cayenne consumption may improve the sensitivity of tissues to insulin, and less insulin will be required to effectively move glucose from the blood to tissues.
So go ahead and enjoy your spicy food! Cooking with chili powder, curry, and chili peppers will add bold flavor to your meals with the added benefit of helping you manage your blood glucose.
Want to learn more about spicy foods? Read “The Hotter the Better: How Spicy Foods Can Boost Your Health,” or our eight-part series, “Spice It Up! Boosting Your Health With Herbs and Spices.”
16 Super Herbs and Spices That Lower Blood Sugar Amazingly
Kumar RaviFollow Sep 28, 2019 · 18 min read
The world is changing fast and everything is getting automated which, keep reducing our physical activities and at the same time keep increasing the number of diseases. The disease which was rare some 50 years ago is one of the most common diseases and even spreading so fast.
Can you guess which disease I am talking about? If your answer is diabetes, then Yes, I am talking about diabetes.
World Health Organization report highlights these facts about diabetes —
- The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
- The global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014.
- Diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in middle- and low-income countries.
- Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
- In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012.
- Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70 years. WHO estimates that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2016.
- Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.
Countries With High Diabetes Prevalence:
Countries With High Diabetes Prevalence
International Diabetes Federation (IDF) report state that the top 5 countries with the highest amount of people suffering from diabetes are –
- China: 109 million
- India: 69 million
- USA: 29 million
- Brazil: 14 million
- Russian Federation: 12 million
The countries with the highest proportion of population living with diabetes are –
- Tokelau: 29.7%
- Mauritius: 24.3%
- Nauru: 23.8%
- Cook Islands: 21.1%
- Marshall Islands: 21.1%
All of the top 10 nations are small islands.
In terms of non-islands, the nation with the highest diabetes prevalence is Saudi Arabia with a 17.6% prevalence. The IDF notes that three quarters of the world’s adult population are living in low and middle-income countries.
Why A Bigger Concern For Diabetes?
Diabetes a chronic disease is not only affecting adults but it is also spreading in children, adolescents and pregnant woman.
There are mainly three types of diabetes –
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes and
- Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
A. Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but occurring most frequently in children and adolescents. Here in Type 1 diabetes, your body produces very less or no insulin, which means that you need daily insulin injection to maintain blood glucose level under control.
B. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults and also accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases all over the world. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make good use of the insulin that it produces.
The cornerstone of type 2 diabetes treatment is healthy lifestyle, including increased physical activity and healthy diet. However, over time most people with type 2 diabetes will require oral drugs and/or insulin to keep their blood glucose levels under control.
C. Gestational Diabetes (GDM): Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that consists of high blood glucose during pregnancy and is associated with complications to both mother and child. GDM usually disappears after pregnancy but women affected and their children are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Why maintaining normal blood sugar level is necessary?
As the time passes, diabetes starts damaging the Heart, Blood Vessels, Eyes, Kidneys and Nerves.
- Heart Attack: Adults with diabetes have a two-to-three times increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Foot Ulcer and Limb Amputation: Combining with reduced blood flow, nerve damage in the foot increases the chance of foot ulcers, infections and eventual need for limb amputation.
- Blindness: Diabetic retinopathy is an important cause of blindness, and occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. About 2.6% of global blindness can be attributed to diabetes.
- Kidney Failure: Diabetes is among the leading causes of Kidney failure.
How to reduce the burden of diabetes?
Two major ways to reduce the burden of diabetes is
- Prevention and
- Diagnosis and treatment
Prevention is the best way to reduce the burden of any disease. In diabetes also simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the type 2 diabetes.
To prevent type 2 diabetes you should –
- Achieve and maintain healthy body weight,
- Always remain physically active — perform at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity physical activity each day.
- Take healthy diet; try to avoid sugar and saturated fats intake.
2. Diagnosis and treatment:
Treatment of diabetes involve diet change and improved physical activity along with lowering and controlling blood glucose level and controlling other factors that damage blood vessels.
Reducing or cessation of tobacco intake is a must to perform step, to avoid any future complications.
People with type 2 diabetes can be treated with medicines and insulin injections.
Time To Take Action
The time has come not just to think but to take action on it. Today we are living in an almost virtual world, against a physical world of few decades ago. We are living in a world where medical prescriptions are getting fatty at the same time controversial too. As current medicines are controlling one disease and at the same time it giving birth to some other disease or damaging some other body organs.
The treatment and medicines getting more and more costly, but one good thing happening on the other side is increase in research and development in alternative medicines. Today alternative medicine is gaining momentum and becoming favourite of millions of people who enjoyed its treatment and saw really amazing results.
Halki Diabetes Remedy is one of such rare therapy or process, which uses super herbs and spices and just 60 seconds exercise to reduce the blood sugar level to an amazing level, without any side effect if instructions followed properly.
Read the complete review of Halki Diabetes Remedy here.
Halki Diabetes Remedy Therapy
This revolutionary programme has helped more than 33400 people all over the world and also gathering momentum in health cautious people all over the world.
We should to thank researchers who have shown the way to how to reduce the blood sugar level through their amazing therapies and programmes.
Today you have therapies that can help you in reversing diabetes through changing your life style, changing diet plans and using natural supplements that stabilize blood sugar level and there are super herbs and spices which will help you to lower blood sugar.
These alternative therapies and programmes are not only safer, but they are also easier on your wallet, on your body and on your mind.
Is alternative treatments like use of herbs and spices are helpful in lowering blood sugar levels?
Many of recent research and studies have found that many herbs and spices found in nature do an amazing job in lowering blood sugar levels, making them a boon for pre-diabetic and diabetics.
Here is the list of 16 Super herbs and spices to lower blood sugar.
16 Super Herbs and Spices To Lower Blood Sugar
1. Aloe Vera
2. Red Ginseng
10. Gymnema Sylvestre
11. Milk Thistle
13. Curry Leaves
15. Green Tea
16. Bitter Gourd (or Bitter Melon or Karela)
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera Plant
Studies show that juice or supplements made from the leaves of Aloe Vera could help in lowering fasting blood sugar and A1C in people who are either pre-diabetic or type 2 diabetic.
Some studies on mouse also indicate that Aloe Vera may stimulate insulin production in pancreatic cells.
Aloe Vera extracts can regulate fasting blood glucose in Pre-diabetic within 4 weeks and also reverse lipid profile levels within 8 weeks. It is the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant nature of aloe vera that targets diabetically weakened area of the body, for example, pancreatic beta cell damage caused by oxidative stress.
Some additional benefit of aloe vera is, it encourages faster healing, decreases blood lipids and reduces the swelling and inflammation of skin ulcers and wounds.
2. Red Ginseng
Red Ginseng root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is one of the most potent herbs for blood sugar control.
Red Ginseng has been proven to provide glycemic control, improve pancreatic cell function and enhance the uptake of blood sugar from tissues. It also lowers HbA1C levels.
Indian ginseng, also call Ashwagandha, also has super multi benefits.
Psyllium comes from seed husk of the plantago otava plant. It is featured in many fiber supplements to treat constipation, diarrhoea and other intestinal ailments such as irritable bowel sundrome.
Psyllium helps lower blood cholesterol, as well as blood sugar levels, resulting in less need for insulin.
The husk of Psyllium transform to a gel when mixed with water. When ingested, this gel quality plays a pivotal role in how food is assimilated in the body. The Psyllium slows down and delays food digestion, reducing the absorption of sugar and consequently minimizing blood sugar peaks.
Some studies has also showed that a high intake of dietary fiber “improved glycemic control, decreased hyper-insulinemia and lowered plasma lipid concentration in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Containing more than 400 powerful chemical components — such as disulfide, allicin,
and S-ally Systerine — garlic is highly regarded for it’s ability to address a number of
physical ailments and issues (it can protect the heart, is antimicrobial and even protects against cancer.)
Allicin in particular — a sulfurcontaining compound — has been noted for it’s powerful hypoglycemic effect. These compounds increase the insulin released from beta cells in the pancreas as well as increasing hepatic metabolism.
Garlic in any form is potent — raw, aged or cooked. It regulates blood glucose, aids blood flow, and increases insulin by supporting the liver.
The various studies and tests on rats, found that the oral administration of garlic significantly reduces serum glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, uric acid, creatinine, AST and ALT levels.
Studies also revealed that while garlic increased serum insulin in diabetic rats, this was not so in the case of normal rats.
Sage contains a number of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, Sage has been noted for it’s metformin-like effects and is a known anti-diabetic plant.
It can be drunk as a tea (an infusion) or used in the form of essential oil. Studies also found that sage tea infusions can be as effective as metformin in type II diabetes, increasing the action of insulin and lowering the production of liver glucose.
Sage tea can also improve the lipid profile as well as increasing antioxidant defences.
When used in an animal study, sage decreased serum glucose in type I diabetic rats and an aqueous extract of the herb was discovered to have an insulin-like effect in the body. Essential oil of sage has also been used for it’s anti-diabetic effects.
Rosemary is high in antioxidants such as rosmarinic acid, gallic acid and eugenol.
It is considered medicinally potent in both it’s fresh and dried forms, although fresh is thought to be the better of the two options.
The impact of rosemary is two-fold: it stabilizes blood sugar levels and promotes weight loss.
In fact, the plant is known to be anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hyperglycemic. Both of
these offer major benefits for those with diabetes. When taken consistently in therapeutic doses, this herb has been found to regulate and lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
A research report published in African Jouran of Plant Science Vol. 6 in Year 2012, states that the effect of rosemary on lipid profile in diabetic rats has no significant influence on serum glucose level and lipid profile of rats. But when rosemary extracts was administered to diabetic rats for 4 weeks, their blood sugar level reduced by 20%, cholesterol level reduced by 22%, triglyceride level reduced by 24% and LDL reduced by 27%, while HDL increased by 18%.
Studies show that Cinnamon has a positive effect on the glycemic control and the lipid profile in type 2 diabetes patients. It contains 18% polyphenol. Cinnamon may help your body’s cells better respond to insulin which further helps to control blood glucose level.
Studies published in Journal of The American Board of Family Medicine, also indicates that “Cinnamon alone lowered HbA1C by 0.83% compared to standard medication lowering HbA1C by 0.37%.
Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine — for hundreds and hundreds of years — and for good reason; turmeric is a spectacular herb for the body.
The most crucial component of turmeric is curcumin — the substance which gives turmeric it’s signature orange hue.
It has numerous benefits: it supports healthy digestion, eases pain, brightens the skin, improves liver function and on and on… With anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, this root helps treat both types of diabetes, as well as preventing the onset of diabetes in the first place.
Specifically, turmeric improves insulin function, reduces insulin resistance, protects beta cells (which are responsible for insulin production), improves any insulin-response pathways which have been disrupted, reduces the inflammatory signals which are typically overactive in diabetes (for example, IL-1, cytokines IL-6 and TNF) and treats many diabetic symptoms due to it’s anti-inflammatory effect.
Turmeric also helps boost immunity and prevent infections that diabetics are often vulnerable to.
Many diabetics also suffer from arthritis, since the sugar laden blood and inflammatory processes typical to diabetes often damage joints, hence with its anti-inflammatory abilities; turmeric also helps with reducing joint pains.
Fenugreek is a wonderful medicinal plant — used in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Because of the amino acid 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which is present within this plant, Fenugreek seeds improve the metabolic symptoms associated with both type 1 and 2 diabetes: reducing fasting blood glucose levels, slowing the absorption of carbohydrates, lowering cholesterol, and improving glucose tolerance.
A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that type 1 diabetics were able to improve glucose tolerance, lower their fasting blood sugar levels and decrease urinary glucose output by 54% when using fenugreek seeds medicinally.
In another study, performed on people with type II diabetes, including fenugreek
seeds in a meal reduced the characteristic spike in blood glucose levels after eating.
By taking the seeds regularly, this spice has been associated with decreased LDL cholesterol, an important step in the regulation and management of diabetes and heart disease.
10. Gymnema Sylvestre
Gymnema sylvestre — also known as gurmar — is a crucial herb for lowering blood sugar levels and treating diabetes.
Gurmar lowers blood glucose by promoting the utilization of glucose at a cellular
level. The phytoconstituents responsible for it’s sugar fighting / regulating properties are triterpene saponins such as gymnemasaponins and gymnemic acids, as well as the polypeptide gurmarin.
It is capable of treating both type 1 and 2 diabetes and has even been known to rejuvenate pancreatic beta cells.
The gymnemic acids found in this herb slow down the transportation of glucose from the intestines to the bloodstream.
Gymnema Sylvestre also helps in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides level.
The research and findings of a clinical trial which was conducted at Deartment of Biochemistry, Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences Madras, India that studied 22 patients with type 2 diabetes. After research it was reported that supplementing the body with 400 mg of Gymnema Sylvestre extract daily resulted in remarkable reduction in blood glucose levels, haemoglobin A1C and glycosylated plasma protein levels.
What even more remarkable was that by the end of this 18 month study, participants were able to reduce the dosage of their medical prescription. Five were even completely off medication and attaining stable blood sugar level with Gymnema Sylvestre supplementation alone.
Other research conducted at the same institute studied possible regeneration of the islets of langerhans in rats that were made diabetic for the study and then given gymnema sylvestre leaf extracts. The diabetic rats were able to double the number of their islets and beta cell numbers.
Researchers felt that the herbal therapy was able to bring blood sugar stability by repairing the pancreas and increasing insulin secretion.
11. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle has been used predominantly to treat issues related to the liver and gallbladder, but it is actually a wonderful herbal remedy for a variety of ailments.
It is a powerful detoxification aid and helps cleanse the system of unwanted, harmful substances, especially those collected in the liver.
Although considered a weed, this plant has antioxidant properties which reduce inflammation and contains a substance called silymarin — a flavonoid complex composed of over 7 compounds. This compound is linked with the reduction of oxidative stress in the body, consequently reducing the damage and effect of diabetes.
Studies have shown that oxidative stress can affect the pancreas which can worsen diabetes.
Milk thistle helps address all these issues, supporting and strengthening the whole system and is regarded as an effective treatment for diabetes-caused hyperglycemia and insulin resistance.
In recent studies, milk thistle has been found to contain a substance — specifically called PPARγ, a molecular target of thiazolidinediones — which lowers blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics by acting as an insulin sensitizer.
Another substance found in milk thistle, a compound called silibin, has been linked with reducing body weight and the associated visceral and subcutaneous fat.
Since diabetes can interfere with ideal body weight management, producing excess body fat this action of milk thistle can be very helpful when looking to restore good health.
A study performed on humans with diabetes and liver cirrhosis, found that 600mg of silymarin significantly reduced fasting blood glucose and mean daily glucose levels, as well as reducing the need for insulin by 20%.
Various studies have shown that ginger extract have a significant anti-hyperglycemic effect. It lowers serum total cholesterol, triglycerides and increases the HDL — cholesterol levels.
Diabetic person often face issues with acid reflux. Ginger soothes the entire digestive tract, giving diabetics another reason to add ginger to their supplement package.
13. Curry Leaves
Curry leaves help to stabilize blood sugar levels and impact carbohydrate metabolism.
According to a research done in India and its report published in International Journal of Development Research, curry leaves contain a phytochemical that can help control blood sugar level in patients with diabetes type 2 by reducing fasting and postprandial blood sugar level.
In the research and tests diabetic rats were given a dose of about 12gm /day for a month revealed that curry leaves may treat diabetes by influencing carbohydrate metabolism and improving liver and kidney function.
It was also revealed that, the amazing antioxidant properties of curry leaves can boost pancreatic cell production, thereby improving insulin function.
According to studies and test performed on rats, cloves protect the heart, liver and lens of the eye of a diabetic rat.
Clove contains approx 30% antioxidant phenol along with antioxidants anthocyanins and quercetin which gives it antiseptic as well as germicidal properties.
Clove also offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic and digestive health benefits to diabetics.
In another study done on 36 participants with type 2 diabetes. The whole participants were divided into four groups wherein they were given 0, 1, 2 or 3 g of cloves per day for 30 days followed by a 10 day washout period had the following results –
· Serum glucose decreased from 225 ± 67 to 150 ± 46 mg/dL
· Triglycerides decreased from 235 ± 63 mg/dL to 203 ± 86 mg/dL
· Serum total cholesterol decreased from 273 ± 78 mg/dL to 239 ± 47 mg/dL
· LDL decreased from 175 ± 73 mg/dL to 145 ± 44 mg/dL
15. Green Tea
Green tea contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants.
The main antioxidant in green tea is known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Various studies have suggested that EGCG may have numerous health benefits including:
- Lower cardiovascular disease risk
- Prevention of type 2 diabetes
- Improved glucose control
- Better insulin activity
Studies on diabetic patients have not shown health benefits. However, green tea is generally considered safe and it can be used as a preventive measure for diabetes.
16. Bitter Gourd (or Bitter Melon or Karela)
Bitter Gourd Or Bitter Melon Or Karela
Bitter Gourd is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fibre. It is rich in iron, and contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana.
Benefits of Bitter Gourd Juice –
Helps in maintaining blood sugar level –
Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin which has been shown to control diabetes naturally. According to a 2011 study, published in the Journal Ethnopharmacolgy, a four-week clinical trial showed that 2,000 mg of bitter melon when taken on regular basis reduced the blood glucose level significantly in the patients suffering from type-2 diabetes.
Lowers Bad Cholesterol Level –
Bitter gourd juice is anti-inflammatory and also helps in lowering the bad cholesterol levels in the body. Thereby, it significantly reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
It also maintains the blood pressure of the body as it is rich in potassium, which absorbs excessive sodium in the body.
It is rich in iron and folic acid which are known to decrease the risk of stroke and keep your heart healthy.
Helps in getting Glowing Skin and Lustrous Hair –
Bitter gourd juice has powerful anti-oxidants along with vitamin A and C which prevent premature skin ageing and diminishes wrinkles. Furthermore, it reduces acne, aids in treating eczema and psoriasis, as well as protects the skin from the harmful UV rays.
The nutrients vitamin A, vitamin C, Biotin and Zinc impart shine and lustre to your locks. Applying bitter gourd juice regularly to your scalp can decrease hair loss and greying of hair, treat split-ends and rough hair, shrug off dandruff, and combat itchiness.
Helps in healing Liver Problems –
The Bitter Gourd juice cleanses your bowel as well as heals many liver problems.
Various studies has shown that a compound called Momordica Charantia which is present in bitter gourd provides protection against liver failure by strengthening anti-oxidant activity of the enzymes in the liver. It also boosts the functioning of bladder.
Helps in Weight Loss –
Eating or drinking the juice of bitter gourd stimulates the liver to secrete bile acids that are essential for metabolising fat in the body. Besides, a 100g serving of bitter gourd contains just 17 calories making it a great option for fitness enthusiasts.
Improves Immune System –
Bitter gourd fights viruses and bacteria and strengthens your immunity. It prevents allergies and indigestion. The antioxidants work as powerful defense mechanisms against illness and also help fight free-radical damage that can cause various types of cancer.
Bitter Gourd has anti-carcinogen and anti-tumour properties. It reduced the risk of prostate, breast and cervical cancer.
Great for Eyes –
Bitter Gourd has compounds like beta-carotene and vitamin A which are healthy for your eyes and strengthens eyesight. It is also a good home remedy to treat dark circles.
“As with everything, moderation is required. Excess consumption of bitter gourd juice may cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Pregnant women should also avoid taking too much bitter gourd or its juice as it may stimulate the uterus and lead to preterm labour. 30 ml bitter gourd juice extract is recommended on a daily basis,” says Dr Geeta Buryok, Chief Nutritionist at Max HealthCare, New Delhi, India.
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7 Reasons to Consider Turmeric for Diabetes
Over 100 million Americans either suffer from diabetes or are in the beginning stages of developing diabetes. Diabetes is an illness that causes disruption in glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Many diabetics suffer from a lack of insulin that causes heightened glucose levels in the blood. Health professionals have been treating the disease with conventional methods, such as insulin shots, for decades, but now there is emerging research that shows that the spice turmeric—from the root of the turmeric plant—may help treat and prevent diabetes. Some researchers are even calling turmeric an anti-diabetic plant.
The effective ingredient in turmeric that is used for treating diabetes is curcumin. Officially, the substance is called Curcuma Longa, which is bright yellow-orange and is typically consumed as a grounded up powder, such as in curry. Curcumin is in the ginger family and is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Some ailments curcumin helps to treat include pain relief, inflammation and oxidant effects, liver disease and digestion problems. If you choose to take curcumin, you more than likely have to consume it in the form of turmeric. Here are ways turmeric may help with your diabetes.
Management of Blood Sugar Levels
Turmeric may help manage high glucose levels in your blood. The spice was shown to increase insulin sensitivity, which leads to lower blood sugar levels. Clinical trials performed on animals reported these results suggesting that turmeric behaves as an anti-hyperglycemic agent. Hyperglycemia simply refers to high blood sugar and has several symptoms ranging from headaches, frequent urination and fatigue to nausea, weakness, and coma. Turmeric lowers blood sugar levels via several methods. One method is to stimulate the creation of insulin. Another method is to improve the activity and performance of pancreatic cells, called beta cells. This is accomplished by repairing and regenerating these beta cells. The spice also reduces glucose creation in the liver.
Autoimmune complications associated with type 1 diabetes may also cause high sugar levels in your blood. Autoimmune diabetes occurs when your body attacks your own pancreatic cells and kills them. The pancreas is the main producer of insulin, the substance used by the body to absorb sugar in the blood. Therefore, a destroyed pancreas leads to higher blood sugar levels due to little or no insulin being produced and released to the bloodstream. Furthermore, when accompanied by a bone marrow transplant, the curcumin in turmeric can act to regenerate the cells of a damaged pancreas and increase insulin production in type 1 diabetes patients.
Promotion of Weight Loss and Reversal of Diabetes
The health of type 2 diabetes patients greatly depends on lifestyle and diet changes. Adding turmeric to your diet may delay the onset or development of diabetes. One reason for this is because the curcumin component in turmeric helps to prevent fatty deposits in the blood vessels of your body. The substance also curtails the growth of fatty tissue in your organs. Adding turmeric to your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid the complications of diabetes when the disease is accompanied by obesity. Also, turmeric could prevent obesity-induced diabetes.
On that same note, turmeric may also prevent prediabetes. Prediabetes also called impaired glucose tolerance, is stage 1 diabetes where a patient has higher than normal glucose levels but does not have a high enough glucose count to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Patients with prediabetes who took turmeric for nine or more months were less likely to progress to the next stage of diabetes—diagnosis. These patients also showed improved pancreatic activity in beta cells; beta cells are the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The curcumin in turmeric also acts on certain receptor cells in the pancreas that are adrenergic and that help to regulate the release of insulin. Additionally, Turmeric helps to protect pancreatic cells from damage caused by oxidative agents. If you have prediabetes, consult your doctor about reducing your risk by trying turmeric for diabetes.
Reduction of the Effects of Diabetic Complications
Common complications associated with diabetes include nerve damage, diabetic cataracts that may lead to blindness, kidney disease, liver disorders and even cognitive problems. Studies have shown that diabetic patients who took turmeric over a long period of time showed fewer symptoms of these complications, particularly liver disorders like fatty liver disease. Consumption of curcumin in turmeric has also been shown to improve digestion and fight diabetic vascular disease. The main properties of turmeric, or the curcumin in the turmeric, that work to improve these conditions caused by diabetic complications are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant in nature.
Other diabetic complications turmeric helps to improve are diabetic retinopathy, microangiopathy and diabetic gastroparesis. Retinopathy is a diabetic complication that is characterized by damage in the blood vessels of the retina—the area of the eye consisting of light-sensitive tissue. Symptoms of retinopathy include blurred vision, fluctuating vision and impaired color vision, and the disease can range from mild eye problems to full blindness. Microangiopathy is also called microvascular disease; it is a disease of small blood vessels. Microangiopathy is characterized by the thickening and weakening of small blood vessels that causes them to leak protein or even bleed. In diabetics, microangiopathy may also occur in the eye. Diabetic grastroparesis means that diabetic patients experience a delay of the stomach emptying its contents. This complication is caused by damage to the vagus nerve caused by high glucose levels in the blood. Curcumin in turmeric helps to reduce the effects of these health complications associated with diabetes. Turmeric also promotes healthy bones by decreasing the loss of bone minerals in the body.
Lowering of Insulin Resistance and Help With Inflammation
Insulin resistance is a major cause of the onset of type 2 diabetes. When there is insulin resistance in your body, it causes the cells in your liver and muscles to not respond well to the insulin in your blood that absorbs excess glucose. This condition eventually causes abnormally high levels of blood glucose and may damage the pancreas which is where insulin is produced. This lowers insulin levels in the blood and causes type 2 diabetes. Turmeric gives a helping hand to stimulate the absorption of glucose by the body. The substance accomplishes this by improving the function of cells in the pancreas which then leads to improved production and secretion of insulin.
Turmeric also lowers insulin resistance by helping curtail inflammation in the body. Type 1 diabetes causes the destruction of cells in the pancreas which then causes prolonged inflammation. Some of the inflammation is caused by the build-up of cytosine that impairs the functioning of insulin in the blood causing insulin resistance. Cytosine is a group of small proteins that play a major role in affecting the behavior of the cells around them by controlling cell signals; some cytosines include interferon, interleukin and growth factors. The curcumin in turmeric inhibits the signals sent by cytosine cells that cause inflammation, thus reducing insulin resistance.
Treatment and Prevention of Heart Disease
Endothelial dysfunction is a common heart problem among people with diabetes. The term ‘endothelial’ refers to the endothelium. The endothelium is the thin membrane lining that is located inside of the heart as well as blood vessels. The cells of the endothelium release chemicals that play a role in controlling the relaxation and contraction of vascular tissue; they also control enzymes that help blood clot, affect immune functioning and platelet adhesion. Endothelial dysfunction can cause a host of cardiovascular problems and diseases. Turmeric works to lower cholesterol levels in your body which supports the health of the endothelial lining of the heart and blood vessels. Turmeric also reduces inflammation in these areas.
High glucose in the blood increases the risk for heart disease, because high blood sugar levels lead to the oxidization—or destruction—of lipids in cell membranes that damages cells and sometimes even the DNA in the nuclei of cells. High glucose levels also cause inflammation and may damage arteries by increasing fatty deposits, called atheroma. Atheroma is characterized by the degeneration of the walls of arterial blood vessels. This condition leads to the restriction of blood circulation and a higher risk of thrombosis. The fatty deposits, along with scar tissue, that builds up in arteries can lead to atherosclerosis or even a heart attack. The condition is also linked with high blood pressure. Turmeric scavenges off the oxidizing agents that cause atheroma.
Support for the Health of Vital Organs
There are heptoprotective properties of turmeric that may increase the health of your liver. Turmeric protects from oxidative agents that cause damage to your liver’s functioning. Being diabetic increases your risk of building up non-alcoholic fatty deposits that cause fatty liver disease. Turmeric decreases the oxidative agents that cause these fatty deposits and also increases the levels of enzymes that act as anti-oxidants that help to neutralize toxic substances that are the byproducts of metabolism. Turmeric also decreases triglycerides in the body and balances cholesterol levels.
Turmeric also protects your kidneys. Impaired kidney function caused by diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy. Diabetic nephropathy is the cause of longterm kidney disease and has five stages. The first stage is characterized by kidney damage but also normal kidney function. The second stage features kidney damage that causes the loss of kidney functioning. The third stage features mild to severe loss of the function of the kidneys. Stage four is characterized by a sever loss of kidney functioning. Stage five is full kidney failure and is called end-stage renal disease or ESRD. Studies show that about 500mg of curcumin everyday could stop the progression of diabetically induced kidney disease.
Improvement of the Healing of Tissue and Immune Response
Diabetic patients sometimes experience problems with slow healing of wounds. The slow healing tissue is a result from oxidative stress on different organs in your body. This stress causes prolonged inflammation of these tissues. For this ailment, turmeric can be used topically to help heal woulds faster. This is because turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and it helps with swelling.
Turmeric may also help improve the immune response of type 1 diabetic patients. People with type 1 diabetes may have over-active immune systems that cause health problems. Turmeric may lower destructive immune responses of the body that cause damage to pancreatic cells. The spice may also work to boost the effectiveness of immunomodulatory medications that are traditionally prescribed for type 1 diabetic immune response problems.
Other Power Foods to Take With Turmeric
Now that you know about some of the important health benefits of taking turmeric for diabetes, you should consider trying turmeric with other anti-diabetic foods. Here are a few power foods that you can couple with turmeric to help treat your diabetes.
The piperine in black pepper and the curcumin in turmeric may act together to combat damage done to blood vessels caused by diabetes. Research shows that oil taken from black pepper corns helps with high blood pressure and may prevent type 2 diabetes. The antioxidants in black pepper also helps to keep blood sugar levels low.
Consumption of honey may help to reduce cholesterol levels. Honey also helps with controlling body weight and promotes the health of lipids in blood cells. Honey also works well to treat diabetic wounds topically, and it also helps to stimulate the secretion of insulin in the pancreas which may lower blood glucose levels. There are many benefits of taking honey for diabetics, especially when paired with turmeric; however, be careful not to consume too much honey at once. Eating a lot of honey may cause spikes in blood sugar levels, so be sure to use this food in moderation, or ask your doctor.
Ginger powder helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. The plant also has certain properties that inhibit hepatic phosphorylase—an enzyme in the body that acts to disassemble molecules that store glucose. Ginger may also prevent heart complications that are associated with diabetes. Just keep in mind that ginger has a blood thinning effect, so the root should not be taken in conjunction with blood thinning medications.
Cinnamon is another unit-diabetic spice. Cinnamon may lower blood sugar levels by over 20 percent in diabetics. This is because the cinnamaldehyde found in cinnamon acts to lower glucose in the blood. The spice may also boost the effects of insulin in your body, and it may also work to lower cholesterol. Some research shows that cinnamon may act to lower triglycerides in the body that result from a high-fat diet. There are many great benefits of using cinnamon with turmeric to help with your diabetes; nevertheless, if you have liver problems, you should ask your physician before using cinnamon as a part of your regimen.
Fun Ways to Take Turmeric
There are many options to take turmeric for your diabetes, and some methods are fun to implement. For instance, turmeric smoothies and juices allow your to be creative with what goes into your recipe. Smoothies or juices also allow you to capture the freshness of the turmeric root. Turmeric tea is also a good option, and you can add lemon, lime, honey or ginger. Another tasty option is to make turmeric curry or stir-fry. Consult with your doctor, and consider taking turmeric for diabetes today.
14 Amazing Herbs That Lower Blood Sugar
We live in a world where prescription medicine is getting more and more expensive as well as controversial. Alternative medicine is gaining momentum and with good reason! The same is true for treatments for diabetes type 2. You have therapies that can reverse diabetes through lifestyle and diet changes, natural supplements that can help stabilize blood sugar levels, and also herbs that lower blood sugar. Not only are these alternative therapies safer, but they are also easier on your pocket, on your body and mind.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is necessary for the body’s overall health. Erratic blood sugar levels can affect the body’s ability to function normally and even lead to complications if left unchecked. Some herbs and spices found in nature do a tremendous job of naturally lowering blood sugar levels, making them a boon for diabetics and pre-diabetics. What’s more, being nature’s multi-taskers, herbs and spices also produce overall health benefits beyond just helping balance blood sugar.
We want to clarify one thing right away – not everything on our list can be classified as ‘herbs’. However, they are all from natural sources.
Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant.
Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit, such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best herbs that lower blood sugar, along with a few spices thrown in, to give you a more comprehensive list. Please note that while we normally do not use animal studies to support any dietary supplement, several herbs like garlic and ginger are considered ‘food’ and so, are used traditionally by cultures across the world in their daily diet for their additional medical benefits. So human lab research studies on these are not always available. You can check all available studies under ‘References’ at the end of the article.
14 Best Herbs to Lower Blood Sugar
This powerful herb promotes glucose utilization in the cells thus lowering blood glucose. It also prevents the liver from releasing more glucose into the blood stream, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Some people feel Gymnema Sylvestre is one of the most powerful herbs for treating high blood glucose – both type 1 and 2 diabetics. Also Gymnema Sylvestre may help rejuvenate beta cells in the pancreas thus helping heal the condition.
Gymnema Sylvestre is a vine native to Central & South India. Used in traditional Indian medicine since the 6th century BC, the leaves of this plant contain ‘gymnemic acids’ that have the amazing ability to slow down the transport of glucose from the intestines to the bloodstream. Some scientists even believe that Gymnema Sylvestre extract can help repair and regenerate pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin!
There was a clinical trial conducted at Department of Biochemistry, Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences Madras, India that studied 22 patients with type 2 diabetes. It reported that supplementing the body with 400 mg of Gymnema Sylvestre extract daily resulted in remarkable reductions in blood glucose levels, hemoglobin A1c and glycosylated plasma protein levels. What’s even more remarkable is that by the end of this 18 month study, participants were able to reduce the dosage of their prescription diabetes medication. Five were even completely off medication and attaining stable blood sugar levels with Gymnema Sylvestre supplementation alone.
Other research conducted at the same institute studied possible regeneration of the islets of langerhans in rats that were made diabetic for the study and then given gymnema sylvestre leaf extracts. The diabetic rats were able to double the number of their islets and beta cell numbers. Researchers felt that the herbal therapy was able to bring blood sugar stability by repairing the pancreas and increasing insulin secretion.
According to studies, cinnamon may have a positive effect on the glycemic control and the lipid profile in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2. This is because it contains 18% polyphenol content in dry weight. This popular Indian spice can improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control. According to a study published in Journal Of The American Board Of Family Medicine, “cinnamon lowered HbA1C by 0.83% compared with standard medication alone lowering HbA1C 0.37%. Taking cinnamon could be useful for lowering serum HbA1C in type 2 diabetics with HbA1C >7.0 in addition to usual care.”
Cloves protect the heart, liver and lens of the eye of diabetic rats, according to studies. This spice contains 30% of the antioxidant phenol in dry weight, along with antioxidants anthocyanins and quercetin. As a result, cloves have antiseptic as well as germicidal properties. It also offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic and digestive health benefits for diabetics.
Another study done with 36 participants with T2D divided into four groups wherein they were given 0, 1, 2 or 3 g of cloves/day for 30 days followed by a 10-day washout period had the following results.
- Serum glucose decreased from 225 ± 67 to 150 ± 46 mg/dL
- Triglycerides decreased from 235 ± 63 mg/dL to 203 ± 86 mg/dL
- Serum total cholesterol decreased from 273 ± 78 mg/dL to 239 ± 47 mg/dL
- LDL decreased from 175 ± 73 mg/dL to 145 ± 44 mg/dL
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An aromatic herb that is used commonly to add flavor and aroma to meats and soups, Rosemary also helps normalize blood sugar levels naturally. It promotes weight loss as well, which is a double boon for many diabetics who struggle with weight issues. A research conducted in Jordan to study the effects of rosemary on lipid profile in diabetic rats proved that rosemary has no significant influence on serum glucose level and lipid profile of normal rats. But when rosemary extract was administered to diabetic rats for 4 weeks, their blood sugar levels reduced by 20%, cholesterol levels by 22%, triglyceride levels by 24%, and LDL by 27% while HDL increased by 18% respectively. The study was published in African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 6 in 2012.
Popular in Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean cooking, oregano is considered one of the best herbs to lower blood sugar levels.
A Mexican study on “Inhibition of Advanced Glycation End-Product Formation by Origanum majorana L. In Vitro and in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats” revealed that that oregano alleviated oxidative stress under diabetic conditions through the inhibition of lipid peroxidation. Oregano may also prevent and/or delay the onset of renal damage.
So don’t skimp on the herb when you’re cooking a meal next time!
Sage can have metformin-like effects, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. So you may want to consider cooking with this herb often. It has been used on traditional medicine for centuries, as one of the important herbs to reduce blood sugar. A word of warning – taking high doses of sage along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low, a condition called hypoglycemia. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Another popular ingredient in the Indian spice rack, curry leaves help to stabilize blood glucose levels and impact carbohydrate metabolism. An Indian study published in International Journal of Development Research studied in detail the effects curry leaves have on diabetes type 2. According to the research data, curry leaves contain a phytochemical that can help control blood sugar level in patients with Diabetes type 2 by reducing fasting and postprandial blood sugar level. Diabetic rats given a dose of about 12gm /day for a month revealed that curry leaves may treat diabetes by influencing carbohydrate metabolism and improving liver and kidney function. Also, the amazing antioxidant properties of curry leaves can boost pancreatic cell production, thereby improving insulin function.
A 2005 study on the anti-diabetic effect of garlic in normal and lab-induced diabetic rats, published in the journal Phytomedicine, found that oral administration significantly decreased serum glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, uric acid, creatinine, AST and ALT levels. While it increased serum insulin in diabetic rats, this was not so in the case of normal rats. It concluded that garlic must be considered as an excellent candidate for future human studies on diabetes mellitus. What’s better, garlic also helps reduce high cholesterol levels, a complication that diabetics often face. This makes it an excellent spice to use for in all recipes!
A spice that is popular for soothing your stomach and aiding digestion, Ginger also has the ability to normalize blood sugar levels. Multiple studies conducted on rats show that ginger extract can have a significant anti-hyperglycemic effect. It lowers serum total cholesterol, triglycerides and increases the HDL-cholesterol levels. Diabetes is a digestive disorder. Diabetics often face issues with acid reflux. Ginger soothes the entire digestive tract, giving diabetics another reason to add ginger to their supplement regimen.
A popular spice used in Indian cooking, and the main ingredient of ‘curry’ that has taken the world by storm, turmeric has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that all come together to help diabetics manage more stable blood sugar levels. It helps boost immunity and prevent infections that diabetics are often vulnerable to. Studies conducted on rats prove that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is effective in reducing plasma glucose level and HbA1C as well as improving the lipid profile. Many diabetics also suffer from arthritis, since the sugar laden blood and inflammatory processes typical to diabetes often damage joints. Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory abilities, also helps with these joint pains.
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Carbohydrates break down into glucose in the small intestine which is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Spices like Cayenne pepper stimulate glucose absorption from the small intestine, according to a Hungarian study published in the March 18, 2006 issue of the “European Journal of Pharmacology”. Add a bit to cayenne pepper to your home-cooked meals to stabilize your blood sugar levels naturally. The entire pepper family – including bell peppers, chilli peppers, and cayenne are known to help fight inflammation. That is why they are prized in several Asian culinary traditions. Use Cayenne wisely to get its anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
One of the lesser known herbs that lower blood sugar, Marjoram, is high in polyphenols, which aids in stabilizing blood glucose levels. A 2012 study in the Journal of Evidence Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Marjoram reduced formation of Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products. AGE is the smoking gun that researchers today say is responsible for a lot of the complications that diabetics face, like damage to arteries and eyes. Try sprinkling marjoram on your dinner every night to help add variety in flavor. It can often be used as a substitute for oregano in cooking and brings in a distinct flavor to dishes.
Multiple studies show that Fenugreek seeds help lower blood sugar by slowing down the process of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine. This action is similar to the prescription drug Acarbose.
- Soak the seeds overnight and use them in a recipe
- Or Directly chew on the soaked seeds
- Or Use fenugreek seed powder to attain desired results.
A 2012 review of ginseng in animals and human beings found that not only does ginseng reduce insulin resistance, it also lowers HbA1C levels. It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries as one of the most potent herbs for blood sugar control. Indian ginseng, also called Ashwagandha, offers fantastic all round benefits. Scientists are also researching the connection between diabetes and Alzhiemer’s. Panax Ginseng is a type of ginseng that is able to help with both diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
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Add Herbs To Your Diet to Lower Blood Sugar
It’s not just easy, but also tasty to add spices and herbs that lower blood sugar to your diet. Most of these can be used in everyday recipes. If you are looking for inspiration on how to start cooking with these, try out these recipes from our recipe section – Mushroom-stuffed Turkey, Stuffed Peppers, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza, Courgette Carrot & Tomato Frittata, Moussaka, Vegetable Stir Fry, and Roasted Butternut Squash
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