Herbs for Diabetes: 5 Natural ways to Lower Blood Sugar

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You may have brewed them for teas, added them to food or used them for cleanses. However, you may  have not yet discovered  how good  many herbs for diabetes can be. A little fenugreek, bitter melon, Aloe Vera, cinnamon, and ginger could see your blood sugar decreasing to a significant level.


 

1  Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek is a plant with very powerful aromas and it is used in both culinary and medicinal traditions. Mainly found in South Asia, North Africa and parts of the Mediterranean, the main value of the plant is found in its bitter-tasting seeds.

Fenugreek seeds are high in fibers and when taken it slows down digestion and the absorption of carbohydrates. Studies have shown that the powdered seed of the fenugreek plant not just lowers glucose level in the blood, but also improves metabolism.

Things to note
Uses
  • lower blood glucose levels  in  type 1 or type 2 diabetics.
  • May reduce body fat and improve testosterone levels
  • Improve milk production in breastfeeding women
Side effects
  • Fenugreek is Generally SAFE for diabetics.
  •  Hypoglycemia is a potential danger. Blood sugar has to be monitored closely.
Interactions
  • Taking fenugreek along with diabetes medications used to lower blood glucose, might drop your blood too low.
  • Pregnant women are advised to reduce fenugreek in her diet.
Dosing
  • it’s recommended for diabetics to take  2-5g of fenugreek seeds on a daily basis.

 

2 Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is one of the best natural herbs for diabetes. Find out more in this previous article. This vegetable-fruit is known to have several names:

  • Bitter squash
  • bitter gourd
  • bitter apple
  • bitter cucumber
  • karela
  •  goya

 

Different medicines are made by using the fruit along with the seeds  . Bitter melon can be found in India, China, Burma, and parts of South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

The plant has substances that act in the same way as insulin causing blood sugar to drop. The most potent substance charantin is responsible for getting glucose to the cells of the body and allows the liver to store the excess sugar. Several studies have proved the ability of bitter melon.

Things to note
Uses
  • lower blood glucose levels  among  type 2 diabetics.
  • Improve glycemic control
  • Used traditionally against: colic, fever, and burns
Side effects
  • High Dosage could give mild abdominal pain or diarrhea.
Interactions
  • Taking bitter melon along with your prescribed diabetes medication, might cause hypoglycemia.
Dosing
  • Herbal supplements based on bitter melon extract are available in most health food shops. Stick with recommended dosage.

 

3 Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a well-known spice that is used to give certain foods their delicious taste. However, many people have also kept it as part of their medicine cabinet. Cinnamon has been used for both its culinary and medicinal values in places like Egypt, China, India and South-East Asia for centuries. Studies have shown that cassia cinnamon reduces blood sugar significantly especially if you should take it in whole-herb form.

Things to note
Uses
  • Could help control blood sugar among people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Improve blood pressure
  • cassia cinnamon oil cream is a good protection  against mosquito bites.
Side effects
  • High Dosage for a long period of time could harm the liver.
Interactions
  •  Cassia cinnamon intake should be stopped  at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.
Dosing
  • Herbal supplements based on bitter melon extract are available in most health food shops. Stick with recommended dosage.

 


 

4 Aloe Vera

This plant with its prickly edges has been used in herbal medicines for thousands of years. It can be found as a household plant in the Caribbean, South Africa and Latin America. Aloe vera can be taken by mouth or applied to the skin.

The bitter juice, the aloe latex from the aloe vera plant is said to be able to stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas that reduces glucose levels in the blood. The fact that the plant is able to reduce blood lipids or fats, and causes wounds and ulcers associated with diabetes to heal faster, is an indication of the power of this wonder herb.

Things to note
Uses
  • Aloe gel can reduce blood sugar among women with type 2 diabetes
  • can help reduce cholesterol
  • can reduce constipation
Side effects
  • Aloe latex could aggravate  hemorrhoids condition.
  • If taken by mouth, it could be unsafe for kids. Abdominal pain and cramps could be involved.
Interactions
  •  Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with aloe.
  • As a diabetic, monitor your blood glucose carefully if you take aloe regularly.
Dosing
  • If used as a herb for diabetics, these doses are recommended:
  • 5-15 milliliters of aloe juice, twice daily
  • One capsule containing 300 milligrams of aloe extract, twice daily.
  • One tablespoon of aloe, twice daily.

 

5 Ginger

Here is another herb that is used daily in households not just as a spice in foods, but also in the treatment of many ailments especially nausea and indigestion. Grown mainly in Africa, India, China, Australia and Jamaica, you can get the properties of ginger fresh from the rooted bulb, dried and grounded in powder, and from its juice or oil extracts.

Ginger carries a strong, spicy but pleasant aroma and studies have confirmed that ginger extracts reduces blood glucose by 35% and increases the release of insulin by 10% among patients with type 2 diabetes.

Things to note
Uses
  • Can reduce fasting plasma glucose, HbA1C, Triglycerides, and Total cholesterol.
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • has a strong anti-inflammatory activity.
Side effects
  • Overconsuming ginger could aggravate some heart conditions.
  • If ginger is applied to the skin, it could give irritation.
Interactions
  •  There is an interaction between medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) and ginger.
  • As a diabetic, monitor your blood glucose carefully if you take ginger regularly.
Dosing
  • If you take ginger the recommended dose is 2 g  each day.
  • Your medications doses might be reviewed. Consult your doctor for updated information.

 

You may be looking for a natural way to lower your blood sugar. Try one of these helpful natural herbs for diabetes management and share the success.

 


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