Diabetes is described as a chronic disorder, with a lifetime drug sentence and control of the diet. Nevertheless, I find that certain natural treatments, without the side effects, had similar benefits to the prescription drugs. And I found out that with the right diet, total regulation of your blood sugar is possible.
The treatments described here are important for type 2 diabetes, and can be helpful for type 1 diabetes. When using these treatments, consult your doctor and you can need your medications reduced or modified.
1. Cassia Cinnamon
Casisia Cinnamon can significantly reduce blood sugar levels by fasting and improve insulin sensitivity.
A new study published in the American Diabetes Association Journal showed that taking 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon daily resulted in a substantial reduction in the levels of plasma glucose, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Through time, the full results are evident. The study lasted for 40 days, with progress varying from a decrease of 18 to 29% in glucose levels by the end of the study. Serum triglycerides have decreased, as well.
Six grams of cinnamon a day seems like a lot, so you would want to use only 2 grams per meal. You can add it to your meal and place it in a smoothie or tea. Pack the cinnamon into gelatin capsules if you don’t like the taste or find it difficult to take 2 grams at each meal. Each capsule holds approximately 500 mg, so take 4 at every meal.
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2. Amla or Indian Gooseberry
A 2015 paper released in the Research Journal of Recent Sciences states the possible benefits of using Amla or Indian Gooseberry to lower blood sugar levels.
Amla is available in many forms at the ethnic stores.
You need just a small volume, roughly equal to one gooseberry a day.
3. Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd
Bitter Melon serves to reduce blood glucose levels, and controls the body’s use of insulin. f Eating a bite or two of bitter melon with every meal is all you need, or you can take the extract of the bitter melon.
Bitter melon is also known to avoid diabetes complications including kidney damage, heart complications, eye problems, damage to the blood vessels, and problems with hormones.
According to a 2013 study of Antidiabetic effects of Momordica charantia (bitter melon) and its medicinal potency, evidence indicates that bitter melon helps the pancreas recover, generate more insulin, and use insulin more effectively.
4. Aloe Vera
For much of all, Aloe Vera has been praised as a cure, but most of its fame is well-earned. This plant produces a gel which has all the medicinal benefits within the leaf.
A few people are allergic to Aloe Vera and shouldn’t use it, but it has many advantages for most. A research review published in Natural Medicine Journal in 2012 discussed its use in many of the healing roles.
Aloe Vera decreases diabetes-related inflammation. It also normalizes enzymatic activity to reduce blood sugar and works to increase their benefits with other herbs or diabetes medications. When applied directly to the wound it is also effective in healing diabetic wounds.
Cut the plant leaf to harvest Aloe Vera from the plant, and split it open to scrape the center gel. Two tablespoons taken orally on a daily dose is enough to get the full benefits. Commercial preparations may be beneficial, but they are untested for their use.
5. Greater Burdock Root
The Greater Burdock Root has a lot of beneficial effects on the body. It improves digestion, and reduces diabetic blood sugar.
Fresh root has the most effect but it can also be used with powdered root. Peel and boil the fresh root or cook in some way, or use 1 to 2 grams of powdered root per dose.
Take the burdock root every meal. Also, fresh root burdock helps to prevent and cure diabetic complications such as diabetic neuropathy and eye problems.
Fenugreek has saponins, alkaloids, phenolic acids, and other ingredients that increase insulin release and make insulin use easier in the body.
It helps increase resistance to insulin, and promotes glycolysis.
Common dosages are 25 to 100 g of fenugreek powdered seeds, or 1 to 6 grams of extract per day. Such quantities can be taken in food or capsule form.
Ginseng, including American Ginseng, has a range of benefits for diabetics. It helps maintain blood sugar levels and facilitates insulin secretion, which reduces post-meal spikes and smooths them out.
It also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which lower diabetes progression.
Ginseng deals with some diabetes related problems, too. This helps reduce high blood pressure, and provides heart and eye protection when routinely used.
8. Water Plantain
This is not the plantain-like banana fruit, but a water plant that grows in moist, swamp-like conditions. You can eat this as part of your daily diet once you have found a source.
The fresh and dried plantain water roots, along with the leaves and seeds, are medicinal. Before consumption, all parts of the plant should be fried, and taken for best results daily.
In type 2 diabetics, water plantain lowers blood glucose levels and improves the use of insulin in the body. Many organs would also benefit in avoiding diabetes complications. Water plantain is beneficial to the liver and kidneys and prevents or treats fatty liver. It enhances blood pressure and related heart problems, and helps digestion.
9. Plant-Based and Keto Diet
Both diets are entirely opposite, but both work. Used with the above mentioned herbal remedies, you can find excellent results in treating type 2 diabetes without any medication.
The plant diet is high in carbohydrates and very low in fat while the keto diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. It seems to me that the solution lies in not consuming together carbohydrates and fat, but I have nothing to back that assumption.