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Saturday 17 November 2018

Include these herbs to help balance your blood sugar

The need to continue to use our body's insulin to regulate sugar cannot be overemphasized.  A lot of people do not bother about it until the harm comes.  When the damage is done, it becomes difficult to use it except the external insulin for the rest of the persons life.  We believe in prevention, as we age, let us include foods and herbs that will naturally boost our body's insulin production or help us live better.  These herbs when used in moderation presents no side effect like the pharmaceutical drugs do. Here are a few of these herbs that helps our body manage sugar and other carbohydrates. They include: 
Ginger Root.
Ginger Root is a versatile root known for its anti inflammatory, antifungal and other properties that Supports the body function.  Using the spice regularly in our cooking or as tea is a great way to stay healthy and avoid degenerating diseases like diabetes.
Curry Leaves
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 byin 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 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.
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.
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.”
The active component in turmeric known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin may also improve blood sugar levels. Look for supplements that contain piperine or bioperine, pepper compounds that enhance bioavailability. In a study published in Diabetes Care, curcumin extract was found to significantly prevent diabetes in a group of pre-diabetics who took 500 milligrams three times a day.
Bitter leaf is a very bitter herb often neglected but great for those aiming to reduce their blood sugar.  I prefer it raw, best taken empty stomach after wash to reduce the bitters.  It works fast too.  Never drink the bitter leaf water after the first washing.  It actually contains some acids that may be harmful.  It is also used in cooking soups, however, for reducing blood sugar., it is better to Consume raw after washing.
This herb is often neglected but great if you are working on your blood sugar.  It comes most time as tea in bags.  Sipping a bag in hot water taken before bedtime also helps in mopping up excess sugar in the body while we sleep.  Long term use may delay the onset of diabetes or prevent it entirely. It is also mildly sedative.
Other spices and herbs that Supports blood sugar are: fenugreek, garlic, raw honey, cilantro, hibiscus flower tea, Tumeric, coffee etc.  Remember however that the place of quality protein like beans, nuts, greens, soybean and other grains can never be taken by the mere consumption of herbs and spices alone.  So remember to include proteins to help balance the sugar.


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