Saturday, August 15, 2015

Diabetes and Blood Sugar Problems: Beneficial Herbs and Supplements

Diabetes does not just happen one day but is a gradual process that often can be turned around in the early stages. 

How do you stop diabetes in the early stages?

Diet changes and Exercise are two of the most important factors in blood sugar control. 

That means getting rid of the sugar, junk food, sodas, processed food, and high carb foods. There are books and articles on the subject. Most people know what they should not be eating, they just are unable to stop.  There are reasons you are overeating. You need to find out why you eat first. It it stress related? Is it deep seated pain from a marriage or childhood?  What feelings come up in your heart and mind when you reach for that fork? So counseling or therapy might help root that heart wound out and show you how to deal with it in more constructive way. I knew a nurse that would overeat because of horrible memories of when she was used by her parents in child porn.  You need to forgive others or yourself. Find a way to look into the mirror and see the beautiful person that is looking back at you. So these steps should come first to conquer diabetes.

Are there thyroid or endocrine problems in your family? 
Were either one of your parents very thin or suffer with weight problems?  You need to find out if endocrine problems are causing problems in your weight and health.  See an endocrinologist who is specialized in these health problems.  

If possible find one who is holistically centered in his treatment.

Are there herbs and supplements to help you conquer your blood sugar problems? 


It is important that you get help from a holistic doctor to help you use the proper amounts of these herbs and to monitor your blood sugar while doing so. 

Do not take herbs and diabetic medicine together. Herbs can affect your medication, causing a possible overdose of your diabetes medicine.  So again, you need the direction of a holistic doctor to use these herbs properly. These herbs can reduce your blood sugar to the point of causing a problem with your medicine.    

This article is about the herbs and supplements that help your body to be more effective in dealing with sugar and foods. 

"U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Richard Anderson, PhD, reviewed the research on the mineral for a 1998 article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition and found at least 25 studies suggesting that it can benefit diabetes patients.
"It's not a panacea," he says, but because chromium supplements seem safe at the doses most commonly recommended, he believes there's no harm in trying them. He recommends starting with 200 micrograms of chromium three times per day, and then reducing the dose to twice per day if blood sugar levels improve."  Web MD

Diabetics are known to be deficient in Magnesium.

Bitter Melon (momordica charantia) (karela or karolla)
Supports healthy insulin function and the pancreas to work more effectively.
Grows in Asia, India, Africa, and South America. 

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

This is not your garden variety of basil found in nurseries. There are many varieties of basil of which only a few are medicinal.  Most are used in cooking.
Holy basil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for diabetes health and control.  


Fenugreek  (trigonella foenum) seeds, a folk remedy for diabetes.  

Grown in India, North Africa and the Mediterranean.  Is used in Ayurvedic medicine and is used in the cultural dishes of the areas above.
"Several studies, including one published in 1990 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that this herb can lower blood sugar. Researchers found that type 1 diabetics who took 50 grams of fenugreek seed powder twice daily had significantly lower blood sugar levels than those who took a placebo." Web MD

Nopal (opuntia streptacantha)
This is the prickly-pear cactus used in Mexico to control glucose. This has been shown in some animal study research as well.  My father in law uses Nopal to control his glucose despite drinking too much and eating sugar treats when he should not.  It made quite a difference in his health.  His doctors consider him pre-diabetic. Nopal has kept him at the pre-diabetic level. I work constantly to get him to eat less sugar and eat higher quality protein.  He is very stubborn at 95.  He still plays golf and takes care of himself.  If he ate better, he would live to the early hundreds. His brother just died at 98.

Gymnema sylvestre

Another herb used in Ayurvedic medicine which grows in India.  There are many animal studies that show its ability to lower blood glucose levels, regenerate islet cells, and increase beta-cell production.


Research studies have been mixed, some showing its ability to lower glucose and some did not.  The method and quality of the cinnamon is the problem in these studies.  

Some methods of extraction and processing ruin the medicinal properties of this herb.  I doubt that most cinnamon products bought at the supermarket will have those medicinal properties. 

Spice grade is not medicinal grade.   

So if you are going to try Cinnamon, make sure you buy it as a supplement at the health food store and not in the spice section. Also spices from India have been shown to be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins. 

There is more than one variety of cinnamon which also matters. The spice you buy may contain more than one variety of cinnamon. 

The chemical hydroxychalcone has been identified as one of the  potential active ingredients, which is believed to modify the sensitivity of cells to insulin, enhancing their uptake.  There are some recent studies that do show its benefits here at Medscape.  Take the time to read the article and research here.  This article gives you an idea of the dosage they used with the patients to achieve benefits.Check the reference links below for more information on the research and dosage.

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