Monday, September 7, 2015

Research Proof; Moringa Beneficial To Heart and High Blood Pressure

Readers want to know if Moringa can improve blood pressure.  When researching the subject, you will find at least  4 research studies with rats that do show it lowers blood pressure. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to do so.  There are not double blind studies with humans on Moringa and blood pressure. 

However, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for  many years for that purpose and other medical problems. Science has not put the money into double blind human research studies to verify what India doctors use and know works. 

Doctors in India don't need the studies for they know and see the results in their patients health. They know herbs and Moringa work, so to them, it is not important. Herbs and Moringa are part of their medicine, their healing protocols. .

Why would Moringa work to improve high blood pressure?

Often in high blood pressure and heart problems, there are deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals. There are also problems with the body's utilization of calcium and magnesium through supplements especially tablets. You need a lot of hydrochloric acid to break down tablets in the stomach. As you get older, it becomes harder to utilize supplements.  The Calcium, Magnesium, and other minerals in Moringa leaves are easy to digest and easily utilized by the body. 

Moringa also contains two  'hypotensive carbamate glycosides' which have the effect of lowering blood pressure. Research also shows it is beneficial to improve cholesterol readings.  

Moringa's ability to improve blood pressure would be dependent on why your blood pressure is abnormal, whether you have mineral imbalances, and how sensitive you are to the Moringa.  You must also take enough to be effective and take it for a long enough time period to give it time to work. No magic wands just time.

There is no clear information on how much or how long it takes to achieve results. Most herbal programs take weeks or months.  You would need to have a doctor's supervision to make sure it was working and to make sure you do not get problems if using prescription medications too. Combining herbs, some foods, and Moringa can make a difference in how your medicine works and how it effects your blood pressure. It is extremely important to be monitored while working to lower your blood pressure.

You still need to change the lifestyle factors such as obesity, bad diet, stress, and lack of exercise to be healthy.  I don't believe that Moringa or herbs should be used without changing the negative lifestyle factors that were responsible for undermining your health.   Herbs were meant to be used as a tool to improve health, to prevent disease but not the only tool.  All of our thoughts, attitudes, habits, and diet are a circle that either creates health or disease.  Only you can change the course for your health. You have to make the decision on a daily basis to either improve your health or destroy your health. Which will it be for you?   

My recent blogs show why you should not need to resort to drugs with fatal side effects. Drugs prescribed for one health problem, that create several more health problems that are even more serious.  Between lifestyle changes and herbal support, the majority of people should be able to lower their blood pressure naturally.  Even with genetically high blood pressure, the natural approach is worth trying first. Drugs are always there if natural programs do not work.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Herbs Beneficial to Heart Health and Controlling Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is not due to a deficiency of lopressor or any other medication. 

So drugs should be your last choice in therapy, not the first choice. 

Your first steps should be to change the lifestyle factors that led to your high blood pressure.

Why drugs are not the best answer to any problem. Side Effects, Side Effects, and More Side Effects including death..

The main drugs to lower blood pressure are  beta blockers including Acebutolol, Atenolol, Zebeta, Coreg, Brevibloc, Lopressor, Levatol and Inderal to name just a few.  There are 77 million Lisinopril prescriptions filled each year. Guess how much money you are making for the company who manufactures Lisinopril. It is in the billions. This is for a health problem that could be for the most part avoided with changes in lifestyle. There are only a small percentage of people who have genetic high blood pressure. Drugs should be reserved for those cases that do not respond to lifestyle changes such as genetic high blood pressure.

Below are the side effects associated with those drugs: impotence is common among men taking blood pressure medications.  They list it under less serious side effects. I guess that depends on who is stating this. To most men and their partner, impotence is a serious issue. Sleep problems can affect your job and life. Most of the side effects below could impact driving, jobs, relationships, and your way of life.

"Acebutolol can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert."
From Lopressor

"Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: certain types of heart rhythm problems (such as a slow heartbeat, sick sinus syndrome, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), liver disease, serious allergic reactions, including those needing treatment with epinephrine, blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's disease, peripheral..."

  • slow or uneven heartbeats;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
  • swelling of your ankles or feet;
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • depression; or
  • cold feeling in your hands and feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • tired feeling; or
  • anxiety, nervousness.
So high blood pressure medicine comes with the high cost of side effects that impact your life in many ways.  There are alternatives to drugs.  High blood pressure is not the result of a deficiency of drugs.  Drugs only treat the symptom, not the main cause. 

Program to lower blood pressure naturally

Lose excess weight, especially weight in the stomach which is hard on the heart. 

Stop Smoking and reduce alcohol intake if excessive.

Add omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Krill oil is an excellent supplement but make sure it has been tested for PCb's and heavy metals. 

Decrease or eliminate caffeine which does increase blood pressure. 

Add Vitamin D to your diet.

Add Co Enzyme 10 for heart health.

Add calcium and magnesium to your diet. High blood pressure can be a result of these mineral deficiencies.

Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, gouda and edam cheeses, and yogurt which helps the gut to work more effectively.

Use real butter, raw nuts, olive oil, and olives in your diet for adding high quality fats to your diet.

Lower your carbs in your diet.  Eat organic meat if you eat meat.  

Lower your stress level is extremely important.  Find an outlet for your frustration and do it. 

Exercise:  Walking 40 minutes a day, 4 times a week : Resistance exercise,  12 min a day of handgrip exercises: all have been proven to lower blood pressure.

Meditation:  20 min twice a day helps lower your blood pressure readings.

Herbs that are beneficial for high blood pressure. 

I have included research clips with the original research links
for you to read. There is research to back the use of herbs and they are used by doctors in various countries with success and few side effects.  

Hawthorn Berries: 

Hawthorne is used in traditional Chinese medicine for heart health and blood pressure. This herb is used today in those countries to keep the heart and blood pressure healthy. 

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper on herbs for high blood pressure,"

"Crataegus pinnatifida(Family: Rosaceae; Common name: Chinese Hawthorn). It has been used in China as a decoction for treatment of HTN for thousands of years. Pharmacological and clinical trials have shown that it lowers BP. 

The two main substances that contribute to hawthorn's beneficial effects on heart are flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins, which are potent antioxidant agents. Rhynchophylline, an alkaloid in cat's claw, has demonstrated an ability to inhibit platelet aggregation and thrombosis, which suggests that it may be useful in preventing strokes and reducing the risk of heart attack by lowering BP, increasing circulation, and inhibiting both the formation of plaque on arterial walls and formation of blood clots in the brain, heart, and arteries.[] In experiments with anesthetized rabbits, intravenous administration of the extract preparation lowered the BP for up to 3 hours.[

Grataegic acid was identified as the hypotensive principle. Mechanisms of action of Crataegus postulated to date reveal a remedy with potentially broad-based influence on the cardiovascular system. These effects include a hypotensive activity through vasorelaxation resulting from nitrous oxide stimulation,[] significant antioxidant activity, and a tonic action on cardiac myocytes."

Cats Claw:  Another herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat hypertension.   It is used to reduce inflammation as well. It is taken by caps or tea. 
"(Family: Rubiaceae; Common name: Cat's Claw herb). In traditional oriental medicine, U. rhynchophylla has been used to lower BP and to relieve various neurological symptoms. 
The hypotensive activity has been attributed to an indole alkaloid called hirsutine, which has been found to act at the Ca2+ channels.[] The effects of hirsutine on cytosolic Ca2+ level ([Ca2+]cyt) were studied by using fura-2- Ca2+ fluorescence in smooth muscle of the isolated rat aorta. Noradrenaline and high K+ solution produced a sustained increase in [Ca2+ ]cyt. Application of hirsutine after the increases in [Ca2+ ]cyt induced by noradrenaline and high K+ notably decreased [Ca2+ ]cyt, suggesting that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ influx mainly through a voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel. Furthermore, the effect of hirsutine on intracellular Ca2+store was studied by using contractile responses to caffeine under the Ca2+ -free nutrient condition in the rat aorta. When hirsutine was added at 30 μM before caffeine treatment, the agent slightly but significantly reduced the caffeine-induced contraction. When added during Ca2+ loading, hirsutine definitely augmented the contractile response to caffeine. These results suggest that hirsutine inhibits Ca2+ release from the Ca2+store and increases Ca2+ uptake into the Ca2+ store, leading to a reduction of intracellular Ca2+ level. It is concluded that hirsutine reduces intracellular Ca2+ level through its effect on the Ca2+ store as well as through its effect on the voltage-dependent Ca2+ channel.[]
A methanol extract of the hooks of an Uncaria species was found to have a potent and long-lasting hypotensive effect in rats and the activity was different from that of U. rhynchophylla and its analogue. Further studies of the extract resulted in the isolation of 3-indole alkaloid, glycoside, cadambine, dihydrocadambine, and isodihydrocadambine. The latter two were found to be the hypotensive principles, whereas cadambine was inactive.[]"

Hibiscus Tea:  Studies have shown that hibiscus tea reduces blood pressure.  It tastes good as well.  Green tea is also beneficial for reducing your blood pressure readings.  

Research Paper in full here
Clip below from above research paper.
"(Family: Malvaceae; Common name: Roselle). This happens to be one of the most extensively studied plants for antihypertensive properties. The leaves, calyx, and corolla of this plant are used traditionally in many West African countries for various medicinal purposes and as edibles. 
The antihypertensive effect of this plant extract has been variously studied. One study reported the antihypertensive effect of calyx of HS.[] A similar result was independently produced in Lagos, Nigeria by Adegunloye et al.[] An intravenous administration of 20 mg/kg of a water extract of dry HS calyx produced a fall in the BP of experimentally induced hypertensive rats. The antihypertensive effects of the crude extract of the HS have been attributed to mediation through acetylcholine and histamine like dependent mechanism through direct vasorelaxant effects.[] Earlier report showed that the petal crude extract of same plant had a direct relaxant effect on the aortic smooth muscle of rats.[] The chronic administration of aqueous extract of HS has been reported to reverse cardiac hypertrophy in renovascular hypertensive rats.[]

Clinical trials of the plant extract in human being have shown reliable evidence of antihypertensive effects. A standardized dose of HS (9.6 mg per day) given to 39 patients and captopril, 50 mg per day, given to the same number of patients did not show significant difference relative to hypotensive effects, antihypertensive effectiveness and tolerability.[]"

Read the original research links below to read about more herbs that benefit the reduction of high blood pressure. 



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Love Cucumbers? Tainted Ones May Be In Your Salad Right Now? Tainted food coming to you at your local market!

I talk to people all the time on the problems with our food, no matter where it comes from. Now that California cannot grow its crops because of water restrictions, more food is now being imported from countries such as Mexico.  India and China are not the only countries that export tainted foods. Add Mexico to the list as well.  Just  because we are neighbors, does not mean their imported food is safe to eat. Remember the majority of the foods that are imported are not tested nor checked by the FDA. They do not have the time, nor the inspectors to test all of the billions of pounds of produce, meat, and fish that comes through the import process. Only a small percentage of food is tested, the rest just gets a nod and goes on through straight through to the company that sells it. This is the truth. Research it for yourself.  You want to think your food is tested because it makes you feel better when you eat your salad. 

This week's recall is cucumbers from Mexico.

Tainted Cucumbers making people sick this week.  RECALL ordered.

The California company who imported the cucumbers from Mexico is now dealing with a recall of the cucumbers due to salmonella.  One person is dead and 285 others are sick in 27 different U.S. states.  Here is the excerpt from the article here below:

"The company, Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce, said it is recalling all cucumbers sold under the Limited Edition brand label from Aug. 1 through Thursday.
The cucumbers were produced in Baja California, Mexico, and distributed in at least 22 U.S. states, the company said in a statement."
Worry about Moringa but Worry MORE about the other foods you are eating!

More and more produce is coming from foreign countries whose standards are crude with no real way to properly wash their produce. When bathrooms are not readily available in those countries, where do they go? In the fields.  Where do they wash their hands? They don't because there is no way to wash their hands.   These same workers prepare the veggies for shipment to the U.S. company who sells it.  He does not test the shipments of veggies. Inspectors come once a year to make sure his company is adhering to proper procedures. The majority of the year, it is up to the integrity of the owner of that company to do proper safety steps on the veggies they sell. Testing may happen here and there but not on a regular basis.   If he tested every shipment,  you would be paying 5 bucks or more for each head of lettuce.  Testing does not always catch the problem. Testing involves samples taken from a large shipment. The tested samples may prove negative, because only part of the shipment is tainted. 

You write me all the time about Moringa but you don't realize the food you eat from your friendly supermarket is much more dangerous.  You question Moringa, which you should, but you don't question enough the other foods you eat on a regular basis. You eat more salads generally than Moringa.  You eat more antibiotic infused meat and eggs than Moringa. There is pesticide residue in everything. You eat pork that is raised in horrible conditions but you don't think about it.  

You need to start realizing Moringa is important, but all the rest of your diet is much more of a problem.  Modern big farm meat and produce is slowly poisoning us, with antibiotics and pesticide residue.  Those chemicals end up as toxins in the tissues and organs of the body. They cause all sorts of health problems and eventually disease.  It is a huge problem for people living in big cities who have few food choices on where they buy their food.  If you are poor, you cannot afford organic. You may not live near a farmer's market or may work hours that don't allow you to shop them.  It is the elephant in the room, that people don't want to talk about.   

What Can You Do?

Buy Locally when possible at a Farmer's Market.

Buy US grown when possible.  Look at the tags on the produce or ask the produce manager about the origin of the veggie or fruit.

Wash well any fruit or veggies, even it it says they are prewashed. Don't count on that being done properly or safely.

Buy organic if you can, it is worth it despite some of the articles.  Wash them well.

Grow your own veggies if possible in pots or in the ground. There are veggies that are meant to be grown in small plots or in pots. They were developed to take up less room including cucumbers and Take part in a community garden if there is one near you.  It is worth the time to do so.  If you don't have time, enroll your kids in a community project.  It will get them away from their phones.    

This is all for today. Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Kate Freer


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The First Eggs Arrived Today......Finally! 10 Reasons to Raise Your Own Chickens?

Chickens love comfrey so it has to be protected from the Chickens.

Our chicken yard and pasture!
Comfrey on the right growing in a protected area of the yard.

Hi Folks, today is a blessing in many ways. Our first eggs laid in the nesting boxes!

It may be hard for some of you to appreciate today's blog, if you have never raised your own chickens. To some of you who have never tasted a real pasture raised egg, it is orange with amazing flavor. It is so fun and exciting to find your first eggs. You go through all the trouble of getting them raised and finally your reward....eggs.  It is about the quality of your food.  Learn why you should raise your own chickens and eggs in today's blog.

Chickens Free-Ranging on fertile pasture.

Chicken Project and its rewards
It was one of our goals to raise our own organic chickens and eggs here in Tennessee. 

This property came with 4 huge old sheds with some flat pasture. I knew from day one what I wanted to do with the whole area and the 4 side by side 12 ft high farm sheds. 

We built the chickens a huge indoor structure to lock them up at night in the first shed, leading out to a covered and protected middle area, then into an adjoining hard wired outdoor yard. The floor is concrete so nothing can dig its way in. We were blessed that we had these wonderful farm sheds to work with. Since they were 12 feet high, all the areas up to the roof had to be lined with wire.

We then fenced-in a pastured area surrounding the sheds and chicken yard where they are locked in at night rich with quality weeds, clover, and grass.  The pasture area has access to the three other side by side sheds for shelter if it's hot, raining or snowy outside. 

The 3 sheds are fenced in the back so the chickens can't get out of the sheds and predators can't get in.There is water in each shed in case the hawks are hanging out. The first 5 feet at the top of the sheds have tarps hanging down so the hawks cannot swoop into the sheds after them.  We spent a lot of time and money to make it so they could live in as much safety and freedom as possible.

You have to make chicken coops with hardwire  not chicken wire. Chicken wire keeps chickens in but does not keep predators out. You must make the coop where you lock them up at night, out of wood where raccoon hands cannot reach through and tear off their heads. Raccoons leave your chickens torn apart in is horrible. You must think like a predator who can jump 6 foot fences, climb, and open latches if too simple.

Two batches of chickens later and 5 months of feed, we have our first two eggs. The eggs were even laid in the nesting boxes we built, which is not always the case.  This week the younger chickens were integrated with the older ones which is filled with worry. It went very well and now all have complete freedom to go inside or outside their enclosure. They get to eat all the grass, weeds, and bugs they want.  Organic, healthy eggs and chickens. I didn't lose one from the beginning which was great.

Why go to all that trouble? Buying them at the store is simple. 

Here are 10 good reasons why you should raise your own chickens and eggs. Why Free-Ranging them on pasture is the difference.

#1:  You know your eggs come from healthy chickens. 'Big Farm' eggs come from chickens housed in tiny cages unable to move much. Often there are dead and ill chickens in the same cage. 

Even the commercial eggs labeled free-range are not really given much pasture. That term really misrepresents how they are raised in reality. There are many thousands of chickens in each area given a small area outside. Most chickens never see the outside or pasture.  

#2: You know your chickens were fed greens, bugs, and that makes the yolks naturally more orange colored with more flavor. The taste difference between greens fed chickens and Big Farm chickens is amazing.  You won't eat store bought eggs once you have tasted farm pasture raised chickens.

#3-10: Three Different Studies confirm that Free-Range chicken eggs contain more nutrition, less fat, less cholesterol than 'Big Farm' raised chickens. It is what you feed them that makes this difference. They must have access to pasture most of the day to get these results. Chickens raised in cages eating standard chicken feed will not give these results.

Study Results Below: (see references at end of article)

"A 1999 study by Barb Gorski at Pennsylvania State University found that eggs from pastured birds had 10 percent less fat, 34 percent less cholesterol, 40 percent more vitamin A, and four times the omega-3s compared to the standard USDA data. Her study also tested pastured chicken meat, and found it to have 21 percent less fat, 30 percent less saturated fat and 50 percent more vitamin A than the USDA standard."

"• In 2003, Heather Karsten at Pennsylvania State University compared eggs from two groups of Hy-Line variety hens, with one kept in standard crowded factory farm conditions and the other on mixed grass and legume pasture. The eggs had similar levels of fat and cholesterol, but the pastured eggs had three times more omega-3s, 220 percent more vitamin E and 62 percent more vitamin A than eggs from caged hens."

"• The 2005 study MOTHER EARTH NEWS conducted of four heritage-breed pastured flocks in Kansas found that pastured eggs had roughly half the cholesterol, 50 percent more vitamin E, and three times more beta carotene."

"Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1/3 less cholesterol• 1/4 less saturated fat• 2/3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene"

In an emergency, you always have eggs available to eat and chickens if needed.

Chickens are great company and very soothing to the spirit. They are worth their weight in gold to soothe a tired and weary mind and body.

Chickens eats fleas, ticks, bugs of all sorts which help keep the yard pest free.

Chickens eat left overs like tomato and lettuce trimmings.  Less waste.

Even in many cities now, regulations allow you to have several chickens but no rooster.  Call to find out about the regulations in your area. No matter where you live, you must protect them from predators, even stray house cats.

All for today. Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Whats in Your Bacon and Pork? Drug Residue.....

Headline article states that China is refusing pork from the US, because of the drug they feed them which helps them get more money for the pigs.  The drug ractopamine is given to 80 to 90% of pigs raised in the US, unless they are organically raised.  

Here is an excerpt below,"

The drug, ractopamine hydrochloride, is fed to pigs and other animals right up until slaughter and minute traces have been found in meat. The European Union, China, Taiwan and many others have banned its use, citing concerns about its effect on human health, limiting U.S. meat exports to key markets.
Although few Americans outside of the livestock industry have ever heard of ractopamine, the feed additive is controversial. Fed to an estimated 60 to 80 percent of pigs in the United States, it has resulted in more reports of sickened or dead pigs than any other livestock drug on the market, an investigation of Food and Drug Administration records shows.
"While the Department of Agriculture has found traces of ractopamine in American beef and pork, they have not exceeded levels the FDA has determined are safe."  
There should be NO drugs in our meat.  None of it is safe to be ingesting.
Despite the horrible drug effects on the pigs and the residue which ends up in the meat, the FDA approved the drug and some drug residue is permitted....great for our health isn't it?
Canada and 24 other countries only care about their profit margin and not your health. If you eat any kind of meat from chicken to beef, there is drug residue that is permitted in the meat. That is why we have such a MRSA problem in the United States. There is antibiotic overuse in all big farm raised animals. That is because they house the animals in tiny cages where infection is a constant problem with animals given little care.  If you ever visited a stockyard or a chicken ranch, you won't eat meat for awhile.  I am not a vegetarian but we try to eat as organically as we can.  Meat is a small part of our meals.  
You Think your meat is tested before you eat it.  Think Again..........
Most of the pork is not tested. There is not enough time nor agents to do that.  Here is a quote," Last year, for example, no tests were conducted on 22 billion pounds of pork produced in the United States; 712 samples were taken from 26 billion pounds of beef but the results have not yet been released."
This is true for imports and food grown in our own country.  The truth is most of our food supply is untested!  
So perhaps pork should come off your list for foods you eat on a regular basis.  Organic should be your first choice if you do eat pork. Many of you are very worried about your Moringa quality. That is valid but you are missing the large white elephant in the room. Our own food supply is in serious question.  Moringa is only a tiny piece of our food intake.  The foods you eat in larger amounts from veggies to meat should be your top concern. All our food now is in question no matter where it comes from.  
All for today. kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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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