Lower Blood Sugar Levels – The Natural Way
When I was a young boy, I used to help my father around a lot, so I could learn more about how the human body works.
Although he was a very passionate doctor, he always used to tell me:
“The best way to treat a condition is prevention. If you care for your body, there’ll be no need to treat anything.”
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At first, I thought I understood what he was telling me. But it was only after I arrived in the U.S. and saw so many ill people, that I got to the core of his words.
Since then, my father’s words have become my daily mantra which I apply both on myself and my patients.
Therefore, if you want to prevent one of the most spread diseases – diabetes – I’ve compiled for you a simple guide.
Herbs That Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Quick Info: It’s the dried root of one of the several species of the Araliaceae family of herbs.
It is native to China, Russia, North Korea, Japan, and some areas of North America. You can find it under many forms of commercial products: capsules, liquid extracts, teas, and dry powder of root.
Properties: Ginseng may slow down carbohydrate absorption, increase the cells’ ability to use glucose, and increase insulin secretion from the pancreas.
Recommendation:Take 1 to 3 grams a day in capsule or tablet form, or 3 to 5 milliliters of tincture three times a day.
Quick Info: This fruit looks like a pockmarked cucumber. You can buy it at the Indian grocery store or Chinese veg store.
Properties: Bitter Melon can help cells use glucose more effectively and block sugar absorption in your intestine. However, if you have gastrointestinal problems or sensitivity, combine it with Aloe Juice to avoid discomfort.
Recommendation:Take 3 to 6 tablespoons of the juice daily, and don’t consume it raw (it’s very likely you won’t enjoy the taste).
The Prickly Pear Plant
Quick Info: Grows wild throughout the American southwest, down to South America and up to Canada.
You can find the fruit in your grocery store and as a juice or powder at health food stores. It has three different edible sections:
- The pad of the cactus (nopal) can be consumed just as a vegetable.
- The petals of the flowers can be added to salads.
- The pear (tuna) can be treated as fruit.
Properties: The Prickly Pear Cactus lowers blood sugar because its components work similarly to insulin.
Recommendation:If you eat it as food, aim for 1⁄2 cup of cooked cactus fruit a day. Otherwise, follow label directions.
Quick Info: It grows in the tropical forests of India and Asia. If you’re in the U.S, you can get it in a powdered form, capsules or as extract.
Properties: Gymnema Sylvestre works by stimulating the production of insulin, thus reducing your ability to detect sweetness.
Recommendation: Take 200 to 250 milligrams twice daily.
Quick Info: Is a hardy dwarf shrub closely related to the blueberry, with red drooping flowers and dark blue edible berries.
You can buy the fruit itself, bilberry extract, condensed bilberry powder, or bilberry leaf.
Properties: Bilberry contains powerful antioxidants called anthocyanidins. Thus, it helps prevent damage to tiny blood vessels, which usually causes nerve pain and retinopathy (damage to the retina).
Recommendation: Take 80 to 120 milligrams two times per day of standardized bilberry extract.
Quick Info: Is a white-flowered herbaceous plant of the pea family, with aromatic seeds. You can buy fenugreek greens from the Indian store.
Properties: It has been found to reduce high cholesterol, increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar. The seeds contain an amino acid that boosts the release of insulin.
Recommendation: Take 5 to 30 grams with each meal or 15 to 90 grams with one meal per day.
These natural remedies don’t replace the medication for diabetes.
Make sure you discuss with your doctor before adding any herb or new pill to your diet. Some of these supplements may interact with your current medication.
To your health!