Diabetes is a disease in which your body cannot produce or cannot respond properly to its natural insulin hormone. This results in a metabolism of carbohydrates that is not normal, along with increased levels of glucose in both blood and urine. There are two main types of this disease; each must be treated in a different manner. (The third type of diabetes is gestational diabetes which affects women who are pregnant and can often be reversed once the baby is born, although they will be at risk for gestational diabetes with subsequent pregnancies and also have an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes)
In this case, the body’s immune system attacks and kills beta cells of the pancreas. This limits or entirely cuts off the production of insulin, which would normally help the body turn sugar into energy. Since the sugar is not converted, it builds up in the blood. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in children or early adolescence, but has been known to develop in adults as well. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin and by keeping sugar levels down through careful meal planning.
In this case, the body either does not make enough insulin or cannot properly process the insulin that is being released. Again, sugar builds up in the blood instead of being converted to energy. Type 2 diabetes more often develops in adulthood but children can also be affected. Type 2 diabetes is often controlled very well by exercise and meal planning, but may require insulin or mediations.
This herb, used in flavourings for centuries, was first discovered in India in the mid 1500’s. It comes from the inner bark of specific trees, and is widely distributed the world over. Cinnamon is also grown and harvested in Brazil, the Caribbean, Vietnam, China and Burma. Cinnamon is known for its brown colour and for its perfect pairing with brown sugar in a variety of sweets. Maybe not quite so well known for its use as an insulin sensitizer, cinnamon can be a good aid in the fight against diabetes. Taking this herb regularly can mean a drop in blood sugar levels. In one study, 60 Type 2 diabetes sufferers (all adults) took a regular dose of this herb and found an 18 to 29 percent drop in their blood sugar levels. This significance cannot be overlooked or understated. Cinnamon can be sprinkled onto an apple or even added to soups. You can add cinnamon to tea or in your healthy baked goods.
This seed was originally used in Middle Eastern cooking and is paired with curry dishes. Fenugreek is also known as methi, and is an annual plant grown in many places all over the world. This herb is also now known to reduce blood sugar, reduce cholesterol and increase insulin sensitivity. A study done with near 100 diabetic patients discovered that consuming 25 seeds a day found considerable improvements in both blood sugar levels and in post meal spikes. For a daily drink, crush seeds and then add to a cup with boiling water and cover. Allow the seeds to steep and then strain them out. You can also easily sprinkle seeds over food like salads or soups and enjoy the health benefits in this manner.
Although ginseng is grown in a variety of locations, it was first discovered in China about 5000 years ago, and has been used in both food and medicine since. This root can be taken as a supplement, or it lends itself well to tinctures. With regards to diabetes, this herb has been shown to improve an individual’s use of blood glucose, and carbohydrate absorption. It also increases insulin production in the pancreas. One study found that blood sugar levels were lowered by 15 to 20 percent by the regular use of ginseng capsules.
You’ve probably heard of most other herbs on this list, but gymnema sylvestre might be a new one for you. This plant is native to India and Sri Lanka and is generally found growing within their tropical forests. It has been discovered as a wonderful treatment for those with diabetes as it helps to reduce blood sugar and limits the accumulation of glucose in the body. It also may help to increase insulin production.
Diabetes is a common disease that can be managed by exercise, a healthy diet, and sometimes with medication. If you can at all help your treatment with the use of natural supplements or herbs in your food, give it a try. They offer very few side effects when taken in the right dose, and can alleviate many symptoms. Give each a try and see what works for you.
Thank you to Jon Reyes who wrote this article. Jon is a guest author from Steam and Shower UK and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under his belt.
This was taken from an Nature Sunshine Products forum website:
I was found to have diabetes type 2 last April. After doing some personal research, checking with Mary Jane L., my NSP Rep and a nutritionist, I embarked on an aggressive new diet -totally eliminating all forms of sugar and no sugar substitutes, no white flower and no milk products, mostly salads and fresh vegetables, various beans, little meat, whole grain cereals, Ezekiel Bread, almond butter and cashews and lots of water. My diet previously had been junk food, sweets/pastries/cake/ice cream, loads of pasta, lots of red meat, coffee – almost no fresh vegetables or salad – most of the wrong things.
A few weeks into the process I added Chromium GTF – it made a significant difference in the numbers, evened the swings out – lessening the morning and mid-afternoon drops and the peaks after meals. I noticed that it took one tablet about every 4-5 hours to really stabilize my system. During the process, although I was not overly heavy, I lost 20 pounds in approximately 2 1/2 months. I ran out of my supply of Chromium GTF about 6 months into the process and decided I had to have my Chromium and couldn’t wait to get some from Mary Jane, so I picked up what the GNC clerk said was their best product – GNC Chromium Picolinate 500. I expected the same result but was very disappointed. There was a day and night difference between the two products. Within a couple of days I was on the phone to Mary Jane and told her what had happened and that I needed several bottles of NSP’s product right away!
Since then, I have converted to the Sugar Reg and have found it to be far superior to Chromium. I still take 4-5 per day and I rarely encounter any problem, even under stress. When I wake up every morning my numbers are always between 94 and 112. I don’t want to be without it.
-Joseph B. of Cleveland, Ohio
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