Diabetes is a condition that affects the blood sugar and insulin levels of our body. When diet and exercise are not enough to control blood sugar, certain herbs may provide relief from their symptoms and reduce the risk of various complications.
Here are some of the best herbs that may provide benefit to people suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
Bitter melon has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Some evidence showed that it may help with symptoms of diabetes. According to studies, taking bitter melon in the following forms can lead to a reduction in blood sugar levels in some people:
- Blended vegetable pulp
Cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine its effect on blood glucose levels. In a study conducted, results showed that cinnamon, in whole form or extract, can help lower down fasting blood glucose levels.
Consuming about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can result in significant improvement in blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Aloe vera plant is widely known for its skincare benefits. In addition to this, there are several studies showing that it may also have other benefits, including slowing the progress of type 2 diabetes.
In a 2013 review, results suggest that aloe vera might help protect and repair the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The researchers believed that this might be due to aloe’s antioxidant effects.
We can enjoy this benefit by simple adding its juiced pulp to a drink or smoothie.
Holy basil is traditionally used as a natural medicine for diabetes. A controlled trial of holy basil’s effect in people with type 2 diabetes showed a positive effect on fasting blood sugar and on blood sugar following a meal.
Simply chew some basil leaves every day in order to reap its benefits. Also, Basil tea can be made by adding a few leaves in boiling water. After about two to three minutes, strain the water and drink a cupful every day.
Ginger is often used to treat digestive and inflammatory issues.
For this benefit, we can consume it by adding ginger powder or chopped, fresh ginger root to raw or cooked food, brewing into tea, drinking ginger ale or taking it as a supplement in capsule form.