Herbal Remedies for Blood Sugar

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Herbal Remedies for Blood Sugar

Do you need to get up frequently at night to urinate or have excessive thirst? Do you know that these symptoms can indicate that you are suffering from the problem of high blood sugar or diabetes mellitus?

What is high blood sugar?

The glucose produced as a result of digestion is absorbed into the blood stream and is maintained at a certain level for our body to perform its functions normally. This glucose must strictly remain within normal ranges. Both the decline in the blood glucose level and increase of the blood glucose level outside a normal range can create numerous health problems. High blood sugar or diabetes mellitus produces deleterious effects on almost all the body systems.

Diabetes mellitus can be managed with appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes. Moreover, there are many smart herbal remedies, which you can use to control sugar levels in your blood. Find out more about them in the following context of the article.

Garlic: Garlic is a very important remedy when it comes to controlling and preventing high blood sugar. It provides some miraculous benefits to the diabetic patients. Garlic is often advised to people with heart issues. Research shows that intake of garlic decreases cholesterol and sugar levels in blood. Garlic actually works by interacting with the hormone 'glycogen' which is produced by the liver.

You may add garlic to your daily meal in various curries, soups, or stir fries. As garlic, when taken raw is more beneficial, you can swallow one clove with water.

Bilberry leaves: This is yet another useful herbal remedy to control your blood sugar. The herb serves as medicine as well as a flavoring agent in pies and jams. Its high anti-oxidant content makes it popular amongst health seekers. Some research works provide evidence that bilberry aids in lowering blood sugar levels after meals. But it is recommended to seek a health professional's advice before using this remedy.

Indian black berry, Black plum or Jamun: This fruit which is quite popular in Asia is quite efficient in controlling high blood sugar. The seeds of this fruit are found to contain alkaloid jambosine and glycoside jamboline, both of which posses the properties of controlling sugar levels in blood. Moreover, jamun contains ellagic acid, hydrolysable tannins and anthocyanins, all of which have their own medicinal benefits.

You may consume the fruit as it is, or you may make powder out of its seeds and have it twice a day with water. We would again advise you to go for this remedy only if your doctor allows you to do so.

Mango Leaves: Mango leaves form an effective herbal remedy for controlling blood sugar. They aid in maintaining insulin levels, as well as in improving lipid profiles.

There are two methods to utilize mango leaf as a remedy: -Dry some mango leaves in shade, grind them and take half teaspoon of the powder twice daily; or you may soak around ten to fifteen mango leaves in water and leave them overnight; next morning, drain the water and drink it.

Amla: Also known as Indian gooseberry, amla has endless medicinal properties. One of its qualities which make it worth mentioning in this context is its blood sugar controlling ability.

Amla casts good effects on the pancreas, and healthy pancreas directly relates to excellent control of blood glucose levels. Its chromium content also helps do this job.

Apart from this, Amla is also rich in anti-oxidants, and therefore is excellent in cleansing the body internally. The herb also enhances the health of hair and skin.

You may use the remedy by extracting its juice and drinking it with water on an empty stomach. Grab two to three Amlas and remove their seeds. Now grind the fruit into paste and place that paste in some clean cloth. Squeeze to take out the juice. Add two table spoons of the juice in a cup of water and drink it.

Cinnamon: This herb which forms the base of your favorite gravy is gifted with blood sugar lowering capabilities as well. Cinnamon is found to improve insulin production in body, which controls glucose levels in blood. But do consult your doctor before going for the cinnamon remedy.

This herbal treatment can be followed in two ways: Have a pinch of cinnamon powder daily with some warm water; or you can mix a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in a cup of warm water and take this drink every day.

Cinnamon has been found to benefit those affected with Type 2 diabetes.

Bitter gourd: Some of you may not like the taste of bitter gourd, but the fact is that bitter gourd juice is an excellent remedy to protect from heart ailments, and to control sugar levels in blood. The remedy works in two ways. It prevents insulin resistance as well as it improves production of insulin hormone in body.

You may have a cup of bitter gourd juice every morning on an empty stomach, or you may cook it as part of your meal. But do get your doctor's approval before following this remedy.

Fenugreek: Fenugreek also serves as an effective home remedy for controlling blood sugar. Eat some fenugreek seeds with milk every day, or soak some of the seeds in water overnight, and drink this water the next morning (the seeds as well as the water).

This herbal remedy works by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates after meals. It is also known to decrease many metabolic symptoms that may be associated with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, it improves the production of insulin in the body.

Apart from this, fenugreek is also famous for its high anti-oxidant content, which is quite useful in fighting the harmful free radical species from the body.

It is better to follow your doctor's advice regarding the use of fenugreek remedy.

Curry leaves: Curry leaves too aid in lowering blood sugar levels by slowing down the breakdown of starch in the body after meals.

Follow your doctor's advice in order to adapt to the curry leaf remedy.

A combination of eating a well balanced and nutritious diet, doing regular exercise and taking some of these herbal remedies may help you control your blood sugar effectively.

References

http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsatod/a/Diabetes.htm

http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/herbs-supplements

http://www.diabetes.co.uk/Diabetes-herbal.html

About the Author

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Author: Dr Ritu Goel

I am a homoeopathic physician and a nutritionist. I have been working since last 14 years in the healthcare industry. I started my career as a practicing physician and simultaneously also contributed articles to various homoeopathic magazines and health websites. Then I joined GE capital as an Insurance Underwriter and worked there for nine years. However, my penchant for health and fitness writing continued and finally, I bade good bye to my lucrative corporate career and started as a freelance writer.

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