Spice yourself healthy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jul 2017 10:48:55

By Mahesh Jayaraman,

We live in a world where prescription medicine is getting more and more expensive as well as controversial. Alternative medicine is gaining momentum and with good reason. The same is true for treatments for Type-2 Diabetes. You have therapies that can reverse diabetes through lifestyle and diet changes, natural supplements that can help stabilise blood sugar levels, and also
herbs that lower blood sugar. Not only are these alternative therapies safer, but they are also easier on your pocket, on your body and mind.


Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is necessary for the body’s overall health. Erratic blood sugar levels can
affect the body’s ability to function normally and even lead to complications if left unchecked. Some herbs and spices found in nature do a tremendous job of naturally lowering blood sugar levels, making them a boon for diabetics and pre-diabetics. What’s more, being nature’s multi-taskers, herbs and spices also produce overall health benefits beyond just helping balance blood sugar.


We want to clarify one thing right away – not everything on our list can be classified as ‘herbs’. However, they are all from natural sources.
Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit, such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.


With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best herbs that lower blood sugar, along with a few spices thrown in, to give you a more comprehensive list. Please note that while we normally do not use animal studies to support any dietary supplement, several herbs like garlic and ginger are considered ‘food’ and so, are used traditionally by cultures across the world in their daily diet for their additional medical benefits.


List of best herbs to lower blood s ugar


Curry Leaves

 



Another popular ingredient in the Indian spice rack, curry leaves help to stabilise blood glucose levels and impact
carbohydrate metabolism. An Indian study published in International Journal of Development Research studied in detail the effects curry leaves have on Type-2 Diabetes. According to the research data, curry leaves contain a phytochemical that can help control blood sugar level in patients with Type-2 Diabetes by reducing fasting and postprandial blood sugar level.


Diabetic rats given a dose of about 12gm /day for a month revealed that curry leaves may treat diabetes by influencing carbohydrate metabolism and improving liver and kidney function.
Also, the amazing antioxidant properties of curry leaves can boost pancreatic cell production, thereby improving insulin function.


Garlic

 


 


A 2005 study on the anti-diabetic effect of garlic in normal and lab-induced diabetic rats, published in the journal Phytomedicine, found that oral administration significantly decreased serum glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, uric acid, creatinine, AST and ALT levels.


While it increased serum insulin in diabetic rats, this was not so in the case of normal rats. It concluded that garlic must be considered as an excellent candidate for future human studies on diabetes mellitus. What’s better, garlic also helps reduce high cholesterol levels, a complication that diabetics often face. This makes it an excellent spice to use for in all recipes.


Ginseng

 


 


A 2012 review of ginseng in animals and human beings found that not only does ginseng reduce insulin resistance, it also lowers HbA1C levels. It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries as one of the most potent herbs for blood sugar control. Indian ginseng, also called Ashwagandha, offers fantastic all round benefits. Scientists are also researching the connection between diabetes and Alzhiemer’s. Panax Ginseng is a type of ginseng that is able to help with both diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
to be continue next week
(The author is Co-founder at Sepalika) l