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Herbal Supplements To Prevent Diabetes

By: Shabana

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease which is slowly on the rise. Modern day diets and stressful lifestyles are the number one cause of it.

Diabetes is the condition where the sugar in our food is not getting converted into glucose, for our body to use.

The hormone insulin is responsible for this conversion. This happens when either our body is not producing enough insulin or our body has become resilient to it.

Due to this, the levels of sugar in the blood increase creating numerous other problems.

Being diagnosed with diabetes can seriously affect your health, physically or mentally.

herbal remedies for diabetes

High sugar levels in the body causes high blood pressure, blurring of vision and makes the body more prone to infections. It also is the major cause of heart ailments.

Diabetics have to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels and this puts a toll on their lives. They have to constantly watch what they are eating. They do not get to enjoy the finer things in life.

People with diabetes have to live off insulin injections to manage their blood sugar level and reduce other complications.

Though this may not be the permanent solution, it is an absolute necessity to manage the blood sugar levels immediately.

With the disease slowly getting common, there is need for other solutions. Scientists are turning to nature for answers.

Various studies are conducted worldwide to find out about natural remedies to diabetes.

Though there is still not enough evidence, these natural herbs are found to be effective in treating diabetes-

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Ginseng-

The Chinese swear by this herb to treat a variety of health problems. Certain studies have found that consuming ginseng on a regular basis helps manage blood sugar and glycosylated haemoglobin, which is a type of haemoglobin responsible for managing blood sugar. It is also rich in antioxidants and promotes the secretion of insulin.

Ginseng capsules are available in all leading health stores.

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Chamomile-

Chamomile is known for its relaxing benefits. There are a lot of studies which show that this herb prevents the progression of diabetes and hyperglycemia. People who drink this tea have lesser amount of glucose in their blood, which leads to decrease in blood sugar levels.

A good brand of chamomile tea can be purchased from a health food store.

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Tulsi-

Tulsi leaves are known to be packed with anti-oxidants. It contains essential oil which encourages the pancreatic beta cells to produce insulin and increase its sensitivity. Its antioxidants also reduce the free radical damage in the body.

2-3 tulsi leaves can be consumed daily or 1 tablespoon of its juice on any empty stomach is effective.

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Aloe vera-

Otherwise known for its beauty benefits, a recent study in Japan has found its amazing effects on diabetics. This amazing gel is known to contain phytosterol compounds which inhibit insulin insensitivity and reduce blood glucose. It also promotes faster healing of wounds, which normally take longer time to heal in diabetics.

Consuming Aloe vera juice on a daily basis is known to be effective.

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Cinnamon-

This spice is used extensively in Indian kitchen and has numerous health benefits. It is known to reduce fasting blood sugar and the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. It also improves insulin sensitivity and helps control weight.

Cinnamon can be consumed in the form of capsules or 1gram of powder every day.

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Fenugreek-

Fenugreek is known to contain 4- hydroxyisoleucine, a compound which is known to secret insulin and reduce its insensivity.

Seeds of fenugreek soaked in water and consumed first thing in the morning are known to be helpful for diabetes.

These remedies are known to manage blood sugar levels. However, self-medication is extremely dangerous. Be sure to take advice from your medical practitioner before following any of the above remedies as some of these may interfere with the standard medicines prescribed by your doctor.

Story first published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 16:00 [IST]
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