12 natural solutions to control diabetes
Natural remedies can be an excellent complementary therapy according to herbalists’ recommendations. Natural solutions have been proven to help in glyco-regulation, i.e. controlling blood sugar levels if the prescribed therapy does not succeed in this completely.
Natural solutions and medicines should never be taken instead of medications from medical therapy. Consultation with general practitioners and endocrinologists is always desirable before changing the diet and introducing complementary solutions from nature.
- Black tea – mandatory research in the journal “Preventive Medicine” showed that black tea lowers blood sugar levels by up to 18% if consumed continuously for 12 weeks. Subjects who drank black tea had lower levels of triglycerides and bad cholesterol in their blood (than those who did not drink black tea). In China, back in 2009, a test on the effect of black tea was carried out. The results showed that certain compounds (hidden in black tea) behave similarly to “acarbose” (a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes because it acts as a starch blocker).
- Turmeric – the basic ingredient of the turmeric root plant is curcumin. Curcumin improves the function of beta cells in the pancreas (responsible for the secretion of the hormone insulin-regulator of blood sugar levels). This spice therefore makes it easier to maintain a stable level of glucose in the blood and protects the liver, heart and kidneys. Separately or in combination with other spices, add a pinch of turmeric to meat and vegetable dishes (lentils, rice, peas, stew, salads, teas, seafood, dairy products and even sweets). You can get an interesting spread (or sauce for pepper and cucumber sticks) for a slice of bread if you mix turmeric with a little sour cream, spring onion and chopped radish.
- Apple cider vinegar – try to do an experiment first to make sure that the healing tonic made of apple vinegar works on you if you have diabetes 2 or a pre-diabetic condition. Before eating, drink a glass of water to which you have added a spoonful of apple cider vinegar. Measure your glucose level 2 hours after eating. Compare the obtained values with the results of the previous days when you took the same foods. However, apple cider vinegar is not all-powerful and is by no means a substitute for medication. Give up on this one if you notice that you don’t like it. Consultation with a doctor is mandatory before using apple cider vinegar if you are already taking medication to lower blood sugar levels.
- Cinnamon – experts believe that cinnamon gives more than a pleasant taste in dishes. Scientific findings believe that cinnamon is excellent in achieving good glycoregulation. Cinnamaldehyde (active ingredient) exhibits anti-inflammatory effects and, together with proanthocyanidins (antioxidant substances), provides protection against insulin resistance (when the body produces insulin but cannot use it). Some studies say that 1,000 mg of cinnamon (half a tablespoon) a day lowers HbA1c in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Add half a tablespoon of cinnamon to yogurt, smoothies, or oatmeal, or spice up apple pie.
- Black elderberry – the small dark fruit and flower of this plant are an excellent source of antioxidants that stimulate insulin production and strengthen glycoregulation. Diabetes 2 is a serious factor for the development of cardiovascular and heart diseases – then blood glucose control is an important prevention of the mentioned complications. The fruit has a pungent and sour taste, so it is best to cook it before eating. Again, consultation with a doctor is desirable because there are situations when the consumption of these fruits is not desirable.
- Water drinker – the root contains tannins, pectins, milky juice and even 40% inulin (which helps lower blood sugar levels). It strengthens the intestinal microflora in the form of a natural probiotic. Prevents stomach infections and digestive problems (which are a frequent consequence of long-term use of drugs). Drink this plant in the form of tea or medicinal tea liquid, but in smaller quantities several times a day (because the desired effect will be achieved first).
- Fenugreek seeds contain glucokinin (a compound that enhances the digestion and breakdown of carbohydrates, prevents a sudden drop or spike in blood sugar after and before meals). Take immediately before or during meals. Do not use the plant in large quantities or for a long period of time without interruption, otherwise the liver may be damaged. Take half a spoonful of seeds a day for a month, then take a seven-day break.
- Valerian – valerian regulates blood sugar levels in stressful situations (which have a negative effect on the pancreas and raise blood sugar). The active ingredients of valerian neutralize the negative effect of cortisol (a stress hormone that is increased in the adrenal glands when a person is scared, angry or irritated). People with elevated cortisol levels feel constantly hungry and have a strong desire for sweets (which makes it difficult to control blood sugar). It is much easier to control the level of glycemia with preparations containing valerian. This gives safety to all patients who have type 2 diabetes.
- Dandelion – bitter substances containing dandelion have a stimulating effect on the work of the pancreas and liver, promote lymph flow and elimination of bile and speed up metabolism after a certain period of consumption. Salads, medicinal liquid and tea can be made from dandelion. Medicinal substances from dandelion are not destroyed during heat treatment.
- Walnuts – research shows that consuming walnuts can halve the risk of type 2 diabetes. In an American study, it was found that 3 tablespoons of walnuts (30 grams) per day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 47%. A handful of this fruit is considered a meal. Nuts are considered healthy snacks. Wait at least 3 hours before taking the next meal – this is desirable. You should neither eat nuts often nor overdo it. It is recommended to eat nuts 3 times a week and limit the portion to 30 grams per day.
- Grapevine – grapevine leaves are rich in many medicinal substances (polyphenols, enzymes, flavonoids, organic acids, vitamins, minerals and waxes). They have multiple effects because they encourage the expulsion of negative substances from the body, strengthen the work of the kidneys and pancreas, lower the level of glucose in the blood and urine, and strengthen the immune system. Blood sugar stabilizes and the body’s resistance to infections increases with regular consumption of vine leaves, i.e. products based on these leaves.
- Vitamin B12 – if a person is often tired, sleepy, depressed, weak and has difficulty regulating blood sugar levels – then this is a sign of vitamin B 12 (cobalamin) deficiency. The daily dose is useful for glycoregulation. Good sources of B 12 are eggs, peas and wholemeal bread/pastries.
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Many thanks for your always great comment. All the best as usual, Amela
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