Supplements for Diabetics

Supplements for Diabetics

Supplements for Diabetics Herbs Bitter Melon: As the name implies it’s not something easy to take. It’s a cucumber-like plant that grows in Asia, South America and Africa.

Its strength lies in its ability to lower blood sugar. Just 2 ounces of the juice was shown to improve glucose levels in 73% of type 2 diabetics.

Gymnema Sylvestre: It’s a plant that grows in tropical regions of India and was often used to treat both type 1 an 2 diabetics. In one study 400 mg of Gymnema extract was given to 22 type 2 diabetic patients along with their oral medications.

All experienced improved blood glucose control and 5 of them were able to discontinue their drug use. Applied to the tongue, it has helped people eat fewer calories at a meal. It enhances the action of insulin. The dosage is 200 mg two times a day.

Fenugreek: The seeds were used in folk medicine to treat diabetes. In order to lower blood sugar, about 15 to 50 grams twice daily is needed.

Considering the bitterness, it’s not very palatable to swallow in capsules. A better use is as a condiment or spice like East Indians use.

The active ingredient is the special soluble fiber of fenugreek along with the alkaloid trigonelline. It’s helpful in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.

Salt Bush: Native to the Middle East, 3 grams daily of salt bush provided improved blood sugar regulation in type 2 diabetes.

Bilberry: Known as European blueberry, it was used in France since 1945 to treat retinopathy. It protects the macula of the diabetic eye. Diabetics have found improved vision using supplements from 80 to 16o mg 3 times a day.

Ginkgo Biloba: One of the oldest living trees that has survived over 200 million years is the ginkgo. Very adaptable, one survived the nuclear blast in Hiroshima.

Over a thousand scientific studies have been done over the last 40 years showing the value of ginkgo. The extract is widely prescribed in Europe today.

It’s an effective antioxidant. It improves the body’s circulation and expands the small capillaries that nourish the extremities in the eyes, hands and feet. It inhibits the stickiness of cells, reduces inflammation and allergic responses.

Ginseng: One of the world’s oldest herbs, it’s considered an adaptogen that improves several body processes. Ginseng helps to lower blood pressure or raises it if it’s too low.

Just 3 grams before a meal can reduce after-meal blood sugar in type 2 diabetics. American ginseng helps by the stimulation of pancreas’ beta cells that leads to greater insulin output.

Native Americans often used it.

A type of Korean ginseng increases insulin sensitivity and helps lower blood sugar. One interesting side effect is improvement in sexual function, something that many diabetics also suffer from.

Supplements for Diabetics

Regards, Coyalita

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