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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Herbs proven To Help With Type 2 Diabetes

I am going to list several common herbs that have proven of benefit in treating Type 2 Diabetes. These are available from different sources individually and in an herbal formula. Herbs have been used for centuries in the treatment of various illnesses including those dealing with glucose problems. One should ALWAYS check with your doctor first to see if there might be any complications or reactions or synergism with any existing prescription drugs you are taking or if you are on insulin. I would recommend doing additional research on your own and even contacting a professional herbalist before taking herbs on your own.

Banaba Leaf  known in the USA as Crape Myrtle (or Crepe Myrtle) provides for us banaba extract taken from the leaves is a form of plant insulin known as Corosolic acid and contains anti diabetic properties. Although native only to India. the Philippines, Australia and East Asia is has been successfully grown in temperate climates around the world including the USA.

Bitter Melon (momordica charantia) a tropical vegetable cultivated in Asia, Africa and South America with its roots in folk medicine as a treatment for diabetes. The fresh juice or extract of the unripe fruit has been proven in several clinical studies to lower blood glucose levels.

Onion or Garlic (Allium cepa & Allium sativum) / both have impressive blood glucose lowering agents. The principal active ingredients are believed to be allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) and diallyl disulphide oxide (Allicin), among others. They also play a role in lowering blood lipid levels and blood pressure and have beneficial cardiovascular effects.

Gymnena Sylvestre (Gurmar, Meshasringi, Cherukurinja) /assists the pancreas in production of insulin for type 2 diabetics and decreases cravings for sweets.

Pterocarpus Marsupium (Indian Kino, Malabar Kino, Pitasara, Venga) / this herb has a long history in India for treatment of diabetes. Both epicatechin and a crude alcohol extract of Pterocarpus marsupium have been shown to regenerate functional  pancreatic beta cells. NO OTHER drug or natural agent has been shown to generate this activity.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) Both clinical and experimental studies have shown the anti diabetic properties of Fenugreek seeds. The active ingredient is apparently the defatted portion of the seed containing the alkaloid trogonelline, nicotinic acid and coumarin.

Bilberry / has a history of being good for the eyes and may lower the risks of  diabetic cataracts and retinopathy

Blueberry Leaves (Vaccinium Myrtillus / the leaves of the blueberry have been used for centuries in the treatment of diabetes. The compound Myrtillin is the most active ingredient. It is weaker than insulin but less toxic and one injection is beneficial for several weeks.

Asian Ginseng used in Chinese medicine to treat diabetes. It enhances the release of insulin from the pancreas and also shown to increase the number of insulin receptors. It also has a direct lowering effect on blood glucose levels. (See my posts on squats with weight resistance as also having an effect on increasing insulin receptors as part of a circuit training using both aerobics and weight resistance training)

Stevia should be in every Type 2 diabetics household (throw out the sugar bowl) shown to have a beneficial effect on glucose tolerance.

Ginko Biloba has shown some promise  of prevention in the early stages of diabetic neuropathy

Cinnamon proven useful in improving insulin efficiency

Barberry often used as a liver tonic

I have personally ordered different herbal formulas along with other vitamins and mineral supplements from with good success. Again I have NO personal or financial interest of any kind in or anyone else.


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