7 Useful Herbs for People With Type 2 Diabetes

· May 1, 2017
Did you know that there are some natural herbs that can help people who have type 2 diabetes? These herbs can help stabilize your blood sugar levels, but never use them to replace treatment prescribed by your doctor.

There are many people with type 2 diabetes around the world, it’s actually the most common type of diabetes there is.

This illness comes along with elevated blood glucose levels when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or when insulin is improperly processed by your body.

This keeps the glucose in your blood instead of burning it for energy.

To prevent this type of diabetes, it’s recommended to exercise and eat a healthy diet. However, if you want to go further, you should learn about certain herbs that may help you with the complications of type 2 diabetes.

Just remember that none of these herbs can stand in for medical treatment. It’s about giving your body some extra help, not ignoring medical advice.

Which are the best herbs for people with type 2 diabetes?

1. Turmeric

Turmeric

The first herb we’ll talk about is turmeric. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s appreciated for its numerous health benefits.

Because it’s an anti-inflammatory, turmeric can aid in the fight against arthritis and cardiovascular illnesses.

Thanks to its active compound, curcumin, it helps lower blood sugar levels.

All you have to do is consume a bit of turmeric every day to help your body in keeping low glucose levels.

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2. Ginger

Another herb that can help people with type 2 diabetes is ginger. It’s associated with the ability to relieve ailments that go from a cold to digestive problems.

Over the years, there have also been studies done to dig deeper into the properties of this root and several of them have shown that it has positive effects on the health of people with type 2 diabetes.

  • A good way to take advantage of the powers of ginger are to take 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) of powdered ginger every day for 8 weeks, on an empty stomach without any other food.
  • Because it’s an anti-inflammatory herb, it also helps reduce inflammation in your body, inflammation that can lead to eye problems in diabetics.

3. Cinnamon

Ground cinnamon

Cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar levels because it reduces the absorption of glucose after eating. It also helps to lower cholesterol levels.

  • There are two main types of cinnamon, and Cassia is the most effective for lowering blood glucose. However, be careful, because taking this variety over a long period of time may cause liver damage.
  • To prevent these side effects, we recommend using the Ceylan variety if you plan on taking it daily.
  • Otherwise, try Cassia once or twice a week.

4. Black curry

Black curry is another herb that can benefit people with type 2 diabetes.

The seed helps to:

  • Reduce lipids in your blood.
  • Fight inflammation and bacteria.
  • Protect your heart and liver.

When you have black curry, your blood sugar levels may significantly decrease (depending on how high they are).

5. Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel for people with type 2 diabetes

This plant can provide you with a lot of benefits. From soothing sunburns, healing wounds and protecting your hair from UV rays, to weight loss and helping to regulate your glucose levels.

  • Aloe vera lowers fasting blood sugar levels.
  • To get the benefits of the plant, have a little bit of fresh aloe vera juice on a daily basis.
  • You can add it to your smoothies or make a refreshing water out of it with cucumber and lemon.

6. Berberine

Berberine is an extract of a plant that isn’t very well-known but that may have remarkable beneficial abilities for people with type 2 diabetes, such as lowering levels of lipids and sugar in your blood. It also reduces inflammation.

However, use it with caution because in excessive amounts it may have side effects. The two most serious ones are stomach pain and flatulence.

If you want to use this herb, we recommend trying it for a week to see how your body tolerates it and to watch out for side effects.

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7. Blueberry leaves

We’ve told you before about how eating berries can help prevent type 2 diabetes. But another option is to use blueberry leaves in tea form.

You can see great results this way, including lowered blood sugar levels after drinking the tea and a reduction of dangerous glucose spikes.

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of water
  • 10 blueberry leaves

Preparation

  • Boil the liter of water and once it reaches full boil, add the blueberry leaves.
  • Let it steep for 10 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  • After this time, enjoy as a tea, in a smoothie, or as your water for the day.
  • Try to avoid adding any type of sweetener.

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