Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Herbal And Natural Remedies For Diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder characterized by excess amount of blood glucose or blood sugar. Diabetes can be Type I, II or gestational. Type I diabetes can occur at any age, but is mostly diagnosed in children, teens, or young adults. In this type, the body makes little or no insulin and hence, daily injections of insulin are needed. Type II diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes. However, this type of diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older people. People who are overweight and inactive are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes.
However, people with any kind of diabetes, have high blood sugar because they cannot move the sugar into fat, liver and muscle cells to be stored for energy. There are two reasons for this. It could be because the pancreas does not make enough insulin or/and their cells do not respond to insulin normally. Here are a few natural remedies that can be helpful in reducing the sugar levels in a diabetic patient.

Herbal And Natural Remedies For Diabetes

1 . Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has appeared to exhibit insulin secretagogue like anti-diabetic action. Additionally, it enhances glucose metabolism thus results in blood glucose lowering effect.

2 . Bitter Melon

The other scientific name of bitter melon stands for Bitter Gourd Momordica-charantia. Now days, after many successful scientific researches , it has been demonstrated very effective to diabetics.

You can take bitter melon juice 2 times a day on empty stomach. Or you can cook it as a usual vegetable preparing your daily dishes or salads.

3 . Cinnamon

Research suggests that cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar. A 2011 study found that it has the potential to significantly decrease fasting blood glucose. However, other studies have found no evidence of this effect.

4 . Allium (Garlic)

Allium sativum is more commonly known as garlic, and is thought to offer antioxidant properties and micro-circulatory effects. Although few studies have directly linked allium with insulin and blood glucose levels, results have been positive.

5 . Coccinia indica (Ivy’s gourd)

Coccinia indica is also known as the ‘ivy gourd’ and grows wild across the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally employed in ayurverdic remedies, the herb has been found to contain insulin-mimetic properties (i.e; it mimics the function of insulin).

Ivy’s gourd has anti-diabetic effect by mimicking insulin in diabetic patients. The herbal Ivy gourd possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties, which protects against plague formation and thus, to some extent; it may prevent heart diseases and strokes.

6 . Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of fiber useful for controlling diabetes. The fenugreek seeds can be soaked in water overnight and should be taken early in the morning before your breakfast. The seeds can also be powdered and mixed with milk. This can enhance the secretion of glucose-dependent insulin. Repeat this remedy daily for few months to control blood sugar levels.

7 . Chromium

The benefit of added chromium for diabetes has been studied and debated for several years. Several studies report that chromium supplements may improve diabetes control. Chromium is needed to make glucose tolerance factor, which helps insulin improve its action. Because of insufficient information on the use of chromium to treat diabetes, no recommendations for supplementation exist.

8 . Magnesium

Although the relationship between magnesium and diabetes has been studied for decades, it is not yet fully understood. Studies show that a deficiency in magnesium may worsen blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes. Scientists say that a deficiency of magnesium interrupts insulin secretion in the pancreas and increases insulin resistance in the body's tissues. Evidence suggests that a deficiency of magnesium may contribute to certain diabetes complications. A recent analysis showed that people with higher dietary intakes of magnesium (through consumption of whole grains, nuts, and green leafy vegetables) had a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.

9 . Papaya

It is recommended to consume papaya on a daily basis as it has natural blood sugar controlling capability that helps to control diabetes by and large. It is also a rich source of vitamin C and anti-oxidants along with carotenes and flavonoids.

10 . Genistein (From Soy, Red Clover)

Recent scientific study found that genistein induces pancreatic beta-cell proliferation through activation of multiple signaling pathways and prevents insulin-deficient diabetes in mice.

11 . Mango Leaves

Boil 15 fresh Mango leaves in 1 glass of water. Leave overnight. Filter this water and drink first thing in the morning. Tender mango leaves are very effective to treat diabetes by regulating insulin levels in the blood.

12 . Honey

Human study found that long-term consumption of honey might have positive effects on the metabolic derangements of type 1 diabetes, including possible beta cell regeneration as indicating by increases in fasting C-peptide levels. But always use honey in moderation. Be sure to count the carbohydrates in honey as part of your diabetes eating plan and better to consult your doctor about usage of honey.

13 . Vinegar

Many may not include vinegar in their regular diet. But this again helps diabetics to reduce the sugar concentration in the blood. Add vinegar to foods that can be palatable with this ingredient. Two spoons of vinegar before food helps in the reduction of glucose influx.

14 . Soy

Soy is a blessing for those having unmanageable chronic diabetes. Soy contains isoflavones that help to reduce blood sugar levels while keeping the body well nourished. It also prevents the accumulation of fat as it gives very little calories. It is ideal for weight reduction program too.

15 . Apples

Take one apple and cut into chunks. Place the apple in a pan with 4 cups of water and bring to boil and cook until the water is reduced in half. Drink this morning and night. It is expected to show relief within two months.

16 . Ginseng

Ginseng has anti-diabetic property, which mimics insulin and alters hepatic glucose metabolism. It increases insulin production and reduces cell death in pancreatic beta cells. Visit Ginseng to learn in detail.

17 . Neem

Neem, a tree that is believed to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal property, has anti-diabetic properties as well. It has been found to reduce insulin requirements by up to 50%.