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Diabetes is all about blood sugar level. Apart from diabetes, conditions like insulin resistance and hypoglycemia also results in higher blood sugar levels. Elevation of sugar levels could result in a number of fatal or near fatal diseases related to heart, kidney, and eye. In addition, many diabetic patients suffer from the veritable curse of appearance; obesity.
Herbs Useful for Blood Sugar
Butea leaves possess anti diabetic properties. They are useful in glycosuria, which is characterized by the presence of a large amount of glucose in the urine. The leaves can be chewed or taken in the form of an infusion or decoction.
Cinnamon is strong stimulator of insulin activity and therefore extremely useful in the treatment of diabetes. A little cinnamon, sprinkled on any food item, can stimulate insulin activity. It helps to keep the blood sugar in check. Besides cinnamon, other culinary herbs and spices that are useful in treating diabetes include cloves, turmeric and bay leaves. Of these cinnamon is the most potent.
Indian gooseberry (amla) is an ideal food medicine for diabetes. A tablespoon of its juice, mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, taken daily for two months stimulates secretion of natural insulin. It thus reduces the blood sugar level in diabetes. Diet restrictions should be strictly observed while following this regimen. It also prevents development of eye complications in diabetics.
Sweet Potato Leaves
Sweet potato leaves are slightly bitter in taste, and are anti diabetic. They are considered beneficial in lowering blood sugar. About 60 g of fresh leaves or 30 g of dry leaves of sweet potatoes along with 100 g of fresh skin or 12 g of dry skin of ash gourd should be cut into small pieces and boiled in water. This decoction should be taken as tea by diabetics for beneficial results.
The 'common bean' (called also French bean) or Phaseolus vulgaris is one of the most commonly used vegetables all over the world. But, did you know that its pod can help treating diabetics? Bean pod green skin would contain specific vegetable hormone substances able to raise the production of human insulin by stimulating the pancreas. Therefore, 1 cup of bean pod tea taken regularly can help to lower blood sugar levels (Prepare it as a decoction)!
Blueberry or Vaccinium myrtillus leaves contain a large amount of anthocyanoside compounds which have effective antioxidant properties. Anthocyanosides play also an interesting and essential role in promoting collagen synthesis. That is why, thanks to this natural constituents, Blueberry leaf provides a high vascular protection in diabetics. Furthermore, several studies have demonstrated that Blueberry leaf extract can also significantly lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. A lot of naturopathic practitioners recommend that people with diabetes drink a brew tea made from Blueberry dry leaves one to three times a day.
The active compounds called trigonelline is lowering the blood sugar fast. Fenugreek seeds have been used as a remedy for many medical conditions and it turned out that they are also helpful in diabetes. A common diabetes complication is the fact that wounds are not healing adequately and fenugreek seeds are also fighting this complication.