One of the most common diseases in the world, diabetes stems from a basic disorder of the pancreas, wherein, insulin production levels decrease and cause problems in glucose and energy absorption.
Around 180 million around the globe are said to be carriers of either Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes and, according to the American Diabetes Association’s estimates, around 21 million of those are in the United States.
So, given the fact that if allowed to progress unhindered, diabetes can potentially lead to kidney damage, blindness and heart diseases, isn’t it only fair that, apart from conventional medicine, people around the world have been using herbal remedies to stave off diabetes?
And in their pursuit of the best possible cures, they have accumulated a wealth of knowledge for us all to benefit from! Thus, without further ado, we must delve into the common symptoms associated with diabetes, before moving on to the methods nature has proffered.
The most common and widely recognized symptoms include, obviously, high blood sugar levels, excessive thirst and urination, erratic hunger patter and loss of weight and blurred vision. An unexplained onslaught of lethargy or weakness, coupled with bouts of nausea or vomiting and severe mood irritability are also known indicators.
- Ginseng – known for its anti-diabetic properties, the North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) has proved most successful in studies. Improves blood sugar control and falls into the “cure-all” category.
- Chromium – is an essential trace mineral, low levels of which have often been found amongst diabetics. A study showed that taking chromium supplementation increased insulin production and led to stricter control on weight and body fat.
- Gymnema – shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
- Vanadium – a trace mineral found in soil and many foods, it is a proven insulin sensitivity booster. Potentially toxic, the typical dosage of vanadium in our average diets is less than 30 micrograms per day.
- Magnesium – found naturally in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and nutritional supplements. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and is good for immune functions, blood pressure and bone health as well. The dosage must be calculated, as an excess may cause diarrhea, muscle weakness and low blood pressure.
- Cinnamon – found to improve blood glucose control in people with Type 2 diabetes, reducing fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.
- Aloe Vera – a very common home remedy for skin problems, its active phytosterol compounds are said to reduce blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels.
- Zinc – known for its important role in production and storage of insulin, it can be incorporated in daily diets through foods such as fresh oysters, ginger root, lamb, pecans, split peas, egg yolk, rye, beef liver, lima beans, almonds, walnuts, sardines, chicken, and buckwheat.
- Garlic (Allium) – offers antioxidant properties and micro-circulatory effects. It is also known to help reduce blood glucose levels, increase secretion and slow insulin degradation.
- Figs (Ficus carica) – a popular diabetic remedy in Southwestern Europe, particularly Spain, studies suggest that fig leaves increase glucose absorption.
- Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) – native to areas of Asia, India, Africa and South America, the herbs it possesses have been proven to help with insulin secretion, glucose oxidation and other processes.
If one keeps these simple and, apparently, effective remedies in mind and commits to a healthy lifestyle, complete with a great diet and proper exercise, then it can safely be said that chances of diabetes and, especially its progression, are very slim. So take heed and strive towards the best possible life for your family and yourself.