Herbal remedies and medicinal herbs
1. Cinnamon Cinnamon and diabetes is becoming a popular expression when looking for alternative remedies for diabetes. It basically lowers the serum glucose of our body which eventually helps us in controlling our triglyceride, cholesterol and even lowers our blood sugar by stimulating insulin activity. Half to one table spoon of cinnamon powder every day is sufficient.
2. Fenugreek: It has amino acid called 4 – hydroxyisoleucine which reduces the sugar absorption during the process of digestion. It stimulates the cells in pancreas gland as a result of which production of insulin is increased. Fenugreek is effective in lowering fasting blood sugar or glycated hemoglobin (HBA1C) levels in diabetic patients.
3. Aloe Vera: Another plant which provides various help in our body. Few have it to grow hair and good skin, while some have it for general health benefits. The hypoglycemic activity of aloe vera has proved to be useful in both, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and non-insulin dependent diabetes. It is helpful in lowering fasting blood sugar levels.
4. Curry Leaves: A leaf which helps in reducing the death of pancreatic cells which are responsible for insulin production. It is rich in minerals, like iron, zinc and cooper which are responsible for the production of insulin hormone. Curry leaves are also helpful in restoring the liver and kidney enzymes responsible for breaking down carbohydrates back to their normal levels thus treating diabetes.
5. Mango Leaves: It is true that a mango fruit is not at all recommended for a diabetic patient, yet the leaves are highly beneficial. The aqueous extract of mango leaves have hypoglycemic activities which help in reducing the intestinal absorption of glucose. This helps in lowering the sugar levels in blood and also helps to improve the blood lipid profile. Only thing we should bear in mind, is that a mango leave need to be consumed atleast 60 min / 1 hour before having food to get it’s optimum results.
6. Neem Leave: A leave, also known as Margosa, is bitter in taste. This leave mainly enhances the insulin receptor sensitivity. It improves blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels, lowers the blood glucose levels and due to its anti-hyperglycemic activities, it slowly reduces the patient’s dependence on hypoglycemic drugs. A Neem leave is best known for its antibacterial and antifungal effects.
7. Tulsi / Basil Leave: Many people call it Holy Basil because of its beneficial and healthy properties. It is antiasthemitic, antistress, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antitumor, gastric antiulcer, antioxidant, antimutagenic and immunostimulant apart from being anti-diabetic. It is reduces fasting blood glucose as it helps the beta cells of pancreas to function properly. Basil is composed of antioxidants and essential oils. A leave which basically enhances the secretion of insulin in a diabetic body.