Type 2 diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is caused by a perfect storm of inactivity, eating too much of the wrong foods, emotional stress, sleep deprivation, pollutants, and heredity. Patients with type 2 diabetes frequently seek natural medicine in addition to conventional treatment to help them manage their illness. Natural remedies and the use of food as medicine are excellent ways to supplement your diabetic therapy. Mixing herbs, vitamins, and medications without the proper information or direction can cause hypoglycemia, or a decrease in blood sugar.
While I don’t advocate starting any new therapies without first contacting your doctor, I’ve included a list of my favourite natural diabetic treatments below.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Acetic acid is the main component of ACV and is thought to be responsible for many of its health benefits. ACV may be used in a variety of ways, all of which are supported by research. 2 teaspoons taken before sleep might help lower your fasting sugar levels in the morning. Even better, 1-2 teaspoons of ACV taken with meals can lower a carbohydrate-rich meal’s glycemic load. I usually advise patients to take ACV on its own before a meal or to add it with salad dressings or drinks.
2. Fiber and Barley
Fiber consumption lowers blood sugar and insulin levels. Fiber consumption should be approximately 30 grammes per day. Most Americans only receive 6-8 grammes, which is insufficient. While fibre supplements such as Metamucil (psylium husk) might help, the best method to achieve your objective is to eat your vegetables! Barley is a high-fiber, high-protein grain with a lot of evidence to back up its function in lowering blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol, and inflammation in general. Barley does not require soaking and can be cooked on the stovetop in less than 15 minutes with only water and salt.
Chromium deficiency affects glucose metabolism and is mostly observed in brewer’s yeast. The benefits of chromium for lowering blood sugar and A1c levels are well documented. If you have renal problems, you should avoid using this supplement.
Diabetes patients are frequently found to be zinc deficient. Zinc supplementation has been found in studies to lower blood sugar and A1C, have an antioxidant impact, lower blood sugar, and even aid cure some diabetic problems. Large amounts of zinc can prevent other minerals, such as copper, from being absorbed, so be sure to seek advice on the proper dosage.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera sap is recognised for its laxative properties. As a result, make sure to acquire the gel’s juice! The usage of the gel, which is the mucilaginous substance inside the leaves, is becoming more common. To prevent ending up in the bathroom, make sure any product you buy is devoid of aloin or anthraquinones.
This is one of my favourite botanicals, which may be found in goldenseal, barberry, Oregon grape root, and Coptis, among other plants. Its use for lowering blood sugar and hba1c is supported by current research. This plant can interfere with the metabolism of conventional medicines and should never be used during pregnancy.
An indulgence with medicinal benefits to help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
For ages, a seed frequently used as a culinary spice has been utilised in Europe for its medicinal benefits in lowering cholesterol and hba1c levels. Not to worry if your urine smells like maple syrup; this is a common side effect that is completely harmless.
Evidence is catching up to its medicinal usage in India, where it has been used for centuries, demonstrating advantages for glucose metabolism, insulin levels, and as a supplement to boost the effects of conventional medicines. Because this botanical interacts with your medications, you must keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels to avoid hypoglycemia.
Have you ever seen nopales at a Mexican restaurant? You may now purchase them with confidence, knowing that you’re picking a dish that will help you manage your blood sugar. Nopales are the prickly pear cactus’ pads, and when cooked properly, they’re wonderful! They’re delicious with eggs or in a salad, in my opinion.