Left untreated, diabetes can lead to life threatening complications like damage of blood vessels, kidney failure or heart diseases. It is thus essential for diabetes sufferers to try to lower their blood sugar levels. Some of them would like to do so in natural ways. There is nothing wrong in adding herbal remedies to your treatment scheme, especially if you also inform your physician about this.
Herbs can sometimes interact with artificial pills and this is why it is not recommended to decide on your own which herbal treatment is appropriate. Patients who are taking blood sugar lowering pills should also be extremely cautious because combining them with herbs with similar properties might cause hypoglycemia.
The most effective herbs that lower blood sugar levels are usually used in the Ayurvedic medicine. Their efficacy might differ from individual to individual and in most of the cases they don’t have notable side effects.
The most common herbal remedies are given below -
Chinese Cinnamon - It is helpful in patients with type 2 diabetes because it lowers both the blood sugar and the blood cholesterol. The recommended dose is of half to one-fourth teaspoonfuls per day and it can easily be incorporated in your food.
Ginseng - There are many varieties of ginseng and some of them are also useful in diabetes. 200 mg per day of Asian Ginseng is reducing the level of glucose in the blood. Siberian ginseng contains a unique combination of substances that is reducing the blood sugar and is also helping the immune system to fight potential complications. Siberian ginseng is widely used to prevent stress and to provide equilibrium to the human body. American ginseng also has anti-diabetic properties and 3-9 grams need to be taken two hours before you eat. This amount of time is going to ensue the fact that your won’t get hypoglycemic.
Bilberry - It lowers the level of blood sugar and it also has a positive impact on blood circulation in the eyes area.
Nopal - It is the single specie of prickly pear cactus that has effects on the level of sugar. Single dose can reduce sugar with up to 46%.
Turmeric - It was traditionally used as a spice and it has a mild and pleasant taste. It can be found in curry powder and studies have shown that it also lowers the blood sugar.
These 5 herbs are very useful for diabetes management.
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