Diabetes runs in my family so I have spent a lot of time researching and reading about natural diabetes treatment. I am a firm believer in being able to heal ourselves from many disorders and diseases by using natural methods. Natural treatment is not anything weird or hocuses pocus but it focuses on healing ourselves from within through these three things: diet, lifestyle changes and attitude.
Diabetes Natural Treatments
Asian ginseng is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural treatment for diabetes. It has been shown to enhance the release of insulin from the pancreas and to increase the number of insulin receptors. It also has a direct blood sugar-lowering effect. A recent study found that 200 mg of ginseng extract per day improved blood sugar control as well as energy levels in Type 2 diabetes (NIDDM).
Pterocarpus Marsupium - (This sounds like a possum's name) The tree is the source of the Kino of the European pharmacopeas. The gum-resin looks like dried blood (Dragon's blood) (how appetizing). This is a often used in India as a diabetes natural treatment.
The flavonoid, (-)-epicatechin, extracted from the bark of this plant has been shown to prevent alloxan-induced beta cell damage in rats. Together epicatechin and a crude alcohol take out of Pterocarpus marsupium have in fact been given away to regenerate functional pancreatic beta cells. No additional drug or natural agent has been made known to make this activity.
Gymnema assists the pancreas in the production of insulin in Type 2 diabetes. Making this herb an effective diabetes natural treatment. Gymnema as well improve the capability of insulin to lower blood sugar in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It decreases cravings for sweet. This herb can be an excellent substitute for oral blood sugar-lowering drugs in Type 2 diabetes. Some people take 500 mg per day of gymnema extract.
Experimental and clinical studies have demonstrated the antidiabetic properties of fenugreek seeds. The vigorous ingredient accountable for the antidiabetic property of fenugreek is in the defatted piece of the seed that comprise the alkaloid trogonelline, nicotinic acid plus coumarin.
Bilberry may lower the risk of some diabetic complications, such as diabetic cataracts and retinopathy.
Ginkgo biloba extract may prove useful for prevention and treatment of early-stage diabetic neuropathy.
Foods to avoid
It is always advisable to avoid some foods if you are diabetic such as refined sugar, sweets, syrups, glucose, jam, molasses, fruit sugar, ice-cream, cakes, pastries, sweet biscuits, chocolates, soft drinks, condensed milk, cream and fried foods. Fats like butter, ghee and hydrogenated vegetable oil should also be avoided. White sugar and white flour should be reduced drastically. Avoid all processed foods, junk food, pastries, cookies, canned and preserved foods . They contain harmful preservatives and lot of salt. Avoid soft drinks since these have a lot of sugar. Try to avoid fried foods from your diet.
Smoking results in the using up of oxygen in the body. It will result in less of oxygen needed by the body to metabolize glucose. So smoking should be avoided.
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