9 Natural Alternatives To Alleviating Symptoms Of Diabetes

Patients with diabetes are always looking for ways to lower their blood sugar, boost their insulin effectiveness and lower blood pressure in a natural way. There are some herbs and supplements that show promise in helping in these areas. As always, diabetics should check with their doctors before adding herbs or supplements to their treatments. Here are nine herbs and supplements to discuss with a doctor, according to Reader’s Digest.

1. Gymnema Sylvestre

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In the Hindi language, the name of this plant is “sugar destroyer.” It is thought to lower blood sugar by boosting active enzymes or its ability to stimulate insulin production.

2. Bitter Melon

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Many believe bitter melon helps cells effective process glucose and block its absorption in the intestines. However, this supplement carries the risk of side effects.

3. Ginseng

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Ginseng use has shown some promise in lowering blood sugar, but the effect varies by type of ginseng, according to WebMD.

4. Cinnamon

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In 2011, a study showed that cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels, according to Healthline.

5. Green Tea

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Green tea is rich in antioxidants that provide better insulin activity and glucose regulation in the body. These antioxidants also help to lower the risk of heart related medical issues.

6. Magnesium

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Some people with diabetes suffer from a magnesium deficiency, which causes high blood sugar and insulin resistance. Taking magnesium can alleviate some of these issues.

7. Prickly Pear Cactus

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In a few small studies, the fruit of this cactus has shown some ability to lower blood sugar. Some grocery stores sell the fruit.

8. Billberry

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The antioxidants in billberry help to prevent damage in tiny blood vessels. This helps to reduce nerve pain and damage to the retina.

9. Chromium

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This element offers a function in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. It also shows signs of lowering blood sugar levels.

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