Herbs for Bood sugar
The discussion in this article is about the use of various herbs for blood sugar support.
Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus is a health condition which is closely linked to lifestyle. In today’s hectic and fast life style this is increasing at an alarming rate. The condition is based on a genetic pre-disposition, but there are also some environment factors like obesity, lack of exercise, mental stress, strain, that can also induce this.
Herbs for Blood sugar -
Ayurvedic products are non-invasive, safe, effective and mainly focus on an individual’s need and possible prevention. The use of herbal products as a supporting system show promise and success in Blood sugar support.
Antioxidants like Vitamin A, C, and E are useful in blood sugar support as they reduce the endothelial damage due to hyperglycemia and also prevent the development of micro and macro complications. Many clinical trials have been conducted on single herbal products like Cinnamon, Bitter melon, Gymnema, Jambolan, Turmeric, Fenugreek and others. These herbs are most commonly tried ones and these are the herbs which are part of various combinations available in the market for people.
Bitter Melon or Momordica charantia, reduces increased blood sugar levels and also improves blood lipid levels. Ref. Journal of Medicinal Food June 2010. It contains calcium, beta-carotene and potassium in a natural form. It can also act as an antioxidant so it helps to protect the cells from the free radical damage caused by diabetes.
Onion (Allium cepa): Anti diabetic, antibacterial. A sulphur containing chemical isolated from Onions, S-methyl cysteine sulphoxide (SMCS), is antidiabetic and reduces lipid level also. Researchers believe that blood lipid levels are lowered because of SMCS ability to oxidize a key factor in lipid synthesis. The oxidation may also prevent insulin reduction. The sugar decreasing action of SMCS may be due to its slightly stimulatory effect on insulin secretion or the enhanced transport of glucose to peripheral tissue. Ref: Indian herbal therapies- by C.P. Khare.
Gymnema sylvestre: as a plant has remarkable efficacy in reducing the sugar level in urine of the diabetics. Alcoholic extract of the plant exhibited significant hypoglycemic effect on somatotropin and corticotropin induced hyperglycemia in rats. Ref: Indian Journal of Medical Research. Researchers observed that the oral administration of pectin isolated from the fruit of Gymnema showed a significant hyperglycemic action in normal rats.
Banyan (Ficus bengalensis): the three flavonoid compounds A, B, and C where isolated from the ethanolic extract of the bark of Ficus Bengalensis were individually effective as hypoglycemic agents on oral administration to normal fasting rabbits.
Herbal products that have Gymnema, Bitter melon, Salacia, Fenugreek, Jambolan and Cinnamon when taken together will give synergistic benefits.
All the research work done for herbal products in animal models show a promising effect in blood sugar support. But people always take them along with traditional medicine. If both, traditional medicine and herbal products are taken together, the combined effect is good and this is well documented.
I hope the above discussion on various herbs for blood sugar support is helpful to all.
By Veena Deo
Dr. Veena Deo is an expert Herbalist, a consultant and the author of this page.
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