What diabetes natural remedies are best for you?
The legal rules on natural treatment, as put forth by the United States federal government and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration dictate that “only a drug can CURE a disease”. This means that it is illegal for anyone in the US to promote or sell “anything” as a cure for “any disease that is not an FDA approved drug.
By definition, food and herbs are “not drugs”. Therefore, by law in the US, even if it was proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that ANY natural substance that was not a drug could cure a disease, it would still be ILLEGAL for anyone to offer it to you as a cure.
It’s just the way that the “powers that be” have set things up. The pharmaceutical industry in the US is MULTI-BILLION dollar a year industry and those who control it and who are on the receiving end of all that money know very well how to “protect” their personal interests.
US laws and regulations governing cures
So it’s these “laws and regulations” that have been in place for years that make it so hard to find clear and concise information on natural cures for anything, let alone diabetes. This is why the wording in ANY print material regarding “natural medicines” is arranged very carefully as not to state that IT IS CURE.
So then, are there natural substances that can have an effect on lowering your blood sugar level? The answer to that is a resounding YES! In fact many of these “natural substances” have been getting studied and tested for years. In some cases, even for decades and have in fact been shown conclusively to effectively reduce blood glucose levels in diabetics.
1. Bitter melon
Bitter melon or what is sometimes referred to as bitter guard, has long been used in India and china as a folk remedy for elevated blood glucose levels. It’s the compound momordicine that’s primarily responsible for the bitter taste of the green, lumpy unappetizing looking guard. The ability of the extract of the bitter guard to lower blood sugar is an established fact, as it has been studied intensively and undergone numerous clinical tests. The flesh of the guard and the leaves of the plant contains several substances with curative properties, including two alkaloids with proven anti-diabetic effects. Those being cherantin and momordicine. One of the sub components of momordicine, is an insulin like polypeptide (polypeptide-P). This substance has in fact been injected into human test subjects in clinical tests and proven to lower blood sugar levels in type 1 diabetics. Bitter melon is available in some specialty food stores or you can buy its seeds online. However; do be aware that the alkaloid content of the melon itself does very depending on how ripe it is and the level of nutrient available in the soil it is grown in.
Shilajit is an organic, plant based substance that has for centuries has been used as an Indian Ayervedic folk medicine cure all. In fact the number of maladies, including diabetes that ancient Indian lore credits this substance with having the ability to cure are just too many to mention. Pretty much any and every disease that can afflict you. This dark brown and waxy substance is gathered in the Himalayan mountains, where it oozes out from fissures in the rocks. It’s basically ancient plant matter from eons past, that was encased in the ground and compressed. Now be aware that it’s “Indian lore” that credits this substance with its abilities to lower blood sugar, not modern clinical testing. Even so, it has been clinically tested on other diseases and is becoming increasingly popular and diabetics who use it regularly do so because it has been established by popular consensus that it is effective for lowering blood sugar. With over 80 known minerals in (water soluble) ionic form, at the very least, this highly unusual substance is a validated health tonic. In fact, Indian herbalists have been known to claim that by consuming shilajit, in certain instances, it can even cause you to “levitate or walk on air”. Hence; be aware that some of the information regarding shilajit that’s been translated directly from Indian folklore can be exaggerated.
3. Fenugreek seeds
The use of fenugreek seeds as an herbal medicine date back to the very dawn of civilized agricultural societies. In fact fenugreek seeds were retrieved from King Tut’s tomb and in ancient archeological digs in Tell Halal Iraq. The documented uses for this seed in both medicine and cooking are many, including for lowering blood sugar levels. However; it is fenugreek seeds well documented effectiveness as a galactagogue (milk stimulator) in nursing mothers that it’s most well known for around the globe.
One noteworthy aspect of fenugreek seeds, is their flavor, which can best be described as closely resembling that of of maple sugar. In fact an extract of fenugreek seeds is used in the actual production of artificial maple flavoring. In recent years, these seeds and various extractions of them have been subjected to extensive clinical analysis and much of the resulting data has been conclusive. That is that along with lowering blood sugar levels in human test subjects, plain ground fenugreek seeds have also demonstrated a diminishing effect on cholesterol and triglycerides as well. It’s also well worth noting that blood sugar was lowered in cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
4. Onion and garlic
Onion and garlic are two stellar examples of effective natural medicinal substances that aren’t difficult or expensive to acquire. Also the fact is that the effect that that the “allyl propyl disulfide” (APDS) and “diallyl disulfide oxide” (allicin) contained in onion and garlic have both been verified in numerous clinical trails to be highly effective for lowering blood sugar levels. In tests involving both oral and injection applications, it was observed that the rate of effectiveness correlated directly with the quantity administered. That is that the more that was used, the more effective both onion and garlic were for lowering blood sugar in test subjects. It’s also worth noting that whether they were cooked or raw had no difference in their overall effect.
5. Asian ginseng
There is just not enough room on this page to list the number of health benefits of Asian ginseng claimed by traditional Chinese herbalists. Of course it’s touted as being effective for treating diabetes but it’s even more well known as an effective aphrodisiac and general health tonic. Ginseng has undergone extensive clinical testing, so a lot is known about it. For instance, while it’s not entirely conclusive, most reliable clinical tests have demonstrated that it is highly likely that ginseng is effective for decreasing blood sugar levels in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. However; ginseng does bring with it the potential for side effects that can include allergic reaction, high blood pressure, menstrual irregularities, gastrointestinal disorder, sleep problems and headache. Also although nothing is conclusive, ginseng is suspected of having the potential of reacting negatively with other medicines, both modern and traditional. Therefore it is highly suggested that ginseng be used with caution and for time periods lasting no more than three months between intermissions.
6. Blueberry leaves
There is a long history of blueberry leaves being used in Europe for the treatment of diabetes. The two key substances that are felt to be responsible for the medicinal effects of blueberry leaves are caffeoylquinic acid and hydroxycinnamic acid. It was not until the late 1990s that clinical tests at Russia’s Moscow Center for Modern Medicine on both animals and humans demonstrated conclusively that blueberry leaves do lower blood sugar levels. In one test, 75 healthy, non diabetics were randomly divided into two groups. One group received a placebo, while the other group received 150mg of a standardized extract three times a day. The trial run revealed a marked difference between the placebo and the test group in after meal concentrations of blood sugar levels. In a similar 60 day test involving a group of 29 diabetics, a 200mg dosage was used and once again a marked difference in after meal blood sugar levels between the test group and the placebo group was documented.
In India, where this herb has been used to treat diabetes for centuries, the word gurmar translates into “sugar eater”. It was also in India at the University of Madras in the early 1990s that gurmar was demonstrated to not only help reduce blood sugar levels but also to function on an actual restorative level on the pancreas. However; it must be noted that the tests in India that produced this evidence of pancreas restoration did involve high doses of gurmar extract.
Neem is a tree in the mahogany family that’s native to India, where it has been used in folk medicine there for centuries. Various parts of the tree including its seeds, roots, flowers, leaves, bark, oil and gum are used to treat a wide range of health issues including diabetes. It is the gum and an extract of its leaves however, that are used for the treatment of diabetes. Several clinical studies of the effect of neem on diabetes have been conducted in India in recent years and their results have compelled Indian governmental regulating agencies to formally recognize its effectiveness. Even so, reliable test information on recommended dosing levels is difficult to come by.
The above listed 8 diabetes natural treatments are by far the most popular. The most common of all. They have also been subjected to extensive scientifically based clinical trails that have by and large verified their effectiveness with the noted exception of shilajit, which has undergone clinical testing but no data is available on its being tested on diabetics. So they have been proven to work or at least demonstrated to most likely work in accordance with modern scientific standards.
Of course there are more than a few other folk remedies for diabetes that can be found around the globe but bear in mind that data garnered from formal clinical tests on them is generally slim to none. Likewise; it is also well worth noting: that in many cases where clinical data is available, it’s unverifiable and or the tests can be flawed, such as in cases where they were conducted only on animals.