Diabetes also known as Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired or damaged, this results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. High blood sugar exhibits increased hunger, increased thirst, and frequent urination and if left untreated can cause several complications including eye damage, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and foot ulcers. Diabetes mellitus develops when the pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient insulin or the body shows resistance to insulin.
There are no known preventive measures for diabetes but it can be mitigated by maintaining normal body weight, regular exercises, and healthful diet, regulating or keeping your sugar levels in check.
Several common herbs and spices are known to have blood sugar lowering properties that make them useful for people with diabetes. Recent studies show potential links between herbal therapies and improved blood glucose control which can help people with diabetes manage their conditions.
The following was discovered to have shown promise in lowering or controlling blood sugar, reducing high blood pressure, cholesterol and boosting insulin sensitivity:
1. Gymnema Sylvestre (Miracle Fruit)
Commonly known as the miracle fruit, early studies indicate that Gymnema extract (GS4) can significantly reduce blood sugar. It is known as one of the most powerful herbs for blood-sugar control. It boosts the activity of enzymes that help stimulate the production of insulin. Though it hasn’t been studied extensively, it’s not known to cause serious side effects. Gymnema Sylvestre is native to the tropical forests of Sri Lanka, and southern and central India.