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[IP] BENEFICIAL HERBS & FOODS FOR DIABETES
again, since taking that supplement that has drastically lowered my sugars
all day, i couldnt help but to look up some of the ingredients in it..... it
contains quite a few of the ones listed here and again, it DEFINITELY did
something to my sugars! in fact, my fasting was 56 and i'm usually 110.... i
was low 7 times throughout the day! now i know a lot of people are against
the herbs, etc, but some of these are simply foods like seasonings and stuff
like that...cant hurt, but as always, consult your physician if you dont feel
the ones i have underlined are the ones that are in this supplement i took!
i will let you know what happens today!!
No one should be taken off insulin on the grounds that "an alternative method
will do it," any beneficial results will show up in a gradual lessening of
the need for insulin or medication.
Gymnema sylvestre extract (200 milligrams twice a day) improves blood sugar
control. It is effective in both type I and type II diabetics.
Fenugreek seeds or defatted fenugreek seed powder improves glucose tolerance
as well as lowering total cholesterol levels.
Panax ginseng is has blood sugar-lowering activity. Caution: Do not use this
herb if you have high blood pressure.
Salt bush improves blood glucose regulation and glucose tolerance in people
with type II diabetes
Green tea is used in the treatment of diabetes. 2 cups a day is recommended.
Bilberry extract and grape seed extract is used in the prevention and
treatment of diabetic retinopathy (standard dose is 80-160 mg three
times/day). Bilberry can help to increase insulin production.
Saw palmetto berry is used for nutritional support of all bodily functions.
Bitter melon also known as balsam pear, has been shown to lower blood sugar.
For the medicinal effects, drink the fresh juice of unripe bitter melon
(available in Asian grocery stores or health food stores), take a 1-2 ounce
shot of the fresh juice three times/day
Ginko biloba extract is used in the prevention and treatment of diabetic
neuropathy and may help reduce retinal damage from macular degeneration, a
cause of blindness particularly threatening for diabetics.
Aloe gel may be effective topically in treating diabetic leg ulcers.
Red raspberry leaves, blueberry leaves, dandelion root, nettle, gentian root,
burdock, sumac berries (cold infusion, no sugar added, pau dbarco, uva ursi,
and seaweeds such as blue-green algae, and Irish moss offer significant
benefits to diabetics. Caution: Do not eat uncooked nettle plants-they can
cause kidney damage.
Huckleberry helps promote insulin production
Cayenne (capsicum) is of considerable benefit in relieving nerve pain
associated with diabetes and diabetic neuropathy.
Onions and garlic have demonstrated blood sugar lowering action as well as
the lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure.
Cinnamon and tumeric can boost the ability of insulin to metabolize glucose
Chromium picolinate, although not an herb, is very beneficial to persons with
diabetes.B Studies have shown a significant drop in fasting blood sugar and
serum insulin when supplemented with 200 or 1000 mcg of chromium
DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS (see "Diabetes" under the "Diets" section for more
Eat a <A
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high-fiber diet</A> including plenty of
raw fruits and vegetables as well as fresh vegetable juices. This reduces the
need for insulin and also lowers the level of fats in the blood. Fiber helps
to control blood sugar levels.
Supplement your diet with spirulina. Spirulina helps to stabilize blood sugar
levels. Other foods that help normalize blood sugar include berries, brewer's
yeast, dairy products (especially cheese), egg yolks, fish, garlic, kelp,
sauerkraut, soybeans, and vegetables.
Get your protein from vegetable sources, such as grains and legumes. Fish and
low-fat dairy products are also acceptable sources of protein.
Avoid saturated fats and simple sugars (except when necessary to balance an
Eat more carbohydrates or reduce your insulin dosage before exercise.
Exercise produces an insulin like effect in the body. Talk to your doctor
about the right approach for you.
20-30 grams of fiber/day
A well balanced diet is a more natural source of nutrients and it is best to
get as much as possible from food. If you are not eating a varied mixture of
the main food groups or foods high in a certain nutrient needed for your
health situation then make up the remaining through vitamin and mineral
Multivitamin/mineral supplement containing the Daily Values (DV) of all
essential vitamins and minerals
Chromium picolinate: 400-600 micrograms daily. Chromium picolinate improves
insulin's efficiency, which lowers blood sugar levels. Caution: Consult with
your doctor before taking any supplement containing chromium.
Coenzyme Q10: 80 milligrams daily. Improves circulation and stabilizes blood
Vitamin B complex: 50 milligrams two times daily. Note: Do not exceed 300
milligrams daily from all supplements.
Biotin: 50 milligrams
Vitamin C: 500 milligrams two times a day.B Caution: Doses of vitamin C
larger than 1,200 milligrams a day can produce diarrhea in some people.
Vitamin E: 400-800 IU. Caution: If you are taking anticoagulants, you should
not take vitamin E supplements
Magnesium:250 milligrams two times a day. Caution: If you have heart or
kidney problems, you should always check with your doctor before taking
Vitamin B6: 100 milligrams
Calcium: 1,000 milligrams.B Caution: Do not take calcium supplementation
without your doctors approval if you have heart or kidney problems
Chromium: 200 milligrams (niacin-bound chromium or chromium picolinate)
Flaxseed oil: 1 tablespoon a day
Methylcobalamin (active vitamin B12): 1,000 micrograms
Mixed flavonoids: 1,000-2,000 milligrams MEDICAL ALERT: B It is best to work
with a DOCTOR WHEN YOU ARE ADDING NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS TO YOUR DIABETES
TREATMENT PROGRAM. He/she may need to adjust your insulin dosage as your
blood sugar drops (especially chromium supplementation)
If symptoms of hyperglycemia develop, go to the emergency room of the nearest
hospital. This is a potentially dangerous situation. Intravenous
administration of proper fluids, electrolytes, and insulin may be required.
Do not take fish oil capsules or supplements containing large amounts of
para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA).B Consumption of these products may result in
an elevation of blood sugar.
Do not take supplements containing the amino acid cysteine. It has the
ability to break down the bonds of the hormone insulin and interferes with
absorption of insulin by the cells.
Do not take extremely large doses of vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin C.
Excessive amounts may inactivate insulin. These vitamins may, however, be
taken in normal amounts.
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