Sweet bay also known by the name Laurus nobilis is a herb. The oil and leaves are usually used to make medicine and in food, as seasoning and in processed foods.
In manufacturing the oil is used in detergents, soaps, and cosmetics. But despite all the uses above mentioned there is this recent use which is causing a lot of interest, especially with people with diabetes.
People who have type 2 diabetes have trouble metabolizing sugar. However, these leaves showed that they can improve the function of insulin drastically.
In one study the leaves showed that they could regulate sugar in patients with diabetes. And also lower triglycerides and total cholesterol. In that way the liver (responsible for breaking down sugar) and heart benefit from this herb.
Interesting, right? Read on, to learn more about the study.
In one recent study, all participants had type 2 diabetes. They got divided into four groups. One group got capsules with 1 g of the ground of bay leaves, and the other 2 groups got capsules of 1 and 3 g.
The group no. 4 got a placebo. Everyone had to take these capsules for one month. The 3 groups which got capsules with bay leaves got lower serum sugar levels with an increase after the 21st day of more than 26 percent improvement.
According to this study consuming a handful of bay leaves on a daily basis for one month may notably improve both cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors.
All in all, this study shows that consuming bay leaves from 1 to 3 g or d for one month might be beneficial for those who have type 2 diabetes.
Bay leaf is likely safe for people in food amounts. The ground bay leaf is probably safe when taken orally in medicinal amounts but in the short term.
However, if you decide to cook with whole bay leaf, you need to make sure to remove the leaf before eating your dish.
To sum up, the intact leaf is likely unsafe. You cannot digest it. Therefore, it will remain intact while it passes through your digestive system, meaning it can pierce the lining of your intestines or lodge in the throat.
The suitable dose of these leaves depends on few factors like the user’s health, age, and other conditions. There is not enough information which is scientific and which will determine the suitable range of doses for these leaves.
You need to follow the directions on the label and to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using.