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6 Herbs That May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

By Gabriela | Foods

6 Plants That Can Help Control High Blood Sugar

Certain herbs (fruits and leaves) can help in the treatment of poor blood glucose control. There are plenty of studies that show that such herbs can cause a significant decrease in the blood glucose levels of both, rodents and humans.

What’s even better is that they have practically no side effects!

Here Are Some Suggestions

1. Guava

The journal Nutrition & Metabolism published an article where it reported that the compounds in the tea made from guava leaves could hinder the absorption of certain sugar types. This means that one’s blood glucose levels won’t spike after a meal.

In a study, one group which drank this tea after consuming white rice had considerably lower blood sugar levels than the one which only drank hot water.

Another study shows that guava leaf tea could even help in lowering one’s fasting glucose. In fact, Psidium guajava (the scientific name for Guava) has been used to improve blood sugar control in East Asia for centuries now.

Some Japanese studies reported that tea from guava leaf also helps to lower insulin levels and cholesterol in rats and mice. People can either make this tea at home or purchase it online.

2. Insulin Plant

We are referring to the Costaceae family of plants, which the people of the Indian subcontinent have come to call “insulin plant”. This is due to its natural blood sugar-lowering abilities. There are about 200 species of this particular plant.

During the last 2 centuries, it was brought to India from South America. Also, it was largely used for ornamental purposes. But somehow, people discovered its health benefits, and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine ever since.

Other than its blood sugar lowering abilities, it can also act as an antioxidant, antibiotic, and diuretic. People can buy this plant online.

3. Mulberry

Another plant that seems to significantly reduce blood glucose levels after meals (by 44%) is the mulberry plant.

The University of Minnesota did a study where they discovered that drinking mulberry tea, not only stopped blood sugar levels from spiking, but also from plummeting too low afterward. This means people probably won’t notice much of a difference in their average blood sugar, HbA1c.

But they will probably have less damage to their blood vessels, what with the absence of spikes or drops. Which will also make them feel a whole lot better.

4. Bitter Melon

It represents a family of plants that happen to grow in hot climates. There are those who say that this is the best natural blood sugar treatment of them all! This is because it contains as many as 4 different compounds which control blood glucose in various ways.

This means it can act as a type of substitute insulin. There are plenty of ways people can take it, whether in capsule form, as a tea, or they can just eat the fruit in the first place.

Philippine studies have witnessed such great results from these special capsules. These capsules are now government-approved as an over-the-counter medicine for diabetes.

5. Okra

Studies from both Taiwan and Bangladesh discovered a dramatic improvement in cholesterol and sugar levels in rats that were fed okra. A Chinese study reported improvements in kidney function in human participants with diabetes which took extracts from okra.

There are also many personal reports of individuals claiming to be better thanks to this particular plant. People can even prepare okra themselves at home.

For example, they can cut off the top, soak the pods overnight, squeeze them into the water the next morning and drink it!

6. Blueberries

Who knew that a tasty fruit can help lower one’s blood sugar levels? Well, according to a study by the University of Michigan back in 2009, they do just that. In this study, rats that were fed blueberries experienced a number of health benefits.

Namely, they saw a reduction in their cholesterol and triglycerides. Also, an improvement in their fasting sugar levels and a reduction in their general body fat.

Many researchers believe all these benefits come from the phytochemical content in blueberries, which incidentally also gives them their blue color.

As a matter of fact, most plants that are dark in color seem to be abundant in such phytochemicals. This makes them natural healers.

The bottom line? Eat more plants! Whether raw, as a tea, or in capsule form, they are sure to grant people numerous health improvements, all while being generally side-effect-free!