1. Gymnema Sylvestre
This plant’s Hindi name translates as “sugar destroyer,” and the plant is said to reduce the ability to detect sweetness. It’s regarded as one of the most powerful herbs for blood-sugar control. It may work by boosting the activity of enzymes that help cells use glucose or by stimulating the production of insulin. Though it hasn’t been studied extensively, it’s not known to cause serious side effects.
2. Bitter Mellon
The aptly named bitter melon is thought to help cells use glucose more effectively and block sugar absorption in the intestine. When Philippine researchers had men and woment take bitter melon in capsule from for three months, they had slight, but consistently, lower blood sugar than those taking a placebo. Gastrointestinal problems are possible side effects.
3. Prickly Pear Cactus
The ripe fruit of this cactus has been shown in some small studies to lower blood sugar levels. You may be able to find the fruit in your grocery store, but if not, look for it as a juice or powder at health food stores. The fruit may possibly lower blood sugar because it contains components that work similary to insulin. The fruit is also high in fiber.
This relative of the blueberry contains powerful antioxidants in its fruit and leaves. These anti-oxidants, called anthocyanidins, seem to help prevent damage to tiny blood vessels that can result in nerve pain and retinopathy (damage to the eye’s retina). Animal stuides have also suggested that bilberry may lower blood sugar.
Known for its immune-boosting and disease-fighting beneefits, this chinese herb has several positive diabetes studies behind it. Ginseng slows carbohydrate absorption, increases cells’ ability to use glucose and increases insulin secretion from the pancreas. Ginseng lower blood glucose 15 to 20 percent compared to placebo pills.
These seeds, used in Indian cooking, have been found to lower blood sugar, increase insulin sentivity, and reduce high cholesterol, according to several animal and human studies. The effect may be partly due to the seed’s high fiber content. The seeds also contain an amino acid that appears to boost the release of insulin. In one of the largest studies on fenugreek, 60 people who took 25 grams daily showed significant improvements in blood sugar control and post-meal spikes.
7. Chamomile and Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea has shown some evidence of being able to lower blood sugar and thus prevent the progression of type II diabetes and prevent some of the damage associated with high blood sugar levels.
Drinking this tea with or shortly after meals might help keep your blood sugar levels under control.
8. Tulsi leaf tea – Holy Basil Tea
Tulsi, also know as holy basil, is a species of basil that is in many ways a distant cousin of the familiar sweeet basil plant used in western cooking. Tulsi has powerful medicinal propertis, is used to treat type II Diabetes, as well as a number of other conditions. Tulsi seems to be able to lower blood sugar, much like chamomil, reduces stress and anxiety, and protect the body against damage caused by stress.
Cinnamon is a popular spice and flavoring which has shown considerable evidence of lowering blood sugar. If you have or are at risk for type II Diabetes, or if you want to moderate your blood sugar levels for other reasons, such as avoiding the instabilities in mood associated with a sugar crash, it cannot hurt to include cinnamon as a flavoring in your meals. You can also add cinnamon sticks to herbal teas, or cinnamon powder. Make sure to use pure cinnamon and not cinnamon sugar, as the last thing you want is to add more sugar to your diet.
Cinnamon as a spice is naturally slightly sweet, even though it contains no sugar!