It’s a common story. Your doctor diagnoses you with type 2 diabetes, dashes off a prescription, and sends you home with the advice “take your meds, don’t eat sugar and lose some weight!”
The quick fix of glucose-lowering drugs, of course, works. But of course they come with a cart-full of side effects ranging from weight gain to constipation.
Why not start with the simple first? There are proven all-natural “food cures” in your kitchen right now, that have been shown to have a lowering effect on glucose levels.
Pumpkin pie surprise reduced blood sugar 18%
Turns out that common cinnamon–yes the same spice used in pumpkin pie–has been hiding a diabetes-fighting secret in its sweet bark.
Researchers, led by Dr. Richard Anderson, uncovered the connection between cinnamon and glucose levels when they found a group of 30 type 2 diabetics who were given cinnamon capsules for 40 days saw a significant decrease—a drop of anywhere from 18 to 29 percent—in their blood sugar levels.
Participants also saw a drop in triglyceride, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels.
This diabetes fighter’s insulin-like effect, cheap cost and easy availability makes it a great choice if you want to reduce your blood sugar naturally and help shield yourself against diabetes.
Pickling prodigy helps stabilize blood sugar
Fenugreek is native to southeast Europe and west Asia. The plant’s small seeds are used in pickling and to spice food, and can often be found in Middle Eastern and North African dishes.
Studies have shown that fenugreek can help stabilize blood sugar in diabetics. In a double-blind placebo-controlled study folks with type two diabetes were randomly divided into two groups and given either a fenugreek seed extract or a placebo for two months.
At the end of the testing period the researchers determined that those receiving the fenugreek had improved glycemic control and a decrease in insulin resistance.
As a happy side benefit you may find that the spice improves your cholesterol levels.
You can get fenugreek in seed, capsule, powder and gum forms. A word of warning however, fenugreek can sometimes work so well that it drops sugar levels drastically. Be sure to talk to your doctor before trying it.
Lower glucose levels with this mustard miracle
Turmeric, a native of South Asia, is a member of the ginger family. The stems of the plant are ground into a deep yellow-orange powder that’s often used in curry dishes and in mustard.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and several animal studies have shown it can help lower blood sugar levels.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and it’s believed that curcumin is the part of the spice that has shown promise in lowering glucose levels. One animal study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that mice that were given curcumin had lower blood glucose levels and even lost weight.
All signs point to turmeric being an easy way to lower blood sugar without side effects. Start adding it to your favorite dishes today.
Soft drink stunner wards off metabolic syndrome
Ginger has been used in Asia for over 3,000 years, both as a spice to flavor foods and as a medicinal herb. And, of course, ginger is the spice used in fizzy ginger ales. Several animal studies hint at the spice’s ability to lower blood sugar as well as serve to ward off metabolic syndrome, a condition that often precedes type 2 diabetes.
An animal study, published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, concluded that ginger appears to be able to help ward of metabolic syndrome. Another study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, found that ginger led to better glucose tolerance.
You can get fresh ginger at your grocery store. Toss some into stir fries, salad dressing and even pasta. You’ll also find ginger root supplements in the drug or natural food store.