Lowering Your Blood Sugar With Herbs

Lowering Your Blood Sugar With Herbs

One of the best discoveries a diabetic can make is that herbs will lower their blood sugar levels. When the blood sugar levels are lower for extended periods of time, the Hemoglobin A1c levels also fall, and before long, they may return to normal.

All herbs are not exactly alike however, and scientists have determined the mechanisms of how they lower blood sugar levels. These mechanisms come in handy to know if you’ve been trying your best to lower blood sugar levels but seem to be stuck at a plateau.

If this happens, the easiest thing to do is to switch herbs to another herb that hits the problem in a different way in the body.

4 Herbs That Work Differently to Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Below is a listing of how four blood sugar-lowering herbs work in the body to make diabetes reversal possible:

1. Cinnamon

This herb contains cinnamic acid, which decreases blood glucose levels by improving glucose tolerance. In fact, 10 mg cinnamic acid is comparable to the prescription medication called glibenclamide. Cinnamic acid also boosts the insulin secretion in the islet cells of the pancreas.

In another study, cinnamon extract improved insulin sensitivity, reduces the level of fats in the blood, and helps diabetics in multiple ways.

2. Bitter Melon

This herb prevents the beta cells of the pancreas from becoming toxic from too much glucose and the effect lasts about 3 days. Thus, it increases the insulin sensitivity in those who have Type 2 diabetes.

Some other ways that bitter melon works physiologically includes lowering the fat in the muscles, creates weight loss, improves glucose metabolism, and enhances insulin signaling inside the muscles. It also increases the amount of protein in the muscles, which helps to keep the basal metabolic rate high.

3. Banaba leaves (Lagerstroemia speciosa)

This herb contains an active ingredient called corosolic acid that blocks the synthesis of new glucose. Its actual mechanism is complicated and works through cyclic AMP similar to how the weight loss herb forskolin works.  Banaba also promotes the breakdown of glucose in the body, speeding up the metabolic pathways for this to happen.

4. Gymnema sylvestris

This herb contains medicinal components called gymnemic acids. This constituent slows down how fast glucose goes from the digestive tract into the blood. It also stops the cravings for junk food or sweets. That means that with this herb you can prevent a fast rise in blood sugar if you happen to eat something you shouldn’t!

Gymnema allows the pancreas to release insulin, and it also regenerates the beta cells of the pancreas. This means that blood sugar levels are lower and there may come a time when a diabetic may not need to take his or her Metformin.

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Hafizur, R.M., et al. Cinnamic acid exerts anti-diabetic activity by improving glucose tolerance in vivo by stimulating insulin secretion in vitro. Phytomedicine 2015 Feb 15; 22 (2): 297-300.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25765836

Kim, S.H. and Choung, S.Y. Antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic action of Cinnamomi cassiae (Cinnamon bark) extract in C57BL/Ks db/db mice. Arch Pharm Res 2010 Feb; 33(2): 325-33. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20195835

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Wang, Z.Q., et al. Bioactives from bitter melon enhance insulin signaling and modulate acyl carnitine in skeletal muscle in high-fat diet fed mice. J Nutr Biochem 2011 Nov; 22(11): 1064-73.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21277185

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