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Do herbs and spices help fight diabetes?

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Do herbs and spices help fight diabetes?
posted Jun 24, 2016 by anonymous

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Yes, spices do have a positive effect in helping control the effects of Diabetes. Including them as a part of everyday diet is the easiest solution. However moderation is the key and one should not go overboard. Below is the list :


This spice is rich in gingerols, which is known for increasing the intake of glucose into muscle cells and balancing insulin. So it is known for restricting sugar spikes. Also, ginger contains ingredients that aids in insulin secretion to reverse the effect of excessive sugar in the blood.


Garlic contains Allicin that has an anti-diabetic effect. Just have a whole clove and swallow it with water to get relief from diabetic symptoms and also reduce risks of heart diseases.


The cinnamon bark improves overall cholesterol levels and thus aids in blood glucose, especially for those with type 2 diabetes. It further decreases your risks associated with cardiovascular disease and manages sugar levels.

Curry leaves

You can just chew on 10-12 fresh curry leaves each morning as a preventive measure against diabetes. If you suffer from the same, it can help in better management for you.

Indian goose berry

This juice can be taken in combination with fresh bitter gourd juice because it aids in secretion of natural insulin, thus reducing your dependence on insulin injections.

Bael leaves

The leaves of the Bael plant are known to be naturally anti-diabetic. You can just have the fresh juice of these leaves every morning with a pinch of pepper for best results.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gets rid of sugar and fat from your system. It aids in managing sugar levels and also helps in weight management, which in turn is essential for sugar level management.

answer Jun 24, 2016 by David Perry
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The top 6 herbs and spices for diabetes are:

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains bioactive components that can help lower blood sugar levels.

A 2013 study published in the Annals of Family Medicine and Diabetes Care shows that cinnamon is beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Based on this study, it may have a beneficial effect on fasting plasma glucose, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

You can take 1 to 2 grams of cinnamon daily in the form of tea. You can also sprinkle it on your oatmeal, smoothies or use it in cooking and baking.
Another option is to take cinnamon supplements. However, always consult a doctor for the proper dosage suitable for your condition.
Note: If you take a blood-thinning medication, avoid taking cinnamon.

  1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is an herb that diabetic people should include in their diets. Due to its hypoglycemic activity, it can improve glucose tolerance and lower blood sugar levels. In addition, its fiber content slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars.

In a 2009 study published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, researchers concluded there is a positive effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and lipid profiles in Type 2 diabetic patients.

Soak 1 to 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next morning, drink the water and eat the seeds on an empty stomach. Follow this remedy daily.
You can also eat baked goods made with fenugreek flour.
Another option is to take a supplement after consulting a doctor.
3. Ginger

Anti-diabetic, hypolipidemic and anti-oxidative properties in ginger are beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels. Ginger also can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce oxidation and improve cholesterol levels. It even helps with weight loss.

A 2014 study published in the Complementary Therapies in Medicine journal found that daily consumption of three 1-gram capsules of ginger powder for 8 weeks proved useful for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea daily.
Also, include fresh or dry ginger in your cooking.
Another option is to take ginger supplements after consulting your doctor.
4. Turmeric

Turmeric is a good spice to control high blood sugar. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-atherosclerotic, heart-protecting and weight-reducing actions that help diabetic people manage blood sugar levels and reduce complications from the disease.

A 2013 study published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal highlighted the important role of curcumin, a key component in turmeric, in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and associated disorders.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders clearly indicates the beneficial role of turmeric in controlling kidney-related complications caused by diabetes.

Include raw or powdered turmeric in your cooking.
Take a supplement, but only after consulting a doctor.
5. Garlic

Garlic also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels in diabetic people, thanks to its anti-diabetic and hypolipidemic properties. It contains sulfur compounds that protect against oxidative damage and even high cholesterol.

According to a 2011 study published in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, garlic supplementation with standard anti-diabetic agent provides better blood sugar control in Type 2 diabetics.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders suggests that garlic can help treat diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases.

Eat 2 or 3 raw garlic cloves daily on an empty stomach.
Also, include garlic in your cooking or take a supplement after consulting a doctor.
6. Curry Leaves

Aromatic curry leaves may also be useful in managing high blood sugar. Several minerals in this herb help maintain normal glucose level in the blood. In addition, it influences carbohydrate metabolism. It also reduces the risk of oxidative stress.

A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences highlights the hypoglycemic properties of curry leaf powder in controlling the fasting and postprandial blood glucose levels among diabetics.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology indicates that curry leaf extract can help bring down the severity of diabetes.

Chew a few tender curry leaves daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
You can also add curry leaf powder to your soups or salads.

answer Sep 8, 2016 by Ajay Kumar Topno
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