Most people have come to recognize the benefits of natural cures, including medical professionals. Herbal supplements have become more and more popular in recent years, as have the research behind their recommendation for specific conditions. With Type II Diabetes becoming an epidemic in North America, a lot of focus has been placed on the natural management of blood sugar levels. 90% of the more than three million diabetic Canadians have Type II Diabetes.
Not all associated herbs have been scientifically proven to lower and stabilize blood sugar, so it’s wise to proceed with caution. Herbs should only be used for the management of diabetes and blood sugar levels under the guidance of a medical professional. Some herbs may interact with medications, irritate other medical conditions, or be unsafe for pregnant/nursing Moms. Introduce herbal supplements one at a time so you can monitor your blood sugar and identify the cause of any side effects.
Note: For herbs to work for any condition, you must use fresh or expertly dried/stored plants (preferably organic). We rely on Starwest Botanicals for high quality herbs, which are often available on Amazon.ca if you want to save on shipping.
The herbs most commonly recommended by experts for lowering and stabilizing blood sugar are:
Prickly Pear Cactus
I’m a Type II Diabetic and personally supplement Cinnamon, Garlic, Oregano, Burdock, Dandelion and Billberry for the management of my blood sugar levels. I also take medication so it’s impossible to honestly say how much benefit I receive from herbal supplements alone. However, I have definitely seen improvement in blood sugar stability. I no longer have the wild fluctuations in blood sugar levels I used to have.
I like the convenience and versatility of freshly dried, organic herbs, which I often add to food like soups and sauces. I use freshly dried cinnamon mixed with granulated Splenda on a piece of whole grain toast in the morning. I mix it up and store it in a spice jar. Sliced apples, also beneficial for diabetics, are fantastic when sprinkled with the Cinnamon and Splenda mix as well.
Have you found any herbs that help your diabetes? Please share them in the comments below.
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