5 herbal supplements for diabetes and cholesterol

Are you one of those who are exhausted of all the medical treatments and looking out for a more natural cure? If yes, then herbal remedies may be one of the best solutions.

Here is a list of 5 herbs and supplements that promise to lower your blood sugar levels, boost your insulin sensitivity and abate the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.

1. GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE

This plant is believed as one of the most powerful herbs to cut down blood-sugar level. In Hindi, the plant’s name is translated as the “sugar destroyer” and has the ability to detect any form of sweetness. The herb works in such a way that, the activity of certain enzymes that help in stimulating the production of insulin, is elevated. Although it hasn’t been researched extensively, it is not known to cause any serious side effects.

2. GAMMA-LINOLENIC ACID – Gamma-linolenic acid (or GLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid, found in evening primrose oil. According to some researchers, people with diabetes have lower than the ideal levels of GLA. Therefore these supplements can lower and thereby prevent the nerve pain which is associated with Diabetes.

3. GINSENG

This robust Chinese herb has numerous benefits. They possess strong immune-boosting and disease-fighting properties. Studies show that Ginseng increases the ability to utilize glucose by the cells, curtails carbohydrate absorption and elevates insulin secretion from the Pancreas. According to studies by the University of Toronto, Ginseng capsules help in lowering of glucose level in the blood by approximately 15- 20% as compared to Placebo pills.

4.BITTER MELON

As the name suggest aptly, this vegetable is postulated to help cells take up more glucose efficaciously and obstruct the absorption of sugar by the intestine. Researchers proved that both men and women who had consumed bitter melon in the form of capsule for three months continuously, they had meager, but persistent, lower blood sugar level than taking a Placebo. Gastrointestinal problems are possible side effects.

5.BILBERRY

Being the relative of the blueberry family, Bilberry is a busting source of potent anti-oxidants present in its leaves and fruit. These anti¬oxidants, namely anthocyanidins, apparently help in preventing possible damage to the blood vessels that can have harmful repercussions on the nerves and retina of the eye. Studies on animals show that bilberry can lower blood sugar.

Source: Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai
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