Diabetes is treated through medication and diet. Studies have shown there may be effective natural treatments as well.
Cinnamon, the kind you find in your kitchen cabinet, has been shown to increase the ability of the body to respond to insulin. The magic ingredient is MHCP. It restores the fat cell’s ability to respond to insulin and significantly increases the removal of glucose from the blood stream.
Studies funded by the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation and conducted by Dr. Richard Anderson at the United States Department Of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center have shown that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to lower triglycerides, cholesterol and blood sugar.
The most effective way to take cinnamon is in capsule form. The only water soluble form has been patented as a compound known as Cinnulin PF. The spice cinnamon is only fat soluble and could build up in the fat tissues if too much is ingested. The consequences of ingesting large amounts of cinnamon haven’t been studied. If Cinnulin PF can’t be found it is possible as little as 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon a day sprinkled on food can be taken by mouth and is effective in lowering blood sugar. Cinnamon can be used in coffee, sprinkled on French toast, oatmeal, fruit and even used in savory dishes.
Milk thistle (silymarin) has been shown to decrease blood sugar. Two groups of patients received conventional therapy for diabetes. One group was given placebos in addition to the conventional therapy and the other group received a 200 mg milk thistle tablet 3 times a day. The group receiving the milk thistle showed significant improvements in their glycemic profiles. Milk thistle extract can be found in health food stores.
Vitamin B complex is used to effectively treat diabetes. Diabetics often have low levels of Vitamin B even though they may think they’re ingesting enough through food or supplements. The low levels are due to excessive urination. Thiamine or Vitamin B1 – and pyridoxine or vitamin B6 is especially effective. Other vitamin B requirements are pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 and biotin or vitamin B8. The Vitamin B complex can be taken as supplements. It’s also found naturally in leafy green vegetables, carrots, whole grain cereals, nuts, peas, legumes, bananas and apples.
Magnesium is necessary for the pancreas to produce insulin so it’s important in the treatment of diabetes. It can be taken as a supplement and is found in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit and in green leafy vegetables.
There is evidence that a strict diet, exercise and taking food supplements can control blood sugar safely without resorting to insulin injections.
This is not medical advice. Please see your health care provider if you suspect a medical condition.
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