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Fight diabetes directly from your kitchen.

By Hellinoos.

Foods and herbs that treat the symptoms of diabetes or take preventive action against its occurrence.

Research made from major universities have shown that herbs-many of which are found in our kitchen, can help us reduce by 27% the chances of developing diabetes type 2. Herbs are, as scientists say, the solution that nature granted us for the control of blood glucose. Therefore it comes as no surprise that so many cultures adopted them over the course of time. The beneficial effects of natures herbs are proven to significantly aid those who suffer from diabetes or are in prediabetic stage. The herbs below are a very good alternative form of treatment for diabetic patients: as insulin injections and pills for diabetes although obligatory, they are not the only treatment.


In Far Eastern (that includes Chinese,Korean and Japanese) medicine, which relies heavily on herbs, ginseng is considered one of the most effective drugs for the treatment of diabetes. The main therapeutic effect is that strengthens the process of insulin secretion by the pancreas which regulates blood sugar levels. It also increases the number of insulin receptors. This action as an effect directly lowers blood sugar. A study conducted in 2000 by the University of Toronto Canada, demonstrated that a single dose of three grams of ginseng significantly helps reduce blood sugar levels after consuming a high carbohydrate meal. Therefore the consuming ginseng before or after a meal greatly helps in producing beneficial results.

Another study conducted in 2001 showed that even very low doses of ginseng (as low as even a gram) were sufficient to produce almost the same therapeutic benefits.

Based on the results of both of these studies, the researchers recommended that diabetic patients should receive at least one dose of one gram of ginseng 40 minutes before meals in order to normalize with a natural way sugar levels in the blood. Clearly diet plays a very important role: the combination of ginseng with a diet low in carbohydrates and sugars can significantly improve the situation of the diabetic patient.

Leaves of holy basil herb

The leaves of the ‘’’ ”holy basil” ’’’ used for many years in South Asia for their healing properties. Nowadays, it has been proven to be a powerful regulator of the levels of both sugar and blood lipids, contributing in effectively treating diabetes. According to a clinical placebo-controlled study published in the journal Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, moderate intake of the herb holy basil can contribute to a reduction of sugar levels in the blood up to 20%.

This herb is usually consumed in the form of decoction, and mostly as a version of our common famous tea.


Cinnamon brings far more healing properties than you might know. Like ginseng, is a source of ultra regulatory blood glucose level but also curative in cases of high blood pressure. Cinnamon is consumed mainly as a flavoring in dishes and desserts, available in the form of essential oil it is also used for preparing decoctions. The latest studies have shown that a spoonful of cinnamon a day can reduce blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes. This is because cinnamon gains its therapeutic powers from one substance….the water-soluble polyphenol which mimics the effects of insulin on the blood. It should however be consumed in controlled doses since it’s action may affect the effectiveness of any medication a diabetic might take.

Eating cinnamon in between meals can greatly help diabetics “cope” with steep increases and decreases in blood sugar levels. Therapeutic doses of cinnamon significantly contribute in strengthening insulin response thus correcting the same symptoms associated with diabetes.

Dittany aka Dictamnus

Dittany is an endemic herb of Crete and also of Southern Europe, North Africa and Asia with medicinal properties that have been known since antiquity. Used as a medicine in the form of usually beverage. Dittany has antispasmodic, tonic, antidiabetic and tissue regenerative qualities (so described since the time of Theophrastus). The essential oil of Dictamnus is used in Crete to flavor various liqueurs, especially vermouth, and in perfumery and pharmacy.

Garlic and onions

Garlic for the last 5000 years, is considered to be a herb that strengthens and rejuvenates the body, protecting it from numerous diseases. Naturally, diabetes is one of them. Studies have shown that thanks to it’s omnipotent antioxidant activity, garlic protects against degenerative vascular disease caused by diabetes. The chances of suffering from diseases associated with diabetes such as retinopathy, neuropathy and diabetic nephropathy can be reduced with the consumption of garlic.

Garlic and onions as we are well aware, significantly help regulate blood pressure, but their beneficial effects extend to the property of reducing blood glucose as well.


Aloe is one of the most well known herbs for the prevention and treatment of many diseases, one of which is diabetes. Medical studies have shown that administration of aloe lowers glucose levels of diabetics. This theory was also proven experimentally when patients that weren’t dependent on insulin were given a teaspoon of aloe each day for a period of 14 weeks. The results of tests showed that their blood glucose was effectively reduced by 45% without even changing their weight.


This is one of the most famous and effective “anti-diabetic” herbs. This conclusion was reached by researchers at the University of Georgia U.S. after studying about herbs sold in supermarkets. The concluded that the effect is very strong in preventing the glycosylation of proteins. This is the process associated with the appearance of the most severe complications faced by those who suffer from diabetes, ie the diabetic foot and the problematic cardiovascular system.


Oats are considered by many scientists to be the healthiest option compared to other cereals. The effect is attributed to it’s extremely high concentration of fiber. It is characteristic that in just half a cup of oatmeal 4 whole grams of fiber are contained. This leads to a more adequately regulated metabolism of the hydrocarbons we consume. Also it significantly improves insulin resistance, a condition that in advanced stage can lead to the occurrence of diabetes mellitus type 2.


Until few years ago it was thought that the carrot was absolutely unsuitable for diabetics because the sugar contained in it is metabolized very quickly. This theory was fully collapsed as it was proved that it’s glycemic load is low and therefore it’s consumption has no risk to the health of diabetics. Although carrot does not contain any substance which “aims” solely on the regulation of insulin, its nutritional ingredients are very important in helping the patient strengthen the defense of his organization.


Of all the green leafy vegetables cabbage is what constitutes a “shield” for the organism when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes. Study conducted by the scientific team of Lancaster University which was published in the authoritative British Medical Journal, showed that eating one and a half servings of vegetables a day reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 14%. These properties of cabbage are attributed by scientists to the antioxidants and to the high levels of magnesium it contains.


Apple contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus and many other nutrients that help the body to prevent and deal with a large number of diseases. Diabetes is one of these diseases. This is made possible mainly thanks to apples rich content in flavonoids that inhibit enzymes such as alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase, resulting in a reduction of glucose absorbed by the body. In addition, the polyphenols contained in the apple reduce the absorption of glucose, help to prevent the abrupt increase of the sugar and activate the cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin.


Nuts in general contain unsaturated fat which can improve glucose metabolism and aid in the secretion of insulin. A large research conducted by scientists at Harvard University in more than 80,000 women showed that many of them that ate 30 grams of nuts five times a week were 27% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. And even women who consumed 30 grams of nuts from one to four times a week were 16% less likely too, equally, peanut butter consumption reduced the risk by 21%.

I know that diabetes is an intriguing and difficult subject to cover. I'll soon provide more therapeutic herbs and spices that aid in this aggravating but not unbeatable battle with diabetes.


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