Some Ayurvedic herbs have been reported in scientific studies to be beneficial in promoting healthy metabolic function by addressing the issue regarding blood sugar imbalances, and other critical metabolic and diabetes health issues.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Diabetes:
1. Bitter Gourd Juice
Juice of Bitter melon or Karela (about 30 ml) may be taken on empty stomach every morning. Also, simple recipes of bitter melon can be consumed. It is known as one the best remedies for diabetes.
Bitter Gourd Juice Recipe:
1. Crush the bitter melon using a grinder, after separating its seeds.
2. Add a little bit of water.
3. Sieve this to have juice.
4. Cut the bitter melon into thin and small pieces.
5. Place small quantity of salt and mustard oil as required into the fry pan.
6. Heat the ingredients along with green chili and onion for about 10-15 minutes.
2. Cinnamon or Cassia
Traditional Ayuverdic and Chinese health systems have used Cassia cinnamon, or Chinese cinnamon, for years. Current research indicates that cinnamon may help reduce fasting blood sugar levels, with polyphenols that help in maintaining insulin sensitivity.
Cinnamon is one of the known and oldest spices that comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree, and is dried and most commonly rolled into cinnamon sticks that may be used in tea. Also, cinnamon can be ground into a powder, and sprinkled on foods for added spice and flavor.
3. Curry Leaves
Curry leaves is another popular ingredient in the Indian spice rack, that help in impacting carbohydrate metabolism and stabilizing blood glucose levels.
An Indian study that was published in International Journal of Development Research reviewed in detail the effects curry leaves have on diabetes type 2. According to the research data, curry leaves have a phytochemical that can help in controlling blood sugar level in patients who have Diabetes type 2 by reducing postprandial blood sugar level and fasting.
Diabetic rats who were given a dose of about 12gm /day for 1 month reported that curry leaves may treat diabetes by influencing carbohydrate metabolism, improving kidney and liver function. Also, the amazing antioxidant properties of curry leaves can boost pancreatic cell production, thereby improving insulin function.
4. Fenugreek Seeds
Various human intervention trials have shown that fenugreek seeds positively affect metabolic health. Fenugreek seeds have a slightly bitter taste when raw, but, when they are sprouted, the flavor becomes pungently sweet, thereby, adding a unique taste to salads and other foods.
Also, fenugreek seeds may be lightly dry roasted to reduce their bitterness and enhance their flavor.
5. Ground Bay Leaf
The mixture of 1/2 tablespoon ground bay leaf, 1/2 tablespoon turmeric and 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, when taken twice a day before lunch and dinner, is very helpful to control sugar in blood, thus effective for the problem.
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