Herbs and spices have a long history of use in food and beneficial effects to one’s health. Studies have shown that herbs and spices, because of its high antioxidant phenol content, can help inflammation and damage to tissues caused by high levels of blood sugar.
Being familiar with your body is the key to successfully treat diabetes. If you add spices and herbs that can help lower blood sugar levels, you need to monitor your blood sugar levels more than usual.
These are some herbs and spices you can include in your diet:
Ginseng lowers blood glucose by increasing insulin output, and keeping insulin producing cells alive and thriving by limiting the tri-carboxylic acid cycle. It also causes a healing effect to the lining of the arteries in the body, helping in prevention of heart attacks.
The action of garlic maybe mild but it does help to lower blood sugar glucose, triglycerides and cholesterol. Garlic contains allicin, a sulfide compound that helps lower blood sugar glucose and helps insulin to be used effectively. It can be added in different types of meat and vegetable recipes and add flavor in sauces and soups.
Is considered to be a key ingredient in curry powder, which is responsible for its golden hue. It also contains several active compounds, including curcumin and is known to be a potent anti-inflammatory.
Bench research showed that turmeric reduce many of the inflammatory signals known to be overactive in diabetes and improves the action of disrupted insulin-response pathways in diabetes.
Studies have shown that cinnamon can increase glucose metabolism by at least 20%. This is because cinnamon are rich in powerful polyphenols, that prevent cancer, strokes and cardiovascular disease.
Fenugreek contains amino acid (4-hydroxyisoleucine), that helps the insulin producing cells of the pancreas, to produce more insulin to lower blood sugar. It also helps lower cholesterol, protects the liver from alcohol damage and detoxes the liver too.
Ginger has demonstrated promising results in its ability to reduce oxidation, improve insulin sensitivity and improve cholesterol. It has been used as a staple ingredient in Asian cuisines for years. It is also known for its action as an anti-inflammatory, digestive and anti-nausea medicine.
Remember to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider before using any medicinal herbs and spices.