Home Remedies for Diabetes: Do They Work?
Get My Diabetes Diet & Management Book Here:
No matter where you go, in every culture, there are those who have home remedies or cures for just about every disease known to man. I am from the south and I know, my family has passed down home remedies for everything from the common cold to snake bites. So I was not shocked to find over 500 “home remedies” for diabetes with just a quick net search.
I have decided to give you the 10 most frequently found and at the end of the video I will answer the question, “Do they work?”
#1 Holy Basil (tulsi) leaves
The leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. Collectively these compounds help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) to function properly and increase sensitivity to insulin. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill effects of oxidative stress.
Tip: Consume two to three tulsi leaves whole or about one tablespoon full of its juice on an empty stomach to lower the blood sugar levels.
#2 Flax seeds (Alsi)
Due to their high fibre content flaxseeds help digestion and aid in the proper absorption of fats and sugars. Consuming flax seed helps reduce a person with diabetes postprandial sugar level by almost 28 per cent.
Tip: Consume one tablespoon of ground flaxseed powder every morning on an empty stomach with a glass of warm water. However, do not have more than 2 tablespoons per day, as it can be detrimental to your health.
#3 Leaves of bilberry (neelabadari) plant
#4 Cinnamon (dalchini)
#5 Green Tea
#6 Drumstick leaves
#7 Psyllium husk (Isabgol)
#8 Bitter gourd (Karela)
#10 Indian blackberry (Jamun)
Numerous substances have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in some studies, while other studies fail to find any benefit for blood sugar control or in lowering A1C levels. Because of the conflicting findings, there aren’t any alternative therapies that are currently recommended to help with blood sugar management.
If you decide to try an alternative therapy, don’t stop taking the medications that your doctor has prescribed. Be sure to discuss the use of any of these therapies with your doctor to make sure that they won’t cause adverse reactions or interact with your current therapy.
Additionally, there are no treatments — alternative or conventional — that can cure diabetes, so it’s critical that people who are receiving insulin therapy for diabetes don’t stop using insulin unless directed to do so by their physicians.