If left untreated Type 2 diabetes can lead to umpteen number of health problems including heart diseases and stroke. Developing type 2 diabetes is strongly linked to lifestyle factors and can be hereditary. A number of herbs have been proven to help prevent and control the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes naturally. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic system of medicine for the past hundreds of years. The active ingredient in this herb called Curcumin can reduce glucose levels and improve insulin tolerance.
Fenugreek contains fibres that can improve insulin production as well as insulin release and sensitivity. Fenugreek also helps reduce carbohydrate absorption in the digestive system.
Syzgium cumini (Jamun)
The active ingredient in this particular herb helps to restore the normal physiological function of the liver, which can create a reservoir of glucose macromolecules, thereby reducing fasting blood glucose levels.
Gymnema sylvestre (Gurmar)
This herb has many active ingredients including Saponin, which is known to reduce carbohydrate cravings. It also metabolically encourages insulin release.
Bitter Melon is traditionally used as a treatment for diabetes in Eastern Medicinal Systems.
It’s active ingredients help to restore the physiological function to damaged pancreatic cells, reduce glucose absorption and increase the sensitivity of the muscle cells to insulin.
Picrorhiza kurroa (aqueous rhizome extract)
Picrorhiza Kurroa has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. The active ingredients in this herb act as an antioxidant that helps restore liver function – protecting it from toxins. This can increase glucose tolerance subsequently proving the potential for weight loss.
Tinospora cordifolia (Giloy)
Also known as Heart-leaved moonseed, Tinospora cordifolia contains a mixture of alkaloids, diterpenoid, lactones, glycoside, phenols and aliphatic compounds which all help to increase glucose metabolism at the cellular level. This can result in a decrease of blood glucose levels.
Also known as Indian Gooseberry, the active property in Amla is Tanned, which can help rehabilitate the physiological function of pancreatic cells.