In the United States, about 25 million individuals are afflicted with diabetes, and 90% of that number is Type 2. These statistics are supplied by the ADA (American Diabetes Associations).
Medications are usually prescribed for Type 2 diabetic patients, to effectively manage their blood sugar levels, but studies have shown that there are herbs that may offer a natural treatment alternative to diabetes, and that they are just as effective in keeping blood glucose levels even, as prescription drugs. Of course, always consult with your health care professional before changing any medications.
OREGANO (Origanum Vulgare) not only adds great flavor to recipes, but it also has medicinal properties. When boiled and enjoyed as a tea, it may sooth coughs and an upset stomach. Oregano oil has been said to also ease tooth pain.
MARJORAM (Origanum Majorana) tea has been shown to be a natural treatment to many ailments, such as flatulence, stomach bloating, and anxiety.It has also been used to treat fungal and bacterial infections.
ROSEMARY (Rosemarinus Officinalis) is said to help fight depression and feelings of apathy. In addition,it has also been said to sooth nerves and minimizemigraine pain (due to tension). Rosemary acts as a diuretic, boosts energy levels, stimulates your circulatory system, and helps to promote an overall sense of well-being.
One reason that the above herbs maybe potential alternative treatments for diabetics to properly manage their blood sugar levels, are because they inhibit two enzymes: DPP-4,which aids in insulin secretion, and many man-made drugs available on today’s market are designed to reduce the quantity of insulin secreted, and subsequently enters the bloodstream.PTP1B signals insulin facilitation and, as of yet, this enzyme has been unable to be duplicated in the laboratory.
Other herbs/spices known to help effectively manage diabetes are cinnamon, ginger, thyme, yellow curry and red pepper flakes.
CINNAMON can be added to coffee grounds (before brewing) for a delicious kick to your morning cup of joe. Also, a dash of cinnamon can be added to oatmeal, milk, yogurt, salads, and it also makes a perfect topping to a baked apple.
GINGER is a great addition to homemade smoothies, sweet potatoes and yogurt. Try making a batch of “Ginger Lemonade” (1 Quart of fresh lemonade mixed with a ½ teaspoon of ground ginger).
YELLOW CURRY is great with cooked rice, and THYME is fantastic to add to a scrambled egg mixture. Personally, I add a touch a RED PEPPER FLAKES to most of my dishes.
Diabetes is a growing epidemic, and patients often struggle with balancing their blood glucose levels without the aid of medications. One problem incurred by many diabetic patients is that they suffer from negative side effects (such as gastrointestinal distress) from medications that are prescribed to regulate blood sugar levels.
Allow your creative juices to flow, and enjoy spicing up your dishes with fresh herbs.