Home remedies for Diabetes

Holy Basil or Tulsi Leaves:

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Also known as tulsi, leaves of tulsi are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. Collectively these substances help the pancreatic beta cells which releases insulin function properly which helps in increase sensitivity to insulin. Not to forget the feature of antioxidants present in the leaves which helps in removing the ill effects of oxidative stress.

  • Have two to three tulsi leaves whole, or about one tablespoon full of its juice on an empty stomach to lower the blood sugar levels.


Flax Seeds:

flaxseed

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 diabetic's sugar level by almost 28 per cent.


Leaves of Bilberry or neelabadari plant

bilberry

Also called the neelabadari plant, it has been used in Ayurveda for many centuries to control diabetes. The leaves of the Bilberry plant contain high amounts of anthocyanidin, which enhance the action of various proteins involved in glucose transportation and fat metabolism. Due to this unique property, bilberry leaves are a great way to lower one's blood sugar levels.


Cinnamon or Dalchini:

cinnamon

Also known as dalchini, it improves insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Powdered cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin activity. It contains bioactive components that can help prevent and fight diabetes.

  • Having as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day can improve one's insulin sensitivity and help controlling weight, thereby decreasing one's risk for heart disease.

Cinnamon, however, should not be taken in excess because we commonly use Cassia cinnamon (found in most grocery stores) which contains a compound called coumarin. It is a toxic compound that increases the risk of liver damage.


Drumstick Leaves or Moringa

drumstick leaves

Also called moringa, the leaves of this plant are best known for their ability to boost one's energy. In the case of diabetics, the moringa leaf increases satiety and slows the breakdown of food and lower blood pressure.


Bittergourd or karela

Bitter-Gourd

Karela: Rich in plant insulin-polypeptide-P, a bio-chemical that is useful in reducing blood sugar. Bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon, can be helpful for controlling diabetes due to its blood glucose lowering effects. It tends to effect whole body. It helps increase pancreatic insulin secretion and prevents insulin resistance. Thus, bitter gourd is beneficial for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, it cannot be used to entirely replace insulin treatment.

  • Have karela at least once a week either as a subzi or in a curry.
  • For quick results, try having a glass of karela juice on an empty stomach once in three days. Drink some bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach each morning. First remove the seeds of two to three bitter gourds and use a juicer to extract the juice. Add some water and then drink it. Follow this treatment daily in the morning for at least two months.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is an herb that can also be used to control diabetes, improve glucose tolerance and lower blood sugar levels due to its hypoglycaemic activity. It also stimulates the secretion of glucose-dependent insulin. Being high in fiber, it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars.

How to use: Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Drink the water along with the seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. Follow this remedy without fail for a few months to bring down your glucose level.


Indian Gooseberry (Amla)

Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla, is rich in vitamin C and Indian gooseberry juice promotes proper functioning of your pancreas.

How to use: Take two to three Indian gooseberries, remove the seeds and grind it into a fine paste. Put the paste in a cloth and squeeze out the juice. Mix two tablespoon of the juice in one cup of water and drink it daily on an empty stomach.

Alternatively, mix one tablespoonful of Indian gooseberry juice with a cup of bitter gourd juice and drink it daily for a few months


Black Plum or Indian Black Berry (Jambul)

Black plum or jambul, also known as jamun can help a lot in controlling blood sugar level because it contains anthocyanins, ellagic acid, hydrolysable tannins etc. Each part of the Jambul plant such as the leaves, berry and seeds can be used by those suffering from diabetes. In fact, research has shown that the fruits and seeds of this plant have hypoglycemic effects as they help reduce blood and urine sugar levels rapidly. The seeds, in particular, contain glycoside jamboline and alkaloid jambosine that regulate control blood sugar levels

How to Use: Whenever this seasonal fruit is available in the market, try to include it in your diet as it can be very effective for the pancreas. Else you can make a powder of dried seeds of Jambul fruit and eat this powder with water twice a day. This fruit is native to India and its neighbouring countries but you can find it at Asian markets and herbal shops.


Mango Leaves

The delicate and tender mango leaves can be used to treat diabetes by regulating insulin levels in the blood. They can also help improve blood lipid profiles.

How to use: Soak 10 to 15 tender mango leaves in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, filter the water and drink it on an empty stomach.

You can also dry the leaves in the shade and grind them. Eat one-half teaspoon of powdered mango leaves two times daily


Neem

Found abundantly in India, the bitter leaf has a number of amazing medicinal properties. Neem enhances insulin receptor sensitivity, helps improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels, lowers blood glucose levels and reduces one's dependence on hypoglycaemic drugs.

How to use : Eating a spoonful of neem powder directly both in the morning and evening Adding a teaspoon of neem powder to a glass of water and drinking this first thing in the morning as well as in the evening, preferably before dinner.

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