The Truth about type 2 diabetes
Medicinal Foods, Herbs, and Essential Oils that can help Lower A1C (Diabetes)
Please note: The following article was written with the intention to educate. This is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. Please do not change anything in your care plan without first discussing it with your primary care physician and/ or your certified Homeopath/Aromatherapist. I am not a medical doctor and do not intend to cure anyone with this information.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes is a chronic disease that is becoming increasingly common.
This metabolic condition develops when your body does not produce adequate levels of the hormone insulin, which transports sugar, or glucose, from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy.
High blood glucose levels, or hyperglycemia, can lead to serious effects on the body, including nerve damage, heart disease and even blindness.
The hemoglobin A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes and also check average blood glucose levels for the past two to three months.
WHAT IS A1C?
The A1C level is the percentage of your red cells that have sugar molecules attached to them.
It is also referred to as glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c.
Your doctor can measure you A1C number with a blood test to determine your average blood sugar levels over the past two or three months.
A normal A1C level falls between 4 and 6 percent.
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you should strive to keep your A1C number below 7 percent. Eating right, exercise and Fresh Herbs and Plants (Essential Oils) and Energy work can help you do that.
It is widely held that the primary instigator of diabetes is sugar, which has led to recommendations to eat a low carbohydrate diet and avoid sugar at all costs, including fruit.
Sugar and unhealthy carbohydrates from things like pastries, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and candy are indeed bad for us and should be avoided.
However, our bodies need healthy carbohydrates to function, which can be found in foods such as:
1) butternut squash
2) sweet potatoes
5) black beans
7) apples and other fruits
When we eat carbohydrates (regardless of the source), our body breaks them down into glucose (blood sugar), which becomes the fuel that keeps us going—and keeps us alive.
When glucose levels rise, our pancreas secretes the hormone insulin.
Insulin helps usher glucose out of the bloodstream and into our cells where it can be used for energy, and keeps our blood sugar levels stable.
However, this process can go awry if the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, or if some of your cells stop responding to insulin, which is called insulin resistance.
In either case, blood sugar levels remain elevated, putting you at risk for type 2 diabetes.
The Role of Fat
There are several reasons for this. First, high blood fat levels put a major strain on your liver, pancreas, and adrenal glands, which work together to manage your blood sugar levels. Your liver has to shoulder the burden of processing the fat you eat, so a high-fat diet can make the liver sluggish and unable to store and release glucose as it should.
Excess fat burdens your pancreas because it needs to release enzymes to aid fat digestion.
Additionally, when blood fat levels are high, the adrenals flood the body with adrenaline.
While this increases digestive strength to help move fat through your system, excess adrenaline can wear away at the pancreas, reducing its ability to produce enough insulin to keep your glucose levels in check.
Lastly, high blood fat levels can prevent glucose from entering cells.
This is not to say that all fat, even healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocados, are bad for us and need to be completely eliminated.
Regardless of your chosen diet, fat intake just needs to be moderated to avoid excessively high blood fat levels when you are dealing with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.
For instance, if you eat a vegan diet, reduce the amount of fat you take in from nuts, nut butters, seeds, oils, avocados, etc.
If you are ovo-lacto vegetarian, cut back on eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds, oils, avocado, etc.
If your diet includes animal protein, cut back to one serving of meat per day (even lean meats contain appreciable amounts of fat).
Scaling back on fat in this manner helps ease the burden on your pancreas, liver, and adrenal glands, which goes a long way toward preventing and/or healing from diabetes.
If you opt to maintain a high-fat diet (which may normalize your A1C levels in the short-term), it becomes especially important to limit your carb intake, as a diet high in both fat and carbs will tax your bodily systems that much more.
Ultimately, reducing dietary fat and including healthy carbs of the kind listed above will help give you the best shot at healing from diabetes and help keep your A1C levels in a healthy range on a more permanent basis.
In fact, both type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia typically begin with malfunctioning adrenals. When you experience chronic stress, for example, your adrenal glands secrete copious amounts of adrenaline, which is very damaging to the pancreas.
Hypoglycemia can also occur if you don’t eat at least a light, balanced snack—e.g., a fruit (for sugar and potassium) and a vegetable (for sodium)—every two hours.
Too little adrenaline can also impair your pancreas, as it forces it to work overtime to compensate.
Adrenal fatigue, in which unstable adrenals alternate between producing too much and too little adrenaline, can also harm your pancreas as it tries to compensate for dry spells of adrenaline and then gets scorched by floods of it.
Healing carbohydrates such as:
3) other root vegetables and fruit
4) Potatoes (contrary to what you have heard, potatoes are good for you! They balance blood sugar! It is the toxic oils they are fried in and the cheese sauce you put on top that is toxic!)
contain critical nutrients for optimal health, and when the natural sugars in these healthy carbs are bonded to these nutrients, it does not wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels the way processed sugar does.)
The top fruits to eat if you have type 2 diabetes or hypoglycemia
1) Wild blueberries
Healing Power of Melon
Melons are so critical to the healing process that when someone is struggling with a health condition and can’t get better, the outcome may very well hinge on whether or not melon is part of her or his diet.
6) Santa Claus
are all keys to the palace of health.
Eating melon is like getting intravenous nutrient therapy.
On every level, including biochemically, melon is exactly what our bodies need.
Melons are essentially balls of purified water.
This highly active fluid binds onto poisons of all kinds in the body, including mold, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, flushing them out to allow the immune system to restore itself.
Further, the fruit’s high electrolyte content helps protect the brain and the rest of the nervous system from stress-related strokes, aneurysms, and embolisms.
Melon thins the blood and reduces heart attack risk, helps prevent heart disease and vascular issues, and can even reduce liver and kidney disease—if someone is suffering from liver or kidney malfunction, melon can mean the difference between life and death.
This hydration is critical, as it helps to lower high blood pressure, among other benefits.
Melon is one of the most alkalizing foods.
The fruit’s highly bioavailable and bioactive trace mineral count is responsible for driving electrolytes higher than normal, making them easily usable by the body.
In return, the body’ detoxification processes become amplified, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within the organs.
High in silica, melon is an excellent food to restore ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, connective tissue, and tendons.
Melon is also one of the most powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.
Vegetables to focus on include:
These foods help detoxify the liver, strengthen glucose levels, support the pancreas, boost the adrenal glands, and stabilize insulin.
To keep your blood fat in check, it is best to avoid:
6) processed oils
7) all sugars except for raw honey and fruit.
While these recommendations fly in the face of conventional strategies for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes, emphasizing nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables and reducing dietary fat eases the burden on your liver, pancreas, and adrenals, helping ensure that they can perform their duties, including keeping your blood sugar as stable as possible.
Make friends with healthy carbs and fruit, curtail your fat intake, and reclaim the healthy life you are meant to live!
We live in a world where prescription medicine is getting more and more expensive as well as controversial.
Alternative/Herbal medicine is gaining momentum and with good reason!
The same is true for treatments for diabetes type 2. ...
You have therapies that can reverse diabetes through lifestyle and diet changes.....natural supplements that can help stabilize blood sugar levels, and also herbs that lower blood sugar.
Not only are these alternative therapies safer, but they are also easier on your pocket, on your body and mind.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is necessary for the body’s overall health.
Erratic blood sugar levels can affect the body’s ability to function normally and even lead to complications if left unchecked.
Some herbs and spices found in nature do a tremendous job of naturally lowering blood sugar levels, making them a boon for diabetics and pre-diabetics.
What’s more, being nature’s multi-taskers, herbs and spices also produce overall health benefits beyond just helping balance blood sugar.
I want to clarify one thing right away though– not everything on on the following list can be classified as ‘herbs’.
However, they are all from natural sources.
Herbs come from the leafy and green part of the plant.
Spices are parts of the plant other than the leafy bit, such as the root, stem, bulb, bark or seeds.
Also, can you PLEASE keep in mind that if you are interested in or feel drawn to any of the following herbs/spices... PLEASE DO NOT just go out and buy them at Wal-Mart or your local supermarket.
I don't want you to waste your time and money and get frustrated! Unfortunately as of right now, there is not a good way to make sure that what you think you are getting is truly what you get!
You can always reach out to me to make you a personalized and customized supplement that is intuitively made for YOU!
But.... truthfully the main reason I worry is (especially with Diabetics) because most of the supplements out on the market today have "preservatives" in them that are VERY DANGEROUS to the human body... Im talking POISONOUS!
If you must go buy supplements, and you do not feel drawn to have me make them for you...
PLEASE at least do your research and homework and make sure there are no added ingredients. The label should only have the herbs you want and a vegetable capsule (NOTHING ELSE).
If it have Magnesium Sterate in it... IT IS ALWAYS A NO! Please trust me!
If it has any sort of Steric Acid..... NO NO NO!
Carrageenan....... or Titanium Dioxide....... or Silicon Dioxide.......or Potassium Sorbate.... or Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC).... NO FREAKIN WAY!!!!
and that is just to name a few (I will be writing a whole article about this soon with more details)
So without further a do.... here are your Healing Herbs/Spices.....
This powerful herb promotes glucose utilization in the cells thus lowering blood glucose.
It also prevents the liver from releasing more glucose into the blood stream, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.
Some people feel that this is one of the most powerful herbs for treating high blood glucose – both type 1 and 2 diabetics.
Also Gymnema Sylvestre may help rejuvenate beta cells in the pancreas thus helping heal the condition.
Gymnema Sylvestre is a vine native to Central & South India.
Used in traditional Indian medicine since the 6th century BC, the leaves of this plant contain ‘gymnemic acids’ that have the amazing ability to slow down the transport of glucose from the intestines to the bloodstream.
Some scientists even believe that Gymnema Sylvestre extract can help repair and regenerate pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin!
There was a clinical trial conducted at Department of Biochemistry, Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences Madras, India that studied 22 patients with type 2 diabetes.
It reported that supplementing the body with 400 mg of Gymnema Sylvestre extract daily resulted in remarkable reductions in blood glucose levels, hemoglobin A1c and glycosylated plasma protein levels.
What’s even more remarkable is that by the end of this 18 month study, participants were able to reduce the dosage of their prescription diabetes medication.
Five were even completely off medication and attaining stable blood sugar levels with Gymnema Sylvestre supplementation alone.
Other research conducted at the same institute studied possible regeneration of the islets of langerhans in rats that were made diabetic for the study and then given gymnema sylvestre leaf extracts.
The diabetic rats were able to double the number of their islets and beta cell numbers. Researchers felt that the herbal therapy was able to bring blood sugar stability by repairing the pancreas and increasing insulin secretion.
According to studies, cinnamon may have a positive effect on the glycemic control and the lipid profile in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2. This is because it contains 18% polyphenol content in dry weight.
This popular Indian spice can improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control.
According to a study published in Journal Of The American Board Of Family Medicine, “cinnamon lowered HbA1C by 0.83% compared with standard medication alone lowering HbA1C 0.37%.
Taking cinnamon could be useful for lowering serum HbA1C in type 2 diabetics with HbA1C >7.0 in addition to usual care.”
Cloves protect the heart, liver and lens of the eye of diabetic rats, according to studies.
This spice contains 30% of the antioxidant phenol in dry weight, along with antioxidants anthocyanins and quercetin.
As a result, cloves have antiseptic as well as germicidal properties. It also offers anti-inflammatory, analgesic and digestive health benefits for diabetics.
Another study done with 36 participants with T2D divided into four groups wherein they were given 0, 1, 2 or 3 g of cloves/day for 30 days followed by a 10-day washout period had the following results.
An aromatic herb that is used commonly to add flavor and aroma to meats and soups, Rosemary also helps normalize blood sugar levels naturally.
It promotes weight loss as well, which is a double boon for many diabetics who struggle with weight issues.
A research conducted in Jordan to study the effects of rosemary on lipid profile in diabetic rats proved that rosemary has no significant influence on serum glucose level and lipid profile of normal rats.
But when rosemary extract was administered to diabetic rats for 4 weeks, their blood sugar levels reduced by 20%, cholesterol levels by 22%, triglyceride levels by 24%, and LDL by 27% while HDL increased by 18% respectively. The study was published in African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 6 in 2012.
Popular in Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean cooking, oregano is considered one of the best herbs to lower blood sugar levels.
A Mexican study on “Inhibition of Advanced Glycation End-Product Formation by Origanum majorana L. In Vitro and in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats” revealed that that oregano alleviated oxidative stress under diabetic conditions through the inhibition of lipid peroxidation.
Oregano may also prevent and/or delay the onset of renal damage.
So don’t skimp on the herb when you’re cooking a meal next time!
Sage can have metformin-like effects, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
So you may want to consider cooking with this herb often.
It has been used on traditional medicine for centuries, as one of the important herbs to reduce blood sugar.
A word of warning – taking high doses of sage along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low, a condition called hypoglycemia. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Another popular ingredient in the Indian spice rack, curry leaves help to stabilize blood glucose levels and impact carbohydrate metabolism.
An Indian study published in International Journal of Development Research studied in detail the effects curry leaves have on type 2 Diabetes.
According to the research data, curry leaves contain a phytochemical that can help control blood sugar level in patients with Diabetes type 2 by reducing fasting and postprandial blood sugar level.
Diabetic rats given a dose of about 12gm /day for a month revealed that curry leaves may treat diabetes by influencing carbohydrate metabolism and improving liver and kidney function.
Also, the amazing antioxidant properties of curry leaves can boost pancreatic cell production, thereby improving insulin function.
A 2005 study on the anti-diabetic effect of garlic in normal and lab-induced diabetic rats, published in the journal Phytomedicine, found that oral administration significantly decreased serum glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, uric acid, creatinine, AST and ALT levels.
While it increased serum insulin in diabetic rats, this was not so in the case of normal rats.
It concluded that garlic must be considered as an excellent candidate for future human studies on diabetes mellitus.
What’s better, garlic also helps reduce high cholesterol levels, a complication that diabetics often face.
This makes it an excellent spice to use for in all recipes!
A spice that is popular for soothing your stomach and aiding digestion, Ginger also has the ability to normalize blood sugar levels.
Multiple studies conducted on rats show that ginger extract can have a significant anti-hyperglycemic effect.
It lowers serum total cholesterol, triglycerides and increases the HDL-cholesterol levels.
Diabetes is a digestive disorder. Diabetics often face issues with acid reflux.
Ginger soothes the entire digestive tract, giving diabetics another reason to add ginger to their supplement regimen.
A popular spice used in Indian cooking, and the main ingredient of ‘curry’ that has taken the world by storm, turmeric has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that all come together to help diabetics manage more stable blood sugar levels.
It helps boost immunity and prevent infections that diabetics are often vulnerable to.
Studies conducted on rats prove that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is effective in reducing plasma glucose level and HbA1C as well as improving the lipid profile.
Many diabetics also suffer from arthritis, since the sugar laden blood and inflammatory processes typical to diabetes often damage joints.
Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory abilities, also helps with these joint pains.
Carbohydrates break down into glucose in the small intestine which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.
Spices like Cayenne pepper stimulate glucose absorption from the small intestine, according to a Hungarian study published in the March 18, 2006 issue of the “European Journal of Pharmacology”.
Add a bit to cayenne pepper to your home-cooked meals to stabilize your blood sugar levels naturally.
The entire pepper family – including bell peppers, chilli peppers, and cayenne are known to help fight inflammation.
That is why they are prized in several Asian culinary traditions. Use Cayenne wisely to get its anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
One of the lesser known herbs that lower blood sugar, Marjoram, is high in polyphenols, which aids in stabilizing blood glucose levels.
A 2012 study in the Journal of Evidence Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Marjoram reduced formation of Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products.
AGE is the smoking gun that researchers today say is responsible for a lot of the complications that diabetics face, like damage to arteries and eyes.
Try sprinkling marjoram on your dinner every night to help add variety in flavor. It can often be used as a substitute for oregano in cooking and brings in a distinct flavor to dishes.
Multiple studies show that Fenugreek seeds help lower blood sugar by slowing down the process of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine.
This action is similar to the prescription drug Acarbose.
A 2012 review of ginseng in animals and human beings found that not only does ginseng reduce insulin resistance, it also lowers HbA1C levels.
It’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries as one of the most potent herbs for blood sugar control. Indian ginseng, also called Ashwaghanda, offers fantastic all round benefits.
Scientists are also researching the connection between diabetes and Alzhiemer’s. Panax Ginseng is a type of ginseng that is able to help with both diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
It’s not just easy, but also tasty to add spices and herbs that lower blood sugar to your diet. Most of these can be used in everyday recipes.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BLOOD SUGARS
Essential oils are concentrated versions of certain compounds that are found in plant matter.
A simple example of essential oils can be found in the peel of citrus fruits.
Peeling an orange releases the essential oil from the peel, causing the fresh orange scent to spread into the air.
Some of the oldest known civilizations used essential oils in one form or another. Compounds isolated from essential oils have been used to make many western medications.
Many of the compounds in essential oils can be readily used by the body.
By pairing these effects with the symptoms people are looking to help treat, essential oils can be used to help with many diabetes symptoms.
Here are the top 9 essential oils (According the Medicinal News Today) to try (Please keep in mind that you should make sure your essential oils are pure!
Coriander or cilantro seed is grown all over the world, and has been used by many cultures for treating digestive issues, such as indigestion, diarrhea, and flatulence.
A recent study on rats shows that coriander seed essential oil may help in the fight against diabetes as well. An extract from coriander seed was found to reduce the blood sugar levels in test subjects.
Researchers noted that the beta cells in the pancreas were more active. This helps to increase insulin levels while reducing blood sugar.
In many cases, coriander essential oil may help the body increase insulin levels naturally.
Lemon balm essential oil is a lesser known oil, but new research may soon change its profile. A study found that the essential oil from lemon balm helped to consume sugar it came into contact with.
This test was carried out in a lab, not with humans, but it does highlight a possibility that the oil may be beneficial for blood sugar levels when used in a diffuser or applied to the skin.
Studies suggest that clove bud may reduce enzymes in the pancreas that are linked to diabetes.
Another Study found that clove bud essential oil might play a role in preventing or managing type 2 diabetes.
The research found that using clove oil reduced levels of certain enzymes in the pancreas that are believed to be linked to diabetes.
The study also noted that the oil might be helpful in managing or preventing diabetes caused by oxidative stress...
This occurs when the body does not produce enough antioxidants to battle the free radicals (unstable molecules) that cause damage to cells throughout the body.
Black seed, or Nigella sativa, has been used in traditional medicine to treat many conditions, including diabetes.
Recent Research in a laboratory aimed to see if these claims were true, using both the Nigella sativa seed and its essential oil.
The authors found that both the seed and essential oil were useful treatments for high blood sugar and the related issues that come with it.
They also found that Nigella sativa is high in antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of diabetes complications that are caused by oxidative stress.
Using black seed essential oil alongside a varied and wholesome diet may help to reduce blood sugar to safe levels.
People with type 2 diabetes often have other symptoms, such as high blood pressure and circulation issues.
A study found that an essential oil derived from the common kitchen spice, black pepper, might provide a way to manage or prevent type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
The researchers noted that the oil contains a lot of antioxidants, and helps to block certain enzymes in the body that may contribute to diabetes and high blood pressure.
Losing weight is typically seen as a first line of treatment for people with diabetes. This means dieting and exercise, but the process may also be helped along with essential oils.
A recent study found that obese rats given extracts of helichrysum and grapefruit gained less weight, had reduced signs of inflammation, and had less excess insulin than other subjects.
While the study was not done with humans, it may be a good sign that helichrysum and grapefruit can help people lose weight if used properly.
A relaxing massage of oil containing helichrysum and grapefruit essential oils after a nice workout may help promote relaxation and weight loss.
Cinnamon has long been a favored spice in desserts. It has a sweet flavor that seems to boost sweetness without adding more sugar. New research also suggests that it may also be great for people with diabetes.
One Study looked at the effects of cinnamon and the compounds in it on various factors in diabetes.
The researchers noted that cinnamon has shown to be beneficial to insulin sensitivity, sugar and fat levels, inflammation, blood pressure and even body weight.
Regular intake of cinnamon and regular use of cinnamon essential oil may help to control factors of diabetes in some people.
The scent of lavender oil is very familiar and lavender has numerous uses in both traditional and western medicine. According to research I have seen.... one promising use may be in relieving diabetes symptoms.
Researchers found that in experiments, lavender essential oil helped to balance high blood sugar levels and protect the body from the oxidative stress that causes complications in people with diabetes.
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