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Diabetes Type 2 Treatment: Herbs


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Specific herbal therapies can help lower blood glucose levels and/or treat some of the complications of diabetes. These therapies may be referred to as “herbal” or “nutriceuticals.” A tour of the health food store suggests an extensive list of supportive products such as cinnamon, gymnema, fenugreek, bitter melon, ginseng, nopal, aloe vera, banaba, caiapo, bilberry, milk thistle, chromium, vanadium, nicotinamide, alpha lipoic acid, gamma linolenic acid, ginkgo biloba, garlic, vinegar and St John’s Wart. However, many experts agree that although these may not be harmful if taken, their actual benefit on lowering blood glucose levels requires further research, particularly studies with a greater number of study participants.


Effect of Cinnamon on Diabetes Type 2

Help improve this article. Become a contributor! One half teaspoon of this aromatic bark has been shown to improve fasting glucose control in type 2 diabetes by up to 28% after a 40 day trial....

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Effect of Fenugreek Seeds on Diabetes Type 2

Consuming fenugreek seeds are said to help quell a rise in plasma glucose levels when taken before a meal. Eating the whole seeds seems to produce the greatest prevention of a raise in plasma...

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Effect of Coccinia Indica (ivy gourd) on Diabetes Type 2

The leaves of the plant cocinia indicia have been shown to lower fasting glucose levels1 in magnitudes comparable to that of hypoglycemic agent drugs.3 Additionally, there are very few, if any side...

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Effect of Gymnema Sylvestre on Diabetes Type 2

According to a review of many studies published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Gymnema sylvestre (or G. sylvestre) can help treat many of the underlying causes of type 2...

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