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Diabetes: A List of Herbs and Supplements to Help Lower Your Blood Sugar

Updated on January 6, 2012
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Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar

I must stress to you before I even begin my list to consult your doctor and never go off your prescribed medicines without talking to your doctor first about it.

Diabetes is a disease that is detrimental to your physical health as well as your emotional health. Having it is a very depressing daily fight. Especially if you try and cannot control it. I have made a list of different vitamins, herbs and supplements that may help in your battle.

  1. Cinnamon-On several different hubs I have included this wonderful spice. It has been shown regular consumption of it will help you control your blood sugar.
  2. Gymnema Sylvestre- this plant's Hindi name literally means sugar destroyer.
  3. Magnesium- a deficiency of this mineral can cause insulin resistance to worsen.
  4. Chromium- this mineral is believed to enhance the ability of the body to use insulin better.
  5. Ginseng- this herb has been shown to slow carbohydrate intake as well as boost energy. It is also a natural aphrodesiac and is a disease fighting plant.
  6. Bitter Melon- It is thought that the juice slows down absorption of sugar in the intestine and helps cells absorb insulin better.
  7. Gingko Biloba- helps increase blood flow especially to the eyes.
  8. Bilberry aka European blueberry- definitely lowers blood sugar and has been used for this purpose for years.

Another definite item that should be used every day is H2O. The more water you drink, the more likely you are to lose weight. It also aids in digestion. Try to stay away from diet pop as well.


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    • cloverleaffarm profile image

      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Good list. I will add to your "disclaimer" that just because it is an herb, and natural does not mean it it not medicine. Herbs can interact with medicines that you are taking, and also there are herb to herb reactions. Please seek a health care provider that is well versed in the field of herbal medicine. Mixing herbs and medicines is one of the most common ER visits. Be safe, do your research, and know which one will work best for your body. Some herbs should only be taken for a short time, and others like ginseng should not be taken with things like coffee.

    • Smokes Angel profile imageAUTHOR

      Smokes Angel 

      6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the comments

    • Smokes Angel profile imageAUTHOR

      Smokes Angel 

      6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thanks for the comments

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      Karla Iverson 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Actually, many of my relatives have diabetes, and they are very practical and matter-of-fact about it. Other than the emotional negative coloring, a good hub.

    • Barbara Kay profile image

      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      Good list. This may help diabetics get things under control.


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