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Five Herbs and Spices that Lower Blood Sugar

Updated on April 29, 2018
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Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine.

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Did you know that over 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes? In fact, one in four people with diabetes is unaware that he or she has the disease. In addition, the same report utters that 86 million adult men and women in the United States are diagnosed with prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels are much higher than normal. Without healthy weight maintenance, proper nutrition, and moderate physical activity, roughly 15 to 30 percent of the population with prediabetes can develop type 2 diabetes within a span of five years.

The question is, what can be done without splurging on costly medication?

Herbs and Spices as Alternative Prediabetes Medication

Herbs and spices not only add wonderful flavors to dishes, but they can also help lower your blood sugar. Since prescription medication is becoming more and more expensive (and toxic to the human body), it may be time to learn about all natural and alternative medications that could be sitting in your kitchen counter or pantry as we speak.


As a word of precaution, bear in mind that before you make any changes that involve your health and lifestyle, consulting a doctor is a crucial primary step.

1. Cayenne


A Hungarian study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology elaborates how cayenne pepper can stimulate glucose or sugar absorption from the small intestine. If you are not hypersensitive to spicy food, try adding a dash of cayenne pepper to your everyday meals in order to naturally stabilize your blood sugar. The spice works by melting away excess glucose or sugar in the blood.


2. Cinnamon


Cinnamon contains 18% polyphenol, which, according to several studies, may have a positive effect on a patient with type 2 diabetes because of its ability to control blood glucose levels. Cinnamon can aid in fighting diabetes by imitating the effects of insulin and increasing glucose transport into cells. The popular Indian spice can also help lower blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity, which makes insulin more effective at moving sugar into cells.


3. Ginger


Ginger provides several health benefits to the human body, including its efficacy in soothing the entire digestive tract. But there is more to this spice than subduing rowdy stomachs, as ginger also has the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is important to remember that diabetes is a digestive disorder. Thus, people with diabetes often experience uncomfortable acid refluxes. Since ginger soothes digestive problems, it only makes sense that it does wonders for diabetics.


4. Marjoram


Marjoram is an incredibly aromatic southern European plant of the mint family. As a dried herb, it is high in polyphenols, much like Cinnamon. If you prefer an earthy flavor as opposed to cinnamon's sweet aroma and taste, marjoram is an excellent alternative that you can add to poultry stuffing, pasta sauces, and soups among several other dishes.

5. Oregano


Oregano is rich in carvacrol, which is what gives oregano its slightly spicy flavor and distinct warm odor. Carvacrol is proven to reduce arterial pressures and blood sugar levels, among several other health conditions. Therefore, adding it to your daily diet can significantly reduce skyrocketing blood pressures and potentially lead to complete weaning off of other blood pressure medications.


A Word of Advice

Cancer and sugar are best friends, and lowering your blood sugar may protect you from chronic degenerative diseases and immune disorders. Cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, marjoram, and oregano are just a few of the many natural alternatives to combating high blood sugar levels and diabetes. If you are attempting to keep your blood sugar within the recommended limits, adding these herbs and spices can not only result in better physical health, but it can also help you save money by withdrawing from investing in high-priced medication.

© 2018 Fredda Branyon

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