BLOOD SUGAR BALANCERS
Try these spices, herbs and compounds to balance blood sugar naturally. As always, check with your doctor beforehand.
Insulin is a hormone tasked with regulating blood sugar. Once the body starts to resists insulin, the risk of diabetes becomes imminent. Resveratrol, part of the polyphenol family, has been shown to help counteract insulin resistance, thus helping to thwart diabetes. Condition-specific dosage recommendations vary.
Widely used in Indian and North African cuisine, fenugreek has been shown to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance and protect against diabetes in people with prediabetes. Fenugreek also reduces triglycerides in people with diabetes. In one study, a standard dosage for prediabetics was 10 grams a day.
If you take diabetes drugs like Metformin, you should know about berberine. A compound extracted from herbs and plants like Oregon grape and barberry, it can lower blood sugar levels by as much as 20%, and it works as effectively as some diabetes medications. Berberine also lowers triglycerides and blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.
The active component in turmeric known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin may also improve blood sugar levels. Look for supplements that contain piperine or bioperine, pepper compounds that enhance bioavailability. In a study published in Diabetes Care, curcumin extract was found to significantly prevent diabetes in a group of prediabetics who took 500 milligrams three times a day.