BLOOD SUGAR BALANCERS

Try these spices, herbs and com­pounds to bal­ance blood sugar nat­u­rally. As al­ways, check with your doc­tor be­fore­hand.

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RESVER­A­TROL.

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.

FENU­GREEK.

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.

BERBERINE.

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.

CUR­CUMIN.

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.

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