Diabetes Defeated by Ayurveda
Ayurvedic medicine (the ancient tradition of India), for example, offers 44 different natural remedies for diabetes. Other traditions offer dozens more. After much study, Barron narrowed the menu down to six that had the best chance of creating a thorough, root-cause approach to maximizing the body’s ability to metabolize sugar.
You may have heard of the first two ingredients below from other sources, but the rest are new.
The first ingredient is fenugreek. In a recent study, researchers saw a 54% drop in urinary glucose levels—the test doctors often use to identify diabetics. But to get the most benefit, patients had to eat a huge amount of fenugreek––a pretty unpleasant undertaking. The stuff tastes terrible (it’s extremely bitter), and comes with some pretty unpleasant side effects (like foul-smelling sweat and urine) when you eat a lot of it.
Now a new extract concentrates the active ingredient in fenugreek, making much smaller doses possible and getting rid of those smelly side effects. In India they call gymnema sylvestre, a traditional Ayurvedic diabetes remedy, “the sugar destroyer.” Here’s why: A protein in the plant makes you lose your craving for sugar and may actually prevent you from digesting some of the sugar you DO eat. Plus, gymnema seems to regenerate pancreas cells, allowing your body to produce more insulin. Inan 18-month gymnema study, most test subjects were able to reduce their medication… and some were able to get rid of drugs altogether. Best of all, no one has reported any adverse side effects of gymnema.
Konjac mannan is a potent herb [wikipedia] you’ve probably never heard of, but it’s been proven effective in clinical trials. In fact, in a 65-day trial, 72 patients with adult-onset diabetes who took konjac saw their fasting blood sugar levels drop an average of 51.8 percent and their levels after eating drop 84.6 percent! The nopal cactus (a.k.a. the prickly pear cactus) is just gaining recognition in the natural medicine world. There’s not a lot of clinical research into its medicinal benefits yet, but several small studies suggest that eating nopal leaves with a meal can help contain —even reduce — serum glucose levels. Individuals with type 2 diabetes have experienced a 10 to 20 percent reduction in blood sugar levels after eating nopal.
Banaba leaf extract has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes by up to 30%. It also helped the people in the trial keep tighter control over glucose fluctuations. Best of all, banaba appears to encourage weight loss…without any major dietary changes.
Bitter melon contains at least three components that act on blood sugar – and clinical trials confirm its effectiveness for managing glucose levels.
The final ingredient is a patented cinnamon extract called Cinnulin PF™ which ramps up the overall effectiveness of the supplement. In fact, Cinnulin PF actually works to make the insulin receptor sites on your individual body cells more receptive…and that means your body can use its own insulin more efficiently.