12 Diabetes Herbs to Control Blood Sugar

As per ancient literature, there are more than 800 plants having anti-diabetic properties. The literature indicates diabetes exists since prehistoric age.

  1. Bitter Melon – possesses anti-diabetic properties. It mimics insulin, increases glucose uptake, improves glucose tolerance and decreases hepatic glucose production. Additionally, bitter gourd has an antihyperlipidemic effect. To learn more, visit Better Melon.
  2. Aloe Vera – has appeared to exhibit anti-diabetic action. Additionally, it enhances glucose metabolism, thus results in blood glucose lowering effect. To learn more, visit  Aloe Vera.
  3. Cinnamon – has anti-diabetic effect by mimicking insulin. It improves insulin-mediated glucose metabolism and enhances insulin signaling. Additionally, it lowers cholesterol level, particularly LDL cholesterol. To learn more, visit Cinnamon.
  4. Fenugreek – slows down the glucose absorption and other simple carbohydrates. It appears to possess anti-diabetic effect. To learn more, visit  Fenugreek.
  5. Ivy’s gourd – has anti-diabetic effect by mimicking insulin in diabetic patients. The herbal Ivy gourd possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties, which protects against plague formation and thus, to some extent it may prevent heart diseases and strokes. To learn more, visit  Ivy’s gourd.
  6. Salacia Oblonga – binds with intestinal enzyme alpha-glycosidase that break down carbohydrates into glucose in the body. Thus, lesser glucose gets into the bloodstream, results in the anti-diabetic effect. To learn more, visit  Salacia Oblonga.
  7. Ginseng – has anti-diabetic property, which mimics insulin and alters hepatic glucose metabolism. It increases insulin production and reduces cell death in pancreatic beta cells. To learn more, visit  Ginseng.
  8. Gymnema Sylvestre – is nicknamed as the sugar destroyer, which increases insulin production by regeneration of the pancreas cells. It improves glucose uptake by the cells by increasing the activity of the glucose utilizing enzymes and stops adrenaline from stimulating the liver to dump extra glucose. To learn more, visit  Gymnema.
  9. Eugenia jambolana (Jamun) – it is called Indian Blackberry a viable herb for treating diabetes. The leaves, berries, and seeds of this plant help in lowering the glucose level in blood. Powder the dried seeds or leaves of the plant and swallow it with water twice a day.To learn more, visit  Jamun
  10. Mangifera indica (Mango) – The leaves of this plant possessed hypoglycemic activity and used as an antidiabetic agent in Nigerian folk medicine. It may be due to an intestinal reduction of the absorption of glucose. To learn more, visit  Mango
  11. Ocimum sanctum (holy basil) – It is commonly known as Tulsi. The aqueous extract of leaves of Ocimum sanctum showed the significant reduction in blood sugar level. Tulsi possesses hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effect, significantly reduce in fasting blood glucose, uronic acid, total amino acid, total cholesterol, triglyceride and total lipid. To learn more, visit  Tulsi
  12. Aegle Marmelos (Bilva, Bael) – It leaves improve digestion and reduces blood sugar and urea, serum cholesterol. It also prevents peak rise in blood sugar at 1h in oral glucose tolerance test. To learn more, visit Bael

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