Natural Insulin alternatives can be of great benefit to patients with diabetes, primarily for the lack of harmful side effects.
Most pharmaceutical insulin medications have a long list of harmful side effects which are quite commonly experienced in patients taking these medications.
Some side effects include:
-Lipohypertrophy or Lipoatrophy
-Hyperinsulinemia, which may then lead to hypertension & other cardiac problems
-Hypoglycemia, which may then lead to tachycardia, sweating, confusion, or Coma.
-Weight gain, etc.
1. “Gymnema Sylvestre” is a powerful herb that reduces blood sugar effectively due to a chemical constituent known as Gymnemic Acid, which is able to reduce blood sugar by stimulating pancreatic function. Research suggests that it can in fact, repair and regenerate Beta Cells in the pancreas. This would assist in restoring the natural production of Insulin.
2. “Karela” or “Bitter Melon“, is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating Diabetes and reducing blood sugar levels. Research too, has proven that Bitter gourd has hypoglycemic effects. The juice is usually consumed first thing in the morning.
3. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar as well. One study, in which patients were given 1-6 grams of cinnamon daily for 40 days, resulted in a 24% reduction in fasting serum glucose levels.
4. Limes & Lemons, can be taken 30 minutes before meals to prevent blood sugar from rising after the meals. The Author “Tim Ferris” discusses this in his best seller book “The Four Hour Body”.
A few other herbs that reduce blood sugar are:
Its best to consume these foods/herbs first thing in the morning.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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