Hopefully by now you are aware that the best way to control your blood sugar to prevent and manage diabetes is though proper diet and exercise. Along with proper rest, hygiene and a positive mindset, these are your two primary physicians for maintaining good health.
But even when making sure to avoid the foods that upset your blood sugar and eating balanced meals, you may still come up short on key nutrients that our bodies need.
Due to poor soil quality, food processing and our own lack of commitment to eating properly, we don’t always get the nutrients we need in our diets. And so it helps to supplement our diet with concentrated forms of the nutrients that we may be lacking.
If you have a genetic pre-disposition (one of more diabetic family members) towards diabetes, I recommend rotating the following supplements on a regular basis to improve your blood sugar metabolism.
Bitter Melon: long been used in South America, the Caribbean, East Africa and Asia as food and a natural medicine. And scientific studies prove its value for treating blood-sugar problems.
Often used in stir-fry dishes. Cut the melon open lengthwise without peeling. Then remove the seeds and the white “pith” inside, and chop it like you would a green pepper. Boil the melon until the pieces are tender, and add them to your favorite stir-fry recipe.
Gumar (Gymnema Sylvestre), which literally means “sugar destroyer” in Hindi interferes with your ability to taste sweetness. The herb decreases the sensation of sweetness in many foods, and may reduce your cravings for sugary snacks.
Used by practitioners of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years, Fenugreek is an herb native to the Mediterranean, Ukraine, India and China.
Fenugreek seed stimulates insulin release. This helps food sugars reach your cells properly.
Don’t bite into a fenugreek seed, they are very bitter. Roast them in a pan for a minute or two, without burning them, to give them a caramel-like taste. Then you can add them to other spices for a complex mix of flavor. You can also steep one or two teaspoons of the dried leaves in two cups of boiling water for five minutes to make a healing tea.
Chromium aids in digestion and helps move blood glucose from the bloodstream into the cells for energy. It also helps turn fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy. As a critical nutrient for healthy insulin function. Without enough chromium in your body, insulin just doesn’t work properly.
You can get chromium in many foods including brewer’s yeast, meats, potatoes (especially in the skin), cheeses, molasses, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
It is estimated that 90 percent of American adults have a chromium-deficient diet. No wonder blood-sugar imbalances are rampant in America.
Cinnamon: Researchers have discovered that cinnamon contains a compound called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer, or MHCP that increases your glucose metabolism. It works with insulin to help process glucose.
To control blood sugar with cinnamon use around half a teaspoon before meals.
In Traditional, Philippine, South Asian and Indian societies, people use a brewed Banaba Leaf tea to help regulate blood sugar.
Corosolic acid, a natural compound extracted from its leaves, mimics insulin by moving sugar out of your bloodstream and into your cells.
Add these supplemental power foods to your healing arsenal and share them with your family and friends. Your spleen will thank you.