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Here is news about effective herbs for diabetics that outpace the cinnamon spice and others which have been found effective, recently.
Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD reports on a new supplement which includes all the herbs and nutrients I’m mentioning here.
___ She highlights the effectiveness of astragalus as a healer through its targeted ability as an adaptogen.
You may have already heard about astragalus, as many people take it to fight colds and strengthen their immune systems. It’s been used for thousands of years in Asian cultures for all sorts of health benefits.
In the past few decades, astragalus has been subjected to the rigors of modern science (in fact, it’s one of the most widely studied herbs in the world). However, most people never have heard about taking it for blood sugar issues.
A landmark study found that astragalus, as an adaptogen, has the ability to balance your blood sugar — not just to lower it — but to really balance it. That means if your blood sugar is too high, astragalus drops it, but if your blood sugar is too low, then astragalus raises it!
That’s important because many other remedies can lower your blood sugar too far or too fast, causing too-low blood sugar. Astragalus protects you against that.
Astragalus does even more for your body. It balances blood sugar; scavenges for free radicals; supports your heart, nerves and kidneys. That’s why it’s at the top of my additional nutrients for blood sugar list. But it’s not the only one …
___ Ginseng is another powerful adaptogen. There are several varieties, the best of which is Siberian Ginseng. Dr. Fuchs is describing its actions and ways it helps diabetics, because ginseng nips Stress in the bud. Excess adrenaline hormone (produced when we are stressed) can be all you need to have rising blood sugar levels.
Stress can cause your blood sugar to really spike. Why? Because stress causes your adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol, and when you secrete cortisol, your blood sugar goes up.
When your blood sugar rises quickly, your pancreas must produce more insulin, and it may even over-compensate. But, too much insulin puts stress on your entire system, including inflammation of your tissues — leading to heart disease and more. Inflammation creates a vicious circle.
You can have tissue Inflammation measured by getting your doctor to order C-Reactive protein blood tests and tests for homocysteine. Supplements are available of a mixture of Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid, in precise integration, for fighting homocysteine excess. Eating lots of deep green leafy vegetables, and other vegtables, helps, too.
Stress puts a lot of pressure on both your adrenal glands and your pancreas, and in today’s crazy world, they need help. But, ginseng needs at least one week off a month. Be aware of that.
Ginseng has been used for centuries as a general tonic to fight stress, but it does lots more. Studies show ginseng can work wonders to prevent a sharp spikes in blood sugar right after a meal (post-prandial).
In one study, patients received a ginseng capsule or a placebo, and the studied “meal” was a known sugar tally from a high glucose drink. Ginseng didn’t affect the people who had normal blood sugar at all. But, in people with blood sugar problems, ginseng lowered their post-meal glucose readings dramatically.
Preventing excess insulin being made is important for general health. Helping your pancreas just do only what it needs is important.
___ So, what’s another way to help your pancreas? Well, Ayurvedic doctors in India have used the leaves of an herb called Gymnema sylvestre to treat blood sugar problems for generations. I have it in the very affordable Diabetic Formula I take. Diabetes Formula – 21st Century. It also has a little Alpha Lipoic acid and Vanadium — which have also been shown to be beneficial. (By the way, this is over-thecounter, without prescription, and I am not an affiliate for the company or associated with them.) You can also purchase it online.
Now modern science has proven that Gymnema truly works. Indeed, over 29 studies clearly show that Gymnema leaf lowers blood sugar and thereby reduces your body’s need for insulin.
And, here’s the most amazing thing about Gymnema, scientists were stunned when they discovered an increase in the number of “beta cells” in the pancreas of their test subjects!
That means Gymnema could actually be helping to repair and regenerate new pancreas cells that produce insulin! One of my recent articles told that scientists feel that pancreatic cells in the rest of the pancreas (exocrine system) which produce alkaline buffers can be turned into Islet pancreatic cells to produce insulin. Those scientists are looking for “switches” to be able to control this system — maybe Gymnema is one, but regardless, it works.
This single nutrient can help you lower blood sugar, support your body’s ability to produce just the insulin you need, and even repair your pancreas. Gymnema can do all this and more.
But as good as Gymnema and these other nutrients are, you’ll really get the full effect when you take them in combination with Alpha Lipoic Acid.
___ Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant, which regenerates other antioxidants in your body (like vitamins C and E) and returns them to the front-lines of the inflammation battle caused by free-radicals.
If you have high blood sugar, ALA can be a lifesaver.
In fact, in one carefully controlled study, 74 patients were given ALA or a placebo (fake pill). Those given ALA boosted their ability to absorb and use blood glucose by 27%!
Other studies show ALA improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin, which is critical for Type 2 diabetics.
Alpha Lipoic Acid also improves your ability to burn blood sugar. ALA can also lower your fasting glucose levels and enable your cells to store more glucose for energy — helping prevent weight gain and aiding weight-loss. Rather than having blood sugar just build-up, ALA helps the system work more normally.
___ Cinnamon, you probably haven’t heard the whole story, yet. It’s no secret that eating too many sugary foods and refined carbs causes blood sugar to skyrocket. Over time, that constant or excessively high blood sugar can damage and even kill the “insulin receptors” on your cells.
When that happens, your body’s cells don’t respond as well to insulin, so your cells don’t absorb as much sugar into your muscles to produce energy.
Recently, scientists discovered that cinnamon could solve this problem
But, it’s a very specific protocol, not just any old cinnamon from the grocery store. There’s only one form of cinnamon that’s been shown to work in human studies, and it’s called Cinnamomum cassia.
Dr. Fuchs asked Dr. Isaac Eliaz, M.D., one of the most brilliant supplement formulators in the world, to get together with his team of chemists, pharmacologists and nutritionists to develop what she believes is the most complete blood sugar remedy ever.
His new breakthrough is called Metabolic Defense, and it is available from Advanced Bionutritionals. (Just to prove that I am not an affiliate, I am not including a clickable link.)
All of the nutrients I’ve been talking about are in Metabolic Defense; it’s an amazing formula. Ask your doctor whether you can take it, and how often to check your blood sugars as it may reduce your need for any current diabetic medications!
As I remember the price of Metabolic Defense is pretty reasonable.
Dr. Eliaz added even more nutrients to control your sugar cravings … help support healthy weight loss … lower cholesterol … and boost your energy.
* Chromium — which has been shown to lower blood glucose levels. Chromium also reduces your cravings for sweets and carbs.
* Algimate® — a soluble fiber derived from seaweed — yes, after 3 months of my articles, I hope you understand the value of seaweed! This natural food sticks to the sugars in your digestive system. Research shows it slows the absorption of both fats and sugars in the small intestine.
* Fenugreek — slows the absorption of sugars in the stomach; and, it is an ingredient in most curry powders. It stimulates insulin production, along with lowering cholesterol and triglycerides. It is possible to buy the fenugreek seeds in some stores, in the spice section.
* Cordyceps — this fungus has been used for thousands of years as a tonic for lung, kidney and heart problems. Cordyceps became famous in 1993 when two female Chinese athletes set new track and field event world records after taking it. Their coach attributed their success to high altitude training and a diet regularly containing Cordyceps.
* Maitake — this is a prized, revered mushroom which lowers blood glucose and improves cholesterol levels.
* Kudzu root — this is a Macrobiotic staple food, and is a starch derived from a deep-rooted vine. It supports pancreatic cells and stimulates insulin production.
* Holy basil leaf — This is a holy plant in India where it is called Tulsi. It is also an adaptogen, one which reduces both fasting and post-meal glucose levels. Holy Basil is high in antioxidants, and is available in tea form (Whole Foods carries Tulsi Tea). Tulsi Teas online
Having high blood sugar is an inflammatory condition, biochemically, and antioxidants are powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients.
* Jambolan seed — I have to learn about this one, but I am sure Dr. Eliaz did his research about it. JS also is thought to lower blood sugar, and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. One study showed Jambolan may even protect the pancreas by restoring protective enzymes such as glutathione back to normal levels. See drug interactions at: Possible drug interactions
* L-taurine — this sulphur amino acid is well known for protecting the heart, by reducing free radicals in blood fats. This translates into lower cholesterol, lower “bad” (oxidized) cholesterol forms and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. Taurine also protects your eyes and actually regenerates worn-out retinal tissues, so that’s a real blessing for diabetics and anyone who’s older.
* Ophiopogon — treats the fluid imbalance that causes many people with high blood sugar to urinate frequently and to be be thirsty. Hallelujah!
This Chinese yam strengthens the spleen and kidney function – thereby combating the thirst and frequent urination associated with high blood sugar.
* Anemarrhena rhizome — it decreases insulin receptor resistance in those with high blood sugar, yet it leaves people with “normal” blood sugar levels untouched.
* Henon bamboo — this plant protects your eyes by fighting a nasty enzyme called aldose reductase, which destroys bloods vessels in your retina.
* Tiger lily bulb — is used in traditional Chinese medicine to protect your heart and eyes.
There you have it. Check out the Metabolic Defense formula and only get singletons of these herbs, amino acids, etc if you have to. Usually, it costs less for a formula than the individual ingredients, and it’s always more powerful when an esteemed researcher puts the formula together in a more precise ratio (than getting stuff produced by multiple companies which may not have helpful, workable ratios with one another).
I intend to use up all my singletons which are in the formula and then (save money) and get the formula. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking this or anything else new!
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