As diabetics we become used to spending large amounts of money on our daily dose of medicines to keep sugar levels in check. Unfortunately almost all allopathic medicines are geared only at temporary control of glucose levels and can have numerous side effects or complications resulting from long term usage.
As opposed to this, Ayurveda mentions certain herbs, fruits, plants which can help you control diabetes naturally. The additional benefit is that these remedies usually help in restoring balance to your system rather than treat symptomatically.
So let’s take a look at 5 remedies for diabetes that are easily available in your home.
1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)
Amla is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, antioxidants and minerals like calcium, iron and phosphorus. Along with being a veritable powerhouse for your overall health, several studies have proven its effect on lowering sugar and cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to prevent the development of complications caused by long-term diabetes like nerve damage, heart dysfunction, eye trouble etc.
You can consume Amla as a fruit, dried pieces, pickle or as a juice.
2. Methi (Fenugreek) seeds
Methi seeds are high in fibre and other chemicals that slows down absorption of carbohydrates and sugar by the body. It is also said to reduce insulin resistance.
You can add methi seeds to your food when cooking. It can be used in preparation of vegetables, curries and pickles. You can also consume it by soaking 2 spoonfuls in water overnight and drinking the water and seeds the next morning on an empty stomach.
3. Karela (Bitter Gourd)
Karela contains an insulin-like compound polypeptide-p and a chemical substance charantin which has been confirmed to have a glucose lowering effect. It also contains a lectin (type of protein which specifically bind to certain sugars) that produces a hypoglycemic effect by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite.
Try to include Karela dishes regularly in your diet. You can also drink karela juice on an empty stomach 2 -3 times a week to get its benefit. Remove the seeds and extract juice using a juicer. Add some water and drink. Be careful to not use continuously for more than 4 weeks.
4. Jamun (Indian Blackberry)
The fruit as well as extract of bark, seeds and leaves has been proven to help with reducing glucose levels in the blood and urine. It also helps with improving pancreatic function..
Make sure to eat the fruit daily whenever it is in season. Jamun seed powder can be made by drying the seeds and grinding in the mixer. Ready-made jamun seed powder is also available in the market. Add a spoon of this powder to water and consume every morning.
Tulsi is famous for its health benefits. But it can also help specifically with diabetes. Tulsi leaves are packed with antioxidants and essential oils which help pancreatic beta cells to function properly and increase sensitivity to insulin. The antioxidants also help in combating oxidative stress which is an additional complication of diabetes.
Consume 3-5 leaves of the plants daily.
It is important to monitor your blood glucose levels and medicine intake while opting for these home remedies. You can also try Sugar Knocker, a unique blend of 11 herbs and minerals (like most of the above) specified in Ayurvedic texts as beneficial for diabetes control. It helps to control your sugar levels naturally without side effects and you can get the benefits of all these herbs without having to worry about about how much or how to consume them.