There are many safe, effective and natural alternatives to aid in the control of blood glucose levels. Herbal products are beneficial for the treatment of many conditions and in recent years, several have become noteworthy in the West. Western physicians and health care providers are currently prescribing and recommending herbs for the aided control and lowering of blood sugar levels. Mind you, the following herbs listed below have been revered and used in the Far East for thousands of years and prescribed for blood sugar control over many decades.
Bilberry: Bilberry, also known as Huckleberry and properly known as Vacciniummyrtillus, has been used as a natural blood sugar tonic throughout history in traditional European medicine. Bilberry contains a powerful antioxidant that promotes increased circulation in the eyes, and can be used for both the control of blood sugar levels and for diabetic related eye conditions such as retinopathy. You can find Bilberry in health food stores and in most better grocery stores.
Turmeric: Turmeric, derived from dried and ground Curcumin, has been used for millennia in Asian cookery and Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric has traditionally been used to treat and decrease blood sugar levels and to aid in the reduction and maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels. Turmeric is found in curry and is used in most Asian and Indian dishes. You can add turmeric to anything you chose per your liking and taste. Turmeric is not only a great blood sugar tonic, it is also an anti-cancer phytonutrient.
Stevia: Stevia is a zero calorie herb native to the South American country of Paraguay. Stevia, also known as Sweet Herb, has been shown to decrease glucose levels through the stevioside constituent found within the herb. Stevia also has been used to sweeten and enhance the flavor of many foods and beverages. Stevia can be used in all instances calling for a sweetener. Stevia does have a slightly bitter after taste and I suggest you try it in a small serving before being added to a large dish.
Cinnamon: This herb has been linked to improved insulin resistance and to the aided management of blood sugar levels. Adding a few teaspoons of cinnamon to the diet per day has shown to naturally assist with the regulation of and improved glucose levels of type-2 diabetic persons. Cinnamon is delicious in coffee, tea and paired with cayenne pepper for use as a savory rub best on salmon and shrimp. You can use cinnamon in most sweet dishes and to your liking in everything else! Cinnamon should be bought from a reputable vendor and certified organic.
Herbs are a tasty way to increase your health and can be used in a myriad of ways. If you are considering a natural and chemical free approach to maintaining healthy blood glucose levels, please experiment with the herbs discussed. Most health food stores and better grocery stores will have a vast selection of organic and pure herbs ready for use. If you prefer a simplified version, you can always use herbal supplements.
Have fun with herbs and look a bit further into them. You will find yourself absorbed in the information rich in the history, applications and medicinal uses associated with them. There are wonderful herbal encyclopedias, health books and recipe books available in health food stores, bookstores and online. There are also herbal books specialized to the needs of diabetics and recipe books specially created for those with increased blood glucose levels.