Can Certain Spices Lower Blood Sugar?

High blood glucose levels are responsible for many things, one of those is diabetes. The body can’t keep up with the demand for insulin, or the cells aren’t properly responding to the insulin it provides. Insulin is the regulating hormone for blood sugar. There are many ways to help the body, weight loss, exercise and diet are three. The type of spices you use for seasoning can also lower blood sugar. Keeping level blood sugar not only is important when you have diabetes, it’s also important for preventing the problem in the first place.

Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and reduces fasting blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that boost insulin sensitivity. People give 500 mg of cinnamon in a capsule three times a day for 12 weeks showed it slowed the progress of type 2 diabetes and lowered high fasting glucose levels. It helped both people whose pancreas didn’t create enough insulin and those whose cells did not respond to it. Be aware there are two types of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is used in all experiments, as Cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which may cause liver damage taken in large amounts.

Garlic is good for lowering blood pressure and can also help lower blood sugar levels.

Some studies have found garlic beneficial for not only reducing blood sugar levels, but also the risk of atherosclerosis, by lowering the risk of inflammation. Several scientific reviews agreed with that study. Garlic has a track record of improving blood lipid profiles, combating tumors, preventing cancer, decreasing blood pressure, plus is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It has B-6 and vitamin C. Vitamin C may be one reason it helps lower blood sugar levels.

Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant benefits.

That golden glow that turmeric gives its food almost broadcasts that it’s healthy. It’s the curcumin in turmeric that is the agent that helps bring all the benefits, such as protecting the heart, weight loss, prevention of Alzheimer’s and cancer and even diabetes prevention. It’s been used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years and many of the foods for that same length of time. Some research shows that it not only could treat diabetes but could be used to prevent it.

  • If you’re adding garlic to your diet to help boost good health, crush it or chop it then let it sit between five and ten minutes to ensure the highest concentration of allicin. This can enhance the benefits of garlic.
  • Research indicates that consuming cloves for more than 30 days can lower serum glucose levels down to 150 mg/dl from 225 mg/dl. An easy way to reap the benefits is to boil 8 to 10 cloves in water and make tea. It may take three months to see the benefits.
  • A few studies have shown that eating fenugreek seeds in bread or drinking fenugreek tea can help control type 2 diabetes. Fenugreek can mimic estrogen, so it shouldn’t be used by women with hormone related cancers.
  • If you have prediabetes or diabetes, always check with your health care professional first before embarking on using herbs and spices. In most cases it’s perfectly safe, but it’s better to be certain than sorry.

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