Diabetes is a rising health concern in the Western world. For those who have been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, maintaining normal blood sugar levels is both important and an ongoing struggle. But it is possible! Here is a list of 7 herbs and spices that will you keep your blood sugar levels normal while maintaining a healthy body weight.
Basil is that aromatic kitchen herb that reminds us of summer, Italy, and good eating times. It’s fragrant in salads, soups, and pesto. Herbal infusions of kitchen herbs, turmeric, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, and basil are the five front-runners in flavonoid content. And basil, specifically, lowers blood sugar.
Chamomile lowers blood sugar and prevents diabetic complications by taking the sugar out of your blood and putting it into storage in your liver. And after a day of hard work, there is hardly anything more calming and soothing than a cup of chamomile tea!
Cinnamon lowers blood sugar. It is loaded with phytonutrients that decrease inflammation and aids in weight loss by lowering cholesterol and speeding up your metabolism. Try and eat it on beans, lentils, and brown rice, or in meat stews, always without sugar!
Cumin is a spice in the parsley family that goes well with red lentils or brown rice. Use it generously, as cumin lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. Cumin also has a good effect on the advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that are so damaging in diabetes.
A dark, leafy green, dandelion restocks your body with necessary bitter agents, lowers your blood pressure, and heals your liver. Like nettles, dandelions increase urinary flow and, thereby, support a mild cleansing action. And dandelion is said to help with weight loss, which is paramount for most people with diabetes.
Garlic exhibits the strongest anti-inflammatory force among them, suppressing exactly those cytokines acting up in diabetes. But garlic can do more. It lowers blood sugars and lipids, as well as C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.
Peppermint contains natural antioxidants that fight diabetes, heart disease, aging, and cancer. And it adds great flavor to teas. Peppermint relaxes the muscles that close the stomach from the esophagus.