Making your food is a step toward living a healthy lifestyle. Various supplements can also support that lifestyle. But it’s important to know what those supplements contain and whether it is healthy. I will give you a list of ingredients which you should look for in supplements you find on your local market.
Pills prepared from Enicostemma Littorale (Gentianaceae) were administered to 84 patients with Type 2 Diabetes for three months. Estimation of various biochemical parameters showed that E. littorale reduced blood glucose as well as serum insulin levels and prevented the progression of complications in diabetic patients. Significant improvement in kidney function, lipid profile and blood pressure was observed suggesting that E. littorale is an effective herbal anti-diabetic.
Extract of Eugenia jambolana leaves exhibited significant hypoglycemic activity in normal and hyperglycemic rabbits. 20-30 Percent reduction in blood sugars of two volunteer patients (who consumed decoction of 6 or 12 g of the leaves) was also observed. Maximum reductions in blood sugars of human volunteers were observed after 2 hours of administration. Seed powder of Eugenia jambolana given in a dose of 12 Gm/s daily in three divided doses for three months showed marked symptomatic relief, which progressively increased with the duration of treatment.
In the ancient system of Ayurved when an excess of one taste causes a disease, the different taste is introduced into the diet with herbs and food to reduce the imbalance. Diabetes is a disease of excess sweetness, so bitter herbs and foods must be used to counteract the imbalance. Neem being very bitter was often used to treat diabetes in Ayurved. Modern clinical studies reveal that Neem has been effective in treating and preventing Diabetes. Neem significantly and consistently reduced insulin requirements for nonkeytonic, insulin fast, and insulin sensitive forms of Diabetes. Because of the numerous and successful clinical studies with Neem on Diabetes and it’s long history of successful use in Ayurved for the same purpose, the Indian equivalent of the FDA has approved the manufacture and sale of Neem tablets for the treatment of Diabetes.
Gymnema Sylvestre, also known as Gurmar and Meshashringi, whose Hindi name means ‘sugar destroyer,’ has been used in Ayurveda for several centuries to regulate sugar metabolism. The hypoglycemic (blood sugar-lowering) action of gymnema leaves was first documented in the late 1920s. This action is gradual in nature, differing from the rapid effect of many prescription hypoglycemic drugs. Gymnema leaves raise insulin levels by regeneration of the cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin. Other research has shown that gymnema also improves uptake of glucose into cells by increasing the activity of the glucose utilizing enzymes, and prevents adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose, thereby reducing blood sugar levels. The leaves are also noted for lowering serum cholesterol and triglycerides. It also abolishes the taste of sugar, which effectively suppresses and neutralizes the craving for sweets. The leaf extracts contain gymnemic acid which inhibits hyperglycemia and also acts as a cardiovascular stimulant.
The liver is an essential organ in maintaining glucose homeostasis in the body. It maintains a normal blood glucose concentration by controlling glycogenesis and glycogenolysis. Picorrhiza kurroa exerts its hepatoprotective & corrective actions due to its glycosides, picrosides I & II.
Cordifolia is widely used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for treating Diabetes. Oral administration of T.Cordifolias’ root extract to alloxan rats caused a significant reduction in blood glucose levels. It has been studied that the daily administration of T.Cordifolia decreases the blood glucose level, and increases glucose tolerance.