Research shows it is possible to prevent, halt, and even reverse type 2 diabetes with proper diet and lifestyle.
A number of herbs, spices, and dietary supplements can significantly boost efforts to control blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance.
Cinnamon- Cinnamon is an excellent example. Modern research shows that cinnamon not only helps regulate blood sugar, but it also reduces inflammation. It also reduces insulin resistance, decreases high blood sugar, and provides antioxidant activity. Its use has even been linked to reduced glycation of proteins. Glycation is an undesirable chemical reaction that occurs more rapidly in diabetics. It’s one of the underlying causes of the kind of tissue damage that is associated with uncontrolled high blood sugar. Such damage ultimately causes some of worst complications of diabetes, such as peripheral neuropathy and kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy).
Bitter Melon- Bitter melon (Momordica chantaria) is a vegetable traditionally used in the ancient Indian Ayurveda system of medicine. Empirical evidence of its effectiveness against diabetes is somewhat limited, consisting primarily of animal and cell culture studies. But a recent controlled clinical trial with human subjects compared the effects of 2 grams per day of bitter melon, versus 1 gram per day of the standard diabetes drug, metformin, and found that bitter melon had a modest hypoglycemic (blood-sugar-lowering) effect, although it was not as strong as metformin’s effect.
Green Tea- Green tea is a nutritional superstar. It’s the second most popular beverage in the world (after water), and with good reason. Studies have shown that people who drink 5-6 cups per day are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, while other research suggests green tea may offer protection against some forms of cancer, and help improve insulin resistance in diabetics. Beneficial effects are likely due to a potent antioxidant, EGCG, which reduces diabetes-associated oxidative stress, among other actions.