Over the years, many herbal remedies have emerged as excellent candidates for the natural management of diabetes.
In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes, he notes research that shows herbal remedies work by driving blood sugar directly into tissues, stimulating insulin production and blocking the formation of sugar.
Today, I’m going to share with you three of Dr. Micozzi’s favorite herbal remedies that help fight diabetes…
First up is a seed with an unusual name: fenugreek.
Dr. Micozzi cites a placebo-controlled clinical trial that tested fenugreek on 136 volunteers who were prediabetic. Those who used fenugreek had lower post-meal blood sugar, lower fasting blood sugar, and significantly higher insulin levels compared to placebo.
And when researchers followed up on the participants, those in the placebo group were four times more likely to develop diabetes compared to participants in the fenugreek group.
In another trial that included 60 patients with type 2 diabetes, 30 took fenugreek and followed the diet and exercise regimen recommended by the American Diabetic Association.
After six months, those in the fenugreek group had significant reductions in fasting blood sugar and HbA1C—a test that reveals blood sugar levels over a period of several weeks.
Dr. Micozzi recommends 1,000 mg of fenugreek seed extract daily.
Helping your body find blood sugar balance
Next up is an herb called Sutherlandia frutescens, which Dr. Micozzi describes as “one of the most exciting discoveries I’ve made in my years of researching medical anthropology.”
Dr. Micozzi explains that Sutherlandia is an adaptogen—that is, it’s in a unique class of herbs that help your body adapt to changes, both internal and external. For example, if you’re overheated, adaptogens cool you off. If you’re fatigued, they stimulate your energy stores.
In this way, adaptogens help your body achieve the state of balance known as homeostasis. And because of this remarkable effect, Dr. Micozzi calls adaptogens “Mother Nature’s secret weapon” for achieving optimal health—including optimal blood sugar and metabolic health.
In fact, Dr. Micozzi notes that cellular and animal studies show that Sutherlandia can regulate glucose metabolism and prevent insulin resistance.
Dr. Micozzi recommends 400-500 mg of Sutherlandia per day, but adds that with this and all his herbal recommendations it’s wise to work closely with a practitioner skilled in nutritional medicine who can help determine the ideal doses to fit your specific needs.
Supercharging your hydration with a blood sugar bonus
The last natural diabetes-fighter I’m going to share with you today is an herb called rooibos.
Rooibos grows only in one of the hottest, driest places on earth, the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa.
The Bushmen of the Kalahari have used rooibos for centuries because of its unique hydrating power. When you drink a beverage that contains powdered extract of rooibos, Dr. Micozzi says it’s like throwing wood onto a cellular fire.
“Rooibos,” he says, “helps more sugar [or glucose] get into the cells, which creates more energy and consequently more water for cellular hydration.” And because rooibos also appears to reduce insulin resistance in muscle cells, Dr. Micozzi recommends 400 mg a day.
You can also take rooibos as tea, and in this form Dr. Micozzi suggests replacing your 8-glasses-a-day of water with 4 to 6 glasses of rooibos, hot or iced.
In addition to rooibos, Sutherlandia, and fenugreek, Dr. Micozzi recommends nine more herbal supplements for diabetes and blood sugar control. These include curcumin, bilberry, American ginseng and Asian ginseng, Gymnema sylvestre, and others.
You can find complete details about these and other highly effective therapeutic herbals in Dr. Micozzi’s Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes.
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“Role of Fenugreek in the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus in prediabetes” Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders 2015; 14: 74. doi: 10.1186/s40200-015-0208-4
“Anti-diabetic effects of Sutherlandia frutescens in Wistar rats fed a diabetogenic diet.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2006; 109(1): 121-127. DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2006.07.012