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Diabetes Herbal Remedies


Diabetes Herbal Remedies

Diabetes Herbal Remedies

There are varieties of herbs, which are estimated to lower blood sugar or to improve insulin resistance in diabetics. Furthermore, these herbs can locally or systemically improve the general health of people with diabetes. You can find the entire list of these herbs in my first e-book Natural cures for diabetes. As it was a general introduction on the herbs for diabetics, their scientific or common names and how to use them, many questions have raised on their mode of action. Therefore, I have come out with this new e-book on Diabetes Herbal Remedies to share with you the knowledge on how these herbs, vitamins and minerals help lowering blood sugar, improving health or preventing diabetes. I have tried to accumulate and synthesize all the data (including the scientific ones) on how these herbs act and help diabetics. Sometimes, we do know some things; however, when somebody keeps repeating the same thing to us, that will make us understand better, make the right decisions and live healthier. Please keep in mind that the information provided in this e-book is only for education purposes and do not substitute your doctors advice. In addition, please take note to not to rely only on herbs. If you conduct a healthy lifestyle and follow a healthy diet, the herbs you take will increase your chances to keep blood sugar under control. Again, I want to remind you that this e-book has come in PDF style, so you will find it easier to carry or spread the news. Just click.. If you have any suggestions or any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at .. Ready to enjoy the fresh information in this new e-book? Lets get started


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Bitter melon Cinnamon Gymnema sylvestre Banaba Garlic Fenugreek Green tea Cayenne Yarrow leaf Juniper berry Licorice Huckleberry Guggul Black cumin Garcinia Cambogia Pterocarpus Marsupium Milk thirstle Valeriana Wallichii

Vitamins and minerals

Vanadium Chromium Magnesium Zinc Manganese Molybdenum Alpha lipoic acid Vitamin C Biotin Vitamin E Taurine Myricetin Piperine Quercetin Rutin Inositol Betaine HCl


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Diabetes Herbs Modes of Action

Bitter melon
Mode of action:
It contains polypeptide-p in its fruits, seeds and tissue. As its action is very alike to body insulin, it has been very effective in lowering blood sugar when administered subcutaneously. It also contains oleanolic acid glucosides, which enhance the insulin production from your pancreas by increasing the activity of beta cells. Bitter melon can help reducing your blood cholesterol, or at least, keeping it well balanced. Actually, diabetics do suffer from lipid disorders, therefore a well balanced cholesterol level will reduce the chances of other complications. It contains anti-oxidant activity, serving as a protective shell to your organs (kidneys, heart, blood vessels, etc) and preventing further complications. Furthermore, if you want to always seem fresh and young, bitter melon can help you by slowing the aging process. Bitter melon has the ability to stimulate the uptake of amino acids by your muscles, which has a positive impact in your energy levels and appetite. Diabetes (especially type 1 one), as an autoimmune disease, is a related to other autoimmune problems such as psoriasis, AIDS, etc. Therefore, by taking bitter melon, it will give a boost to your health conditions. Bitter gourd is also rich in iron, which is a very useful mineral, particularly needed for the synthesis of red blood cells.


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Mode of action:
It consists of water-soluble polyphenol, very alike to body insulin, scientifically named as MHCP. Therefore, the effectiveness of insulin receptors in your body tissues is increased, and your high blood sugar levels will be reduced in both type 1 and 2 diabetics. Cinnamon is able to stimulate the pancreas and to increase the production of insulin only in type 2 diabetics. It is also able to reduce the emptiness of your stomach after each meal. In other words, your blood glucose levels will not increase so quickly to reach the peak (for both type 1 and 2 diabetics).

Gymnema Sylvestre
Mode of action:
It consists of an active component GS4, which enhances the internal production of insulin (the amount of insulin produced by our body itself) by increasing the number of beta cells. Gymenma also contains another component with lowering blood sugar levels properties, called gymnemic acid. It reduces the uptake of sugar from foods breakdown in your intestines. Hindi use to call Gymnema gourmand or sugar destroyer. It refers to gymnema gum, which, while chewing, blocks the ability of your body to taste sweet (sugary) foods, reducing your sugar cravings. If combined with calcium citrate and chromium, gymnema can suppress your appetite feeling, helping to lose the excess weight. This is particularly helpful for type 2 diabetics, which most of the time are obese (overweight).


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In addition, G. sylvestre contains a component that inhibits the absorption of oleic acid. This is a type of omega-9 fatty acids, commonly present in vegetable oil, animal fats, and other dietary fat sources. This will result in lowering total cholesterol, LDL (bad) and triglycerides and increased HDL (good) cholesterol. General purposes can be used as stomach ailments, constipation, water retention, liver diseases, malaria, snake bite, cough.

Mode of action: It contains corosolic acid, a type of lipoic acid and certain tannins (called
lagerstroemin) that can reduce blood sugar levels by increasing the in-take of glucose from your body cells. They also act as insulin in your body and activate the receptors of insulin in your body cells.

Banaba can help reducing excessive weight. As sugar intake, appetite or food
cravings are under control; the total calories intake also is reduced leading to weight loss.

It can also lower your high blood cholesterol levels, reducing your risk for heart

Mode of action:
Garlic contains APDS -allyl etc. The propyl most disulphide, ALLICIN -diallyl and with great disulphide effects

oxide, flavonoids,



is ALLICIN. This gives the particular taste and odor to garlic. Furthermore, it


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reduces the inactivation of insulin in liver by blocking insulin sites in this organ. This leads to high levels of free insulin, resulting in lower blood sugar. Garlic has antioxidant properties, and may slow down the production of free radicals. It can slow down the glycation process that occurs due to persistent high blood sugar levels. This prevents severe damages of your kidneys, skin, eyes and blood vessels. Lipid profile is also improved, as garlic may lower LDL and total cholesterol, triglycerides, preventing the aggregation of platelets and any clotting of arteries of thrombosis (that occurs during a heart stroke or attack). The smothering of blood vessels together with the above-mentioned properties, are the key features for the anti-hypertensive effects of garlic. General health your immune system and memory will be improved; while garlic acts as a protector of your liver, and preventive of cancer and diabetes onset.

Mode of action: It consists of an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which stimulated the secretion of insulin from your pancreas and reduces insulin resistance. Alkaloids such as gentianine, trigonelline, and carpaine, which are other components inside fenugreek. Fenugreek may increase the number of insulin receptors in your red blood cells. It also enhance the utilization of glucose by your peripheral tissues. Fenugreekine inside fenugreek can lower your high blood sugar levels by: Delaying stomach emptiness. Inhibiting the glucose transport Slowing down the absorption of carbs in intestines.


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Green tea
Mode of action:
Green tea contains catechin EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which can make insulin act better in your body cells. It also inhibits alpha-glucosidase enzyme in your intestines, which slows down the aptiorption of glucose. Therefore, your blood sugar will not reach the highest peak. An improvement in glucose metabolism is another beneficial effect of green tea. With its interference in glucose metabolism and anti-oxidant properties, green tea may help lose excessive weight.

Mode of action:
Important: There is an indirect way of how Cayenne influences your diabetes by: Enhancing your metabolism and losing weight at the same time. Improving blood flow all over your body (including your extremities) preventing certain conditions due to poor blood flow. Clinical evidence has shown that a teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder given every 15 minutes, can help stopping hemorrhage naturally (i.e, in lungs, stomach, etc). Healing many skin disorders that occur during diabetes. Just apply topical cayenne powder and you will see the difference.

Yarrow leaf
Mode of action:
Indirectly, yarrow leaf is used to treat inflammation in diabetics, especially when they deal with persistent, difficult to treat wounds.


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Furthermore, as diabetics immune system is weakened, yarrow leaf tea will help fight the bacteria or viruses of various respiratory infections. There is no consensus yet in determining the role of yarrow leaf tea in lowering blood sugar. Yarrow can stimulate the production of bile, enhancing the chances to eliminate excessive cholesterol from our body. Its sedative properties make this herb being used in treating pain, particularly nerve pain in diabetics.

Juniper berry
Mode of action:
It enhances the production of insulin and other hormones from pancreas, particularly useful for type 1 diabetics as juniper berry can rejuvenate the damaged pancreas. As diabetics are prone to many other inflammatory problems related to urinary tract, kidneys, lungs, etc; it can be used as an antiseptic. Juniper berry is very useful if you want to lose weight as it has diuretic (increased urination frequency), depurative (body purifier), and sudorific (increased perspiration) properties, serving also as a body cleanser.

Mode of action:
Detoxification and protection of liver: It contains glycyrrhizin (triterpene glylcoside) and glycyrrhetinic acid, which are both liver-protectors. Licorice slows down the inflammation of liver (hepatitis) and serves as antioxidant, and antiviral; enhances the production of interferon and antibodies in our body, and the activity of T-Cells. It serves also as a protector of liver from many autoimmune diseases (including diabetes). If licorice is used in formula with other herbs, it serves as a tonic as it increases the the health effects of other herbs.


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Indirectly, licorice has been shown to improve sexual potency and libido, general strength and eyesight; conditions that commonly suppress diabetics. Many skin infections can be healed by using licorice root locally or orally. It contains saponins and flavonoids with anti-inflammatory properties. Mimicking the hormones produced naturally by our adrenal glands (glucocorticoids).

Mode of action:
Has anti-oxidant properties, rich in vitamin C, improves immune system and any eye disease, which commonly happens in diabetics. Enhance the production of insulin by pancreas, and improves the digestion of sugar and starches. Huckleberries can also help lowering cholesterol; thus, preventing lipid alterations. It is rich in vitamin B; therefore, it enhances the general metabolism rate and immune system. As it can promote the growth and division of cells, it particularly prevents pancreas cancer. Its potassium component ensures the well-function of body nerves and muscles as diabetics are more prone to these disorders. Furthermore, its potassium promotes right water balances and keeping your body clean from wastes.

Mode of action:
It s commonly used for weight loss and fat burn through activation of thyroid hormone (responsible for the breakdown of proteins, fats and sugars in body); however, clinical evidence remains contradictory. Guggul helps improving the lipid profile by lowering total cholesterol and LDL and triglycerides and maintaining a balanced HDL/ LDL ratio.

It is believed that guggul may prevent heart diseases. sexual ability and sperm count and quality.

The majority of diabetics suffer sexual disorders. Guggul is supposed to enhance This herb is also believed to purify blood, and to get relief for many skin diseases and conditions that are commonly present in diabetics.

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Black cumin
Mode of action:
It enhances insulin release from beta-cells in pancreas; therefore, lowering blood sugar. Furthermore, black cumin decreases the gluconeogenesis in liver. It contain anti-oxidant properties, which has been shown clinically to improve altered levels of lipid peroxidation products and antioxidant enzymes in liver and kidneys. Therefore, black cumin seeds prevent and/or control diabetes complications in the oxidation level. Indirectly, black cumin has sedative effects in the nervous system and might boost immune system; which are very important to diabetics. It contains beta sitosterol (otherwise called anti-tumor sterol) with good healing properties for abscesses and tumors of abdomen, liver and eyes, conditions most commonly observed in diabetics.

Garcinia Cambogia
Mode of action:
Indirectly, it helps diabetics in losing weight through its active component called hydroxycitric acid (HCA). If you are addicted to smoking (nicotine), Garcinia will help reduce your desire for cigarettes naturally. G. Cambogia may reduce appetite through loading the glycogen stores of liver and other body tissues. Furthermore, it can raise the process of thermo genesis (the burning calories that produces high energy levels). In the presence of G. cambogia, the production of triglycerides and cholesterol from our body is reduced.

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Pterocarpus Marsupium
Mode of action:
It has been shown that epicatechin and the crude alcohol extract of this herb have regenerative effects on the beta-cells of pancreas, which are responsible for insulin production. Therefore, the blood sugar levels will be reduced remarkably. Indirectly, P. marsupium can lower VLDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels without any effect in HDL. It has anti-oxidant properties and might prevent and/or fight cancer by inducing apoptosis in cancer cells.

Milk Thistle
Mode of action:
Indirectly affects the liver by: Strengthening and stabilizing the cells of liver, making it more resistant to toxins. Rejuvenating liver cells by enhancing the synthesis of proteins. Has anti-oxidant properties related to its main component silymarin, preventing further damages caused by free radicals. It has been shown to reduce insulin resistance, and more effective in people with cirrhosis (severely damaged liver). It has a positive impact on lipid profile by lowering total cholesterol and LDL, and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. The active component of silymarin is called silibinin, and has been shown very effective against cancer cells. Cancer is regarded as very common amongst diabetics.

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Valeriana Wallichii
Mode of action:
Its principal action is by sedating nervous system, giving a sense of tranquility to diabetics, who are usually prone to stress. This tranquility will prevent depression or other mental changes attributed to diabetes. In addition,. V. wallichi will help lowering blood pressure and heart palpitations, preventing further damages.


Mode of action:
Vanadium acts as a co-factor (promotor) for multiple body enzymes (sugar, lipid metabolism). However, in high doses can alter the function of these enzymes causing severe problems. Mimics insulin; but in high doses can destroy beta cells of pancreas (responsible for the production and secretion of insulin).

Mode of action:
Chromium helps body cells utilize better the glucose as it serves as a starting agent, where insulin is attached to the specific receptors in the body cells . In addition, it also improves the transport of glucose inside the body cells.

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On the other hand, it helps break down fats and proteins too. As a result, your lipid profile will be well balanced. With the above-mentioned effects on fats, chromium might also help losing weight.

Mode of action:
It has been shown to have great effects in lowering blood sugar and increasing the sensitivity of insulin in diabetics. As people with diabetes lack magnesium, it is recommended that its supplemental intake can reduce the risk for the onset of diabetes in healthy subjects or prediabetics. Indirectly, magnesium is a soother of the blood vessel muscles, therefore, high blood pressure is reduced. On the other hand, it is a very essential mineral for heart; that has been shown to be effective in preventing and controlling many heart diseases (including attacks or strokes).

Mode of action:
Zinc can help certain enzymes in pancreas that are responsible in the insulin production. Therefore, it indirectly interferes in blood glucose control in diabetics. This mineral has shown efficient in reducing sexual impotence, which commonly occurs in diabetics. It also serves as a great booster to the immunity.

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Mode of action:
Although it is contradictory whether low levels of manganese put people at higher risk for diabetes or it is this condition that makes the level of this trace mineral drop. However, it remains the fact that diabetics have low levels of manganese, therefore, they need to get more with foods or supplements. Manganese is very useful in producing the energy from carbs and proteins, and plays a crucial role in production of fatty acids. This trace mineral is also needed for the enzyme superoxide dismutase that helps neutralizing the free radicals.

Mode of action: Important: Evidences show no direct effect of Molybdenum in diabetes.
This trace mineral is important for the function of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which helps in clearing our body from sulfites and other toxins. It can help losing weight by increasing the burning of fats.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Mode of action:
It lowers high blood sugar levels by helping body cells to utilize glucose and turn it to energy. At the same time, it enhances the metabolism rate of our body. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant. By killing free radicals, it helps preventing further damages of body cells including cancer.

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It is believed that alpha lipoic acid can help in nerve regeneration when diabetic neuropathy is set.

Vitamin C
Mode of action:
As a very potent anti-oxidant, vitamin C is used to kill free radicals in our body and will boost your immune system, giving a feeling of being well. It is believed to improve the action of nitric acid in our body, reducing blood vessels spasms, preventing heart attack or other diseases. One diabetic will experience side effects such as gum problems, hard-to-heal wounds, muscles weakness; which are alleviated by vitamin C. Complications in other body organs such as kidneys, eyes or nerves, will be prevented or alleviated by vitamin C.

Mode of action:
If combined with chromium, biotin can lower blood sugar levels. However, if it is used alone, there is not enough evidence for this effect. When diabetic neuropathy (a common complication related to diabetes) has developed, biotin can help easing its symptoms.

Vitamin E
Mode of action:
It is believed that vitamin E might prevent the onset of type 1 or 2 diabetes; therefore, it has been proposed to be included in the prevention scheme. However, the scientific evidence is still poor. Vitamin E can be used to prevent platelet dysfunction and atherosclerosis, and other complications such as retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy for it is an antioxidant agent.

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Mode of action: Important: Taurine action as hypoglycemiant is still under investigation. Beware of energetic drinks side effects.
Certain studies have postulated that taurine alone can lower blood glucose without raising insulin. At the end of these studies, the lipid profile was also improved with reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Mode of action:
It is a flavonol, which increase the utilization of glucose by our body cells and is supported by many clinical trials. The result will be reduced blood sugar levels and alleviated symptoms. Myrecin has shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, preventing heart diseases. It has also potent anti-oxidant properties, therefore, it will protect your body cells from the effects of free radicals. Myrecin could prevent cancer onset, which is commonly related to diabetes.

Mode of action:
Piperine is commonly used for its anti-oxidative properties. This alkaloid enhances thermogenesis and the metabolic rate of our body, contributing in weight loss. However, the scientific data to support this theory is limited. It also can promote the absorption of many nutrients including curcumin (specifically), amino acids, glucose, selenium, and beta carotene with vitamin B6;

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nutrients very useful for diabetics. As this alkaloid improves the production of serotonin in brain cells; it will give a sense of feeling well, with no pain and might enhance diabetic mood (which tends to alter).

Mode of action:
This flavonoid is mainly used for its anti-oxidant properties. Studies have shown certain anti-cancer, and heart protective actions too.

Mode of action:
This flavonol glycoside consists of quercetin and rutinose mixture. Ruting has shown good effects in lowering blood sugar and increasing blood insulin levels. It has also shown a protective effect for diabetic kidneys. Through vaso-dilatation activity and inhibition of platelet aggregation, rutin is believed to lower blood pressure and protect heart. In vitro studies have revealed the anti-cancer properties of rutin by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

Mode of action:
Although it is included in the vitamin B group (vit. Bh) and needed for the formation of lecithin in our body when combined with Choline, it is not considered an essential nutrient for our body. Lecithin is known for its effects in inhibiting the oxidation process of cells and hardening of arteries from cholesterol. Inositol protects liver from cirrhosis as it prohibits fat to be stored in excessive amount in this organ.

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It also improves the metabolism of cholesterol, preventing the occurrence of atherosclerosis.

Betaine HCl
Mode of action:
It is mainly used as a lipotropic (inhibiting the excessive accumulation of fats in liver + cleansing the body from wastes & toxins). Thus,: Prevents the onset of diabetic neuropathy. Enhances the lecithin production in liver, leading to reduced cholesterol levels. Inhibits the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. Cleansing our body from wastes and toxins and making it more resistant to diseases (as it promotes thymus gland).

Other effects include the amelioration in breaking down and digesting nutrients such as proteins, fats, etc.

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