- Cinnamon helps reduce hyperglycemia after meals
- Tulsi leaves have antioxidants and essential oils that help in the pancreatic beta cell function
- Bitter gourd tends to influence the overall glucose metabolism of your body
- Curry leaves is packed with antidiabetic properties
- Okra has polyphenolic molecules which are quite effective in reducing blood glucose levels
Don’t we all live in fear of waking up with diabetes one fine morning? Heart diseases do not worry you as much as diabetes does, as this lifestyle disease brings along a stringent sugarless diet with it. Bidding goodbye to jalebis, fruit bowls, coffees, and alcohol can be much more heartbreaking than you may have imagined. However, if diabetes mellitus is set to catch you unawares, there are some methods with which you can resist it. Did you know certain herbs and spices that we find at home at all times have blood sugar lowering properties? Read on to learn more about them.
You rarely find a home in India that doesn’t store Cinnamon. West is no less enticed by this spice’s multiple qualities. Be it flavor, fragrance or health benefits, cinnamon has it all. Studies conducted by diabetes experts across the world confirm that cinnamon helps type 2 diabetes patients to improve their blood glucose and cholesterol levels. A daily intake of around 1-6 grams is advised to increase insulin sensitivity. It also helps reduce hyperglycemia after meals. Consuming around a ½ gram of cinnamon daily can help you control your weight and reduce your risk for heart diseases.
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Many Indians prefer to grow Holy basil in their courtyard, not only for religious reasons but also for its aroma and healing prowess. It’s a gift that has passed down from generation to generation. Ayurveda makes good use of Tulsi by adding it in most of their medicines. Having said that, studies prove that holy basil leaves have antioxidants and essential oils which would help pancreatic beta cell function. Consumption of them daily would increase your chances of improving insulin secretion and thereby lowers the level of blood sugar in your body. For best results eat two to three leaves on an empty stomach.
Bitter Gourd (Bitter Melon)
Its intense bitter taste might have made you dislike bitter gourd, but spare us a moment. Bitter gourd is a misunderstood fruit that has always been counted as a bitter vegetable by Indians. Known for its wide range of health benefits, bitter gourd is considered as one of the best medicines to control sugar levels in the blood. Instead of focusing on a particular organ, bitter gourd tends to influence the glucose metabolism across your body. Packed with iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin c, bitter gourd juice in the morning will give you your daily dose of energy. Pair it with honey or lemon juice to reduce the bitterness.
Who would’ve thought curry leaves, an essential ingredient in Indian cooking have medicinal qualities. Used for seasoning, these leaves add a special flavor and fragrance to the dish. Loaded with anti-diabetic properties, this is one herb that will give you a healthy body. The properties in curry leaves help reduce the speed in which starch is broken down into glucose in your body. Gulping down 10 of them in the morning will keep your blood sugar and cholesterol in check.
Not many Indian houses will be in short of this green vegetable. Indians even grow it in their backyards as it’s a staple in their cooking. Okra has polyphenolic molecules which are quite effective in reducing blood glucose levels. The seeds and peels are also found to have antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potentials. Include okra in your daily diet. For better results soak okras in water overnight and drink the water the next morning.