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5 Amazing Spices To Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

Sugar is the main fuel source of the body. Carbohydrates present in food are broken down during digestion and converted into simple sugar. The hormone insulin released by the pancreatic beta cells helps the body cells to absorb the sugar. However, when the insulin producing cells are unable to produce sufficient insulin or sensitivity of the body cells to insulin declines, the concentration of sugar in the bloodstream rises above the normal level.

In addition to medications, natural remedies are often found to be effective in lowering the blood sugar level naturally. In traditional medicines, a number of spices are used as diabetes remedy. They are not only effective but are also safe for long-term use.

The Following Spices Are Best Known For Their Blood Sugar Lowering Effect:

1. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is a popular culinary ingredient that in addition to enhancing the taste of foods helps in reducing the blood sugar level. It contains a bioactive compound that mimics the hormone insulin. It stimulates glucose metabolism and is also known to improve the sensitivity of the body cells to insulin. Cinnamon is also known to help in slowing down stomach emptying that helps in averting spikes in the blood sugar level after meals.[1]

How To Take

You can add about half a tablespoon of ground cinnamon to your breakfast cereal or smoothie. You can even drink cinnamon tea. To prepare cinnamon tea, steep one cinnamon stick in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Add a tea bag and steep for about 3 minutes. Sip the tea.

Cinnamon

2. Fenugreek Seeds:

Fenugreek seeds are widely used in Indian cuisines. They are also known for their hypoglycemic effect. Decoction of fenugreek seeds helps in lowering the high blood sugar level and reduces urinary excretion of sugar. It is beneficial for both insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent diabetics.[2]

How To Take

Depending upon the severity of diabetes, you can take 25 to 50 grams of fenugreek seeds daily. Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in hot water. In the morning, consume the fenugreek seeds along with the water. Alternatively, you can take powdered fenugreek seeds with water or buttermilk 15 minutes before a meal.

Fenugreek Seeds

3. Cloves:

Cloves assist in efficient functioning of insulin. With the help of this spice, your body will need less insulin to drive the sugar into the body cells. Studies suggest that cloves help in lowering the blood sugar level in people with type 2 diabetes that develops due to insulin resistance.[3]

How To Take

Gently suck and chew a clove bud after a meal. You can even steep clove buds with your regular tea. You can take about one to three grams of cloves daily to keep your blood sugar level under control.

Cloves

4. Turmeric:

Turmeric, the yellow colored spice, widely used in Indian cuisines as a natural coloring agent is also known for its health benefits. Curcumin, the main bioactive constituent of turmeric, is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that seem to help in lowering the high blood sugar level. By blocking the inflammatory compounds, turmeric helps in improving insulin sensitivity.[4]

How To Take

Take four to five grams of turmeric powder with water or honey twice a day.

Turmeric

5. Black Cumin Seeds:

Black cumin seed supports regeneration of the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. Therefore, it is considered beneficial for people with diabetes. It is also known to help in reducing insulin resistance.[5]

How To Take

Take ½ to one teaspoon of black cumin seeds thrice a day.

Black Cumin Seeds



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