When your blood sugar is not balanced, your body stops functioning like it is supposed to. Medical supplements can be expensive, but there are some natural supplements for regulating blood sugar that are available at your local grocery store, if not right in your kitchen. If you have trouble managing your blood sugar, try adding some of these natural supplements to your diet and in your daily routine. You can eat many of them raw or add them to your food or smoothies.
Cinnamon is made from the bark of Cinnamomum trees. It is a very popular spice that can help manage the body’s insulin and blood glucose levels. It contains a lot of antioxidants that help regulate blood sugar by enhancing your insulin sensitivity and slowing your stomach’s process of emptying after each meal. Cinnamon is easy to add to a lot of recipes including smoothies and caffeine substitutes such as chicory root.
Ginseng is a root with Chinese origins that is often used to manufacture organic and herbal medicines. The primary health use of ginseng is to help lower blood sugar levels. Consuming ginseng on a daily basis after each meal can help balance blood sugar levels. According to a study conducted by an Australian university, daily consumption of ginseng helped approximately 20% more patients with blood sugar issues as compared to those who took the placebo pills.
- Fenugreek seeds:
Fenugreek is an aromatic plant that can help regulate your blood sugar level by slowing down the process of digestion and carbohydrate absorption. Its abundance of amino acids can also stimulate the production of insulin in your body. Fennel is also a great plant to add in the form of essential oil, add to salads or roasted is also delicious.
- Banaba Leaf Extract:
Banaba is a tree is found in the Asian tropical forests. The extract of its leaves has been found beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels. It contains corosolic acid, which assists your body in transforming the glucose in your blood into energy. People have seen drastic changes after consuming Banaba leaf extract daily for two weeks.
- The sun:
It is in common knowledge that the sun can provide our bones and body an abundance of vitamin D. This vitamin is nearly always found to be deficient in patients who are dealing with blood sugar issues. Ten to 15 minutes of exposure of vitamin D on a daily basis will assist your body in regulating your blood sugar and will help your body function on less insulin by improving insulin sensitivity in your body.
- Gymnema Sylvester:
Gymnema Sylvester is an herb found in the tropical forests of India. The leaves of this herb can help reduce absorption of glucose in your body and normalize your body’s blood sugar levels.
- Chromium supplement:
Chromium supplement daily is also beneficial for managing sugar cravings. I recommend 1 tablet at each meal for a month. Chromium supports the liver and is found in broccoli, liver, and brewers’ yeast. We need it is small doses. It is an essential trace mineral that can improve insulin sensitivity and enhance protein, carbohydrate, and lipid metabolism.
- Adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Cordyceps:
Adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Cordyceps help you handle stress. They work to balance your hormones and have a balancing effect on something called the hypothalamic-pituitary-endocrine axis and assist the perfect harmony for a healthy mood, metabolism, energy, immune system, and sex drive.
Balanced blood sugar levels are important to your overall health, and some struggle more than others. In addition to small changes in your diet, try a few of these tips to help balance your blood sugar naturally!
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Yours in health and wellness,
Trish Tucker May