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Foods That Lower Down Blood Sugar Levels

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia)Bitter Melon for Diabetes
Also known as balsam pear, bitter gourd, bitter cucumber, karela, and charantin. Is a tropical vegetable widely cultivated in Asia, East Africa and South America, and has been used extensively in folk medicine as a remedy for diabetes. Studies suggested that Asian Bitter Melon may lower blood glucose concentrations. Several compounds have been isolated from bitter melon that are believed to be responsible for its blood-sugar-lowering properties. These include charantin and an insulin-like protein referred to as polypeptide-P, or plant insulin. It is believed that bitter melon acts on both the pancreas and in nonpancreatic cells, such as muscle cells. The oral administration of 50-60 ml of the juice has shown good results in clinical trials.

Caution : Excessively high doses of bitter melon juice can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Small children or anyone with hypoglycemia should not take bitter melon, since this herb could theoretically trigger or worsen low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. Furthermore, diabetics taking hypoglycemic drugs (such as chlorpropamide, glyburide, or phenformin) or insulin should use bitter melon with caution, as it may potentiate the effectiveness of the drugs, leading to severe hypoglycemia.

Genera Sylvestre
Genera Sylvestre for DiabetesNative to the tropical forests of India, also known as the "sugar destroyer". To treat diabetes, dried leaves are pounded together with Coriander fruit (Coriandrum sativum L.), juice is extracted and given orally. These remedy has been used in India for treating diabetes for about 2000 years. Today in India it is being used to treat primarily type II diabetes and type I as well. Gymnema also improves the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar in both type I and type II diabetes. This herb is showing up in more and more over the counter weight loss products and blood sugar balancing formulas.

Cinnamon: This serves as the ideal seasoning for not only vegetables but also the sweet treats. Cinnamon is famous for improving the insulin level of the body and its processing ability. Cinnamon helps in delaying the time required by the stomach to get empty after having a richer meal. This also prevents the sharp rise and fall in the blood sugar levels. It is recommended to include around one quarter to a half teaspoon powdered cinnamon in the diet.

Sweet Potato: It helps to stabilize the insulin response of the body. It digests slowly and gives the person a fuller feeling. It is recommended to consume one small sweet potato daily.

Barley: Barley is used in different ways, for instance in barley bread, cooked barley and barley soup. It is soluble fiber content of barley that has made it diabetic friendly. It is recommended to include around ½ cup barley in daily meals.

Onions: It is recommended to include around 60 gm onion in daily meals. This help to lower down blood sugar levels. The chromium and sulfur content of onions are responsible for lowering the blood sugar level. It is good to include onion diet as salad. Deep-fried oil is unhealthy. One should strive to include ¼ cup onion in your meal.

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