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Herbs and supplements for diabetics are focused on both filling nutritional gaps and using natural remedies to help control diabetes. There are a number of different holistic treatments that claim to help or even cure diabetes. This however is not possible and not true. Here is a collection of seven herbs and supplements that may be of benefit to people with Diabetes.

1. Aloe Vera


Consuming Aloe Vera pulp has shown the ability to repair and protect the pancreas.

Aloe Vera is a common plant that grows in arid climates. It is known to have many different uses. Many may know its benefits for skin care, but it may have more internal benefits than previously thought, including slowing the progress of type 2 diabetes.

In a study, published in 2013, Aloe Vera was used to treating symptoms of diabetes in rats. Findings suggested that Aloe Vera may help protect and repair the beta cells ( insulin-producing cells) in the pancreas. The researchers think this is due to Aloe's antioxidant effects.

Ways of consuming Aloe include:

  • Adding the juiced pulp to a drink or smoothie
  • Taking capsules that contain Aloe as supplements
  • Ingestible Aloe Vera is not the same as Aloe Vera skin products, please do not consume those products.

Aloe Vera juice has been shown to offer a multitude of health benefits.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a fragrant spice that originates as the bark of a tree. It is a common ingredient in many sweets, baked goods, and other dishes.

It has a flavor profile that can add sweetness without requiring extra sugar. It’s a favorite spice among Diabetics for this reason, but it may offer more benefits than just sweetening snacks without added sugar.

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A 2010 review found evidence that cinnamon consumption may improve levels of:

  • glucose
  • insulin and insulin sensitivity
  • lipids, or fats, in the blood
  • antioxidant status
  • blood pressure
  • lean body mass
  • digestion
  • Lower fasting blood glucose levels
  • Less total cholesterol
  • Higher levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • A reduction in triglycerides, or fat, in the blood Increases in insulin sensitivity.

In another review published in 2013, researchers discovered that cinnamon consumption can lead to

  • Lower fasting blood glucose levels
  • Less total cholesterol
  • Higher levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
  • A reduction in triglycerides, or fat, in the blood Increases in insulin sensitivity.

In both studies, the researchers noted that individual results can vary depending on:

  • The type of cinnamon, as the amount of active ingredient, depends on the type
  • The daily dose
  • The individual's sensitivity to cinnamon
  • The effect of other medications the person may be taking
  • Most studies have not involved humans, so there is a lack of supporting evidence about how cinnamon might affect humans.

People can take cinnamon:

  • in a variety of cooked dishes and baked goods
  • in teas
  • as a dietary supplement

3. Bitter melon

Momordica charantia, or bitter melon, is a fruit that is known to have many medicinal properties. Traditional Chinese and Indian medicine have used bitter melon as an ingredient In treatments for centuries. It is commonly cooked and used in many different dishes. There has been some research done into the possibility of its medicinal uses.

There has been some evidence of bitter melon helping with the symptoms of diabetes. One review concluded that many parts of the plant are often used to help treat diabetics.

Taking bitter melon can lead to a reduction in blood sugar levels in some people:

  • seeds
  • blended vegetable pulp
  • juice
  • supplements

As its name suggests eating or drinking the bitter melon can be an acquired taste. However, taking encapsulated supplements will make it easier on the tongue.

There is not enough evidence to support using bitter melon instead of insulin or medication for diabetes.

However, it may help people rely less on those medications or lower their dosages.

4. Milk thistle

People have used milk thistle for millennia to treat many different ailments and was widely used as a tonic for the liver.

Silymarin, the extract from milk thistle has received the majority of research attention; it is a compound with many different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This anti-inflammatory property is why milk thistle can be extremely useful for diabetics.

Much of the research on Silymarin is promising, but it is not yet strong enough for doctors to recommend the herb or extract alone for diabetes care.

There appear to be no reports of side effects, and many diabetics take milk thistle as an over the counter supplement. However, it is always advised to talk to a doctor first before using any supplements.

5. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is another seed that may show promise in lowering blood sugar levels.

The seeds contain fibers that can help to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates and sugar. There is marginal evidence that the seeds can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research done over 3 years published in 2015 noted that people with prediabetes were less likely to receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes while taking powdered fenugreek seed.

The researchers concluded that taking the seed led to:

  • increased levels of insulin in the body, leading to a reduction in blood sugar
  • lower cholesterol levels

The study involved 66 people with diabetes who took 5 grams (g) of the seed preparation twice a day before meals.

A person can:

  • include fenugreek as a herb in certain dishes
  • add it to warm water
  • grind into a powder
  • take it as a supplement in capsule form

6. Gymnema

Gymnema Sylvestre is a herb that originates from India. Its name means "sugar destroyer." People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes who have regimented Gymnema into their diet, showed signs of improvement.

Individuals with type 1 diabetes who took the extract for 18 months, showed a stark decline in fasting blood sugar levels, compared to individuals who only received insulin.

Other research involving Gymnema found that individuals with type 2 diabetes responded well to the extract over various periods.

Some people experienced:

  • lower blood sugar levels
  • higher insulin levels

This shows that using either the ground leaf or leaf extract in addition to a normal treatment regimen may be beneficial.

7. Ginger

Ginger aka Jahe

Ginger is another herb that people have used for thousands of years as a treatment for various illnesses.

However, in recent years it has been suggested that it may also help treat diabetes. Several studies have shown ginger as having an effect on lowering blood sugar levels.

However, the research did not come to a definite conclusion as to how ginger might do this. So there will have to be more research completed to confirm these findings.

People can take ginger:

  • By adding ginger powder or chopped, fresh ginger root to raw or cooked food
  • Brewed into tea
  • As a supplement in capsule form
  • By drinking it in a natural ginger ale

The Stark Truth

You should always work with a healthcare professional before taking any new herb or supplement.

Some herbs can interact with other medications that do the same job, such as blood thinners and high blood pressure medications. It is essential to be aware of any interactions before starting a new supplement.

People should also ensure they obtain their herbs and supplements from a high-quality source.


This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

**Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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