Managing Diabetes: Natural Supplements

Well-Balanced DietWhen it comes to diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type, there are three things that patients need: a healthy and well-balanced diet, exercise and physical activities, and maintaining a healthy weight. Managing one’s illness depends on achieving a balance among these three aspects, combined with professional medical care.

While supplements and natural medicine do not claim to provide 100% cure, they can be used as additional support for diabetes care and management. Below is RedRiver Health and Wellness Center's list of food items known to lower blood sugar.

Bitter melon

This vegetable is already used in parts of Asia and South America for natural diabetes treatment. Bitter melon contains charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids—saponins known to help lower blood glucose levels.

Cinnamon

While scientific tests on cinnamon remain inconclusive, some studies did show that cinnamon particularly helped reduce levels of fasting blood sugar. As such, some experts recommend diluting cinnamon in drinks or — as it is commonly used — in baked goods.

Green Tea

Rich in antioxidants, green tea has been known to provide several health benefits. Although its particular effect on diabetes patients is yet to be conclusive, green tea has been known to help improve glucose control and help in the prevention of type-2 diabetes.

Chromium

An essential trace element, chromium aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates. As such, high-chromium food can help balance blood sugar levels in patients. Some foods that contain high levels of chromium are broccoli, raw cheese, green beans, and grass-fed beef. Consuming these foods should be taken in moderation though as some studies have shown that it can cause blood sugar to go too low and, in extreme cases, even cause kidney damage.

These food items listed below can be truly helpful in managing diabetes. However, do not use them as replacement for your medication and consume them only in moderation. Before you add them regularly to your diet, it’s also important to discuss it first with your doctor to prevent complications.