Options to Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally

lower-blood-sugar-healthy-wayThere are safer ways than drugs to lower your blood sugar.  Its not a quick fix remedy, but will take commitment.  Its worth your efforts though since drugs like Avandia can raise your risk of heart attacks!

Here are some tips to get your high blood sugar to go down…

STEP 1: Get off the sugary foods, which means throwing out any refined and processed flour products, such as white bread, white rice, cookies, cakes, candy bars, pancakes etc. The good news is that complex carbs such as 100 percent whole wheat, de-hulled barley, bran, and oats are all okay. Pasta is fine as long as it‘s made from spinach, artichoke, brown rice, or 100 percent whole wheat. It‘s heavy, so try angel hair pasta and don‘t serve as much. You won‘t need it.

STEP 2: Taking a good multi vitamin that contains at least 25 mg of B3.  Take vitamin C daily to help detoxify your system.  Recommended amount is: 1,000 mg three to four times a day.  If you start to experience diarrhea, back off by 1,000 mg at a time until it stops.

STEP 3: Adding a chromium supplement to your daily regimen is also helpful. Go for either chromium picolinate, or preferably chromium GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor). This trace mineral helps to support your body‘s overall metabolism and helps to balance blood sugar levels while converting glucose into energy.

This herb called Gymnema Sylvestre (GS) is an Indian herb -400 to 800 mg of  it daily, will also help support healthy blood sugar levels and glucose metabolism.  Some research suggests that GS even repairs special cells in the pancreas called beta cells.

These cells are very important because they produce insulin and help control how much sugar gets dumped into your blood.   With the case of people with diabetes, up to 80 % of their beta cells aren‘t working. (In type-1 diabetes, none of their beta cells work.)  In fact, these little cells are so important to your health, scientists are now investigating ways to replace damaged beta cells in diabetics.

Scientists from India actually just finished the first-ever human trial using Gymnema Sylvestre with diabetics.  It was a small trial using a patented version of GS, but the results look promising.  After just 60 days of taking 500 mg of GS, 10 out 11 patients significantly lowered their fasting blood sugar levels.  The patients also increased their insulin and c-peptide levels.

Safely lower blood sugar by 20 percent

Cinnamon is another powerful, yet safe blood-sugar solution.  You can more of it in your diet by sprinkling it on apples or fruits, cereals that are hot or cold, yogurt or whole grain pancakes or waffles.  This spice improves how your body processes sugar.  One recent study showed that cinnamon significantly lowered blood sugar among diabetics.

For this study, U.S. researchers divided diabetics into two groups. One group received one, three, or six grams cinnamon each day. The other group received a placebo. And the results—after just 40 days — were very surprising!

All three groups taking cinnamon made big improvements all around.  They lowered their fasting blood glucose levels by 18 to 29 percent, lowered triglycerides by 23 —30%, and cut total cholesterol 12 —26%.  So, even taking just ¼ to ½ teaspoonfuls each day made quite a difference.  It‘s important to keep it going because when the patients stopped taking the spice, their blood sugar levels rebounded.   The people who received the placebo, did not experience any improvements in the markers of their disease.

There‘s no doubt in my mind that if you follow this regimen, along with a little exercise, your blood sugar will come down. But just be careful.

These natural efforts can be so effective that you MUST seek the guidance of a good naturopath or MD who might be more holistically minded rather than pharmaceutical drug minded.  In fact, it‘s possible to push your blood sugar down so far that you become hypoglycemic.  That being said, its important that your doctor monitors your medications very closely and lowers them as your diet and supplements take effect.

Leave me a comment and let me know how likely you are to try these suggestions.

Courtesy of The Nutrition Advisor Blog – you can also visit her website.

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  1. I will try this ; I am eating quinoa and I just bought buckwheat groats; I make steel cut oatmeal, and due to a wheat allergy, I ‘try’ to stay away from the other things you listed—-but to be honest, I crave carbs and have a wicked sweet tooth. I use cinnamon on fresh fruit and in my cereal, cayenne pepper on my cottage cheese (it’s delicious), and I dip hard boiled eggs in horse radish (WOW). But I am looking for ways to use ground ginger in my food. Any suggestions?

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