First off, diabetes is a symptom not a disease…glucose-in-blood (1)

Secondly, you can eliminate diabetes rather than manage it…

Thirdly, there are all kinds of herbs and foods that you can take that will help you eliminate diabetes…

Fourth, before starting you should find out what is causing the diabetic symptoms:

  • low glutathione and other anti-oxidants
  • low fiber
  • poor liver function
  • poor adrenal function (either hyper or hypo)
  • poor spleen activity
  • and of course, poor diet
    • high level of sugars
    • high level of free radicals
    • high levels of AGEs
  • but don’t forget poor exercise – the body needs to move to be able to function effectively – the type of movement is important as well

But let’s look at some of foods, herbs & supplements that can help with diabetes:

FOODS:

  • Real Chocolate

  • Main Use:  Huge amount of nutrients for the body;xocai
  • Real whole chocolate that protects all the nutrients found in the Cocoa seed, like Xocai chocolate, has over 1200 compounds; over 300 nutrients; 3 pieces = 12 servings of fruit and vegetables in anti-oxidants alone.  It also contains huge amounts of fiber (very important to regulate blood sugar uptake in the liver).  It also contains important polyphenols/bioflavonoids such as epicatechins and procynandins that help with a number of the diabetes issues, ie., free radicals, cortisol regulation, insulin receptor sensitivity, etc.  In addition, the way in which it works with “gating” fat cells allows you to release toxins from fat cells; and then turn fat cells into energy; thus enabling you to loose weight.
  • Prickly Pear Cactus

  • Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical  dosage: If you eat it as a food, aim for 1⁄2 cup of cooked cactus fruit  a day. Otherwise, follow label directions.
  • The ripe fruit of this cactus has been shown in some small studies to lower  blood sugar ­levels. You may be able to find the fruit in your grocery  store, but if not, look for it as a juice or powder at health food stores.  Researchers speculate that the fruit may possibly lower blood sugar because it  contains components that work similarly to insulin. The fruit is also high in  fiber.
  • General Rule of Thumb

  • – increase the amount of fiber intake
  • -increase the amount of anti-oxidants

HERBS:

  • Gymnema Sylvestre

  • Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical dosage: 200 to 250 milligrams twice daily.Dr Holly Gymnema Sylvestre
  • This plant’s Hindi name translates as “sugar destroyer,” and the plant is  said to reduce the ability to detect sweetness. It’s regarded as one of the most  powerful herbs for blood-sugar control. It may work by boosting the activity of  enzymes that help cells use glucose or by stimulating the production of insulin.  Though it hasn’t been studied ­extensively, it’s not known to cause serious  side effects.
  • Bitter Melon

    Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical dosage: 50 to 100 milliliters (approximately 3 to 6  tablespoons) of the juice daily.

    The aptly named bitter melon is thought to help cells use glucose more  effectively and block sugar absorption in the intestine. When Philippine  researchers had men and women take bitter melon in capsule form for three  months, they had slight, but consistently, lower blood sugar than those taking a  placebo. Gastrointestinal problems are possible side effects.

  • Billberry

  •  Main use: Protecting the eyes and nerves  Typical dosage: 80 to 120 milligrams two times per day of standardized  bilberry extract.
  • This relative of the blueberry contains powerful antioxidants in its fruit  and leaves. These anti­oxidants, called anthocyanidins, seem to help prevent  damage to tiny blood vessels that can result in nerve pain and retinopathy  (damage to the eye’s retina). Animal studies have also suggested that bilberry  may lower blood sugar.
  • Fenugreek

  •  Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical  dosage: 5 to 30 grams withDr Holly Fenugreek each meal or 15 to 90 grams with one meal  per day.
  • These seeds, used in Indian cooking, have been found to lower blood sugar,  increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce high cholesterol, according to several  animal and human studies. The effect may be partly due to the seeds’ high fiber  content. The seeds also contain an amino acid that appears to boost the release  of insulin. In one of the largest studies on fenugreek, 60 people who took 25  grams daily showed significant improvements in blood sugar control and post-meal  spikes.

Ginseng

  •  Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical  dosage: 1 to 3 grams a day in capsule or tablet form, or 3 to 5  milliliters of tincture three times a day.
  • Known for its immune-boosting and disease-fighting benefits, this Chinese  herb has several positive diabetes studies behind it. Re­searchers have  found that ginseng slows carbohydrate absorption; increases cells’ ability to  use glucose; and increases insulin secretion from the pancreas. A team from the  University of Toronto has repeatedly demonstrated that ginseng capsules lower  blood glucose 15 to 20 percent compared to placebo pills.

Supplements:

  • Glutathione

  • Main Use:  Glutathione is the Master Anti-oxidant.  In addition, it plays huge roles as:
    • Master chelator (diabetics tend to have a high metal toxicity due to low glutathione levels; metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminium destroy the beta cells which produce insulin; and the binding of these metals to the pancreatic cells promotes an auto-immune reaction that destroys the beta cells)
    • Inflammatory regulator (diabetes has a huge underlying inflammatory component (characterized by increased serum levels of C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, uric acid & other inflammatory markers) which is the basis for: Ongoing injury to the nerves and the inner layers of blood vessels which leads to a markedly increased incidence of heart disease, peripheral vascular disease,  neuropathy, retinal damage and kidney failure which are the hallmarks of  diabetes.
      Immune system: develops, regulates and balances
    • Respiratory system: allows red blood cells to uptake and release both oxygen & C02
    • Endocrine system: plays a role in regulating all hormones, either directly or indirectly
    • Cardio system: regulates Nitric Oxide which promotes vasodilation and reduces hypertension
    • Two ways to increase glutathione:  Protandim – turns on the genetic tools to make glutathione
    •                                                                 OGF – provides the nutrients to make glutathione
  • Magnesium

  • Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical  dosage: 250 to 350 milligrams once a day.
  • Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon in people with diabetes, and it can  worsen high blood sugar and insulin resistance. Some studies suggest that  supplementing with magnesium may improve insulin function and lower blood sugar  levels, but other studies have shown no benefit. Have your doctor check you for  deficiency before supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium is used by the isles of Langerhans to produce insulin – but you need the right kind of magnesium.

 Gamma-Linolenic Acid

  • Main use: Easing nerve pain  Typical dosage:  270 to 540 milligrams once a day.
  • Gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, is a fatty acid found in evening primrose oil.  Some research suggests that people with diabetes have lower than optimal levels  of GLA, and studies have found that the supplement can reduce and ­prevent  nerve pain associated with diabetes.

 Chromium

  • Main use: Lowering blood sugar  Typical  dosage: 200 micrograms once daily.

    This trace mineral is thought to enhance the action of insulin as well as  being involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. Some research shows  that it helps normalize blood sugar — but only in people who are deficient in  chromium.

    Alpha-Lipoic Acid

     Main uses: Easing nerve pain, lowering blood sugar   Typical dosage: 600 to 800 milligrams a day.

    Called ALA for short, this vitamin-like substance neutralizes many types of  free radicals. A build-up of free radicals, caused in part by high blood sugar,  can lead to nerve damage and other problems. ALA may also help muscle cells take  up blood sugar. In a German study, a team of scientists had 40 adults take  either an ALA supplement or a placebo. At the end of the four-week study, the  ALA group had improved their insulin sensitivity 27 percent. The placebo group  showed no improvement. Other studies have shown a decrease in nerve pain,  numbness, and burning.

    Here’s to your health!
    For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca
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