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3 Herbs and Supplements for Type 2 Diabetes

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Diabetes is a lifelong condition that affects the blood sugar and insulin levels in the body. Treatment includes lifestyle strategies and sometimes medication, but some complementary therapies, such as herbs and supplements, may help.

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In diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or produces insulin that the body does not use properly.

Herbs and supplements will not cure diabetes and do not constitute a standalone treatment, but some may combine with conventional treatment to provide relief from symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a common plant with many different uses. Many people are aware of its benefits for skincare, but it may also have other benefits, including slowing the progress of type 2 diabetes.

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One review, published in 2013, looked at the use of aloe vera to treat symptoms of diabetes in rats. Findings suggested that aloe vera might help protect and repair the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. The researchers believed this might be due to aloe’s antioxidant effects.

The researchers called for more research into aloe and its extracts to be sure of these effects.

Ways of taking aloe include:

- Adding the juiced pulp to a drink or smoothie
- Taking capsules that contain aloe as supplements
People should not eat aloe vera skincare products. Aloe vera juice may offer a number of health benefits.

2. Forest Bitter melon

Momordica charantia, or bitter melon, is a medicinal fruit. Practitioners of traditional Chinese and Indian medicine have used bitter melon for centuries. In Vietnam, there is a special bitter melon named forest bitter melon. People can cook the fruit and use it in many dishes. Some scientists have been looking into its potential medicinal uses.

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There is some evidence that forest bitter melon may help with the symptoms of diabetes. One review has noted that people have used many parts of the plant to help treat diabetes.

Research has shown that taking bitter melon in the following forms can lead to a reduction in blood sugar levels in some people:

- seeds
- blended vegetable pulp
- juice
- supplements
Eating or drinking the bitter melon can be an acquired taste, but taking supplements may make it more palatable. It may help people rely less on those medications or lower their dosages.

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3. Ginger

Ginger is another herb that people have used for thousands of years in traditional medicine systems.

People often use ginger to help treat digestive and inflammatory issues. However, in 2015, a review suggested that it may also help treat diabetes. The results showed that ginger lowered blood sugar levels, but did not lower blood insulin levels.

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Because of this, they suggest that ginger may reduce insulin resistance in the body for type 2 diabetes.

However, the researchers were uncertain as to how ginger might do this, and they called for more research 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 ginger ale

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

The doctor may suggest starting with a lower dose and gradually increasing it until the person finds a suitable dose. 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.

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