Top 12 Herbs and Spices to Control Type 2 Diabetes (We Love #9!)

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In various parts of the world, our life expectancy is continuing to rise. This is good news, however, quality of life does not appear to be rising nearly as quickly. We live longer, but we don’t live healthier lives.

There has been a dramatic increase in cases of type 2 diabetes around the world. With no cure in sight, estimates are that by the year 2030, the world will have 439 million diabetics!

The good news in all of this is that living with diabetes becomes easier as scientists discover more and more about the types of foods that we eat.

Help in controlling your blood sugar levels is as close as in your kitchen! There are numerous herbs and spices that do an excellent job at stabilizing blood sugar levels which can be a huge help to diabetics.

These natural herbs and spices are not meant to replace any medication, only to enhance your treatment. Never stop taking medication without your doctor’s approval. Talk to your doctor before starting any herbal program. Even though most people tolerate these natural substances well, some can interfere with certain prescription medications. Be safe and speak with your doctor first to ensure your health and well-being.

Now, let’s take a look at the best herbs and spices that are well-known to scientists for their ability to stabilize blood sugar levels.


1.  Cayenne

It’s hot stuff, but the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, is often used to treat diabetes related nerve pain. You will find it in many over the counter lotions and creams designed to relieve pain. Cayenne acts as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which found that when people with diabetes consumed a meal that had liberal amounts of this spice added to it, they needed less insulin after their meal to reduce their blood sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about how much of this spicy pepper would be right for your particular condition.


2. Turmeric

The more scientists study this spice the more amazing it becomes! This relative of the ginger family is common in Indian cuisine. There have also been plenty of research studies showing that turmeric can be quite effective in fighting diabetes.  The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry stated that the curcumoinoids in turmeric can even prevent diabetes from developing in the first place, as well as improving the function of the liver. Another study that involved rats, showed that when these animals were given turmeric that it lowered their blood sugar and hemoglobin levels dramatically when compared to the control group.


3. Sage

The Native Americans used to say that those who drank sage tea were immortal. One study out of Germany found that when diabetics drank sage tea on an empty stomach it reduced their blood sugar levels dramatically. Sage is often used in cooking and it makes a tasty, but strong cup of tea as well. Speak to your doctor about sage and if drinking several cups each day could benefit you in your situation.

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