By Valerie Lull MH
4 Herbs That Help Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Balancing blood sugar can be problematic. Many Americans have problems maintaining healthy levels and the diabetes epidemic makes it all the more challenging. Fortunately there are several herbs available that can help.
Fenugreek is generally used in cooking. This herb has numerous health benefits including use for digestion and childbirth. Fenugreek is also used to lower blood sugar and this is thought to be because the seeds are high in soluble fiber, which slows down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.
Cumin is a spice that is commonly used in Mexican, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. It can also help lower blood sugar levels. In a study done in 2014 it was shown that fasting blood sugar levels decreased with cumin supplementation.
Parsley is more than a garnish on your plate. It is loaded with nutrients. In Turkey parsley is traditionally used for diabetes. In a study done in 2004 on diabetic rats, parsley showed significant lower levels of blood sugar. A tea made from parsley is a great way to use this herb.
Chili powder is used extensively in Mexican cooking and is known for being hot. Chili may also help to level out insulin spikes after a meal. In a study done at the University of Tasmania, in Australia it was shown that after a meal containing chili powder the insulin levels spiked lower after a meal that contained chili.
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Valerie Lull, Author