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Natural Spices to Lower Blood Sugar Levels

author image Kay Uzoma
Kay Uzoma has been writing professionally since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Reader’s Digest," "Balance," pharmaceutical and natural health newsletters and on websites such as QualityHealth.com. She is a former editor for a national Canadian magazine and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York University.
Natural Spices to Lower Blood Sugar Levels
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Consistently high blood sugar levels can lead to a variety of health problems, including nerve damage and kidney disease. Chronically high blood glucose levels may occur if your body is resistant to the action of insulin, or if you have diabetes. Taking natural spices to lower blood sugar levels is gaining more attention as research emerges. Consult your doctor before using herbs and spices to treat high blood sugar.

Spicy Ginger

Natural Spices to Lower Blood Sugar Levels
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Ginger is commonly used to spice up food and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Although it’s better known for its ability to relieve stomach upset and fight cold symptoms, ginger can also lower blood sugar levels, according to MedlinePlus. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger if you are on medications to lower blood sugar, as the combination could lead to dangerously low glucose levels.

Soothing Cinnamon

Natural Spices to Lower Blood Sugar Levels
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Several studies have investigated the effects of the cinnamon on lowering blood sugar levels. In a study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in 2011, researchers found that taking cinnamon whole or in extract form significantly lowered fasting blood glucose levels in people with either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. prediabetes. One explanation for cinnamon’s effect on blood sugar levels is that it mimics the action of insulin. More research is needed to recommend cinnamon for blood sugar control.

Golden Turmeric

Natural Spices to Lower Blood Sugar Levels
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Turmeric is a key ingredient in curry powder -- to which it imparts a golden hue -- and contains several active compounds, including curcumin. In a study published in “Plant Foods for Human Nutrition” in 2002, researchers found that giving turmeric or curcumin to diabetic rats significantly lowered levels of glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin, a marker in your blood that helps your doctor determine your average blood sugar over a few months. More human studies are needed to recommend turmeric for diabetes management.

Word to the Wise

Natural Spices to Lower Blood Sugar Levels
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Taking natural spices to lower blood sugar levels might be effective as part of an overall nutritious diet and a lifestyle that includes regular exercise. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, close monitoring of your blood glucose levels is necessary. Work with your doctor and dietitian to manage your medications and diet.

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