Today I want to share with you some of the plants or foods that I have recently learned help improve the health of diabetics, or even help cure diabetes.

Yacon (Peruvian ground apple)

Yacon is a root vegetable grown in Peru that has some fabulous properties for diabetics.

YaconYacon root is the edible part of the tuber and is composed mostly of water and fructo-oligosaccharides (carbohydrates metabolized by the digestive system). That means it has a sweet taste but in doesn’t cause blood sugar to rise due to the type of carbohydrates it contains.

Its hypoglycemic action makes it an ideal food for diabetics.
In addition, fructo-oligosaccharides act as probiotics to improve gastrointestinal health, the immune system and to prevent the development of various diseases.
Thanks to the bifidobacteria stimulated by the consumption of yacon, fewer toxin are created and therefore there is a lower risk of colon cancer.
Yacon leaves also have medicinal properties, since taking an infusion or tea of yacon leaves stimulates the pancreas and lowers blood glucose levels.

It seems that the root of yacon is hard to find as such, but more and more health food stores and tea shops are offering teas or other products made from this root.

Silymarin

Silibinin, also known as silybin, is the major active constituent of silymarin, the mixture of flavonolignans extracted from milk thistle, one of the most powerful and protective substances known.

silymarin, milk thistleThe most prominent effect of silymarin on the liver seems to be its ability to stimulate protein synthesis. This supports the liver’s ability to replace damaged cells with new ones. It is also interesting to know that silymarin does not have the same stimulating effect on malignant tissue.

This substance has a strong antioxidant effect.
Silymarin accelerates the recovery of liver inflammation caused by viruses, drugs and toxic substances. Its cellular regeneration action is so powerful that it has managed to heal livers of cirrhosis. It can prevent the formation of gallstones and lower cholesterol levels in bile.

It can help people with type 2 diabetes to control their glucose levels and reduce the level of glycation. In a study related to diabetes it was found that after four months at a dose of 200 milligrams of silymarin three times a day, Type 2 diabetes patients achieved a considerable reduction in their levels of blood glucose. There were also significant reductions in other measures such as glycosylated hemoglobin, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the so-called ‘bad cholesterol’) and triglycerides.”

Dr. Claudia Angélica Soto Peredo found that SILYMARIN:

  • Regenerates ß-cells, (beta), which produce insulin in the pancreas
  • Restores the normal gradient of blood glucose, lowers blood sugar
  • Makes cells permeable to insulin again

This implies that the silymarin can improve all types of diabetes.
This revolutionary discovery earned her the award Canifarma 2003.

Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Among the thousands of plants used in ayurvedic medicine, one in particular has aroused interest in studying its traditional uses, verify them and magnifying them. the plant is named Neem. Neem has now emerged as not only “The Village Pharmacy,” as the Indians call it, but also as a wonder plant for today and of the future.

neemCompounds found in the seeds, bark and leaves have been tested as being antiseptic, fever reducing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal. The effectiveness of neem has been demonstrated many times.
One outcome of its application in diabetic patients was that oral doses of neem leaf extract reduced the insulin needs between 30 and 50% for patients with type I diabetes.
Based on the many existing studies of the effects of neem to reduce the need for insulin, the Indian government approved the sale of neem tablets for use by diabetics (some of these products are just crushed neem leaves).

I hope this information will be useful for someone. As always, if anyone has had any experience taking these substances, a comment would be appreciated so that others can benefit from your experience.

 

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