What to put in your Diabetes Type 2 toolbox

While diabetes Type 1 isn’t currently preventable, three in five cases of Diabetes Type 2 can be prevented or delayed, by being selective about what you eat and by incorporating exercise into your lifestyle.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide, 150 million people have diabetes mellitus. This number may double by the year 2025. Approximately 40 per cent of diabetics need oral agents for satisfactory blood glucose control, whereas, some 40 per cent require insulin injections.

Diabetes Type 2 is a serious condition causing the level of sugar in the blood to be too high. This happens because either the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.

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Herbs are traditionally known to help you to control your blood sugar levels. In particular, bitter melon and neem.

In this blog we explore why these two herbs are so powerful in helping you manage your diabetic condition.

Why Bitter Lemon (cerassie)?

Bitter melon has long been used as a herbal remedy for a range of ailments, including Diabetes type 2.

Bitter melon (also known as Momordica charantia, bitter gourd, wild cucumber, and more) is a plant that gets its name from its taste. It becomes more and more bitter as it ripens.

It grows in a number of areas (including Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and East Africa), where people have used bitter melon for a variety of medical conditions over time. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and beta-carotene and minerals like iron and potassium.

The fruit contains at least three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p.

These substances either work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels. It is also known that bitter melon contains a lectin, which reduces blood glucose concentrations, by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite. Similar to the effects of insulin in the brain.

This lectin is thought to be a major factor behind the hypoglycemic effect, which develops after eating bitter melon. However, identifying exactly how and why it might be useful, and how safe bitter melon is in the long term will require further research.

How to prepare bitter melon tea?

The easiest and most convenient way to consume bitter melon is in the form of a tea. Follow the 3 steps below to make your morning cup of cerassie tea:

  1. Boil water
  2. Place one Dalgety cerassie tea bag into 200ml cup
  3. Brew the cerassie tea bag for 5 minutes before drinking

Consuming the Dalegty Cerassie tea every morning, in addition to your usual treatment, could be your way to more controlled diabetes. If you like a bitter taste, then consuming hot tea is what we would recommend for you. If however you prefer less bitter taste, than consuming the tea chilled would give you a drink similar to Yorkshire bitter or even Guinness without the fizz.

Why is Neem good for Diabetes?

Diabetics are often recommended bitter foods to regulate their blood sugar levels. Another bitter herb that is believed to combat Diabetes Type 2 is neem.

Neem is widely prescribed by contemporary Ayurvedic physicians for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Van der Nat etal. (1991a) gives an extensive review of in vivo studies, and a limited clinical trial supporting the hypothesis that leaf extracts, seed oil and nimbidin exert hypoglycaemic / antihyperglycaemic effects.

According to studies, neem can be helpful or prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Journal Studies on Ethno-Medicine observed that neem leaf powder can manage diabetic symptoms on non-insulin dependent male diabetics too. Neem leaves are jam-packed with flavonoids, triterpenoid, anti-viral compounds and glycosides. It can help you to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Hence, you will be able to manage your blood sugar levels.

The general impression is that neem could enhance insulin receptor sensitivity, since it seems to work well on Diabetes Type 2.

How to prepare pure neem tea?

Similarly to the way you’d prepare your cup of Dalegty cerassie tea, you’d prepare your cup of Dalgety pure neem tea. Here are the 3 steps to follow:

  1. Boil water
  2. Place one Dalgety cerassie tea bag into 200ml cup
  3. Brew the pure neem tea bag for 5 minutes before drinking

We’d recommend that you consume neem tea in the evening. One cup of tea per day could be the what sets you apart from person with more controlled blood sugar levels.

Diabetes management is no cakewalk, but wise and healthy choices could ensure that you do not have a hard time with your blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a chronic condition and therefore cannot be treated. You can only manage it.

Here, we are giving you a toolbox with herbs to naturally control your blood sugar level.

Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.

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