Bilberry extract: Bilberry contains blood sugar lowering compounds (glucoquinones) and chromium and is rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoid antioxidants, contributing to better blood sugar control in diabetes, better vision, and improved circulation. Research studies indicate that a compound in bilberries, anthocyanosides, appear to promote blood vessel strength which could have protective properties against forms of retinal damage in people with diabetes.
Cinnamon bark extract: results from a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal in 2003 suggest that cassia cinnamon (cinnamon bark) improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and may reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Gymnema leaves extract: may help you fight sugar cravings and lower high blood sugar levels. The plant may also play a beneficial role in diabetes treatment, as it may help stimulate insulin secretion and the regeneration of pancreas islet cells — both of which can help lower blood sugar.
Goats rue extract: The blooming Galega officinalis (Goat’s rue; French lilac) is rich in guanidine. The plant’s long-recognized hypoglycemic properties led eventually to the synthesis of the biguanide compound metformin. This herbal extract offers the benefits of more natural approach.
Fenugreek seeds extract: Fenugreek seeds (trigonella foenum graecum) are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates In one study, researchers in India found that adding 100 grams of defatted fenugreek seed powder to the daily diet of patients with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes significantly reduced their fasting blood glucose levels, improved glucose tolerance and also lowered total cholesterol.This suggests fenugreek may be effective in lowering blood sugar in diabetes.
Syzygium jambol. extract has shown therapeutic effects in managing diabetic disorders like oxidative stress, disorders of protein metabolism and in the correction of hyperglycaemia.
Recommended dose: Take 30 drops in a glass of water or juice three times a day 30 minutes before meals.
Caution: Although the above extracts are perfectly safe for most, these should not be taken together with blood thinning drugs without monitoring blood clotting time and dose adjustment. In addition, people with diabetes on blood glucose lowering medication should be aware that these drops may lower blood glucose levels and could increase the risk of hypoglycemia. Therefore, blood sugar levels should be monitored and adjustment of treatment may be necessary. For more information, or to arrange for consultation with one of our practitioners, please contact Newtons pharmacy.
Clinical evidence references:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27834124/ Gymnema Sylvestre for Diabetes: From Traditional Herb to Future's Therapeutic
Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes Khan A, Khattak K, Sadfar M, Anderson R, Khan M. Diabetes Care. 2003; 26: 3215-3218.
Agricultural Research Magazine; Cinnamon Extracts Boost Insulin Sensitivity ; Anderson, R. et al.; July 2000
A study of the effect of mother tincture of Syzygium jambolanum on metabolic disorders of Streptozotocin induced diabetic male albino rat - http://www.ijrh.org/article.asp?issn=0974-7168;year=2014;volume=8;issue=3;spage=129;epage=135;aulast=Maiti
Fenugreek seeds lower blood sugar - The International quarterly journal of research in Ayurveda, Ayu. 2017 Jan-Jun; 38(1-2): 24–27
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineVol. 19, Scientific Validation of the Antidiabetic Effects of Syzygium jambolanum DC (Black Plum), a Traditional Medicinal Plant of India
The Journal of Clinical Investigation J Clin Invest. 2001 Oct 15; 108(8): 1105–1107. The blooming of the French lilac.