What Helps Type 2 Diabetes

Type2 Diabetes is a condition that affects the body’s process of metabolizing glucose.

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Natural Remedies That May Help Type 2 Diabetes

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in foods including fish (salmon, trout, sardines) and mushrooms (morel, chanterelle, oyster, shiitake), but more substantially from sun exposure, as the sun’s ultraviolet rays trigger synthesis. 


How Might It Help

Vitamin D may help Type2 Diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity and slowing metabolic deterioration.


Effectiveness
34%


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Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice made from the dried, inner bark of a Cinnamomum Verum tree native to Sri Lanka. It contains high levels of the organic compound cinnamaldehyde, which not only lends the spice its flavor and odor, but also affects overall health and metabolism.


How Might It Help

Cinnamon may help Type2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar and improving insulin sensitivity.


Effectiveness
24%


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Gymnema

Gymnema is the common name for Gymnema Sylvestre a woody, climbing shrub native to India, Africa and Australia. Widely used in ayurvedic medicine, the plant’s leaves naturally contain gymnemic acids that contain antidiabetic, anti-sweetener and anti-inflammatory activities.


How Might It Help

Gymnema may help Type2 Diabetes by delaying glucose absorption, and therefore lowering blood sugar.


Effectiveness
19%


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Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a water and fat-soluble organic compound produced naturally in the human body inside the mitochondria. It is a powerful antioxidant also found in foods including animal meat (bovine organs), vegetables (spinach, broccoli, tomato, brussels sprouts) and grain (rice bran).


How Might It Help

Alpha-Lipoic Acid may help Type2 Diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.


Effectiveness
22%


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Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body absorbed through foods including nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), beans (black beans, edamame) and vegetables (spinach, potatoes). It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body helping maintain nerve and muscle function, a healthy immune system, blood glucose levels, as well as, aiding in energy and protein production.


How Might It Help

Magnesium may help Type2 Diabetes by improving insulin resistance.


Effectiveness
39%


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Berberine

Berberine is a bioactive alkaloid compound sourced from a variety of plants including Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium), Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), and Chinese Goldthread (Coptis chinensis). Widely used in ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, the Berberis species of plants are yellow in color and have been used to dye fabrics including wool, leather and wood.


How Might It Help

Berberine may help Type2 Diabetes by lowering insulin resistance.


Effectiveness
31%


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Chromium

Chromium is an essential mineral that exists in several forms. A toxic form resulting from industrial pollution and a biologically-active form, trivalent chromium, sourced from food including vegetables (broccoli, potato, green beans), fruit (pears, dates, grape juice), seafood (mussels, oysters, shrimp) and brewer’s yeast.


How Might It Help

Chromium may help Type2 Diabetes by reducing insulin resistance.


Effectiveness
13%


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Omega-3 Fish Oil

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential fats absorbed through food including fish (mackerel, salmon, seabass), vegetable oils (flax oil, soybean oil), nuts (walnuts) and seeds (flax, chia, hemp). There are three main Omega-3 Fatty Acids: ALA also known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid, EPA also known as Eicosapentaenoic Acid and DHA also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid. ALA is found naturally in plants, while EPA and DHA are found in fish. Omega-3 Fatty Acids maintain heart, vascular, lung, brain, immune and endocrine system health, while reducing inflammation.


How Might It Help

Omega-3 Fish Oil may help Type2 Diabetes, but the biological mechanisms are unclear.


Effectiveness
41%


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Fenugreek

Fenugreek, an herb similar to clover, is a member of the Fabaceae or legume, pea, bean-family. Native to the Mediterranean, Southern Europe and Western Asia, powdered seeds have been used historically to treat digestive issues and induce childbirth. While leaves have remained a staple in culinary curries, Fenugreek is used to treat eczema, manage diabetes and promote lactation. It also contains a powerful sotolane molecule, used as a maple-flavoring agent. 


How Might It Help

Fenugreek may help Type2 Diabetes in conjunction with controlled diet and exercise.


Effectiveness
13%


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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera or Aloe barbadensis miller is a succulent plant native to the Arabian Peninsula. The name Aloe is derived from the Arabic word alloeh meaning shiny bitter substance as its fleshy leaves contain a bitter yellow sap. Uses include skin care, digestion and topical antiseptic, and it can be traced back 6,000 years to Egyptian stone carvings.


How Might It Help

Aloe Vera may help Type2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar.


Effectiveness
12%


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Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon or Momordica Charantia is a subtropical/tropical perennial climbing vine bearing bitter-tasting elongated fruit. Native to India, but administered in traditional Asian medicine since the 14th century, Bitter Melon is used for gynecological issues, managing diabetes and lowering cholesterol.


How Might It Help

Bitter Melon may help Type2 Diabetes by lowering short term blood glucose levels.


Effectiveness
12%


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Probiotics

Probiotics are live microorganisms that naturally live in the human body. They typically include strains from the common bacteria groups, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, as well as the yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii. Found naturally in fermented foods (kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, miso and sauerkraut) and dairy (yogurt, buttermilk, cottage cheese), probiotics are part of the microbiome or the healthy community of organisms that keep the body healthy.


How Might It Help

Probiotics may help Type2 Diabetes by improving glucose metabolism.


Effectiveness
9%


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Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 or Thiamine is an essential nutrient required for energy metabolism. B Vitamins are critical to cellular function. The first B vitamin to be discovered, B1, is water-soluble and absorbed through foods including meats (pork, beef), vegetables (cauliflower, kale, asparagus, acorn squash), grain (rice, barley, oats), seeds (flax, sunflower) and fish (salmon, trout, tuna, mussels). 


How Might It Help

Vitamin B1 may help Type2 Diabetes by positively-affecting glucose metabolism.


Effectiveness
41%


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American Ginseng

American Ginseng or Panax quinquefolius is a herbaceous perennial and member of the ivy, Araliaceae, family. A traditional and widely-used Native American medicine, Ginseng is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Found primarily in the Appalachian and Ozark regions, as well as eastern Canada, the herb was discovered by a Jesuit priest in the 1700s and imported to China.


How Might It Help

American Ginseng may help Type2 Diabetes by improving pancreatic cell function, increasing insulin production and decreasing blood glucose.


Effectiveness
23%


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Psyllium

Psyllium is a soluble fiber made from the ground husks of Plantago ovata plant seeds. It is a prebiotic inducing the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the human body, as well as a widely-used laxative. Grown worldwide, it is most common to India.


How Might It Help

Psyllium may help Type2 Diabetes by improving glycemic control.


Effectiveness
19%


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