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Issue No 105
Winter 2005 
page 30

Herbs for Diabetes
Spreading the nutrient load throughout the day with three main meals and three snacks—"nibbling" as opposed to "gorging" — not only results in reduced blood glucose and insulin concentrations, but also guards against the development of hyperglycemia.

Health is not simply the absence of sickness.
—Hannah Green

 
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Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillusi)
The fruit and leaves of the bilberry bush contain flavonoids, which strengthen capillaries in the body and protect them from damage. Since complications of long-term diabetes include damage to the small blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, and tips of the toes and fingers, bilberry is often recommended.

Myrtillin, an anthocyanoside found in bilberries, appears to possess a significant anti-hyperglycemic effect. Research has shown it possesses remarkably long-lasting effects, even from a single dose.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Early Greek and Roman herbalists used this ancient spice to treat diabetes. Modern research indicates that fenugreek seeds not only lower blood glucose, but also reduce insulin levels, total cholesterol, and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (the “good” cholesterol). Fenugreek seeds contain 50 percent fiber, which serves to slow down the rate at which food is emptied from the stomach. This delays absorption of glucose by the small intestine, resulting in lower blood sugar. Many nutritional experts

 
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