Botanicals and Herbs for Type 2 Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-05-05 14:53:12 -0500
Started 2013-04-26 08:28:11 -0500

I have experimented with many of these, some I never heard of, like Holy Basil. But the one I have found to help me the most so far is Curcumin found in Turmeric. I take it every day in my almond milk or make a cinnamon and turmeric tea that is very tasty. It has helped keep my levels a little lower and helped immensely with my joint pain. Especially in my hands.

What have you found that works for you…or doesn't?

Several botanical and herbal supplements have been studied as alternative treatments for type 2 diabetes, including ginseng, cinnamon, and aloe vera. Find out if they really work.
By Chris Iliades, MD
Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

16 replies

manapua72 2013-04-26 18:22:21 -0500 Report

I gave up in cinnamon because it seemed to do nothing for me … Perhaps it might be that I'm insulin dependent that it doesn't helo …

GabbyPA 2013-04-28 18:32:43 -0500 Report

The issue with many of the herbs is that it helps "maintain good levels" If our levels are very out of whack, it may not lower them so much. I was drinking aloe juice with coconut water for a while and it seemed to keep me in good range. Now that summer is coming, I will go back to drinking more of that along with my turmeric.

sNerTs1 2013-04-30 08:06:36 -0500 Report

Gabby is that good, sweet, leave an after taste? Where would I look for something like that? I'm always looking for new things to drink, I'm not very successful :(

GabbyPA 2013-05-01 13:11:11 -0500 Report

I make my own stuff usually. Things that come pre-made always come with things I don't want. What I do is mix 1/2 cup coconut water (unsweetened) 1/2 cup Aloe Vera juice, 1 teaspoon key lime juice (or lemon) and two packets of Truvia. Put that in a 16 oz water bottle and shake it up. Then I add ice and water to fill the bottle. I sometimes add about 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds.

The coconut water is an acquired taste because we expect it to be sweet. The aloe doesn't leave an after taste, but the lime helps with that. You may want to add a little more sweet to start and then cut back on it as you go.

It's very healthy for your digestion, electrolytes and pretty low carb. 1/2cup of the coconut water is only 5 grams. The aloe is carb free.

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-04-30 08:26:08 -0500 Report

I am always looking up new herbs. Started the tumeric Gabby and I switched the cinnamon to one that has a little chromium in it. Seems to work better. Have you heard anything about Vandium?

sNerTs1 2013-04-30 09:29:24 -0500 Report

I haven't. What form are you taking (powder or capsules)? What amount? I don't mind trying new things, I just don't know where to start … I'm clueless :(

GabbyPA 2013-05-01 13:15:54 -0500 Report

I grow turmeric in my garden and grind that up or use the powdered from the store. I just add about 1/2 teaspoon to about 8-12 oz of almond milk. Stir it in and drink it. If you put too much in, it takes over the almond milk and you feel like you are drinking earth.
When I make the tea, I put about 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a coffee filter. Run it through my coffee maker for about 16 oz of tea. You have to drink it pretty soon after making it. It gets kind of sludgy if you don't. I add 1 packet of Truvia to my mug of tea. YUM

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-05-01 14:32:04 -0500 Report

Vandium is another herb… I Think… I am going to do some more research about it tonight. I'm taking Turmeric in the capsules. I still cannot find the unsweetened coconut water :(

GabbyPA 2013-05-05 14:53:12 -0500 Report

If you are an shopper you can get it there. VitaCoco is the brand there. I like it. I also use O.N.E. coconut water. It's good too. Just don't get it in cans. You want it in boxes. You might try the ethnic section of your grocery store. Or a health food store.

sNerTs1 2013-04-26 14:57:55 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby ~ I've been taking cinnamon for a very long time now. There isn't much out there for studies on it, so my physician won't prescribe it for me. I do take 1,000mg tablet daily and believe it has helped me to keep my levels in a good range although I am not sure as I was pretty much a new diabetic when I started it so I don't have a baseline to confirm it. *Hugs* Cheryl

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-04-26 08:34:20 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing! I'm all about anything natural to help with this disease. I have already started taking cinnamon.