Additional Herbs for Diabetics;

By butterfly_8 Latest Reply 2008-09-04 14:27:09 -0500
Started 2008-07-07 15:22:57 -0500

During my readings and research I came across an article that Milk Thistle(silymarin) may help diabetics. It was said since it is known to have antioxidant properties it may help people to sifnificantly lower the amount of sugar bound to hemoglobin in blood.It may also aide in fasting blood sugar levels. I would be interested if anyone else has any info on this.

12 replies

Edie 2008-09-04 14:27:09 -0500 Report

I have several books on Herbs and even growing them. I will look up what ever I can for everyone and pass along what I can. I'll list the books in that section also. Thankyou everyone for helping me and each other.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-04 12:23:18 -0500 Report

I myself like herbs and supplements. But I just want anyone to know if they have kidney problems or in renal failure, please ask your doctor first. As an example a little thing like Green Tea and St. Johns Wort are causes of major problems. That was listed on my take home instruction as do not use. It may not be for other diabetics but things are alot different when the kidneys want to shut dow.

Edie 2008-09-04 02:23:47 -0500 Report

I'll check my Herb Books. I've had them for more than 5 years some as long as 10 years. I'll check them out and see what I can find out for us. Thankyou I'll be in touch.

Edie 2008-09-04 02:38:48 -0500 Report

Milk thistle preparations are made frome the seeds of silybum marianum a member of the Asteraceae or Compositae family (daisies and thistles). In the book where I found the info it says people take it:
as an antidote for poisonous mushrooms
Hepatits C; To aid liver function;
to cleanse the liver; and to promote recovery after a liver transplant.Common doses are capsules 50,100,175,200,&505 milligrams
Tablets 85 milliagrams standardized to contain 80% silymarin with the flavonoid silibinin.
some experts recommend the following doses: 420 - 800 milligrams taken orally daily as a single dose or divided into 2 or 3 equal doses.
200- 400 milligrams of silymarin (calculated as the silibinin component) taken orally daily.
Side Affects: Call you health care practitioner if you experience a mild laxative effect after taking a standardized extract. Milk thistle also may stimulate the uterus and trigger minstruation.
Check With Your Dr. before using this Herb. There are other side effects that it can cause if mixed with certain Drugs.

noel7 2008-07-20 07:41:27 -0500 Report

I take cinnamon pill and glucobetic(herb) pill from seem to work.But milk thistles that`s new to me will investigate.

GabbyPA 2008-07-18 13:25:39 -0500 Report

I too have read about all kinds of herbs that are supposed to help. If you bought each one individually, you would be taking pills till the cows came home. LOL
I take a couple of compound capsules that help.
The one that I take with Milk Thistle in it gives me 50mg per capsule.
Some other herbs it contains are:
Bitter Melon fruit extract
Gymnema Sylvestre stem extract
Jerusalem artichoke fruit extract
Ginkgo biloba leaf extract
Bilberry fruit extract
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Citrus Bioflavonoids
It also has at least 100% RDA of:
Vitamin E
The only thing it doesn't have that I am looking for is Banba Leaf. But I figure these are a very good start.
It is produced by Earth Origins
Glucose Support "Helps support normal blood sugar balance"
60 capsules run about $32. It sounds like a lot, but it eliminated the need for me to take indivuduals of the E, Magnesium, and Chromium so it kind of all washes in the cost.
I have only been taking it for a couple of weeks, and my sugar has stopped spiking as much. I don't really know if it is my diet or the capsules, but I have no ill effects from taking it, so I plan to continue.

butterfly_8 2008-07-19 05:16:00 -0500 Report

This is interesting. Where is this pill purchased.Is it on line or a health store. I would like to try it. How many times a day do you take it?Ther are an awful lot of herbs there.

GabbyPA 2008-07-19 09:52:11 -0500 Report

I purchase it at my local health food store. You can find something similar I'm sure, even if it is not exactly the same. It is suggested that I take it 2-3 times a day, so I take it in the morning and at dinner.

DonnaAnn 2008-07-18 13:09:39 -0500 Report

I take cinnamon. I put it in my coffee. Just a pinch in my coffee grinds then brew. My sugar levels are now in range. I have also heard that apple cider vinager also helps. For this I take it at night and use the measuring cover to cough medicine bottle to measure my two tablespoons.

Elfin 2008-07-08 04:08:14 -0500 Report

It would be nice to know if there is a summary or list of all the herbs and supplements. I realize not everything supposed to help will not help everyone, but golly what a research study that could be :-D lol.