Does anyone agree with Herbs helping Lower Diabetes????

Frustrated mom
By Frustrated mom Latest Reply 2011-11-10 15:02:41 -0600
Started 2008-09-23 05:38:17 -0500

I have heard so many people say that different herbs will help lower BS or help control diabetes…I just would like to know if anyone agrees or disagrees???

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Anonymous 2008-10-16 06:47:43 -0500 Report


SUNNYSAL45 2011-11-10 14:57:10 -0600 Report

Yes, you can get it at any mexican market. It's made of flaxseed.. Look it up on the internet. It runs about $6.00 a pouche..

caspersmama 2008-11-08 08:40:05 -0600 Report

Never heard of it but with tight control I came off of insulin this week. But like others on here, besides my 2 diabetes pills I use the cinnamon, the vinegar and the red wine. It must all be working because my numbers are great. I am going to be switching to the vinegar pills this week. It is a little strong taking it mixed with water. But make sure to ask your doctor before you do anything.

SkipT 2009-07-18 08:34:37 -0500 Report

Napolina really isn't an herb. It is a mixture of flax seed, nopales cactus and some other fiber stuff thrown in. They actually sell it at the Walgreen's by my house. Never tried it.
I do use the cactus (nopales) from time to time. I get it at the Mexican grocery. It comes prepared and ready to go in jars. I like it for breakfast. They use it quite a bit in Mexico to help Type 2's.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-15 22:09:31 -0500 Report

I never have tried to many herbs,however I have just started honey and cinnamon.I want to see if it will help lower my BS.

Rita 2008-09-24 11:18:55 -0500 Report

I'm type 1, and i like to try herbs that can help me to better manage my diabetes. Lowering the sugar level or just improving my overall health.I'm taking a vitamin pack that is designed for diabetics, gymnema sylvestre which i noticed a little improvement with my bs, i started taking Milk Thistle about a month ago, and i really like it. Basically supports healthy liver function, and i really like how it helps lower my level i think it is a big improvement, at least i can say it works for me. Started Acai supplement about a week ago, so there is not much to tell at this point. We'll see. I tried cinnamon supplement at the beginning but not really helped me.
I also take L-Glutamine and L-Carnitine, lots of green tea and water. Low carb diet and a daily exercise program. Maybe it gives you a little info about herbs, this is what i'm using i think it helps me.There are several studies out there, what works but everyone is different, no 2 diabetics are the same what is works for me might not works for you.We all have to figure out what works for us

kevink2009 2009-05-17 19:29:13 -0500 Report

Doing some research over the internet, and I have decided to try Himalaya "bitter melon" capsules to lower my sugar levels in my blood. I am a type 2 diabetic. I just started this herbal treatment, two days ago. If I see positive results in 30 days, I'll post a reply here for you.

kdroberts 2008-09-24 06:11:50 -0500 Report

Just be careful. Some herbal supplements can react with medications so check those out first. Also, there are a lot of people trying to make money of diabetics with herbal cures and supplements. Every herb or supplement can be bought very cheaply at places like Target, Wal-Mart and especially Costco. The last thing to keep in mind is start taking them with no expectation, they just don't work for everyone. Cinnamon for example can give some people fantastic results. I tried it for a while and it did nothing. If anything my numbers were slightly worse. I was quite disappointed because I was expecting it to do something.

I see this is being posted in the type 1 board. This adds another complication. Most of the herbal stuff doesn't really offer much to a type 1. The ones that work are usually around helping insulin production or use. If you don't produce insulin and are not insulin resistant then you may not see much happening.

The one herb I would steer well clear of is French Lilac, latin name and often used for supplements, Galega officinalis. It's a tried and true treatment for type 2. However, it can be very dangerous and end up killing you due to lactic acidosis. Metformin is derived from French Lilac and still comes with the lactic acidosis warning even though the chance is slim. The other drug that came from French Lilac was pulled from the market because of deaths due to lactic acidosis. French Lilac has the same problem. It does work, quite well by all accounts, it just might kill you in the process!

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-09-24 06:24:22 -0500 Report

kdrobert, Thank you for all the information..Wow some of these things are scary..My son is T1 and somtimes his sugars sky rocket, and I thought somthing would be good to maintain the BS, But I think that I should really talk to his Dr. I do not want to mess things up more than they are…I know most Dr. do not believe in herbs, so we will see…Thanks again…

Nan H.
Nan H. 2009-07-17 21:42:50 -0500 Report

Some (I would say most) type 1 diabetics are also insulin resistant, especially if they are overweight. So, they can see effects from herbal supplements as well. Nothing is proven to work, but Chromium picolinate, fish oil, cinnamon, and veleria root are often sited as having effect. I also find that I get good results with cranberry, and believe this is because it helps to keep low level infections from my urine which sometimes come from high sugars. I just started taking the pills once a day (to reduce the bladder infections), and noticed that my sugars got better when the infections went away. Whatever it is, I love it.

morris.js 2008-09-24 06:06:25 -0500 Report

I found that the cinnamon did not do anything to help me, but Cayenne pepper does. Another example of how we all react differently to things. I also use lots of garlic in my meals, I don't think that does anything for my BG levels, but it seems to help with my bloodwork and blood pressure. My BP has been right around 117/72 since I've started using more garlic, all without any BP meds. (I used to take meds for high BP from the age of 22 to about 4 years ago). Not a herb, but a supplement that I do take is Chromium Picolinate. Studies have been inconclusive to the benefits of it, but myself along with other Diabetics I know personaly who use it have had much better control of BG levels. However one thing the studies have said, is if you use it, do not take more than 400 mcg per day. I only take 200 mcg per day.

kdroberts 2008-09-24 06:23:44 -0500 Report

Chromium Picolinate. I think this must be one of the most debated supplements out there. There is the huge debate on if it works or doesn't work, then there are all the debates about if it is bad for you or not and then the debates about if it is bad, what kind of bad! I tried this one too with no effect but know a few people who say it helped.

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 04:32:08 -0500 Report

Yep, yep, yep. I use supplements to help my numbers because I cannot get meds. The ones that I have found make a noteable difference for me are:

Bitter Melon 2700mg daily
Cinnamon 2000-3000mg daily
Tumuric (I can't recall my dose)about 1/4 t a day
Evening Primrose Oil (neuropathy) 3000mg daily
And though not an herb, I am having success with drinking Red Wine at dinner.
My mom has also had great success with consuming 1T of distilled vinegar at each meal.
There is a member, Ryan, who I call my herbal guru...he knows so much and got me to increase my does and then I started to feel the difference, specilly with the Primrose oil.

teddybearcub1960 2008-09-24 05:04:23 -0500 Report

I agree Gabby that herbs can help with getting your BS down. I think maybe I will try also adding one of these to my cinnamon

vgarrison 2008-09-24 05:07:19 -0500 Report

I went online earlier to look up the benefits of cinnamon. WOW!! I am going to start taking it immediatly…it is amazing some of the stories on here, and other websites from people that have been taking cinnamon.

The others that Gabby has listed I think I'm going to try them as well…the way I look at it is…can't hurt!!

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 05:12:25 -0500 Report

Cinnamon can cause upset stomach, so use caution with it. Tumuric is better in a capsule form if you can find it. It does get a little overpowering to eat it every day. It is very pungent, a main ingredent in yellow curry.

I added these one at a time, so you might want to do that. I found out the hard way that zinc and ecanasia (sorry for the spelling) don't mix with me. I thought I had food poisoning until I figured it out, so always be careful.

vgarrison 2008-09-24 05:15:27 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice on the cinnamon. Is there anything that you do to help with the upset stomach you can get from it. Take it with certain foods perhaps??

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 05:26:12 -0500 Report

I don't suffer from that, but many people do. I always take my supplements half way thru my meal, so they are mixed in real well. A cinnamon burp is okay, but a fish oil one is really yucky. LOL

vgarrison 2008-09-24 05:38:19 -0500 Report

EWWWWW!!! That does not sound plesant…I'm sure if it happens though, I'm going to share it with my husband..LOL

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-09-24 06:19:37 -0500 Report

Gabby, Thank you for all the information, I think the herb that my husband heard about was bio'tron. Does that sound familuar? I had my son try the vinegar…He hated it and gagged…I haven't tried the cinnammon, does that come in a pill form? Thanks

teddybearcub1960 2008-09-24 07:16:00 -0500 Report

Frustrated mom, Yes cinnamon does come in a pill Wal-mart has them in either 500 mg or 1,000 mg. But I am sure that you can find them in any pharmacy or in the vitamin aisle of any store.

GabbyPA 2008-09-24 09:14:35 -0500 Report

I have never heard of bio'tron. I can't help you there. I totally missed that you were asking about a type 1, my bad. I am type 2 and they help me. Like many have said, type 1 is a differnt animal. One that I don't know a lot about except from what I hear from everyone here.

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