Use with your doctor’s knowledge, especially if you are on insulin.
Milk Thistle (Carduus marianus)- Decreases blood sugar levels and improvement in cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Milk thistle may improve insulin resistance, a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.
Sage (Salvia off.)- Taking common sage (Salvia officinalis) reduces “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and blood fats called triglycerides and increases “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, in people with high cholesterol.
Ginger Root (Zingiber off.)- Seems to lower blood sugar in some people with diabetes. Higher doses are more effective. It might take about 2-3 months before benefits are seen.
Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre)- Contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine. Gymnema may also increase the amount of insulin in the body and increase the growth of cells in the pancreas, which is the place in the body where insulin is made.
Bilberry – (Vaccinium spp.) Some chemicals found in bilberry leaves can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. There is evidence that chemicals called flavonoids in bilberry leaf might also improve circulation in people with diabetes. Circulation problems can harm the retina of the eye.
Fenugreek Seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum)- People have been using fenugreek seeds for diabetes for centuries. Some studies show it can lower blood sugar after eating. Early research also suggests that fenugreek may lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Psyllium (Plantago affra)- The fiber psyllium is a great cholesterol-buster and part of a healthy diet. Fiber also helps lower triglycerides and total cholesterol, especially for people with type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)- Cinnamon may lower blood sugar, people with diabetes may need to adjust their treatment if they use cinnamon supplements.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – Reduces high cholesterol levels, prevents blood clots, anti-inflammatory, lowers risk of heart disease, regulates blood sugar levels.