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Offline rocky

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Herbs for Diabetes
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:51:46 PM »
Someone sent me the attached pdf file. It is a study on some of the herbs and their effect on blood sugar. I tried Ginseng for sometime but I did not find any significant improvement in numbers. The authors are very confident about "Gymnema sylvestre". Have any of you tried this before, and if so, what were your findings ?

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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 03:26:53 AM »
I've also heard a lot about this herb, but haven't tried it. However, I've tried lots of other stuff falling under disciplines like homeopathy, naturopathy, ayurvedic, yunani etc. Finally, I settled down on the one thing that worked for me every time - LCHF.

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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 06:21:24 AM »
I also have tried a variety of different herbs and supplements that people have sworn bring blood sugar down.  This was when I first started to take bg control seriously and I was ready to try anything that was supposed to help.  Nothing I tried made any difference at all to me.  Also the thing we forget is that even it is an herb it could have side effects or cause problems.  I just don't care to try any of these  anymore.  LCHF works without taking any medications in most cases and adding any herbs or supplements kind of muddies up the waters.  Many are not problematic and can't hurt to try but in some cases it may be hard to tell. 
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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 08:54:39 AM »
Unlike all the others above, I have never tried any supplements of any kind. 

I have an early education that taught me the basics of good scientific methodology.  When ever I have research herbal supplements, I have never found a research study that followed basic scientific methodology.  These studies, generally cannot be independently duplicated to see if the same results can be obtained. That is one of the 'hallmarks' of good science. I cannot say I have looked up the research on all, but on many.....many just do not publish any research at all...!  By the way having 'qualified' sources endorse a product is not a hallmark of good science...

Therefore, I have never tried them.....

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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 11:31:26 AM »
The bottom line is that herbal supplements, etc., are not regulated by the FDA and we can't be certain of their origin, composition or the like. Other countries may take more care in regulating, but not the USA. And I have to heartily agree that nothing works like LCHF.

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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2017, 08:56:32 PM »
And I have to heartily agree that nothing works like LCHF.

I quite agree. I see the proof of that, every day.
Someone sent that document to me and I thought, who better to ask, than DP members.  ;D
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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 07:02:39 PM »
I've tried various herbal supplements with not much success.  The only one that shows a tiny bit of help is Berberine capsules.  I will try to find the natural plant this year but I don't know if it is available in this climate.
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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 07:32:18 PM »
The only one that shows a tiny bit of help is Berberine capsules.  I will try to find the natural plant this year but I don't know if it is available in this climate.

I have four plants at home and I try to eat at least one mid sized leaf every day. It's only the thicker juicy leaves that help. If the leaves are larger and thinner, they don't hold the plant's juice, which is the ingredient that helps. Basically, what the juice does, is a rapid conversion and release of Bicarbonate by the liver. This helps keep our fluids in a "more alkaline" state. I don't know about effect on BG, but an alkaline interior is generally much better for metabolic health.
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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2017, 08:44:54 PM »
Skb, I'm sure I can source that plant here. Weather wise we're quite close to mumbai, maybe a little cooler and wetter.
In some earlier post you had mentioned that you get up in the middle of the night to eat this leaf. Is that the ideal time ? Or can one have it at any time.
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Re: Herbs for Diabetes
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2017, 09:21:12 PM »
No, I don't get up to have it. I have it if I'm up. That helps keep the liver busy & subvert DP. You can have the leaf anytime you want provided no food or drink is consumed 15 minutes before and after.
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