Can We Heal Diabetes with the Help of Ayurveda?

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Ayurveda is almost a 500-year-old  practice that helps in treating and  managing many disorders and  diseases. 

With the increasing rate  of diabetes, these ayurvedic  practices aids in managing blood  sugar levels which in turn keeps diabetes in check. 



Gurmar in Hindi literally translates  to ‘destroyer of sugar.’ Gurmar primarily is composed of Gymnemic  acid, which helps curb sugar  cravings. 

Gurmar is said to have  anti-diabetic properties. Gurmar can  also block receptors in your  intestines and stop sugar absorption, reducing after-meal blood sugar levels

The chemical  structure of Gurmar is similar to that  of sugar and aids in balancing  insulin levels in the body. 



Giloy is said to help manage type 2  diabetes. Giloy works like 

hypoglycemic agent, which produces insulin and helps lower  blood sugar levels. 

Giloy aids in  burning off excess glucose that  further decreases high blood sugar  levels. As per a study done by the  National Center for Biotechnology  Information (NCBI), it (giloy) is said  to have significant anti-diabetic  activity. 



Methi has many health benefits, but  one of the most important being that  it helps in managing blood sugar levels.

Fiber present in methi forms  a thick-gel like layer in the intestine,  making it difficult for absorption of  sugar, hence managing high blood sugar levels. 

They are also beneficial in improving the way the  body utilizes sugar. 



Jamun contains 82% water and has  no sucrose present in it. It has a hypoglycemic effect that reduces  sugar levels in blood and urine.

The  jamun seed contains jamboline, which averts the transformation of starch into sugar. Jamuns have high  levels of alkaloid that have been shown to reduce high levels of  blood sugars.



Tulsi is said to be beneficial for  those who are pre-diabetic and  have type 2 diabetes. Consuming  Tulsi regularly aids in reducing  postprandial and fasting blood sugar levels. 


Tulsi leaves contain antioxidants that produce caryophyllene, eugenol and methyl  eugenol, together they help the  pancreatic cells increase sensitivity to insulin.

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Dr. Anam Umair Shaikh
I am an M.Sc (Nutrition), PhD (Doctor in therapeutic diet and pathophysiology). Furthermore, I have done courses in Natural Health (Nutrition and Diet), Child Nutrition course, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, PN Precious Nutrition level 1. I am also a certified Exercise Nutritionist.
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