9 Nutraceuticals For Diabetics

There is a reason many people are not able to handle chronic diabetes. One of the major reason is diet as many people do not know how and what to eat to ease their symptoms of diabetes. What they need for their diabetes are nutraceuticals.

Nutraceuticals/diabetic supplements are beneficial chemicals derived from natural foods and are known to lessen and provide protection they can also be used for lessen the harmful aspects of diabetes and many of them have anti-diabetic properties.

Nowadays, there are hundreds of nutraceuticals which are available in the market in a variety of flavors, shapes and formulations and the variety keeps on increasing due to their demand day by day. So there health benefits can come in many ways which can be troublesome to choose as they can be found in the form of extracts, powder, drinks or even capsules and tablets.

However, the three main factors of nutraceuticals are the chemical ingredients and nutrient source of the product and the specific disease conditions.

9 Nutraceuticals For Diabetics

The different forms of Nutraceuticals/diabetic supplements are fortified drinks, fortified baked goods, vitamins, food or leaf extracts, superfood seed extracts, powdered supplements and capsules, pills or tablets.

These Nutraceuticals are no way replacements for diabetic drugs/hypoglycemic however there continuous use may be useful for diabetic patients

Some of the Nutraceuticals for Diabetes are as follows

Artocarpus Heterophyllus (Jackfruit)

Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam. A.k.a. jackfruit contains flavonoids namely the isoquercitrin that are known for their antioxidant activities. A study published in the Scientific World Journal validated that the Jackfruit leaf extract significantly reduced fasting blood glucose via decreasing oxidative stress and pancreatic beta-cell damage.

 

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NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

Legume Protein

According to a study from the Fitoterapia i.e. a Journal especially dedicated to advances in the field of medicinal plants and the products obtained from them, indicated the positive aspect of using legume protein as nutraceuticals to treat diabetes.

 

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NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

From China With Love, Prunella Vulgaris Plant Extract

Prunella vulgaris is Chinese medicinal plant that is edible. Known for its self-healing properties, its stem and leaves can be used in salads and the plant as a whole can also be consumed after boiling. It consists of purple color flowers which can be used in different drinks.

A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlighted the anti-diabetic role of this plant. It was found that extract obtained from P. vulgaris plant suppressed the rise in blood glucose after 30 min in the acute glucose tolerance test done on animal subjects.

 

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The findings from the Journal Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine suggest that Prunella vulgaris aqueous extract (PVAE) showed a protective effect on IL-1β-induced INS-1 cell apoptosis intervention with  PVAE, which validates its beneficial properties especially for type 1 Diabetics.

NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

From Chine With More love, Stevia Rebaudina

This one is for the sweet tooth possessors, Stevia rebaudina is a medicinal plant of Chinese origin. It is commonly known as sugar-leaf or candy-leaf. Its bioactive compounds are known as steviol glycosides including stevioside and rebaudioside that are up to 150 times sweeter than the table sugar.

A study published in Metabolism highlighted the beneficial role of the bioactive compound stevioside in reducing postprandial blood glucose levels in the type-2 diabetics, indicating its beneficial effects on the glucose metabolism.

 

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Moreover, the stevioside present in this plant has been scientifically proved to stimulate the insulin secrections in the body by having a direct effect on the β cells of islet of pancreas and has the potential of being turned into new anti- diabetic drug, according to a study published in the Phytomedicine.

NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

Who Doesn’t  Love, Curry Leaves

Murraya koenigii (L.) commonly known as curry leaves are an effective agent for lowering blood glucose levels confirmed by a study from The American Journal of Chinese Medicine.

The nephron-protective role of the curry leaves was revealed by a study published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Oral administration of curry leaf extract resulted in treatment of pain disorders related to renal impairments among diabetics.

 

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NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

The Best Thing In The World, Mangifera Indica (Mango)

An alcoholic extract of the leaves of mango was found to have hypoglycemic effect in diabetics. The bioactive compound present are polyphenols, flavonoids, triterpenoids, mangiferin, and other chemical compounds which confer anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and hypoglycemic effects of the plant’s extract, according to a study published in Pharmacognosy Review.

 

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NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it.  Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

Lotus Extract

There are two main antioxidants present in the lotus plant namely Quercitin and Catechin. The findings from a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that Catechins present in the lotus leaf methanolic extract enhance insulin secretion in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Another study from Biological Trace Element Research stated that lotus seed ash shows significant hypoglycemic activity.  

 

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NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

Olive  Leaf  Extract

Findings from Functional foods Centre suggest that olive leaf extract exhibits beneficial properties against hyperglycemia and diabetes due to the presence of phenolic compounds including flavones, flavonols, catechin, and oleuropein i.e. a compound present in leaves.

It was explained that olive leaf extract works by improving beta cell viability and protecting against cell death and insulin secretion. An interventional trial published in PLOS One reported 15% improvement in insulin sensitivity and 28% improvement in pancreatic β-cell responsiveness in obese patients after consuming olive leaf extract in the form of capsules containing the leaf polyphenols oleuropein and  hydroxytyrosol.

 

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NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it. Take exact amount from your dietitian according to your diabetic condition.

The End before the End, Turmeric Powder

The individuals who consumed polyphenols including curcumin present in turmeric indicated increased postprandial serum insulin levels and reduced plasma glucose levels, according to functional foods center.

NOTE: Consult your health care provider before taking it.

The health stimulatory and anti-diabetic effects of curcumin were also reported by a study published in the Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

There are numerous functional foods and nutraceuticals that contain certain beneficial raw bioactive agents that can lower the blood glucose levels in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. However, their exact dosages and their interactions with hypoglycemic need to be kept in consideration. Before taking any of it, it is advisable to consult your health care provider.

NOTE: We are not recommending food or nutraceutical to the diabetics. Detailed information on exact doses and potential adverse effects should be taken from health care provider. We will not take any responsibility in case of any problem.

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