More Great Herbs For Diabetic Blood Sugar Control

| March 4, 2017

I wrote in my last blog post about the antidiabetic properties of Glucevia, a patented extract from seeds of the European ash tree. When used together with a low-GL (glycaemic load) diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, herbal medicines like Glucevia could offer a safe, natural alternative to prescription drugs. Here are five more with good evidence of effectiveness from human clinical trials.

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

Although usually used as a sweetener, trials involving people with type 2 diabetes have shown that stevia can significantly lower fasting and post-prandial blood sugar levels. Serum triglycerides and VLDL-cholesterol (the bad kind) were also reduced.1 Use a whole herb product, rather than a powdered sweetener.

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

This is a ancient European herb, whose benefits have recently been rediscovered. In a clinical trial, people with type 2 diabetes took a purslane extract for 12 weeks. Not only did their HbA1c levels (a measure of longer-term blood sugar control) decrease, but their blood pressure went down, too.2

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Its active ingredient, curcumin, improves the function of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. In one study, 240 pre-diabetic patients were given curcumin or placebo for nine months. At the end of the trial, not one patient in the curcumin group had developed type 2 diabetes, compared with 16.4 percent of the placebo group.3

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia)

This herb improves insulin sensitivity and reduces blood sugar levels. A study that compared the effects in diabetes patients of bitter melon extract with the now-banned drug Avandia (rosiglitazone), showed that bitter melon could be more effective than Avandia in the management of diabetes and its complications.4

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

Another effective, anti-diabetic herb that also supports healthy liver function. When type 2 diabetes patients were given milk thistle or a placebo, along with regular medication, for four months, milk thistle led to significant drops in blood sugar, cholesterol and blood fat readings, beyond those achieved by medication alone.5

There are many other herbs that can help control blood sugar, as I mentioned here, here and here. In my next blog post I’ll tell you why the UK’s Minister for Public Health recently told Parliament that tackling Britain’s addiction to sugar will require a revolution – and some ugly truths about the sugar industry.

In my next blog post I’ll tell you about new research linking fructose consumption with liver disease in children.

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


1. Ritu M, Nandini J. Nutritional composition of Stevia rebaudiana, a sweet herb, and its hypoglycaemic and hypolipidaemic effect on patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. J Sci Food Agric. 2016; 96(12):4231-4234.

2. Wainstein J, Landau Z, Bar Dayan Y et al. Purslane extract and glucose homeostasis in adults with type 2 diabetes: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of efficacy and safety. J Med Food. 2016; 19(2):133-140.

3. Jiménez-Osorio AS, Monroy A, Alavez S. Curcumin and insulin resistance: molecular targets and clinical evidence. Biofactors. 2016; 42(6):561-580.

4. Tan SP, Kha TC, Parks SE, Roach PD. Bitter melon (Momordica charantia L.) bioactive composition and health benefits: a review. Food Rev Internat. 2016; 32(2):181-202.

5. Voroneanu L, Nistor I, Dumea R, Apetrii M, Covic A. Silymarin in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Diabetes Res. 2016; 2016:5147468.

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