As I mentioned in earlier posts here and here, certain herbs have powerful antidiabetic properties. If used under the direction of an experienced practitioner, they can be just as effective as prescription medications in lowering blood sugar levels, but they don’t have the unpleasant and often dangerous side effects associated with these drugs. One herb that everybody with diabetes (type 1 or 2) should know about is Moringa oleifera, sometimes called the “miracle tree”.
Human clinical trials have demonstrated Moringa’s ability to correct blood sugar levels and aid weight reduction. In a recent, double-blind, crossover study from Mexico, obese people with type 2 diabetes took either Moringa leaf or a placebo for ten weeks; then after a two-week ‘washout’ period, the treatments were swapped around.1 All the patients followed a moderate carbohydrate diet during the study and continued with their usual diabetes medication (Metformin) and their usual level of physical activity.
The results showed that treatment with Moringa leaf reduced body weight and body mass index (BMI) and lowered fasting blood glucose and HbA1C levels (glycated haemoglobin, a measure of longer-term blood sugar control). Blood pressure was also lower when patients were taking Moringa leaf and their ratio of HDL to LDL-cholesterol – the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ kinds of cholesterol – improved.
In another clinical trial, postmenopausal women who took Moringa leaf powder had significant reductions in their fasting blood glucose levels and increases in blood levels of antioxidant compounds and haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying pigment in red blood cells).2 These findings show that Moringa is an effective, natural means of lowering blood sugar that is free from the side effects commonly associated with antidiabetic drugs.
Animal studies also suggest that Moringa could actually help to combat diabetes by restoring insulin production. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas (called beta cells), and in type 2 diabetes, the beta cells can become ‘worn out’ and revert to a dormant state. Moringa leaf has been shown to regenerate beta cells and restore the normal function of the pancreas, enabling it to produce insulin again.3,4
In my next blog post, I’ll tell you about more benefits of Moringa, which could also help to reduce blood pressure and protect against heart disease and cancer.Wishing you the best of health,
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. Dominguez-Rodriguez M, Valenzuela-Rubio NG, Ochoa-Acosta DA et al. The effect of Moringa oleífera leaves on anthropometric and biochemical parameters in obese type 2 diabetes mellitus subjects. Faseb J. 2016; 30(1 Suppl):1176.21.
2. Kushwaha S, Chawla P, Kochhar A. Effect of supplementation of drumstick (Moringa oleifera) and amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) leaves powder on antioxidant profile and oxidative status among postmenopausal women. J Food Sci Technol. 2014; 51(11):3464-3469.
3. Abd El Latif A, El Bialy Bel S, Mahboub HD, Abd Eldaim MA. Moringa oleifera leaf extract ameliorates alloxan-induced diabetes in rats by regeneration of β cells and reduction of pyruvate carboxylase expression. Biochem Cell Biol. 2014; 92(5):413-419.
4. Tochukwu NA, Monago CC, Chuku LC. Histological effect of combined ethanol extract of Moringa oleifera and Pleurotus ostreatus on the pancreas of alloxan-induced diabetic Wistar albino rats. J Appl Life Sci Int. 2016; 5(3):1-8.
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