Herbs may help lower blood sugar in diabetes
Herbs have been in use to treat a variety of ailments from the prehistoric times. In fact much of the ancient medical systems like Ayurveda, Siddha etc make use of medicinal herbs extensively. But over the last century, with the advent of the scientific ability to isolate and extract chemical compounds to make drugs, the role of herbs as medical remedy has diminished.
A study published in American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry by Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia and her colleagues found that herbs like rosemary and oregano had enzymes like polyphenols and flavonoids that could help control blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Effective herbal supplemental therapy for diabetes is theoretically appealing as it could be potentially cost saving to those who find it difficult to afford the expensive anti-diabetic medications. In addition it can be easily incorporated into the daily diet as a natural way of dealing with a chronic disease.
The researchers used both the dried and fresh versions of the herbs and found that both the variations of herbs were effective. This is good news as one need not grow the herbs in the household or procure it fresh every day. The dried version can be stored in bottles and used effectively.
The team suggested that more studies are required to understand the effectiveness of these herbs in diabetes.