Herbs & Diabetes – Which Are The Best

Today we are looking at Herbs and what they can do for your Diabetes

Herbs  have real medicinal properties. Study after study shows the benefits of herbs and spices. One study at Malmà University Hospital in Sweden showed that up to two hours after eating, people who ate cinnamon-spiced rice pudding measured significantly lower blood-glucose levels than those who had eaten the unspiced version.

One of the smart and cheapest ways to look after your diabetes is with natural remedies, today we are looking at our findings on what herbs & spices to use and the benefits you can get from using them

1. Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre

Benefit: This plant is literally called ‘sugar destroyer’ in Hindi, The herb reduces your taste bud’s sensitivity to sweet things, meaning you have fewer cravings for sugar, it also reduces excess glucose in the body by increasing insulin production (1).

How much to take

  • Capsule: 100mg
  • Powder: ½-1 teaspoon
  • Leaves: 1 teaspoon

2. Ginseng


Benefit: Slows down the rate at which your body turns carbs into glucose and the cells take up and use more glucose. Also, increases the production of insulin in the pancreas. (2)

How much to take

  • Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Root: 2-3 g or 7-8 slices

3. Sage


Benefit: Sage can help protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals due to its high antioxidant capacity.

It boosts insulin secretion and it also affects liver function positively, thus improving immunity. (3)

How much to take

  • Leaves: 4-6 g/day
  • Dried leaves: ⅙-½ teaspoon
  • Tea: 2-3 cups/day

4. Bilberry


Benefit: Research studies indicate that a compound in bilberries, anthocyanosides, appear to promote blood vessel strength which could have protective properties against forms of retinal damage in people with diabetes. (4)

How much to take

Bilberry extract is widely available and is the safest way to control your blood sugar levels. Here’s the dosage.

  • Bilberry extract: 10-100 mg with 25% anthocyanocides

5. Oregano


Benefit: Contains polyphenols and flavonoids, compounds that interfere with a diabetes-related enzyme, which is also the target of prescription drugs to control blood sugar. (5)

How much to take

  • Oregano capsule: 600 mg per day
  • Oregano oil: 4-6 drops per day (diluted)
  • Dried oregano leaves: 1 teaspoon, twice a day
  • Fresh oregano leaves: 4-5 leaves, twice a day

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Benefit: Aloe Vera has been used for ages to treat inflammation, improve digestion, prevent acne, and reduce hair fall. Recent scientific studies have found that aloe Vera gel contains lipid-lowering and blood sugar lowering properties (6)

How much to take

  • Aloe Vera capsule: 300 mg per day
  • Aloe Vera juice or extract: as per instructions on the bottle
  • Homemade aloe Vera juice: 100 gm aloe Vera gel

7. Ginger


Benefit: Al Boshi references a review published in March 2015 in the Journal of Ethnic Foods that suggested taking ginger supplements may help reduce A1C levels and fasting serum glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. A1C is a common diabetes test that measures your average blood sugar level over a two- to a three-month period (7)

How much to take

  • Ginger root: 1-2 inches
  • Ginger oil: 3-4 drops
  • Ginger in juice: 1 inch
  • Ginger powder: ½-1 teaspoon

8. Fenugreek


Benefit: Fenugreek seeds and leaves are extremely useful, a study confirmed that fenugreek seeds have blood glucose-lowering effects and can be used to treat type 2 diabetes (8), slows digestion and the body’s absorption of carbohydrates

How much to take

Soak the seeds overnight. You can also include the seeds and leaves in food preparations.

  • Fenugreek seeds: 2 teaspoons
  • Fenugreek powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek leaves: 150 g

9. Cinnamon


Benefit: Treat obesity, muscle spasms, and diarrhea. Many studies have confirmed that consuming cinnamon regularly can help to control high blood sugar and can be used as an alternative medicine to treat diabetes (9).

How much to take

  • Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
  • Cinnamon powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cinnamon capsule: 500 mg per day

10. Clove


Benefit: This aromatic spice has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive properties. Helps to improve insulin sensitivity and lowers the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides (10)

How much to take

  • Clove: 2 for chewing, 5 in food preparations
  • Clove powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Clove capsule: 500 mg per day

11. Turmeric


Benefit: A study confirmed that patients with type 2 diabetes could lower their blood glucose levels by consuming turmeric (4). Also, helps in the healing of wounds and skin issues (11)

How much to take

  • Raw turmeric root: ½ inch
  • Turmeric root paste: 1-2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric powder: 1-2 teaspoons
  • Turmeric capsule: 500 mg, twice a day

12. Neem


Benefit: Its bark and fruit are also used in traditional medicines. Neem is anti-inflammatory. Additionally, neem is purported to improve liver health, alleviate pain, preserve eyesight, stimulate the immune system, and protect against heart disease. (12)

How much to take

  • Neem leaves: 4
  • Neem paste: 1 teaspoon
  • Neem capsule: As per instructions on the bottle

13. Shilajit


Benefit: Shilajit is found in the Himalayas, it is a tar-like mineral oil, that oozes out of these mountains. It has antioxidant properties and lowers blood glucose and lipid profile(13).

How much to take

You can consume shilajit supplements with milk, honey or sesame oil.

  • Shilajit capsule: 100-200 mg per day

14. Chromium


Benefits: Many studies have suggested Chromium is an essential mineral that appears to have a beneficial role in the regulation of insulin action and its effects on carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Chromium is an important factor for enhancing insulin activity(14)

How much to take

Chromium supplements,

  • 100-200 mcg, twice a day

15. Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Benefit: It has been found that alpha lipoic acid supplements can help lower the blood glucose levels, treat kidney disease & neuropathy, ALA is found naturally mainly in green vegetables.(15)

How much to take

Supplement capsules are the best way to provide your body with an extra amount of ALA.

  • ALA capsule: 600 mg per day for three weeks


Experts note that it is easier for some people than others to control their disease with changes in diet and exercise. Others have trouble affording anti-diabetes medication. For these people, experts say herbs & spices may provide a natural way to help lower blood sugar. Please make sure you test your blood glucose levels more frequently when testing treatments for your diabetes.

You can buy herbs & spices from most health shops, if you would like to buy them online I found this company that has competitive prices. If you don’t like the taste of natural food then take a supplement instead

There is still not enough good evidence to support the use of herbal supplements as an effective  treatments. While many of these supplements show promise, until results from additional studies come out, DO NOT stop taking your Meds prescribed by your doctor.

Please leave any comments or questions you have below, I will try to respond within 24 hours


Garry ( Type 1)

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8 thoughts on “Herbs & Diabetes – Which Are The Best”

  1. Stephen says:

    Hi Garry,
    This is a great article. I work as a support worker. One of the people I work to support has diabetes. I can say the people with diabetes really have high blood sugar. I don’t know why. What I know is they recommend that they eat vegetables more often. Those herbs you mentioned are parts of the ones recommended.
    Well done and thanks for sharing this

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Thanks Stephen, if you read my posts here Type 1 type 2 it explains why people have high blood sugar.

  2. Amanda Fitzgerald says:

    This is great work Garry, I’m always a fan of natural medicine before “man made”. Would not allow me to put in my web address, told me it was not valid. http://www.ketonetesters.siterubix.com

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Amanda thank you for your comment. I have been a diabetic for 22 years and only just started looking into Natural Medicine.

  3. Tom says:

    Hi Garry
    I agree that natural remedies are better than medications, but also agree that until there is better evidence, all these things should be done under a doctor’s care.
    Thanks for all the info, and even if one or two make it easier to live with diabetes, that is helpful.
    There is also evidence that a keto lifestyle will assist with diabetes (type 2), so there is hope everywhere.
    Have a great day!

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Tom, thank you for your comment. That’s all i want is to help people by providing information on options.

  4. Stella says:

    Thank you Garry!
    So many people are prone to and on the brink of full fledged diabetes, this article gives us relevant info to help prevent it. Good to know so many herbs and everyday spices can be used.
    Going the natural way is the best to even prevent diabetes.
    Thank you for a wonderful clear important article.
    Take care.
    Bsh Lady

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi stella i am glad you found my post useful. Thank you for your comment

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