Natural Remedies for Diabetes
Home remedies; alternative food for diabetes

Most natural remedies for diabetes are of course often no more than healthy ingredients in a good diabetes diet combined with a good diabetes management plan. And although a natural cure for diabetes has not yet been found, this natural way to deal with it is quiet easy to achieve

These home remedies are fruits and vegetables which seem to have the right ingredients to help you lower your blood sugar. All of them have at some point proven to work for some people

Be aware, every one is different!

But be careful when trying something new for your managing your diabetes because not everybody reacts the same way to certain ingredients. Always talk with your doctor first before trying any changes in your food plan

Natural Remedies for Diabetes
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Natural remedies for diabetes


Cinnamon has been proven to be very useful against diabetes in many diabetes management plans and diets

Research has shown that small doses of ground Cinnamon, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon before a meal, can keep your blood sugar down after eating. So it could be very helpful in treating type 2 diabetes

The working is double; it both reduces blood sugar levels and increases the body's natural production of insulin

You can decide for yourself of course how to use cinnamon in your diet. 1/2 teaspoon a day should be enough. Take it in as many ways as you can think of e.g.:

  • Sprinkle cinnamon in your coffee
  • Put a cinnamon stick in your herbal tea or sprinkle the powder in it
  • Put cinnamon powder in your cereal or oatmeal
  • Mix cinnamon powder into unsweetened applesauce


Beware however that cinnamon contains coumarin, that's a natural part of cinnamon. Regular use of coumarin could damage the liver

Because the active ingredient in cinnamon can be solved in water and coumarin can't it's better to filter the cinnamon. This way you'll have the benefit of the cinnamon without the dangers of the coumarin

You can do this filtering by putting your 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a paper coffee filter and pour a cup of hot water over it. The resulting liquid has the active ingredient in it without the coumarin

We heard of other people putting 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a coffee filter and the coffee grounds on top of it. This was more than enough for 1 pot of coffee. It took away the bitterness from the coffee and helped lowering the blood sugar

Yet another way is to add 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon to 1 quart (1 liter) of boiling water and let it simmer for 20 minutes on a low fire. After it strain the mixture and drink it during the day

If you're on medication to control blood sugar and you want to start using cinnamon regularly, first talk to your doctor, and always check your blood

Natural remedies for diabetes

Grape fruit

Just like other citrus fruits grapefruits have a high concentration of antioxidants like vitamin C, and especially flavonoids. This is very effective food for diabetes management. Take 2 or 3 a day or add the juice to your diet. It will lower blood sugar level


Be Aware that grapefruit or it's juice may influence some diabetic medication; so if you want to use it as one of your natural remedies for diabetes, or in your diabetes diet, talk to your doctor first

Home remedies for diabetes


Garlic is one of those natural remedies for diabetes that contain ingredients which help with reducing the sugar level in your blood and it also helps your blood circulation

You can eat garlic any way you want it, the varieties are endless, raw or cooked in any meal it goes any way

Natural remedies for diabetes


Onion as food for diabetes has hypoglycemic (i.e. low sugar) properties. It is natural and is effective to lower blood sugar level

The uses of onions as one of the natural remedies for diabetes, and the uses in your diabetes diet are obviously countless

Both garlic and onion can be very helpful, they are easily available and can be used in a zillion ways. There's always one suitable for you

Natural remedies for diabetes


Adding almonds to a carbohydrate rich meal tempers the rise in blood glucose level and insulin response

Almonds in your diabetes diet can certainly help you to lose weight. Soak almonds in a glass of water and eat them in the morning on an empty stomach

Home remedies for diabetes

Apple Cider Vinegar

Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add a pinch of salt. Mix it with water and drink before a meal. It helps control the rising blood sugar level

Natural remedies for diabetes

Flax seed

Eat one tablespoon of flaxseed in every meal or 1/4 glass every day. Drink a lot of water when you eat flaxseeds (300ml water to one spoon)

Or use flax seed oil

Flax seed oil can help repair the damage done to cells by all the high sugar consumption. It can be used as one of your natural home remedies for diabetes in all kinds of ways. Here are just 2 ways but use your imagination and make something best for you

  • Mix 1.5 oz. of flax seed oil with 4 oz. cottage cheese and 1 oz. of milk. You can add fruit to make it sweeter, drink it every morning
  • Simply put it as a dressing on a salad

Diabetes natural remedies


Alfalfa, useful food for diabetes, is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and can be quiet helpful in controlling your blood sugar level

Sprinkle one teaspoon of Alfalfa seeds on every meal

Home remedies for diabetes


Chickpeas also called Bengal Gram is effective when taken with a low carb diet. Use the extract in your low carb diabetes control diet plan and it will drop blood sugar levels. It stimulates the use of glucose in your body

Natural remedies for diabetes

Soya beans

The Soybean is filled with fiber, calcium, iron, proteins, and vitamin A, and is considered helpful food for diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels

The use of soybeans as one of your natural remedies for diabetes and in your diabetes diet are endless. Try them they are very tasty as well!

Diabetes natural remedies


Caffeine in coffee can help decreasing insulin resistance. Although not yet universally agreed upon, but if you take your normal shot of coffee during the day for your management together with a normal diet and exercise, it can lower your blood sugar level

We can only assume you take it black, hold the sugar...

Home remedies for diabetes

Indian Gooseberry

Because it is rich in vitamin C the Indian gooseberry can be very helpful as one of your natural remedies for diabetes and in your diabetes diet

  • Mix a cup of bitter gourd juice with 1 tablespoon of Indian Gooseberry juice ad drink it every day. After a few months you will notice a lowering blood sugar level. This because this mixture stimulates the production of insulin
  • Soak a single gooseberry in a glass of water. Then filter this water, and squeeze the juice of a single lemon in the water. Drink this every morning

Natural remedies for diabetes

Jambul fruits

Jambul fruit is also known as java plum or rose apple and can be very useful in your diabetes management. As food for diabetes it also stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin

The jamboline in the fruit stops the starch from changing to sugar. You can use the whole fruit, seeds and juice

Powder the dried seeds and mix them with water and take around 4 times a day

Even the inner bark of the Jambul tree can be used for diabetes treatment. Dry the bark and burn it to a white ash. After that ground, strain and bottle the ash. Take 2 grams of the ash on an empty stomach in the morning and 2 grams after breakfast and dinner

Diabetes natural remedies


When you have type 2 diabetes Fenugreek can be one of the more helpful natural remedies for diabetes. It slows down the digestion and intake of carbohydrates so helping lowering the blood sugar. It also stimulates insulin production. Take about 2,5 gr per meal through the day

  • Soak 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of water at night. Drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach and eat the seeds. Very good for diabetes because it stimulates insulin

And almost the same just slightly different:

  • Soak 90 -100 seeds in 250 ml of water and leave it overnight. In the morning mash and sieve them in a cloth. Use it for at least 2 months as a natural cure for diabetes

Home remedies for diabetes


Wash and peel a green plantain, put the peel in a jar, cover with water and drink this water three times a day. Drink as much as necessary for your sugar level. Change the peel every 2nd day and refill the jar

Natural remedies for diabetes

Mango leaves

We found 3 different natural remedies for diabetes that use mango leaves

Prepare an infusion of Mango Leaves by soaking 25 gr of fresh leaves in 250ml water during the night. In the morning squeeze them well in the water. You should take this filtrate every morning

The leaves can also be dried in the shade, powder them and use half a teaspoon twice a day

Boil 13-16 mango leaves in one cup of water, saturate over night and filter in the morning. Drink every morning on an empty stomach

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Parslane or purslane

2 Different natural remedies for diabetes that use parslane/ purslane

  • Take a teaspoon of the seeds of parslane every day with half a cup of water. Do this for 3 to 4 months
  • The leaves are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins. They are often considered weeds but they fit good in a diabetes diet

Home remedies for diabetes


Turmeric lowers the blood sugar and increases glucose metabolism because it decreases insulin resistance

Regularly drink an equal mixture of turmeric and gooseberry juice on an empty stomach. Or mix the same amounts of turmeric and gooseberry powder with honey

Natural remedies for diabetes

Bitter ground or bitter melon

One of the newer and proven natural remedies for diabetes is the use of bitter gourd. It contains insulin like elements that can lower your blood sugar level

Drink the juice of 4 to 5 bitter gourds every morning on an empty stomach. Crush the seeds to a powder and you can put them in your food

Diabetes natural remedies


The seeds of the jamun or Indian black cherry have an ingredient which checks the conversion of starch into sugar

  • Take 5-10 gr of dried and powdered jamun seeds twice a day for at least 6 months
  • Mix an equal amount of mango and jamun juice. Drink this mixture three times a day

Home remedies for diabetes

Sweet potato leaves

Mix 4-5 leaves of sweet potato with any herbal tea and let it boil. Strain the mixture and take this herbal tea anytime of the day

Natural remedies for diabetes

Curry leaves

The Indian curry leaf, an ingredient in many curry dishes and used in traditional Indian healing, may contain ingredients that slows down the breakdown of starch to glucose

Chew 8-10 curry leaves in an empty stomach. It wil lower your blood sugar level

Diabetes natural remedies


As food for diabetes, the bael fruit is very nutritious and is rich in riboflavin (it helps metabolizing fats, carbs and proteins) which makes it one of the very useful natural remedies for diabetes and a great addition to your diabetes diet. Some of the ingredients stimulate the production of insulin

The extract of the leaves can be taken with a bit of black pepper in it

Final note

For the last time we want to remind you that before you make any change in your diabetes management plan, first contact your doctor, dietitian or diabetes educator

Diabetes management

Now that you've got these remedies in your pocket, it's time to take a closer look at natural diabetes management. This means looking at things you need to know and learn, scrutinizing your diet, and doing exercises

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