Supplements have been used for many years to help treat a number of disorders, improve symptoms and even reduce the risk of serious health consequences. One such supplement has been shown to have numerous health benefits including lower blood sugars for diabetes treatment.
Garlic is a popular herb used in dishes all over the world and has been linked to a number of impressive health benefits.
Several studies have demonstrated how garlic can reduce inflammation, blood sugar and LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
‘Effects of garlic on dyslipidaemia in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus’ is just one study that demonstrates this.
High blood pressure often occurs with type 2 diabetes, and garlic has also proven effective at reducing blood pressure.
One study found that consuming garlic could help reduce levels of blood sugar in people suffering from type 2 diabetes and could offer other benefits in the treatment of the metabolic condition.
Although the research recommended using garlic for reducing blood sugar levels only under the guidance of a person’s doctor, it could provide a range of benefits for diabetics in conjunction with their usual treatments of insulin and diet.
It is known that garlic contains more than 400 chemical components, many of which can help prevent and treat a diverse range of health problems. But it is compounds including allicin, allyl propyl disulphide and S-allyl cysteine sulfoxide that raise insulin levels in the blood through the prevention of the liver’s inactivation of insulin, so that more insulin is available in the body.
The scientists found that moderate amounts of garlic supplements could offer benefits to diabetes patients, and that raw or cooked garlic or aged garlic extract can help to regulate blood glucose and potentially stop or lower the effects of some diabetes complications, as well as fighting infections, reducing bad cholesterol and aiding blood flow.
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In another study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the effect of garlic supplements for the management of type 2 diabetes was investigated.
The present study was designed to systematically evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of garlic supplement in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus, began the study.
A meta-analysis was conducted regarding a dose of daily garlic (allicin) supplements.
The study found a significant reduction in the level of fasting blood glucose levels in one to two weeks.
“Current data confirms that garlic supplement plays positive and sustained roles in blood glucose, total cholesterol, and high/low density lipoprotein regulation in the management of type 2 diabetes,” concluded the study.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes to watch out for, according to the NHS, are:
- Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Feeling very tired
- Losing weight without trying to
- Itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush
- Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
- Blurred vision.