Glucomannan. Although it’s recently received a lot of press as a weight loss supplement, glucomannan is packed with fiber that can help keep blood sugar levels under control.
Gymnema sylvestre. The traditional name of this herb means “destroyer of sugar.” Gymnema sylvestre was commonly used in ancient ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for diabetes. A study published in Ethnopharmacology in 1990 showed a daily dose of 400 milligrams was effective in lowering blood glucose levels in diabetics over the long term. Some participants were even able to stop using their prescription medications after taking gymnema sylvestre.
Fenugreek. This herb is a popular traditional remedy for high blood sugar, and there have been a number of clinical trials which showed that fenugreek could improve both blood sugar levels and cholesterol profiles.
Prickly Pear Cactus. Clinical evidence shows prickly pear cactus may lower blood glucose levels in diabetics by up to 46 percent. Broiled stems of the nopal variety seem to produce the best results. This variety was also shown to be effective for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, while preserving HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Stevia. Finally sweeping the nation, the herbal sweetener stevia is more than just a replacement for sugar. Research has shown that stevia can also reduce blood glucose levels in those with type II diabetes. So replacing sugar with stevia in your morning coffee or tea can have a doubly positive effect.
Turmeric. A traditional Indian culinary spice, turmeric may have a positive effect on blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
If you have been medically diagnosed with blood sugar issues or diabetes, then be sure to discuss any herbal supplements you’re taking with your physician. This is especially important if you are already on insulin or other medications.