Turmeric: A Wonder Herb to Manage Blood Sugar Levels
Diabetes is a common condition related to disruptions in your blood sugar level. Your blood sugar level plays an important role in how your body metabolizes food and how it uses energy. Diabetes occurs when your body can’t properly produce or use insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. Turmeric is a spice made from the ground roots of the turmeric plant. Over the years, turmeric has been recognized for its medicinal properties. It’s believed to have a wide range of health benefits, including pain relief and possible disease prevention.
For example, curcumin, the active component in turmeric, may help prevent type 2 diabetes.
A recent literature review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, titled “Anti-Hyperglycemic Effect and Insulin Sensitizing Effects of Turmeric and Its Principle Constituent Curcumin,” adds promising new support to the notion that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may provide an ideal drug alternative to treating and perhaps even preventing type 2 diabetes, which has become of the world’s most prevalent diagnoses.
The study reviewed research published between 1998 to 2013 that indicates the active polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin may provide an ideal intervention for type 2 diabetes, capable of mitigating characteristic pathophysiological hallmarks of the disease such as elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and insulin resistance.
Medical science is interested in the herb, as well, due to the high levels of friendly compounds it contains. Of particular interest is a class of compounds called curcuminoids. One curcuminoid found in turmeric is curcumin. This name is sometimes loosely used to describe all of the curcuminoids in turmeric. Turmeric and curcumin are being studied for a number of human conditions such as:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- inflammatory bowel disease
- peptic ulcers
- pylori infections
- Alzheimer’s disease
One of the best ways to have turmeric is through turmeric milk.
Turmeric milk has been all time favourite go-to beverage to soothe pain and boost immunity since time immemorial. You can use the delicious beverage to manage your blood sugar levels too. Make sure you do not add sugar or honey to the drink as doing so could possibly spike up your sugar levels.
How to make turmeric milk/tea to manage diabetes:
- Take turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, and cloves together in a small bowl and whisk them well.
- Now take a saucepan and heat about 1 cup of milk over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
- Whisk 1 teaspoon of turmeric mixture into milk; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the spices blend well for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pour mixture through a strainer.
- Consume hot.
Turmeric is also often added to the diet to help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Compounds like curcumin may help with a few diabetes-related complications. People with diabetes often have liver disorders, such as fatty liver disease. Researchers gave test subjects curcumin over a long period of time. As a result, these people appeared to have fewer symptoms of liver disorders.
Curcumin may help:
- prevent nerve damage caused by diabetes
- prevent diabetic cataracts, according to results of animal tests
- fight cognitive problems, due to antioxidantand anti-inflammatory properties
- fight kidney disease, by reducing important markers
Turmeric is not a medicine in the Western sense of the word. It is not a replacement for any medications a person may be taking. It should also not be used as a substitute for any part of diabetes care.
Both turmeric and curcumin can easily be taken to supplement a diabetes-care regimen. This should be done under the guidance of a doctor, who may ask a person to start out with a low dose to gauge their reaction to it. The dose can be increased, gradually, to avoid any complications or side effects. Pairing turmeric or curcumin with oils, fats, or black pepper may also increase the effect of their beneficial compounds.