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Diabetes: 4 Herbs And Spices That Can Help You Control Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes: Adding some herbs and spices to your diet can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Here are some of these recommended by expert.

Diabetes: 4 Herbs And Spices That Can Help You Control Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes: Turmeric can help diabetics control blood sugar levels


  • Fenugreek seeds can help improve blood sugar levels
  • Add cinnamon, turmeric and basil to your diabetes diet
  • Cinnamon contains methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer

When suffering from diabetes, it is essential to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels are linked with several complications. A healthy diet and lifestyle play a significant role in the management of type-2 diabetes. Recently, Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal shared a list of herbs that diabetics should add to their diet. The Indian kitchen is loaded with a wide variety of herbs and spices. These are loaded with numerous medicinal properties and health benefits. Some of these herbs can help manage diabetes and control blood sugar levels. If you are a diabetic, do not miss these expert-recommended herbs and spices.

Diabetes: Herbs and spices to control blood sugar levels

1. Turmeric

According to the nutritionist, curcumin in turmeric is a strong antioxidant and helps treat complications of diabetes. Turmeric can offer many benefits to the body. Turmeric is also loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. You can add turmeric to your diet in multiple ways.


Diabetes diet: Turmeric is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties
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2. Methi

"Fenugreek seeds improve blood sugar levels by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates," Agarwal says in the video. Fenugreek seeds are also good for your heart as they can help control cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation.

Also read: Diabetes Diet: Tips To Prevent Blood Sugar Spikes After Meals

3. Basil

Basil improves immunity and strengthens the body. The nutritionist also highlights that basil can help reduce blood sugar levels. Antioxidants in basil can reduce oxidative stress. Basil is also known to improve mental health.

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4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It contains antioxidants and as well as an anti-inflammatory effect. According to studies, cinnamon can help reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes. "Out of all the herbs, cinnamon is it the most powerful herb which contains methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer that stimulates the uptake of glucose," Agarwal mentions in the video.


Diabetes: Cinnamon is good for people with diabetes and PCOS
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If you are diabetic, eat a healthy diet with low GI foods and involve regular physical exercise in your routine to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

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