Diabetic Symptoms Relieved by Common Herbs.

Traditional medicine in the Middle Eastern region has included the use of locally grown roots and herbs, such as the olive leaf, nettle, turmeric and other natural substances to treat common illnesses and maintain vigorous health.  Modern chemical drugs have worked miracles in many cases but also can create many intolerable side effects; therefore these well known herbal remedies are still sought out by many as an often cheaper and safer alternative to synthetic medicines.

spoon-of-maca-powder-and-loose-powderHerbalists in the Middle East have been using olive leaf, in combination with other synergistic herbs, for thousands of years to treat diabetes and related blood sugar issues and it seems that a growing body of modern medical research is now confirming those positive effects on blood sugar balance.   They have found that the olive leaf is endowed with a component known as Oleuropein which may have the ability to help lower and control blood sugar levels.  Oleuropein is a polyphenol obtained from the leaves, fruits, bark and root of the olive tree.  The concentration of oleuropein is much greater in the olive leaves than in the olives themselves or in the olive oil.

 One such study published in 2014 (Hypoglycemic, Hypolipidemic And Antiatherogenic Effects Of Oleuropein In Alloxan-Induced Type 1 Diabetic Rats, Ahmadvand, et al. Asian Pac J Trop Dis; 4 (Suppl 1): S421-S425, January 28, 2014 ) showed that  oleuropein has beneficial effects in decreasing the elevated hemoglobin A1C and serum glucose, lipid profile, and atherogenic indexes in alloxan-induced-diabetic rats.

 The researchers divided thirty male rats into three groups of 10 each.  Group 1 to be the control group, Group 2 to be induced into diabetes, and Group 3 to be induced into diabetes and then treated with oleuropein daily for 8 weeks.  Diabetes was induced in Group 2 and 3 by injection and only the rats with blood glucose level of ≥300 mg/dL (16.7 mmol/L) were considered as diabetic.  The Group 3 rats were then treated with 15 mg/kg of oleuropein  daily.

 After 8 weeks, blood samples were tested from each of the rats.  The Group 2 untreated diabetic rats were found to have significantly higher hemoglobin A1C and serum glucose, TG, cholesterol, VLDL and LDL concentrations than that of the Group 1 control rats.  More importantly, the treatment of the Group 3 diabetic rats with oleuropein significantly inhibited the increase of hemoglobin A1C and serum glucose, TG, cholesterol, VLDL and LDL concentrations and atherogenic index in comparison with the Group 2 untreated diabetic animals.

 The researchers concluded that, “Oleuropein is a potent antioxidant and may be a good alternative to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease and diabetic complication such as nephropathy in diabetic patients.”  These finding could have great impacts for people with diabetes and related issues with elevated blood sugar levels as olive leaf is inexpensive, easily taken as a tea and is not known to have significant side effects.

 You can read the entire published study here Diabetic Symptoms Relieved by Common Herbs.

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