Black Cumin Seeds (Nigella sativa)
According to researchers from the Indian Council of Medical Research, black cumin seeds/black seed oil has the ability to balance insulin and glucose levels. Black Cumin Seeds/Black Cumin Seed Oil is one of the few substances on the planet that is suggested to help prevent both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
In fact, according to the study, black seed “improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin; yet it has not shown significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity!” This is HUGE because metformin, one of the most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes drugs, can cause a wide slew of side effects, according to Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS (certified doctor of natural medicine).
Gymnema sylvestre is a herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India and Sri Lanka. Research has shown that Gymnema sylvestre extract is an effective therapy for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
In one clinical trial, 22 people with type 2 diabetes who were taking oral diabetes drugs also took 400 mg of Gymnema sylvestre extract (as GS4) daily. Participants experienced significant reductions in blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c and glycosylated plasma protein levels.
More remarkably, at the end of the 18-month study, the participants were able to reduce their drug dosages, and five of the study subjects were able to effectively maintain normal blood sugar levels with the GS4 alone.
In another study, researchers gave 27 people with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes 400 mg of Gymnema sylvestre extract (GS4) daily. After 10 to 12 months, Gymnema sylvestre extract conferred a number of benefits, including reductions in fasting blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c and glycosylated plasma protein levels. Insulin requirements were also reduced.
Red raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. However, red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries. The therapeutic use of raspberry leaf was first described in 1597 in a book called “The Herbal,” or “A General History of Plants.” Today, red raspberry leaf and fruit are still used as medicine.
Red raspberry leaf is used for a wide range of issues including gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders, heart problems, vitamin deficiency and diabetes! Some people use it for general “purification of skin and blood.”
The chemicals in red raspberry might have antioxidant effects and help relax blood vessels.
According to the American Diabetes Association, cinnamon may be a promising supplement for people with type 2 diabetes HOWEVER, we only use a small amount in this blend as a natural flavor.