Diabetic Herbs

Learn about diabetic herbs and foods that help you to control diabetes

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diabetic herbsDiabetic Herbs - Certain foods and herbs can help the pancreas to function more efficiently.  These diabetic herbs may also help to improve absorption of insulin and lead to better control of blood glucose levels in our body and also to improve blood circulation. Here is a list of diabetic herbs that have been used  for generations to help control diabetic and complications related to diabetes.


Diabetic Herbs and its health benefits:

  • Whole oats, onion, globe and artichokes is general diabetic herbs used to reduce blood sugar.

  • Wheat germ, under ripe bananas, broccolis and cauliflowers are used to control blood sugar levels.

  • Whole grain, pumpkin seeds and nuts are all high in chromium and zinc, which are essential nutrients to control the proper action of insulin.

  • Bilberries have been found to help in control of diabetic retinopathy.

  • Wheat germ, sunflower seeds, rapeseed oil, almonds and sweet potato contain high level of vitamins and have been shown as effective diabetic herbs and foods to improve circulation and neuropathy.

  • Romans are known to use fresh nettle juice to stimulate blood circulation.

  • Dandelions have been used for generations to stimulate liver function  where glucose is stored, thus helping to control blood sugar level.  

                    Herbs For Diabetic Cooking.

   Besides the above mentioned diabetic herbs, there are plenty of other herbs and spices that can be used  for diabetic control especially in diabetic cooking to help your foods taste good , unique and reduce the need to add in additional salt.    Most herbs and spices come in fresh or dried forms.  Dried herbs have more intense flavor.   So, when substituting fresh herbs for dried herbs, double or triple the amount of fresh herbs.

Here is a list of herbs and spices and their traditional spice partner in diabetic cooking or any other cooking.

  • Beef - bay leaf, chives, garlic, marjoram.

  • Lamb - garlic, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage.

  • Pork - cilantro, cumin, ginger, sage, thyme.

  • Poultry - garlic, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme

  • Seafood - Chervil, dill weed, fennel, tarragon, parsley

  • Pasta - Basil, oregano, fennel, garlic, paprika, parsley, sage

  • Fruits - Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mint

  • Salad - Basil, chervil, dill weed marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley thyme.  

However, avoid using herbs blend for diabetic recipe or cooking as some of these herb blends contain sodium or salt.  Diabetic herbs and general cooking herbs and spice help to taste great and improve a person 's ability to control diabetic.


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