What Is Insulin Resistance and how to stop it!

Many Americans have insulin resistance, and that can lead to diabetes.

In fact, you could be on the road to diabetes for 10 years or more and never even know it. Here’s a snapshot of what happens:

The hormone insulin directs your cells to open up and take in glucose from the blood. With insulin resistance, your cells become desensitized to insulin. They ignore the instructions to open up and take in glucose. Your body keeps producing more insulin to try to get the message heard. But it doesn’t work. And your insulin levels rise higher and higher. Those chronically high insulin levels can cause rapid weight gain, premature aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, and higher cancer risks. Eventually they lead to type 2 diabetes.

There are some herbs, spices and foods that can be your first line of defense, and can help restore and maintain your cells’ sensitivity to insulin.

1. Turmeric

A 2009 study found curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric, was 500 to 100,000 times more effective than the prescription drug Metformin at activating glucose uptake.

2. Ginger

In a study, researchers proved that 1600 mg per day of ginger improves eight markers of diabetes including insulin sensitivity.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown to normalize blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by improving the ability to respond to insulin. Cinnamon works in part by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after eating. Adding cinnamon slowed the rate the stomach emptied from 37% to 34.5% and significantly slowed the rise in blood sugar levels. Even less than a half of a teaspoon a day reduces blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.

4. Olive Leaf Extract

Researchers proved olive leaf extract decreases insulin sensitivity. The researchers noted that supplementing with olive leaf extract gave results “comparable to common diabetic therapeutics (particularly metformin).”

5. Berries Lower After-Meal Insulin Spike

Studies show the body needs less insulin for sugar balance after a meal if berries are also eaten. Strawberries, bilberries, lingonberries, and chokeberries were effective. So was a mixture consisting of strawberries, bilberries, cranberries, and blackberries.

6. Black Seed

Black seed has been treasured for thousands of years for its healing properties. It is sometimes referred to as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, and black caraway. It’s been called “the remedy for everything but death”. Researchers found the dose of 2 grams per day of black seed significantly reduced fasting blood glucose and insulin resistance.

7. Berberine

Berberine is a bitter compound found in the roots of several plants including goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape. Studies prove it’s just as good as prescription diabetes drugs, and berberine has no serious side effects.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Eterna.

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