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5 useful herbs for prevention and treatment of diabetes

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We will consider 5 of the most famous herbs, which are considered useful in people suffering from diabetes and those who are at risk of the disease. Do they really help, or is it just a myth that science debunks?

Author: Yana Nencheva, Biochemist, PhD candidate in Biophysicist

Every 10 seconds, one person on the planet dies of diabetes and two are diagnosed with the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) expects that in about ten years, more than 500 million people will be affected by diabetes.

What is diabetes?

The hormone insulin is responsible for the metabolism of glucose (blood sugar). When for some reason the body can not provoke a normal reaction to the "orders" that insulin gives, or it is not produced in sufficient quantity, the path of glucose is disturbed.

In general, diabetes is an impaired metabolism that leads to high levels of glucose in the blood. By its very nature, diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease. The most common types of the disease are: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes (in pregnancy). Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent, accounting for 90% of the cases.

Detailed information on causes, symptoms and treatment can be found on the following links:

  1. What is diabetes?

    • What are the five herbs that might help in diabetes
      • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
      • Is cinnamon debunked by science
      • Rosemary - part of the Mediterranean diet, to help diabetics
      • The role of dill in Asian traditional medicine
      • Cumin and Vitamin E

    • Contraindications to taking these herbs


    1. Protective effects of dietary chamomile tea on diabetic complications.

    2. Effect of cinnamon on glucose control and lipid parameters.

    3. Cinnamon supplementation in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

    4. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) extract modulates CHOP/GADD153 to promote androgen receptor degradation and decreases xenograft tumor growth.

    5. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) extract regulates glucose and lipid metabolism by activating AMPK and PPAR pathways in HepG2 cells.

    6. Pharmacodynamic interaction of cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum L.) with glyburide in diabetes.

    7. A Comparison Between the Effect of Cuminum Cyminum and Vitamin E on the Level of Leptin, Paraoxonase 1, HbA1c and Oxidized LDL in Diabetic Patients.          

    The author

    👩 🔬 Yana Nencheva is a molecular biologist, Master of Biochemistry and Master of Optometry, PhD candidate in Biophysics. She has been an active organizer of a number of events since 2015, including "PhD tea" and "Eye Health Seminar", which aim to promote science in the public space. She has been the manager and co-founder of the Center for Career Guidance in Natural Sciences ScienceUp since 2019.


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