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Ginseng for Diabetes - Does It Help?

Thinking of using ginseng for diabetes management?

ginseng for diabetesThe pancreas is a long thin organ that sits behind the stomach. It is responsible for producing several chemicals including insulin. When your blood sugar level raises, the pancreas makes insulin to allow muscle and fat cells to absorb the sugar that is found in the blood.

Some people suffering from type 2 diabetes do not produce enough insulin to meet this need. As a result, the sugar stays in the blood, causing the blood sugar level to rise dramatically.

Symptoms of high blood sugar levels include fatigue, increased hunger, increased thirst, blurred vision, nausea, frequent urination, skin infections and increased appetite.

High blood sugar levels cause permanent damage to blood vessels, heart attack, kidney damage, stroke, nerve damage and vision loss.

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How Ginseng for Diabetes Works

Ginseng is a popular herbal diabetic treatment that can be used in combination with conventional medications. This Chinese herb is a rich source of polysaccharides and adenosine, both known to lower high blood sugar levels.

Moreover, studies show that ginseng seems to boost insulin production in people suffering from type 2 diabetes (those who do not need to use insulin to control their high blood sugar levels).

Studies done in health volunteers show that ginseng doesn't seem to further low blood sugar levels in those who do not suffer from type 2 diabetes.

Dose to Use

The recommended dose is 200 mg once or twice daily. You may take 2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) of the liquid extract up to twice daily. For tinctures, use 5 mL (1 teaspoon) once or twice daily.

Some experts suggest taking a break from ginseng for one week every four or five weeks. This is to avoid the potential side effects known with long-term use of ginseng. These side effects include restlessness, insomnia and possible hypotension (low blood pressure).

Always consult with a healthcare professional before you start to take ginseng. If you are currently on prescription diabetic medications, dose adjustment may be required.

Best Natural Remedy for Controlling Diabetes?

Insulate Plus is an all natural combination natural remedy that helps to lower high blood sugar levels. It promotes a healthy pancreas and enhances insulin production.


Looking for detailed information on managing diabetes with natural remedies and supplements?

See the unbiased article Natural Remedies for Type 2 Diabetes to get a complete list of all the herbs and supplements that work to help lower blood sugar levels.

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Created: December 21, 2010

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