Plants and Food Help Diabetes

Posted on February 1, 2011

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Plants and food help diabetes and can regulate blood sugar levels. Good foods include green beans, lettuce, and beetroot. Adding cinnamon powder to your coffee and in food, as it also regulates blood sugar.

Medicinal plants are beneficial in many cases of diabetes. Use of medicinal herbs and food, combined with diet, is safe in diabetes type 2 when the blood sugar is under 10 mmol/L. In all cases you should be in regular contact with your doctor. I have created a number of formulas made from plants, which have insulin-like effect. They have helped  thousands of patients.

How do these herbs work? To answer this question we need to go back in history.

The discovery of insulin and insulin-like substances in plants

J. B Collip and C.H. Best received Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1923 for co-discovery of insulin with Banting and MacLeod. Pancreatic insulin was discovered in 1921-1922 and insulin was established as the universal drug for the treatment of diabetes.

Right after the discovery of insulin, J. B. Collip and C. H. Best reported the presence of insulin-like substances in plant materials like green tops of onions, lettuce leaves, green bean leaves, barley roots, beetroots, and others. Collip was the trained biochemist that developed the method for the extraction of insulin from pancreas. In 1923 he published a paper in which he relates, after some reasoning on the properties of yeasts and plants (he states that “yeast is a plant”), that he had decided to test for the presence in plants of “a hormone similar to, if not identical with, that produced by the islet cells of the pancreas”. He then utilized several extraction procedures including the one employed in the preparation of pancreas insulin. After obtaining plant extracts he performed experiments on normal rabbits and pancreatectomized dogs obtaining measurable decreases in the levels of glucose in the blood of the animals. He wrote: “The discovery of this hormone in tissues of the higher plants as well as in yeast opens up a new field of work in plant metabolism and affords another remarkable example of parallelism in certain physiological processes in the plant and animal kingdom”. In another passage he says, “As the name insulin was given by the Toronto group to an extract of pancreas prepared according to a definite method elaborated by the writer, this somewhat analogous hormone derived from plant sources must be known by a more general term. The name “glucokinin” is suggested by the writer as an appropriate term, suggestive of its metabolic activity rather than its place of origin” (Collip, 1923).

Charles Best was responsible with Frederick Banting for the clinical tests on animals and humans, reported also in 1923, that insulin-like materials were present in germinating potatoes and rice.  “In November, 1922, during the course of conversation with Dr. R. T. Woodyatt (an American physician), in which the mechanism of the action of insulin was discussed, the idea presented itself that a hormone analogous to insulin might be present wherever glucose is metabolized, i.e., it might be present in plants” (Best and Scott, 1923). The following year he reported again on the presence of insulin-like materials in plants. This time he presented results on preparations from beetroot, the extracts from which exert their effects on the lowering of blood sugar as rapidly as insulin (Best, 1924).

The above pioneering research fascinated many scientists around the world who continued working in the area. I have conducted a number of experiments on insulin-like substances since I opened my Scientific Phytotherapy Practice 1972 to now days. Over 540,000 patients from all over the world have been treated in the Scientific Phytotherapy Clinic  with herbal remedies. We have helped influential politicians and celebrities of the day that had diabetes. My initial research in this area has been published in a chapter of his best-seller Nature’s Pharmacy  (Sofia 1981 first edition). More than 2 million copies of my books have been printed in several languages.

I have a favorite herbal tea mix containing insulin-like substances to normalize blood sugar levels in a natural way without side effects. It is made of combination from honeybush and roybos. These plants are very powerful and without side effects. The prescription should be applied in addition to a reasonable diet.

A friend, who is a writer with diabetes type 2 has tried recently the plant combination and said that it was excellent and that it also made him feel energized. He has a box of each honeybush and roybos in his office. It is easy to make and take and has positive effect on his life style. Place 1 herbal tea bag (1.5 g) of honeybush and 1 tea bag of roybos in a mug with boiling-hot water; let it steep for 20 min. Drink 3 mugs of the plant combination 6 times per day 15 minutes before meal and 30 minutes after meal.

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