Blood sugar imbalances are behind the vast majority of chronic health and mood disorders. Yet, what is outlined below reveals to us that we have not been left without support for our health during times of physical stress from the diet.
Nature has designed a number of support systems for us within the herbal kingdom that has been traditionally been used to support digestion and blood sugar balance and is now proven scientifically to do just that.
Based on a study performed by the University of Georgia, the following herbs and spices have been shown to assist the body to regulate blood sugar levels. Adding these herbs and spices to your recipes or herbal teas will support your health while easing the strain on the body from common holiday celebration food and drink.
The following recipe ingredients are listed in the order of effectiveness based on the volume of each herb required to produce a 50% reduction in albumin glycation when challenged with fructose.
What this means in layman's terms, is that the herb or spice is effective at lowering blood sugar levels when challenged by celebration food and drink. I have selected the most effective on the list based on the volume of each required to produce a 50% reduction in glycation, with the herbs listed at the top of the chart requiring the lease quantity of leaf, powder, or extract (but not specified) to be effective.
This is by no means an entirely definitive list, in that many other factors, besides those tested in the study, play a role in managing blood sugar levels, such as combining fats and oils with starches or fruit.
Therefore, this is just a general idea of an herb's effectiveness, so you have some idea of what herb or spice you can add to your recipes to assist your body, and that of your loved ones, to manage the holiday food and drink better.
Listed by volume, with the lowest quantity of the herb or spice required to be equally effective at the top and continuing to the greater volumes per ingredient as you go down the list.
Apple Pie Spice (apple pie spice (cinnamon bark, nutmeg seed, and Jamaican allspice fruit)
Pumpkin Pie Spice (same ingredients as apple pie spice but including ginger root)
Garam Masala (coriander; black pepper; cumin; cardamom fruit, and cinnamon)
Italian Seasoning (marjoram leaves, thyme leaves, rosemary leaves, savory leaves, sage leaves, oregano, and basil leaves)
Not listed high on this list (possibly due to processing methods or age of the spice, but known to be effective based other studies):
In addition, mineral blends created by Nature, not a laboratory, tend to prepare the stomach to generate stomach acids of the right kind to improve the digestion of foods.
They also provide essential minerals for the support of your pancreas and adrenal glands, whose job it is to regulate sugar levels in the blood:
Many blessings of health & success.
Enjoy the many gifts of Nature!
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