Diabetes is one of the major concerns the world is dealing with, today. It is a lifestyle disease that has no permanent cure; hence, we need to constantly keep an eye on the blood sugar levels in our body to keep up a good health. As per International Diabetes Federation, 463 million people are affected by diabetes around the world. It is estimated to rise up to 153 million by 2045.
As mentioned earlier, diabetes is a chronic disease; which means, we need to find ways to control it, besides relying just on medication. And lifestyle has a major role to play in it. Healthy and active lifestyle and balanced diet may help us go a long way in managing diabetes, recommend health experts from across the world. Fortunately, we find a wide range of foods at our disposal that we can include in our regular diet to help manage diabetes - herbs being one such instance.
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Traditionally, spices and herbs have been a part of our medical practice since ages. They are loaded with several essential nutrients, which have been proven to have positive effects on our overall health. Many such herbs have proven diabetes-friendly properties too. Take neem and aloe vera for instance. Let's find out their benefits.
Health Benefits Of Neem: How Neem Helps Manage Diabetes:
Largely grown across India, it is loaded with flavonoids, antioxidants, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help control the surge in glucose. As per a journal Studies on Ethno-Medicine, neem leaf powder was found to control diabetic symptoms on non-insulin dependent diabetics.
Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera: How Aloe Vera Helps Manage Diabetes:
A study, published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, finds that consumption of aloe vera gel may help control diabetes and achieve better fasting blood glucose levels. Another study in the journal Physiotherapy Research shows that the pulp of aloe vera leaves, devoid of the gel, can be beneficial in treating non-insulin-dependent diabetes.
Considering the benefits of both the ingredients, we found a concoction that can be considered to be a great inclusion our diabetes diet. It is called neem-aloe vera juice. Find the recipe below.
How To Make Neem-Aloe Vera Juice:
- 4-5 neem leaves
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
- 1.5 cup water.
- Take water in a saucepan and add need leaves to it.
- Boil for 5-7 minutes on medium flame.
- Strain and cool down.
- Add aloe vera juice to it, mix and drink.
Bonus Tip:Click here to know how to make aloe vera juice from aloe vera plant.
Now that you have the recipe handy, we suggest, include it in your diabetes diet and enjoy an overall health. But remember, always consult an expert before adapting to any lifestyle change, especially in your diet.
Eat healthy, stay fit!
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