Lettuce Discuss… Holistic Medications for Diabetes and Heart.

Each of these supplements are readily available and the beauty of these is that they are all-natural and support your bodies own systems.

Picture of goldenseal

Picture of goldenseal

Goldenseal Root (known to many as the cure all)was first used by the Native Americans who named it “Yellow Root” due to its bright yellow colour.

For a diabetic this is an important herb because of its ability to lower blood sugar levels. It also has the effect of being a natural form of insulin; this supports the pancreas to decrease high levels of blood sugar. It is also an anti-inflammatory and can treat diabetic complications. Goldenseal also cleanses the urinary system. The Alkaloids in goldenseal are a natural anti biotic which helps fight infections. It also strengthens the heart. In addition it’s also antiseptic and stimulates the immune system. I have used Goldenseal for colds and the flu that was not responding to Echinacea alone. Goldenseal has natural compounds that activate certain white blood cells that destroy fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Goldenseal in liquid form can be used for ear infections, cold sores, and skin rashes, I’ve also used Goldenseal on skin blemished as a topical medication and it works amazing well.

Warning! If you use goldenseal long term it can have a negative effect on the intestinal flora. In women this can decrease the healthy bacteria found in the Vagina and can cause dryness, itching and or infection. I would therefore recommend adding friendly bacteria to your diet such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus.  This should be added when taking any Anti Biotic.

More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_acidophilus

This can be added by taking supplements from a health store or by adding pro-biotic drinks to your diet. If you are Vegan a great source of pro-biotic is Coconut Yogurt, Tempeh, Miso, or Sauerkraut. The fermentation of the soya bean in Tempeh and Miso create the pro-biotic. You can also buy Vegan supplements.

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn Berry is very beneficial to the circulatory system. It treats high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, and also strengthens the heart. It has been indicated that it strengthens blood vessels, lowers cholesterol and restores the muscle wall of the heart.

It also protects against the formation of plaques known as Atherosclerosis. This in turn reduces the occurrence of angina and also limits the likelihood of stroke.

In Europe Hawthorn Berry is regarded as an effective treatment for early stages of heart disease. Commission E, a branch of the German Government that approves and studies the use of Herbal treatment in so called “Mainstream Medicine” endorses the use of Hawthorn Berry as a first line treatment for the Heart.

Chromium GTF

Chromium GTF

Chromium GTF Chromium is a trace mineral that has a role to play in reducing your blood sugar levels. GTF stands for Glucose Tolerance Factor. This works again with the bodies own insulin to transport Glucose from the blood cells.

Chromium is also needed by the liver to make fatty acids. Without chromium your blood fats can rise because the liver struggles to filter them out. I find it really helpful if I know I’m going to be having a sugar rich day, such as birthdays and special occasions.

For my own health all these are so beneficial and I cant praise them highly enough.

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