Ginseng, chromium, magnesium and cinnamon are commonly used as alternative treatments for Type 2 diabetes, according to About.com. However, scientific evidence does not prove that these supplements cure diabetes, as of 2015.Continue Reading
Some studies have shown that North American ginseng helps improve blood sugar control as well as glycosylated hemoglobin levels, states About.com. Other studies have found low levels of chromium in patients with diabetes. Chromium is a trace mineral that helps the cells respond properly to insulin. It also plays a vital role in metabolising fat and carbohydrates. Many studies suggest that chromium supplements help, but there are no conclusions on level of effectiveness.
Magnesium is another mineral and it helps regulate blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure, bone health, and immune and nerve function. Certain studies have suggested that low levels of magnesium in the body contribute to less blood glucose control in patients with Type 2 diabetes, says About.com. Additionally, some evidence is available that shows magnesium supplements help with insulin resistance. However, high doses of magnesium may cause adverse side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite and muscle weakness.
Cinnamon has also shown to be effective at improving glucose control in patients with Type 2 diabetes in a couple studies. Zinc and aloe vera are two other alternative treatments for Type 2 diabetes, adds About.com.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases