Taking natural dietary supplements and consuming plant foods that include coffee, cloves, cinnamon and broccoli, may help in treating diabetes naturally, according to WebMD. However, studies are still in progress to determine if alternative treatments can counter diabetes completely.
Coffee contains a compound that may improve insulin sensitivity, states WebMD. Clove extracts are enriched with eugenol, a chemical compound that may help to lower levels of blood sugar, triglycerides and bad cholesterol. Cinnamon may be helpful for sugar and cholesterol metabolism. Although the foods are still under study, research indicates that plant foods enriched with minerals, fiber and vitamins are generally good for diabetics.
Natural dietary supplements for diabetes treatment include vanadium, chromium and magnesium according to WebMD. However, there is no credible evidence that proves chromium and vanadium can aid in reducing risk of diabetes. Studies indicate that low levels of magnesium may result in fluctuating blood sugar levels, and eating enough nuts and green leafy vegetables, which are enriched with the magnesium, may lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
People with diabetes should consult with medical experts before turning to natural therapies, advises WebMD, and should not prepare medicines with more than two herbs. People who develop complications such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fast heart rate and insomnia should stop using the herbs and consult with medical experts.