Several natural supplements, including chromium, ginseng, and cinnamon can be used to treat diabetes, reports WebMD. As of 2015, significant scientific evidence has not been found supporting the long term use of these natural treatments, however.Continue Reading
American ginseng supplementation has been linked to reduced fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels in a handful of studies, according to WebMD. The plant has also been found to lower the average blood sugar levels over a three month period, but long term evidence has yet to be compiled on ginseng's efficacy against diabetes. Likewise, chromium has been linked to increased diabetic control but significant evidence has yet to be compiled. Researchers believe chromium is a component of a glucose tolerance factor, which allows insulin to work more efficiently. Scientists also suspect magnesium supplementation to improve diabetic symptoms, as magnesium deficiencies have been linked to lowered insulin sensitivity by bodily tissues.
Cassia cinnamon has been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, reports WebMD. In a 40 day study, individuals consumed between one to six grams of cinnamon a day. These people reported a 24 percent decrease in blood sugar, as well as an 18 percent decrease in blood cholesterol. Scientists believe cinnamon improves insulin efficiency, allowing the body to move more blood sugar from the blood.Learn more about Nutrition & Diets