Diabetes is becoming increasingly common among young and adults alike. It is a silent and serious condition that needs immediate attention and action. If you have developed Type 2 Diabetes take note; ignoring it is like playing Russian Roulette with your health and can result in irreversible damage.
Most people immediately turn to drugs to treat diabetes. They may vary the type of medicine and the dosage as they continually attempt to balance their blood sugar levels. But by considering drugs as their sole treatment option many diabetics are missing a trick. Using conventional treatment to balance sugar levels is like applying a Band-Aid to a deep wound – it’s simply inadequate.
The best way to manage diabetes, and have a lasting effect on diabetic triggers, is to rebalance your body naturally by making simple lifestyle changes.
It's time to recognize that the best way to stop the progress of Type 2 Diabetes is to take control of your health. It really is as simple as 1, 2, 3…
- Adopting a healthier diet
- Increasing physical activity
- Consuming certain herbs which have diabetes-busting properties!
This article will focus on herbs like fenugreek, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric (curcumin) all of which have natural extracts that help to balance the body’s sugar levels.
We will introduce you to SweetBalance, a formula containing concentrated herbal extracts that are designed to combat the symptoms of diabetes.
So get ready to learn the secrets of successful diabetes management. It's much simpler than you may think!
- Is your Hb A1C value higher than 6?
If so then you are officially diabetic. It is therefore important for you to monitor and take action to reduce your blood glucose levels. If left unchecked high glucose levels can damage blood vessels and organs such as eyes, kidneys, heart and limbs.
The two main reasons for the development and deterioration of diabetes are:
- continuing inflammation which causes insulin resistance and
- oxidative stress that causes damage to the cells and organs
In order to diminish oxidative stress it is important to consume strong antioxidants which are contained within certain vegetables and herbs.
- Is your HbA1C value creeping up towards 6?
You may not be diabetic yet, but all the warning signs are there. Don't wait for the inevitable to happen when you can take preventative action today to turn things around.
Herbal Remedies for Diabetes type 2
The following herbs are scientifically backed as having a positive effect on diabetes and are especially valuable tool for those who are prediabetic. These herbal extratcs should be introduced into the diet as a preventative and curative measure.
- How can diabetes be stopped?
- Adapt a low sugar diet that is rich with antioxidants
- Incorporate physical activity into your day – just a daily 30 minute walk can make all the difference.
- Consume herbs like fenugreek, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric (curcumin) that are anti-inflammatory and can help balance the blood sugar level.
Can using herbal extracts really counteract the symptoms of diabetes? The simple answer is yes! But don't take our word for it – take on board the scientific opinion.
The active agents in Fenugreek are 4-hydroxyisoleucine and diosgenin
Fenugreek seeds are known to aid the balancing of blood sugar levels, however people avoid consuming them because they have the undesirable side effect of causing odor in urine, sweat, skin and hair. But don't worry there is a solution: odorless extract that includes all active agents.
Asher Hatzir and Dr. Miryam Vilchenin, the scientists behind H. plant Extracts, developed a concentrated extract of fenugreek that contains all active ingredients without the accompanying odor. This extract is part of the Sweet Balance formula which has been especially designed to help balance the blood sugar level.
Pharmacological research published in February 2015, shows that extract of fenugreek seed improves the release of insulin by delaying the oxidative stress and decreasing the cytokines. Cytokines are proteins which take part in the inflammatory process.
Another finding that came out of the research is that a combination of a drug called Glimepiride (or alternatively Amaryl by Teva) when combined with fenugreek seeds extract is very effective in balancing blood sugar. Using fenugreek alone can have a positive effect but combining it with drugs can also be a powerful tool for combating diabetes.
Professor Zecharia Madar and his colleagues from Hebrew University in Jerusalem claim that fenugreek seeds balance the sugar and fats in blood due to the high content of nutritional fibers – which total a whopping 60%! These nutritional fibers delay the process of starch decomposition into sugar, which consequently delays the absorption of sugar into the blood.
The amino acid, 4-Hydroxyisoleucine, which is found in fenugreek seeds, is a smart acid which helps regulate the body in the following ways:
- It stimulates the pancreas to release insulin – but only when a rise in blood sugar level is detected.
- It decreases insulin resistance in the muscles and liver by increasing the number of the insulin receptors.
- It helps to balance the glucose levels at source by having a direct effect on the pancreatic beta cells, these are the cells that release insulin. 
- Crucially it doesn't influence the hormonal level of somatostatin and glucagon that make sure that the blood sugar level does not fall below normal.
- It decreases the level of the bad cholesterol and triglycerides – and by doing so helps tackle excess weight.
- This acid is safe to consume.
Piperine, the active compound in black pepper, enhances the bioavavilability and bioefficacy of 4-hydoroxyisoleucine.
Diosgenin contained within fenugreek seeds is known for its medicinal qualities; in fact it is the subject of many areas of medical research. In one project researchers from Kyoto University, Japan identified that Diosgenin is a steroidal saponin that may help to balance the blood sugar of patients who have Type 2 Diabetes. 
According to the research, which was based on animal experiments in a laboratory, weight gain can be seen to be caused by an increase of fat tissue and inflammation of the fat tissue. People with Type 2 Diabetes are particularly susceptible to this as insulin resistance is a known factor in the inflammation of fat tissue. The researchers found that diosgenin, which is found in abundance in fenugreek seeds, helps to delay the development of inflammation in fat tissue, reduces the size of fat tissue and contributes to balancing the blood sugar level.
Additional research shows that diosgenin also:
- reduces the concentration of cholesterol, including in the liver
- delays the absorption of cholesterol
- increases the provision of gallbladder acids that digest cholesterol and help to remove it from the body. This is due to the sponins binding gallbladder acids with cholesterol
Did you know ……. Swimming + Fenugreek seeds = Better balanced blood sugar level!
Research published in 2015 shows that the combination of 1 hour of cardiovascular exercise carried out five times a week plus the consumption of fenugreek seeds extract may help balance the blood sugar level. It found also decrease oxidative damage to the heart among diabetic patients.
The researchers chose swimming as the exercise for the research project because it is a physical activity that doesn't burden the feet. It is important to indicate that the swimming sessions increased gradually. Every day the researchers increased the length of time by 10 minutes. The research was conducted on mice and lasted 6 weeks.
Many people are already aware from previous studies (some with disputable results) that swimming and fenugreek seeds both individually have a beneficial effect in balancing the sugar level. However the study of the positive effects of swimming and fenugreek seeds combined had significant results. 
Active agents: Cinnamaldehyde, Coumarin, terpenoids, Polyphenols
Cinnamon is a spice that is extracted from the inner bark of the Casia tree. There are a few types of cinnamon. Each type has a different concentration of active agents that determines its color, flavor and scent. The active agents in cinnamon are very strong anti-oxidants.
The SweetBalance formula contains Korintje cinnamon which is rich with active agents including a larger amount of Cinnamaldehyde compared to other types. Cinnamaldehyde stimulates the peripheral blood circulation, releases spasms and inhibits the enzymes that contribute to the inflammation process.
Coumarin imitates insulin activity. It is also has anti fungal, blood diluting and anti-cancer properties. Professor Don Graves, from California University, has been researching the therapeutic qualities of cinnamon for many years. A research project that Professor Graves and his assistant Richard Anderson carried out on mice showed that the coumarin and a polyphenol found in cinnamon helped to balance the blood sugar level by imitating and amplifying how insulin acts in the body.
Terpenoids are chemical compounds that are produced by the plant to protect itself from radiation, viruses and free radicals.
Dr. Richard Anderson, a researcher at the American Ministry of Agriculture, co-operated with a team of Pakistani researchers to conduct a test on a group of Diabetics. The experiment included 30 people with Type 2 Diabetes who took 1 gram of cinnamon a day for 40 days. The results showed a decrease of 18% to 40% of the sugar blood level, 23% to 30% in the triglycerides, 7% to 27% of the bad cholesterol LDL and decrease of 12 % to 26% in the overall cholesterol. 
High glucose level causes oxidative stress, which leads to tissue damage. Since cinnamon is a strong antioxidant, embedding it within diabetic nutrition or supplements, helps to inhibit tissue damage caused by oxidation.
Cinnamon is also good for diets! It is common for people to feel tired and crave sweet foods after a heavy meal. Digestion takes a lot of energy and therefore our brain signals to our body that it needs sugar to boost energy levels. The solution? Eating cinnamon at the end of a meal slows down the rate that flow passes through the stomach. This stops sugar craving and prevents a sudden increase in the blood sugar level.
Active agent – gingeroles
Over the last few years many articles have been published about the influence of ginger on diabetes and other diseases. Ginger is a root that contains many therapeutic qualities. Of particular interest to our R&D Team is the root, in particular, gingeroles.
Why are gingeroles important?
In March 2013 the ‘International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition’ published a research paper about the influence of ginger on Type 2 Diabetes. The research that was conducted in the medical faculty of Tabriz University, Iran, was double blind – which means that neither the participants nor the researchers were aware which group the participants belonged to. The study included 64 people with Type 2 Diabetes. The group was divided into two as follows; one group took 2 grams of ginger a day for two months whilst the other took a placebo.
After two months the researchers discovered that those who received ginger experienced an improvement in insulin sensitivity and there was a significant decrease in insulin level as well as the in LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides. These results lead the researchers to conclude that ginger helps to decrease the secondary damage caused by Type 2 Diabetes. 
In 2012 the magazine Planta Medica published research that was conducted in the Pharmaceutical Faculty at Sydney University. According to the research ginger extract helps the absorption of sugar in the blood – even without insulin. It helps to regulate the body’s sugar level, in particular for diabetic patients. 
Professor Baizel Rofogalis, one of the research team, explains that the blood sugar of healthy people stays within the standard range thanks to the skeletal muscles which absorb and dispose of excess sugar in the body. For people who are Type 2 Diabetics the skeletal muscles don’t absorb sugar because of a low level of the protein GLUT4 which is a symptom of diabetes. Lack of this protein is one of the main reasons for insulin resistance and high sugar levels among Type 2 Diabetics. According to the researchers, phenols in ginger, called Gingerols, amplify the scattering of GLUT4 protein. Deposits of this protein on the surface of the muscles stimulate them to absorb more sugar. The researchers think that they have found the biggest influence on the absorption of body sugar – gingerol! 
Active agent Curcumin
Turmeric is a yellowy-orange spice that has made the headlines of papers and scientific journals for over thirty years all thanks to Curcumin – the active agent that is extracted from the rhizome of turmeric.
Pubmed, the National Library of Medicine's search service, contains more than 10,000 research papers dealing with its medicinal qualities. The research relating to curcumin indicates that it is an anti-inflammatory agent which may help prevent diabetes by balancing glucose and fat levels in the blood.
The July 2012 issue of the magazine Diabetes Care published an article by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Medical Center in Thailand. Their research included 240 pre diabetes patients and was double blind. The purpose of the research was to check curcumin's efficiency in inhibiting Type 2 Diabetes among participants.
The group of people tested was divided in to two groups: one group was treated with curcumin and the other group was treated with a placebo, over a period of 9 months.
The amount of Curcumin given was 1500 mg per day. No members of the group who took Curcumin developed diabetes and there was even an improvement in the functioning of the beta cells in the pancreas. Among the group that was given the placebo 16.4% developed diabetes. 
A study by Endocrinologist Dr Drew Tortoriello, Dr. Rudolph Leibel, M.D. and their colleagues at Columbia University examined high- dosages of a dietary curcumin in two different mouse models of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. One group contained fat mice that were fed a high calorie diet. The other group consisted of fat female mice that were genetically engineered to never feel sated. Both mice groups were at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Both groups were compared to a control group of thin wild mice that were fed a low fat/low calorie diet.
The endocrinologists discovered that lab mice treated with Curcumin were less susceptible to develop Type 2 diabetes. The mice showed considerably reduced inflammation in fat tissue and liver as compared to controls. The researchers believe that curcumin, the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant ingredient present in turmeric, diminishes insulin resistance and prevents Type 2 diabetes in these mouse models by weakening the inflammatory reaction aroused by obesity.
According to Dr. Tortoriello, "It's too early to tell whether increasing dietary curcumin intake in obese people with diabetes will show a similar benefit." Intake of High doses of Curcumin are impractical, however "it is entirely possible that lower dosages of curcumin could nicely complement our traditional therapies as a natural and safe treatment." 
The Relationship between Muscle Inflammation and Type 2 Diabetes
According to researchers one cause of Type 2 Diabetes is inflammation. Cells damaged by oxidative stress transmit stress signals. The auto immune system responds by activating Kappa B protein and by the secretion of other proteins called Cytokines. The Kappa B protein and cytokines encourage the inflammatory process in liver, fat tissues and pancreatic cells. Inflammation in these tissues causes insulin resistance.
Curcumin inhibits the activation of Kappa B protein and cytokines, both of which are responsible for the inflammatory process. According to researchers curcumin leads to decreased resistance to insulin and by doing so decreases the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. It does this by inhibiting the inflammatory process which accelerates during the development of body fat.
How can you Increase the Absorption of Curcumin by the Body?
The bioavailability of curcumin is low, because the liver secrets it quickly. That's why Piperine should be introduced. Piperine is an extract from black pepper. It increases the absorption of curcumin in the body by a whopping 2000% !! It also improves the absorption of other extracts.
Active agents: Tymol
Thyme is one of the leading therapeutic herbs. It is antiseptic, a strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It also balances the sugar and glyceride levels, is antibiotic and an anti-fungal infection agent. Thyme has a high percentage of proteins and a low percentage of carbohydrates making it good for diabetics.
Studies show that Thyme extract can help a great deal in balancing sugar and cholesterol. An experiment that examined the influence of Thyme extract on diabetic rats, observed an average decrease of 60% in the blood sugar level and the results matched for glyceride levels (LDL, VLDL, the general cholesterol and triglycerides) in the urine acid and in the Createnin. (A high level of createnin indicates kidney damage). Thyme was also shown to cause an increase in the good cholesterol HDL and an improvement of liver functioning was also observed. [15,16]
Thyme contains a great amount of Flavnoids and polyphenols (e.g. rosmarinic acid), which give the plant its color and its anti-oxidant qualities. An Algerian research project tested six main flavnoids of thyme extract and found that they are very powerful anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are of great importance for diabetic patients because they protect the liver and kidneys from damage caused by the condition.
So that is the complicated science bit over! We hope you managed to follow it all!
You may be convinced by the scientific research or perhaps you simply have faith in the healing powers of Mother Nature.
Either way, if you want to consume more of these therapeutic herbs to treat your diabetes then you need to get the balance right. But it is not that simple – which is where Sweet Balance comes into play.
What is SweetBalance?
Asher Hatzir and Dr. Miriam Vilchenin, the scientists behind H. Plant Extract developed the formula based on pure herbs. SweetBalance contains highly concentrated extracts of odorless fenugreek, curcumin thyme and cinnamon. Thanks to the high concentration of these active agents in Sweet Balance, it is enough to take only one capsule a day. Each bottle contains 30 capsules – a month's supply.
SweetBalance may be the answer you have been looking for; an easy way to take control of diabetes (and pre-diabetes) by preventing the triggers.
Our experience has highlighted that although SweetBalance may be of interest to many, some people will be put off if they are sensitive to cinnamon. So H. Plant Extract's R&D team has created the ColBalance formula, which contain concentrated extracts of odorless fenugreek seeds, Curcumin, ginger, olive leaves and black pepper (piperine). These herbs help balance the blood sugar level and fats from the liver and blood. Thanks to its high concentration of active agents it is enough to consume only one capsule a day.
All Balance® products are manufactured in Israel, Kosher, adhere to GMP standards and approved by the Israeli health ministry
Question: Where can you buy these SweetBalance and ColBalance?
Answer: You can purchase our prodcuts on line. If you don't speak or read Hebrew, call our customers service on +972-(0)9-740-2584 or +972-(0)9-7425114 or by Email firstname.lastname@example.org
One quick call to order your SweetBalance products and they will be dispatched to you straight away.
No additional cost if it is certified mail. Additional of 37 Israeli Shekel will be charged if you ask for delivery in Israel or Ecopost ( an expedite delivery) outside of Israel..
Question: How long does it take before an improvement in sugar level is seen?
Answer: Herbs start influencing from day one but the effects can only be seen after 3-4 months when an Hb A1c Hemoglobin test can be conducted. Every decrease of 1% in this test indicates a decrease in diabetic risks by as much as 25% – 40%!
Question: I didn't see an improvement in my daily blood sugar tests! Why?!
Answer: Many of our clients attempt to check the efficiency of SweetBalance by looking for improvements in their daily sugar level tests. However this test, carried out with the personal gadget reflects the sugar level at a certain time, but the sugar levels in the blood fluctuate rapidly. Therefore, the best way to determine if the level has balanced is to take the Hb A1c hemoglobin test.
Recommendations on SweetBalance®
David Kapah, Naturopath and Herbalist, from an article that was published in the Makor Rishon Shabbat magazine. We quote:
"Since many people have diabetes and everyone is looking for herbal solution, I was looking for a product or products that can help – in addition to healthy and balanced nutrition, physical activity and weight loss. After much effort I found capsules containing a wonderful mix that reduces and balances the blood sugar level, and dissolves fats and triglycerides in the blood. The product is called SweetBalance. The formula is produced by a company named H. Plant Extract Ltd. Which specialize in producing herbal formulas for a variety of uses. These capsules contain concentrated hydrated extracts of fenugreek, curcumin, cinnamon, thyme and black pepper. The herbs contained within the capsules are known to have many medicinal qualities. One capsule equals 21 teaspoons of ground dry plant. The capsules dissolve fats in the blood and the liver and support the pancreatic function. They are not poisonous and don’t have any odor."
If you are looking for a way to treat the causes of diabetes, rather than the effects; we give you the following simple advice:
- adopt a healthy nutritious diet
- undertake physical activity on a daily basis
- take a SweetBalance® capsule once a day
SweetBalance may be the answer you have been looking for; an easy way to take control of diabetes (and pre-diabetes) by preventing the triggers.
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