Haritaki and its benefits in aiding the reduction of the effects of diabetes
While the scale of the diabetes epidemic affecting North America is massive, the herbs that can positively affect blood sugars have been known for many years.
In North America the diabetes problem is immense. Diabetes is the 7th major cause of death, 10% of the population have diabetes and in older people the problem is even more prevalent, at 25% of the population in seniors.
In addition to these issues diabetes also increases death from heart attack by twice to regular rate for non diabetes patients.
There are many other problems that diabetes contributes to, including:
- Kidney disease
- Amputations of lower limbs
The direct costs to the economy of the USA from decreased productivity from diabetes is estimated to be $67 billion per year.
Diabetes is now also becoming very common in India, because of the use of rice in the diet, the increasing amount of sugars consumed and the rapid decrease in exercise in the middle class population.
Haritaki has been used for centuries to reduce the fluctuations in blood glucose. Recently research has indicated that there is very strong effects using Haritaki to increase glucose tolerance and thus affect diabetes.
Haritaki has been found to help Diabetes
3) Diabetes (Prameha):
Haritaki powder: Every morning and evening consume 1 tea spoon of Haritaki powder with a little honey. Constant intake of Haritaki helps to control diabetes (Astanga Sangraha Chikitsa Stahna, 14/5).
Water extract of dry fruits of Terminalia chebula at a dose of 200 mg/kg body weight improved the glucose tolerance as indicated by 44% of reduction in the peak blood glucose at 2nd hour in glucose tolerance test in diabetic (streptozotocin induced) rats (Murali YK et al., Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, 2004)
Diabetes is defined as:
The body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, or the cells in the body do not react to insulin (insulin resistance).
Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are type 2.Measuring the glucose level in blood
Some people may be able to control their type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise, and monitoring their blood glucose levels. However, type 2 diabetes is typically a progressive disease – it gradually gets worse – and the patient will probably end up have to take insulin, usually in tablet form.
Overweight and obese people have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with a healthy body weight. People with a lot of visceral fat, also known as central obesity, belly fat, or abdominal obesity, are especially at risk. Being overweight/obese causes the body to release chemicals that can destabilize the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems.
Being overweight, physically inactive and eating the wrong foods all contribute to our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.Drinking just one can of (non-diet) soda per day can raise our risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%, researchers from Imperial College London reported in the journal Diabetologia. The scientists believe that the impact of sugary soft drinks on diabetes risk may be a direct one, rather than simply an influence on body weight.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also greater as we get older. Experts are not completely sure why, but say that as we age we tend to put on weight and become less physically active. Those with a close relative who had/had type 2 diabetes, people of Middle Eastern, African, or South Asian descent also have a higher risk of developing the disease.
Men whose testosterone levels are low have been found to have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, say that low testosterone levels are linked to insulin resistance. (Link to article)
If you have an interest in diabetes then please do more research on Haritaki and its use in reducing diabetes. I recommend that you obtain Haritaki and start taking small amounts while monitoring your glucose level in the blood.
The amount I recommend that you take to begin with is 1 capsule or 1/4 teaspoon if you have the powder.
Obviously changes in diet and exercise can help immensely in controlling the diabetes. I recommend daily walks of at least 1 hour to get your whole energetic system active and processing the food, the air and the water that you consume effectively.
It is recommended that you reduce fried food intake and drop meat consumption from your diet. instead increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. Stay away from processed foods. This combination of lots of activity, healthy eating, consumption of large amounts of water and daily Haritaki can have a very dramatic shift in the diabetes onset and expansion. The best of success to you.