Camomile Tea a Natural Remedy for Diabetes

Researchers have just discovered that the natural health remedy camomile tea can help lower blood sugar levels. This could be good news for millions of type 2 diabetics although the research was done on rats. Camomile tea, a natural remedy that has been used for centuries, is probably best known for soothing the nerves and helping to promote sleep although many people drink it to calm an upset stomach.

The scientists discovered that some of the chemical components of camomile tea lowered blood sugar levels in the rats by a quarter over a period of 3 weeks. They also found that the extracts could help to prevent the development of diabetic complications such as kidney disease, problems with nerves (diabetic neuropathy), eye diseases, heart disease and poor circulation to the legs and feet.

A spokesperson for Diabetes UK says “more research is needed before we can come to any conclusions about the role camomile tea plays in fighting diabetes-related complications” and ” Diabetes UK would not recommend people with diabetes increase their camomile tea intake just yet” Well there certainly would not be any harm in doing so provided you like the taste but there are a number of other natural health remedies that can help with blood sugar control.

Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia) also know as bitter gourd, is a fruit that has been used for years as a natural remedy for diabetes. Many sicientific studies have confirmed the blood sugar lowering effects of the fresh juice or extract of the unripened fruit. It seems to work both by improving the sensitivity of the cells to insulin as well as increase the production of beta cells in the pancreas so improving its ability to produce insulin.

Fenugreek seeds, probably better known to us for their use as a flavouring for curries, have been used for a variety of medicinal uses in the Middle East. A number of studies have shown that fenugreek seed powder can lower fasting blood sugar levels, control blood sugar swings in diabetic patients and may stimulate insulin secretion as well as increasing insulin receptors in red blood cells.

Gymnema sylvestre bitter gourds extracts are proven to stimulate beta cells of pancreas to produce enough of the hormone insulin. the leaves have bben used in Ayurveda. Traditional Indian medicine for years and is known as “destroyer of sugar”. People in India chew the leaves to reduce the taste for sweet foods.

Blueberry leaves extract (vaccinium myrtillus) can reduce blood sugar levels. Some people prefer to take it as a tea which can be drunk three times a day for six to 12 weeks before any difference in blood sugar levels is seen. To prepare the tea you soak tha leaves in cold water and then simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.

Diet is important

Of course all natural health remedies will work better if you eat a healthy diet. The corner stone of treatment for diabetes is diet and exercise. Researchers have discovered that a more primitive diet high in complex carbohydrates (unrefined), low in fats and animal products can control diabetes without insulin or drugs. The diet known as the high complex fiber diet (HCF) is high in whole cereal grains, legumes and root vegetables but reduces fat intake and refined sugar.

Exercise improves the insulin sensitivity of the cells and can help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and weight.

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Alzheimer’s Disease – Celery and Green peppers hailed as new Natural Health Remedies

Scientist recently reported that a simple substance found in celery and green peppers may be used as a natural health remedy help to prevent inflammation in the brain. This finding could have important implications for aging and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

Although inflammation is the body’s response to fight infection and to promote healing researchers have shown that chronic inflammation is involved in many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, asthma, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases attributed to the aging process.

Celery and green peppers are an abundant source of the natural health remedy luteolin, a flavanoid which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. Chronic inflammation is associated with the production of free radicals which causes untold damage to cells.

To prevent free radical damage the body has its own system of antioxidants but it depends on adequate vital nutrients such as Vitamins A, C & E, carotenoids and the minerals selenium, copper, zinc and iron being present.

These vital nutrients and many other naturally occurring antioxidants in food come from a diet high in flavanoids found in fresh fruit, vegetables, green tea, red wine and cocoa.

As well as celery and green peppers luteolin is also found in cabbage, carrots, parsley, basil, thyme and camomile. Chronic inflammatory conditions will only stop when the free radicals in the area of inflammation is stabilized and the attack on healthy cells ends.

Dr Perlmutter, a neurologist who treats Alzheimers and other brain conditions with nutritonal protocols refers to these conditions as “the brain on fire”. He explains that the symptoms result from the damage done to the neurons (brain cells) by the free radicals generated by free radicals. You have to put out the fire to improve the condition.

The most effective natural approach to Alzheimer’s Disease must reduce the inflammation and free radical damage and improve the function of the neurones.

An anti-inflammatory diet excludes foods that promote inflammation:

  • Foods high in saturated fats such as meat, dairy products and eggs as well as other high fat foods, fried foods and processed foods high in trans fats or hydrogenated fats.
  • Processed meats such as luncheon meats, sausages and hot dogs that contain nitrites.
  • Sugar and high sugar foods like soft drinks, candy, cakes and pastries.

And emphasizes foods that reduce inflammation:

  • Omega 3 fats from oily fish, (not swordfish, shark, king mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax oil or seeds (linseeds).
  • Fresh fruit & vegetables including plenty of green leafy vegetables and berries. 5 or more servings a day.
  • Vegetarian protein from beans and lentils.
  • Wholegrains – They do not trigger insulin that promotes inflammation.
  • Free range or organic poultry
  • Pure water, herbal teas, vegetable juices


Vitamin C And Cancer

Recent Worldwide Newspaper headlines claimed that a study showing high doses of Vitamin C given intravenously could destroy cancer cells was a “breakthrough discovery”. This infuriated many doctors who have been using IV Vitamin C since the 1970’s as part of natural health remedy treatments for cancer. Dr Robert Cathcart has been using IV Vitamin C for many diverse conditions including cancer for over 30 years.

Other sensational media headlines in 1998 claimed that Vitamin C causes cancer. Journalists reported on a study that showed 500mg Vitamin C daily (a dose taken as a natural health remedy by many people) caused damage to DNA which sometimes leads to cancer.

But all of the headlines could just as well have stated that Vitamin C supplements prevented DNA damage. That’s because the same study also found that Vitamin C did that as well. Even the lead author of the study said that the results were being over-interpreted. One eminent scientist dismissed it bluntly as “bad science.”

Bruce N. Ames, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, has often pointed out that about half of all chemicals, natural and synthetic, cause DNA damage. He says that naturally occurring compounds in alfalfa sprouts (canavanine), broccoli (isothiocyanate), potato (solanine), celery (psoralen), and onion (quercetin), and most fruits and vegetables cause DNA damage. (Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter ©1998.)

So is Vitamin C good or bad?

There is a wealth of scientific evidence that supports the view that relatively high levels of Vitamin C are good for health and relatively low levels are bad for health. Practitioners of Natural Medicine have known since the 1960’s that Vitamin C is an anti-cancer agent.

The late Dr Linus Pauling, known as the “Father of Vitamin C” said that large intakes of up to 10 grams of Vitamin C each day aids anti-cancer activity within the body. He regularly took high oral doses of the vitamin himself and pioneered research into it’s power to treat heart disease.

Dr Mark Levine one of the authors of the study claimed that intravenous Vitamin C is the only form that is effective in fighting cancer due to the body tightly controlling the levels in the blood. But two doctors of the Alliance of Natural Health’s Scientific Expert committee stated that this is not true. Doses of Vitamin C taken by mouth are effective in attaining consistently high blood levels.

The researchers found that intravenous Vitamin C produced hydrogen peroxide, which was able to reduce cancerous tumors of ovaries, pancreas and brain in mice by 43 percent to 51 percent. Normal cells are not harmed.

How much should you take?

Dr Pauling recommended taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance if you want the best of health. This means that you take Vitamin C in 2 or 3 doses over the day and gradually increase the dose until you get a significant looseness of the bowels.

Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant and is needed for many enzyme reactions in the body. It is needed for the formation of collagen to hold the cells together and for healthy teeth, gums and blood vessels. It improves iron absorption and resistance to infection.

It is found in fresh vegetables and fruits, such as broccoli, green and red peppers, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lemon, cabbage, pineapples, strawberries, citrus fruits. Eating 5 – 9 portions of fruit and vegetables a day have been shown in many studies to prevent cancer.

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