We have all heard of several home remedies for Type 2 Diabetes. From karela juice, to apple cider vinegar, to cow urine, some may work, some may not. However, there is one home remedy that has become popular lately, and that is the insulin plant for diabetes. Does this plant really work? Does it stimulate insulin production as it claims? Read on to learn if the insulin plant is helpful in treating Type 2 Diabetes.Contents:
The insulin plant, also known as Costus igneus, has been used in Ayurveda to lower blood glucose levels. The leaves are high in fibre, carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins like ascorbic acid, and α-tocopherol. The leaves also contain phytochemicals such as triterpenoids, saponins, tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids, and β-carotene,
The triterpenoids like corosolic acid, α and β-amyrin are thought to be the major compounds that exhibit the hypoglycaemic (blood sugar lowering) properties of the Insulin plant.
Though numerous studies have been conducted on the hypoglycaemic properties of the insulin plant, the exact mechanism of action is yet to be determined. Most of these studies claim that there has been a noticeable and significant decrease in blood sugar levels after consuming the leaves from the Costus igneus plant.
Studies claim that this glucose-lowering property of the insulin leaves can be the result of one or more of the following.
Studies have shown that the insulin plant does not cause any toxicity when consumed in higher quantities. However, it is advisable to limit your consumption to one or two fresh leaves or 10 to 15 g (1 tbsp) of dried powder a day.
If you are on medication for Type 2 Diabetes, consult your doctor before consuming insulin leaves.
The ideal time to consume insulin leaves or powder is in the morning, before or after your breakfast. However, the leaves can also be consumed in the evenings, before a snack or dinner.
Several studies have observed that regular consumption of the leaves of the insulin plant had no side effects. The leaves showed no toxicity during studies despite being administered in higher quantities. Although there are no reported adverse effects of over consumption of insulin leaves, it is recommended to limit your consumption to two leaves per day.
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