5 common leaves that can help to control diabetes

Jamun leaves, mulberry leaves, peepal leaves +2 other commonly available leaves for diabetes

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There are numerous home remedies to control diabetes right from jamuns to karela. But did you know there are few leaves which also help in controlling diabetes? Here are few commonly available leaves that can control diabetes backed by research.

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Mulberry leaves: According to a study published in the Journal of nutritional science and vitaminology[1], a mulberry leaf can help in lowering the postprandial blood glucose spike. The leaves work by controlling the enzyme α-glucosidase in the small intestines and hence, help you to keep your diabetes in control.

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Peepal Leaves

Peepal leaves: Used in the traditional system of Ayurveda for the treatment of diabetes, peepal leaves also show antihyperglycemic activity. Drinking peepal extract for 21 days not only lowered blood glucose levels but also improves insulin level in the body reported a study [2].

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Jamun Leaves

Jamun leaves: Just like jamun fruit and its seeds, jamun leaves are also good for diabetics. The leaves are rich in flavanoids, tannins and quercetin, which are known to have a hypoglycemic effect. It could be due to the increased secretion of insulin or by inhibition of insulin degradation in the body [2].

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Tulsi leaves: Eating few tulsi leaves the first thing in the morning not only boosts your immunity but also aids in keeping your blood glucose in control. The leaf extract, when given to rats for 20 days, showed a significant glucose-lowering effect, reported a study [2].

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Fenugreek Leaves

Fenugreek leaves: Not just the methi seeds, even methi (fenugreek) leaves possess anti-diabetic activity. Studies have shown glucose and the lipid-lowering ability of fenugreek leaves. This is attributed to the presence of high fibre content, saponins and trigonelline, which help in controlling glucose and cholesterol level in the body [2].