by Joseph Patrick Jakubal
The number of people in modern societies who have developed problematic blood sugar levels
has now reached epidemic proportions!
It is unfortunate because many of these cases should
never have happened in the first place . . . they occur because people do not commonly
realize that obesity and abnormal blood sugar levels go hand-in-hamd.
Mothers often gain weight when pregnant and fail to take it off afterwards . . . this factor
(combined with poor nutrition and lack of exercise) reults in ever increasing weight gains.
Consider the rapid pace of modern living ... a high fat, low nutrient pastry for
breakfast ... a quick burger, fries and cola for lunch ... high fat dinners, and you
have the recipe for "diabetes mellitus".
Often people do not realize that they have a problem until it is too late and the results are
irreversible ... vision loss, vascular degeneration, etcetera. Warning signs do exist and,
when heeded, can cause people to change their lifestyles. Feelings of fatigue and frequent
voiding of urine can be the catalyst that causes people to alter their diet and exercise habits. Sometimes, however, doing all the "right things" fails to control high blood sugar levels and "extra measures" must be taken.
One "extra measure" is the ingestion of certain herbs known to balance blood sugar levels. Pterocarpus marsupium is a great herb from India that has been used for centuries to counteract high blood glucose levels. One of the primary ingredients, "epicatechin" has been tested on animals and found to reduce glucose levels in the blood to normal levels (see the Journal of Life Sciences ... Chakravarthy 1982).
Another effective herb from India is Gymnema sylvestre, an extract from it's leaves has been tested and shown to balance glucose levels, imporove the availability of insulin and control blood fat levels (see two studies published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1990 ... Baskaran and Shanmugasundaram).