Both diabetes and high cholesterol are among the most common chronic problems affecting people worldwide. While treating both is often a lifelong process, there are simple Ayurvedic remedies you can try to aid the treatment naturally. But first, let’s understand what happens when you are affected by either of these conditions.
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes And High Cholesterol?
If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it means that your blood sugar levels are quite high. This is either because your body is unable to use the hormone insulin well or it’s not able to produce insulin. In both cases, there isn’t enough insulin in your body to transport glucose to your cells for utilization, leaving a lot of it behind in the blood. High blood sugar levels, in turn, increase your risk of being affected by heart, kidney, and nerve problems.1
Cholesterol, on the other hand, is a fat-like waxy substance that naturally occurs in most parts of your body. You also get cholesterol from some of the food you eat like meat, poultry, and full-fat dairy products. While your body requires some amount of cholesterol, too much of it can be harmful because it sticks to artery walls and can even block them. This is why high cholesterol levels increase your risk of heart disease.2
If you’re looking to combat type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol with Ayurveda, these simple home remedies will do the trick. Before using these, it’s best to consult your doctor to rule out any allergies.
5 Ayurvedic Remedies For Type 2 Diabetes And High Cholesterol
This spice has been found to reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels and is hence ideal for those who have type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.3
How To Use
- Add 3–4 tbsp of cinnamon powder to 1 liter of water.
- Heat this mixture for about 20 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and cool it.
- Drink every day and reap the benefits.
2. Fenugreek Seeds
In addition to being an extensively used spice in the kitchen, fenugreek seeds are quite rich in soluble fiber, which is said to lower blood sugar by improving metabolism.4 These seeds have also been found to be useful in lowering cholesterol levels and in reducing symptoms in those with type 1 diabetes.
How To Use
- Soak 4 tbsp of fenugreek seeds in 250 ml water overnight.
- Strain the mixture.
- Drink the collected water every day for 2 months.
3. Bitter Melon Juice
Bitter melons contain active substances that are said to lower blood glucose levels, making it beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes. Not just that, they are also said to help maintain cholesterol levels thanks to their high fiber content. Although this juice may not taste very good, it’s extremely healthy for you.
How To Use
- Cut open a few fresh bitter melons and remove the skin and seeds.
- Run the vegetables in the mixer till they become a paste.
- Add some water, stir thoroughly, and drink. This juice is best when had on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
4. Coriander Seeds
Coriander seeds have been found to lower the levels of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.5 They also reduce blood sugar levels, making them effective against type 2 diabetes as well.
How To Use
- Add 2 tsp of coriander seeds or powder to 1 cup of water.
- Boil this mixture for a while.
- Strain, cool, and drink this water once or twice a day. You can also replace your daily cups of tea with this.
5. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry or Amla promotes the reduction of fat concentrations in the blood, reducing blood cholesterol levels.6 Not just that, it is also said to promote proper functioning of the pancreas, making it great for treating type 2 diabetes.
How To Use
- Add 1 tsp of Indian gooseberry powder to a glass of warm water. (You could also make your own Indian gooseberry powder by drying and powdering the fruit.)
- Drink this water every morning on an empty stomach and reap the benefits.
Start treating your diabetes and high cholesterol at home with these amazing Ayurvedic remedies today.
|↑1||Diabetes Type 2. Medline Plus.|
|↑3||Khan, Alam, Mahpara Safdar, Mohammad Muzaffar Ali Khan, Khan Nawaz Khattak, and Richard A. Anderson. “Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes care 26, no. 12 (2003): 3215-3218.|
|↑4||Kassaian, Nazila, Leila Azadbakht, Badrolmolook Forghani, and Masud Amini. “Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and lipid profiles in type 2 diabetic patients.” International journal for vitamin and nutrition research 79, no. 1 (2009): 34-39.|
|↑5||Dhanapakiam, P., J. Mini Joseph, V. K. Ramaswamy, M. Moorthi, and A. Senthil Kumar. “The cholesterol lowering property of coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum): mechanism of action.” Journal of Environmental Biology 29, no. 1 (2007): 53.|
|↑6||Jacob, A., M. Pandey, S. Kapoor, and R. Saroja. “Effect of the Indian gooseberry (amla) on serum cholesterol levels in men aged 35-55 years.” European journal of clinical nutrition 42, no. 11 (1988): 939-944.|