Many people nowadays wonder how to reduce diabetes with home remedies, since diabetes has become a major heath issue across the world.
After biting into a tooth-achingly sweet treat, we may joke that this indulgence will give us instant diabetes. Unfortunately, the joke could be on us because diabetes is really no laughing matter.
Since the mid 1990s, the number of people living with diabetes has increased almost four times, mostly because of the way people eat, move and live. About 422 million people globally have diabetes and it directly causes at least 1.6 million deaths each year.
These statistics are rather grim but the good news is that the most common type of diabetes (Type 2) — which accounts for 90 per cent of diabetes cases — is preventable. Why? Because lifestyle factors: a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking or drinking too much alcohol are the causes of this type of diabetes.
Most of us know that diabetes has something to do with having too much sugar in the blood. For Type 1 diabetes, this occurs because our pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, a chemical that regulates blood sugar. For Type 2 Diabetes, unhealthy lifestyle choices cause our bodies to become resistant to insulin or to not produce enough of it, so our blood sugar soars.
The scary part about diabetes is that this sugary blood can lead to serious health issues. It is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke. Diabetes can also affect blood circulation, which may then cause foot ulcers. These can be difficult to treat and sometimes lead to lower limb amputation.
We can prevent diabetes at the pre-diabetes stage, when blood sugar levels are slightly elevated. With exercise, a healthy diet and weight loss, one-third of pre-diabetics can revert to normal glucose levels. And for those who already have diabetes, medication and insulin can treat the condition.
There’s also a lot of interest in alternative and complementary medicines that can lower blood sugar levels and treat diabetes. Black Seed oil is one medicinal ingredient that looks very promising and effective.
Black Seed oil is from the seeds of the Nigella sativa, a small plant with pale purple, blue or white flowers. It grows in Eastern Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East. Kalonji, black cumin or black caraway are other names for Black Seed.
The plant has been grown for more than 3,000 years and ancient Egyptians even used it as a remedy. In fact, black seeds were found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.
At that time, people prized Black Seed oil as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. They also used it as a digestive aid to treat colds, headaches, toothache and infections. Even the Prophet Mohammed praised it, saying “Black seed heals every disease except for death.”
Cooks across the Middle East and India. have also used both Black Seed oil and the seeds for millennia to spice up their dishes.
Containing more than 100 known chemical compounds, Black Seed oil is bursting with health benefits.
It contains a complex blend of ingredients, some with tongue twisting names: thymoquinone (TQ) thymohydroquinone (THQ), nigellone, chlorophyll and lignan, as well as omega 3-6-9, minerals, proteins and amino acids and calcium, folic acid, copper, zinc and B vitamins. These work in tandem to make it just like a turbo-boosted multi-vitamin for total wellness.
Its main super-compound is thymoquinone, which is hard to spell but good to remember. It has definite antioxidant properties and holds promise for preventing and treating asthma, blood pressure, and even certain cancers.
The huge array of health-giving compounds in Black Seed oil means that it can be used to treat a diverse range of issues. It benefits the respiratory system, immunity, circulation and digestion. More recently, it has also been used to successfully treat asthma, allergies and skin conditions ranging from acne to psoriasis.
Extensive research shows that Black seed oil is highly effective in increasing the body’s immunity and decreasing inflammation. There has also been specific research into its effects on diabetes :
A review of research in Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2015) showed that taking Black Seed oil can improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. It may also improve cholesterol levels.
A 2016 overview in the British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, indicated that Black Seed oil enhances insulin production and glucose tolerance. It also concluded that the seeds can play a significant role in the treatment of diabetes complications. These can include neuropathy, or numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, and narrowing of the arteries.
A 2017 study found that over time black cumin seed oil reduced HbA1c — the average blood glucose level. This review considered both animal and human studies. It found that Black Seed oil and its compound thymoquinone increased insulin levels, decreased insulin resistance and decreased glucose absorption in the intestines.
Activated Black Seed oil, from Botanica Culture, turbo charges the benefits of black seeds by adding four more superfood ingredients. This blend is a unique, carefully researched formulation which adds additional powerful oils to black seed oil. This creates the perfect blend of Omega 3, 6 and 9, which you can’t get from black seed oil on its own.
The blend includes Oregano oil to boost ABS’ antibacterial and antiviral effects. Lemon oil works to detoxify the liver. The formulation also includes rare Styrian pumpkin seed oil, made by preserving hull-less pumpkin seeds. This ingredient has numerous benefits for the heart, skin, brain and prostate. It also contains high levels of cholesterol-fighting phytosterols.
Activated Black Seed oil is a targeted mix of omega fatty acids, proteins and vitamins that significantly reduce inflammation — the body’s worst enemy.
To use Activated Black Seed oil for diabetes, take 1 teaspoon internally in the morning on an empty stomach.
Check first with your doctor before taking Black Seed oil for diabetes. The oil may slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking medication that affects blood clotting, Black Seed oil is not for you. Stop taking black seed oil at least two weeks before surgery.
Pregnant women (or women trying to become pregnant) and those breastfeeding shouldn’t use black seed oil.
Treating diabetes holistically
The World Health Organisation is tackling and treating diabetes through early diagnosis and lifestyle changes. A healthy diet, exercise and stress relief can definitely keep diabetes at bay. Active interventions: prescribing insulin, oral medication, blood pressure control and foot care to prevent ulcers are also helpful.
Black Seed oil brings a tried and trusted remedy from the past (even good enough for King Tut) to the growing demand for more holistic, natural treatments. It is the perfect addition to existing diabetes treatment options.
By helping to prevent some of the fatal complications that can occur with diabetes, perhaps Black Seed oil may even become the oil that can heal everything, including death itself.