Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common illnesses facing Americans today, and the number of people suffering from it is growing. Almost 30 million people living in the United States are suffering from diabetes, with over 8 million of them not aware of their condition.
Although there are different types of medication available for people with diabetes, many of them can cause unpleasant side effects that interfere with one’s quality of life.
Thankfully, there is a natural solution to diabetes that many people aren’t aware of, and it turns out to be the leaf of a popular fruit that you might already have in your home.
Mango Leaves and Diabetes
A 2010 study found that the extract from mango leaves proved to be a promising, all-natural treatment for diabetes. This is mainly due to its blood sugar-lowering (hypoglycemic) properties.
Researchers tested their hypothesis on animal test subjects that were diagnosed with diabetes. They found that test subjects that were given the mango extract absorbed less glucose through their gastrointestinal tract, which would cause their blood sugar levels to lower.
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Although the researchers did not include their method of extracting from the mango leaf, they did mention that it was a liquid extraction, meaning that you can make your own version of it right at home! Follow these instructions to make a mango leaf extract (all you need is a glass jar, mango leaves, vodka, a strainer and patience). Luckily, there is a much simpler method which is less potent, but very easy to incorporate into your daily routine:
Mango Leaf Tea
- 3-4 mango leaves
- To start off, boil three to four mango leaves in a small pot of water.
- After it is finished boiling, let these leaves sit in the water overnight, to maximize the amount of mango extract left in the water.
- Strain the leaves and drink the remaining solution first thing in the morning.
- Drinking it on an empty stomach ensures that you will absorb as much of the mango leave’s diabetes-fighting nutrients as possible.
Diabetes Health Risks
The high blood sugar associated with diabetes has a variety of effects on our health, some of which you may not expect. These can include blurry vision or blindness, kidney disease, and sexual dysfunction.
If someone has other health problems along with diabetes, such as obesity, this can result in an increased risk of more serious, life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
This shows that symptoms of diabetes can range from debilitating to life threatening, which emphasizes the need for more healthy, natural treatments to the disease. This, as well as the fact that it is growing at an incredibly fast rate.
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