Carbohydrates from our food are broken down by the body to produce sugars that are absorbed into the bloodstream and transported throughout our body to provide energy to our cells. The level of sugar (glucose) in the blood is called blood sugar, which normally remains relatively stable because variations in excess (hyperglycemia) or in lack (hypoglycemia) are detrimental to our health.
Blood sugar levels are largely controlled by insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas. Insulin's role is to allow glucose to leave the bloodstream and enter the cells. When the pancreas, insulin and cells do not work in harmony, it can lead to diabetes, a disease characterized by excess sugar in the blood.
Normal people have a fasting blood glucose level of less than 1.10 g/l. If the fasting blood glucose level is equal to or greater than 1.26 g/l, the diagnosis of diabetes is made.
People who fall between normal and diabetes values are identified as having "impaired glucose tolerance," a state of "pre-diabetes" that increases the risk of developing diabetes later.
There are two forms of diabetes:
- Insulin-dependent diabetes (type I diabetes) whose cause is an autoimmune process that attacks the cells in the pancreas responsible for making insulin. Insulin secretion is insufficient, making it more difficult for sugar to enter the cells and accumulate in the bloodstream, raising blood sugar levels.
- Non-insulin-dependent diabetes (type II diabetes)which accounts for more than 90% of diabetes cases. In this case, insulin is produced in normal quantities, but the cells resist the action of the insulin, preventing it from penetrating the sugar. The key (insulin) is good but the cells have changed the lock.
The symptoms of diabetes
Frequent urination, intense thirst, increased appetite, frequent skin infections, poor wound healing, recurrent vaginitis, blurred vision, fatigue and daytime sleepiness are the main signs that should raise suspicion of diabetes.
The treatment of diabetes in natural medicine
Many herbs and a few vitamins have shown interest in regulating blood sugar levels.
Vitamins C, E and B6 lower blood sugar and oppose complications of diabetes.
Mormordica Charantia (Bitter Melon) is an herb used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes because it contains an insulin-like polypeptide that allows a reduction in glycosylated hemoglobin of about 17% after 7 weeks of use.
Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) is an herb for reducing insulin resistance. A recently published clinical study shows that daily consumption of cinnamon (1 to 6 g) lowers fasting blood sugar (by 18% to 29%).
Galega officinalis is a medicinal plant, known since the 16th century in all European countries, that lowers blood sugar in healthy humans as well as in diabetics.
For ease of use, I have combined all these ingredients into a specific formula.
The juice of the fruit of the aronia melanocarpa
This shrub was introduced in Eastern Europe and Scandinavian countries during the 19th century. The fruits are black berries recognized as an exceptional source of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are natural pigments of red, blue and violet color that are found in vitamin P. The aronia juice is obtained by a special extraction process patented by Professor Christo Kratchanov. This process preserves the natural richness of the aronia berries by avoiding any deterioration of the anthocyanins. These substances are indeed quite fragile and degrade rapidly under the effect of heat, oxygen and light.
Diabetics are particularly concerned by the benefits of aronia juice. A scientific study on the effect of drinking the juice of the fruit of aronia melanocarpa in patients with diabetes shows that consumption of 200 ml per day of the juice tends to normalize the blood sugar level of patients in both forms of diabetes. The antioxidant action of aronia juice also effectively fights against the complications of diabetes due to the alteration of blood vessels (eye diseases: diabetic retinopathy, cataract; vascular: damage to vessels that can lead to amputation ...). In addition, aronia also has a positive effect on blood pressure.
The aronia melanocarpa contains more antioxidants than most commercial fruit or vegetable juices. Moreover, a study shows that out of 150 flavonoids, anthocyanins have the highest antioxidant capacity.
In the top 20 antioxidants, wild blueberries are second only to kidney beans (dried), but there is evidence that chokeberries contain about 50% more antioxidants than wild blueberries. For example, bilberry has an anthocyanin concentration of 450 mg per 100 grams, while chokeberry has 1000 mg per 100 grams.
This suggests the enormous potential of aronia berries since we know that anthocyanins help prevent all organic degenerations of varying degrees of severity and counteract the aging of the cognitive faculties and memory.
My treatment protocol for non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes
My Specific Formula is particularly indicated in type 2 diabetes at 4 to 8 capsules (depending on severity of diabetes) per day (spread throughout the day).
- Drink 200 ml in the morning at breakfast and 200 ml in the evening at bedtime for 6 weeks.
- Then, you can normally reduce to 50 ml in the morning and evening.
My treatment protocol for insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes
Both products can be used in type 1 diabetes (in combination with MODUCARE C for its action in autoimmune diseases) under the supervision of a therapist because insulin doses will likely need to be decreased.
By Dr. Thierry SCHMITZ