There is a close correlation with high sugar levels in the blood and having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Since many women with endometriosis also experience (PCOS), I thought I would share an introductory article by Bridgit Danner from the Women’s Wellness Collaborate on balancing blood sugar naturally.
Please note: this article is contributed by Bridgit Danner, LAc, FDNP
There are lots of good ways to balance your blood sugar, like eating more healthy fats and fiber, and reducing stress. But if you feel like you are doing all the right things, yet still craving the sweet stuff every day, or crashing hard after meals, you can consider these supplements.
Magnesium is an important mineral for blood sugar regulation, and many women with endometriosis are deficient in it.There is a correlation between low magnesium and insulin resistance. In insulin resistance, the body’s cells are blocking the uptake of sugars, so we may feel tired, hungry or crave sweets, even though there is enough sugar in our system. To get your magnesium, be sure your digestive system is working correctly, and get: dark, leafy greens, raw cocoa powder, almond butter, pumpkin seed, green juices, spinach, quinoa, sesame seeds, black beans, cashews and sunflower seeds. You can also take a high quality magnesium supplement at 400 mg/day.
Berberine is a yellow plant compound found in several plants, including oregon grape, tree turmeric and goldenseal. It has a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, and benefits our blood sugar as well. In fact, it was tested to be as effective as the drug Metformin in controlling blood sugar! (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18442638)
It also helps prevent mid-section weight. It seems to do this in two ways. One is that it activates an enzyme called adenosinemonophosphate-activated protein kinase, or AMPK, that revs up your metabolism. In a related effect, it alters the microbiome, in favor of bacteria that produce beneficial short-chain fatty acids.This may contribute to the alleviation of inflammation, insulin resistance and obesity by reducing the release of intestinal endotoxins into the blood. Ask your doctor about taking 500mg three times a day before meals.
I would take a break from time to time on its use, however, as it is a potent anti-microbial.
Gymnema sylvestre, usually called gymnema, is a herb native to India and Sri Lanka. Its nickname is ‘miracle fruit,’ although it’s actually the leaf that gets used medicinally. The constituents aponins have the effect of suppressing the taste of sweetness. It is traditionally used in India to treat diabetes. The leaves of the Gymnema sylvestre plant contain gymnemic acids, which have been shown to slow the transport of glucose from the intestines to the bloodstream. This helps to lower blood sugar. Some research also suggests that gymnema extract can help repair and regenerate the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This herb is really powerful, especially in the tincture form and rinsed around the mouth, and I’m surprised it’s not used more, considering the high incidence of blood sugar issues in the modern world. Try a dropper full three times a day, or use when you have a craving.
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