Diabetes is an epidemic that affects more than 380 million people worldwide. It can lead to painful complications including pancreas, heart and liver damage and diabetic nephropathy. Diabetes is also the leading cause of blindness, since it damages blood vessels inside the retina. However, it is possible to ameliorate diabetes through natural therapies rather than chemical-based therapies.
For centuries, natural compounds from herbs and fruits have been used to cure many diseases. One study compared 10,000 Traditional Chinese Medicine components to 8,000 modern drugs. The results of the study indicated that 908 pairs were structurally similar, and 327 were actually structurally identical. This means natural compounds have the same or similar effective medical properties as synthesized compounds.
Some herbs have been proven to improve diabetes and its complications. They effectively reduce symptoms and correct damage from diabetes without causing side effects.
One compound that has been proven to improve diabetes is mangiferin. It is a bioactive compound extracted from the stem bark and leaves of the mango tree Mangifera indica L. This super-herb not only helps regulate diabetes, but it also fights obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.
Mangiferin reduces plasma glucose and insulin levels, and it increases insulin sensitivity to help combat insulin-resistance. There are a few processes that contribute to this effect. Mangiferin naturally inhibits glucosidases, the enzymes responsible for the breakdown and conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. Since the overproduction of glucose causes hyperglycemia, the inhibition of glucosidases will lower a patient’s blood sugar.
This compound also stimulates glucose utilization by improving insulin sensitivity, which helps the body use insulin properly to move glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells. Once insulin is signaled, mangiferin increases the expression of glucose transporters that take glucose to cells. In addition to this, it inhibits gluconeogenesis, a process that creates and releases glucose into the bloodstream to prevent low blood sugar. Incredibly, this herb regulates these processes without affecting insulin levels.
Not only does mangiferin effectively fight diabetes, but it also fights the related complications. It is a polyphenolic compound, which contributes to its antioxidant properties. It protects against oxidative damage to the pancreas, heart, liver and kidneys.
In fact, one study concluded that the regulated oral administration of this herb improved the condition of the pancreas, even on a microscopic level. It also increased the number of β-cells, the cells that store and release insulin in the pancreas. This was due to mangiferin’s ability to reduce hydroperoxides and increase the presence of other antioxidants, like reduced glutathione and vitamin C. It was also proven to be effective against diabetic nephropathy, reversing kidney enlargement and damage, as well as correcting kidney dysfunction.
Mangiferin is a super-herb that is comprehensively effective against diabetes. It inhibits damaging processes while inducing normal, healthy processes. Compounds like mangiferin can help you control your diabetes so that diabetes does not control you. This is why it can be found in our A1Care formula to help regulate blood sugar.