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Mulberry Leaf for Diabetes?
Do you have any information on the efficacy of mulberry to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics?
Answer (Published 9/23/2008)
I discussed your question with Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an expert on botanical medicine and an internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women's health. She tells me that mulberry leaf has been traditionally used to treat diabetes by numerous cultures around the world and that evidence from human studies show that it significantly reduces the rise in blood sugar that occurs after a meal. The dose of mulberry leaf extract used in these trials was one gram before meals. If you're trying to manage type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise, and you think you need more blood sugar control, mulberry leaf extract might help. Dr. Low Dog suggests that you consider taking it before your larger meals of the day.
Some research has also indicated that a powder made from mulberry leaves may help prevent diabetes in otherwise healthy adults by suppressing the rise in blood glucose levels and insulin secretion after meals. The findings, from Japan, were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2007, but the researchers indicated that more study is needed to make sure the powder is effective when taken by overweight and obese individuals at high risk of diabetes.
If you have diabetes, a number of dietary measures as well as nutritional supplements can help with blood sugar control. I recommend the following:
The following botanicals may also help. Look for standardized extract forms and follow the dosage directions on the packages:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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