Black Seed for Diabetes

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We could say that there are three main degrees of knowledge when it comes to treating diabetes with medications.  The first one we could call “limited,” which may be either limited in general, the kind most people have, or it could be limited to certain types of medications, the pharmaceuticals that medical doctors prescribe for instance.

So there are a number of prescriptions that can be used, but one of the big problems with this approach is that the medicine chest is limited to patent medicines created by pharmaceutical companies.  Aside from concerns as to whether these medications harm us overall or not, this certainly is limiting one’s scope, and we might wonder why medical doctors are limited to just these, and why they aren’t familiar with non prescription options.

They may tell you that it’s only the prescription medicines that actually work, but this just exposes their ignorance even more, as that’s not the case at all.  There are other things that you can take that lower blood sugar by actually improving one’s health, treating the diabetes at a deeper level than just looking at one superficial symptom, blood sugar, and in doing so they produce more durable benefits as well, making us better and better rather then worse and worse, where even blood sugar control becomes more and more difficult over time.

What’s the real reason why medical doctors don’t know about natural medicines?  Well it’s because this stuff is not part of the curriculum, although that wasn’t always the case.  In the early 20th century, medical schools and medicines went corporate, when these corporations started controlling the entire industry, and only their stuff is taught, only their products are recommended, and this has been the case for a very long time now.

People have been using medicine for thousands of years now, and quite effectively actually, and since this new man made medicine kick has come on the scene, people are sicker and sicker every year.  This is not a coincidence actually as these medications have been shown to do a lot of harm overall, clearly increasing the amount of disease we see overall.

In any event, we should be looking at all sources of medicine and putting them side by side and seeing which ones are preferable, which is the major mistake of the limited view.  So the limited view is limited in both scope and knowledge.

The next level, which we can call comprehensive, isn’t as limited, more medicines are on the table, they just aren’t aware enough about what works and what works best.  You see this with a lot of more holistically inclined doctors as well as other folks who promote natural health care, they do recommend a few things but what they recommend tend not to be the best things to take for diabetes and they tend to recommend an assortment of the same things, the ones that are better known.

So you might see berberine in there and the knowledge of the benefits of berberine have been well populated of late, so it’s on the hit parade, and is touted, correctly, as something that not only works as well as prescription medications to lower blood sugar, it does so with virtually no side effects and conveys a number of other important benefits.

Those on this level do tend to follow the hit parade and you see a lot of the same things recommended, many of which are of little value in treating type 2 diabetes.  So you may see an article or a video and there’s a portion of it where they are giving you their top recommendations and it turns out they aren’t all that aware of what the best things to take actually are.

It actually takes a lot of work, a lot of research, to know what’s going on here and they just haven’t put in the time, and I can tell you from personal experience that we’re talking a lot of time here.  Not everyone is like that though, this is the reason why I really like Sayer Ji and his site greenmedinfo, Sayer devotes his time to discovering all the stuff out there and is well informed indeed, and his site is a valuable reference.

So along with berberine there are several other actual top natural medicines, some of which I have discussed on here already, such as creatine, gynostemma, and bergamot, things that work as well as prescriptions but are also good for you.  Hardly anyone knows about creatine for instance but it’s as good as any med, who knew, isn’t this supposed to be just a body building supplement?  Well as it turns out it builds muscle by increasing glucose uptake, type 2 diabetics don’t uptake enough glucose, so it makes sense that it would help us so much.

One of these star supplements is black seed, and Sayer Ji may just be the world’s authority on the benefits of black seed, so he deserves a shout out here.  There are many, many more benefits to black seed than just treating diabetes by the way and those who are interested can read more on his site here.

As it turns out, black seed might even be the best thing for diabetes, and at the very least is up there with anything else we have.  At a dosage of 2 grams a day, a fairly modest dosage by the way, black seed produced some very impressive results.

The first thing to look at in these studies is to see how much of a reduction in A1C was produced, and in the case of black seed, it was -1.52% after only 12 weeks of treatment.  Now A1C takes time to resolve so if the study would have continued we may have seen even greater reductions, but this already places it in the same category as the most powerful medicines we have.

Perhaps even more impressive is the average reduction in fasting blood sugar of 56 mg/dl.  Fasting blood sugar is the hardest marker to reduce and this is quite a reduction here, and this is the main reason why I think that black seed may actually be the best anti diabetic out there period.

Insulin resistance was also improved, which is generally the case with natural medicines but generally not the case with the man made ones, and in fact they tend to worsen insulin resistance by raising it.  Insulin therapy of course does this, and anything that raises insulin above normal will worsen insulin resistance as sure as the sun rises.

Black seed also has the additional benefit of being shown to improve beta cell function, which is another issue in type 2 diabetes that could stand improving.  So our beta cells don’t have to work as hard but at the same time sees capacity and function more normalized, which isn’t anywhere near as big a deal with most type 2’s as we think, but if you are in the very late stages of the disease this could help.

Black seed is non toxic by the way, unlike prescriptions, it’s actually a food, and you are just consuming seed oil here, although this is no ordinary seed oil.

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7 Comments on “Black Seed for Diabetes

  1. Is black seed the same as “nigella sativa”? Also, I can’t find any dates on these blog entries, but it would be helpful to know when they were written. Thanks.

    1. Yes, it’s also known as black cumin. I don’t use dates in my articles but this one was written very recently, late 2016.

        1. Hi Joel, that’s a good question, I take Amazing Herbs Premium 5X-TQ 500 mg, 4 a day. I do think quality matters although this is the only brand I’ve tried but it’s top quality.

          1. That’s the same one my mother is taking and it’s doing nothing to lower her blood sugar levels. She also takes 2 teaspoon daily of the seeds. She’s been taking for more than 2 weeks. How long did it take for you to work? She used insulin tough in the past for almost a year, I know that it causes more insulin resistance. Now She’s having trouble getting her numbers down to the 130s or below.

          2. This is capsules, never tried the liquid. As a general rule I would say you have to give stuff like this a couple months before you can say much. So being on insulin will lower people but yeah it does increase insulin resistance and that’s what’s wrong with us. I also take a few other things and berberine is something that has also been shown to help. It can take quite a while to recover from insulin resistance, and actually eating a more diabetic friendly diet is the best way because this turns down insulin levels and that’s what we need. That’s the more fundamental thing to do actually, supplements supplement that, there’s no substitute for not eating more carbs than you can handle though. So you tailor the diet and add some natural medicines like black seed to get you even better. Doesn’t sound like she’s doing that badly though, good luck!

  2. Since the question has come up, I have found black seed to be quite helpful in managing my diabetes and would say it’s worth a try, although what people need to realize is that these things take time and you have to give natural medicines a month or two to work before you can say they don’t.

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