3 Wonders Of Bitter leaf Juice For The Treatment Of Diabetes
Diabetes is an abnormal metabolic condition cause by the inability of the liver to produce enough insulin to breakdown sugar, which results in excessive blood sugar level. Although, there is no medication to permanently cure diabetes at the moment, diabetic patients can live a healthy and a fulfilled life by understanding their condition and effectively managing it the natural way.
The good news is that researchers have identified some medicinal plants such as guava, bitter melon and bitter leaf that will not only help reduce blood glucose levels but will also improve the effectiveness of the insulin; and in addition protect the body against complications associated with diabetes such as cardiac attack and kidney failure.
Bitter leaf botanically known as veronica amygdalima, contain important plant chemicals (phytochemicals) that are of both nutritional and medicinal important to human health. It is commonly known as bitter leaf due to its bitter taste, in Igbo it is known as onugbo, Yoruba (ewuro), Hausa (chusar–doki).
These phytochemicals in bitter leaf has made it useful in the control of blood sugar level in diabetic patients. The major bioactive constituent in bitter leaf are flavonoids, alkaloids, phenols, glycosides, and saponins.
Bitter leaf helps in managing diabetes in the following ways:
1. It prevents the build-up of fat in the liver
Most diabetic patients suffer fatty liver disease which leads to a build up of fat in the liver region, and it is not good for the liver. Consumption of bitter leaf help prevent this fat build up and also clears out already build up fat in its early stage.
The antioxidant such as flavonoid contained in bitter leaf makes it a good detoxifier to flush out the toxins in the liver. Hence bitter leaf juice/ tea is recommended for diabetic patients.
3. It reduces the risk of liver cancer:
Human organs can develop cancer, and the liver is not an exception. Bitter leaf due to its anti-cancer properties can be effective in preventing cancer or stopping an existing cancerous growth. Having seen the importance of bitter leaf intake to diabetic patients, it is recommended that at least two glasses of freshly squeezed bitter leaf juice should be taken daily to lower the high blood sugar level.
In addition to the bitter leaf juice, diabetics can make a bitter leaf and scent leaf brew. Traditionally, there has been lo ts of testimonies about this brew here in Nigeria by people suffering from diabetes. To prepare the brew, the bitter leaf and scent leaf should be pounded together with no water added, then strain to squeeze out the juice, a pinch of salt can be added on choice and should be taken twice or thrice daily.
Many are celebrating the potency of this bitter leaf and scent leaf brew, but in the other hand, a diabetic patient should try as much as possible to avoid foods that are not good for diabetics; both smoke and smokeless tobacco should be avoided too.
With this natural plant and the right diet, a diabetic patient is bound to have a healthy life.