Since the holiday season is upon us, we expect you to be surrounded by sugary treats. While you should indulge in a cookie or two, it’s you going mayhem on sugar we fear.
That’s why we decided to create a list of 4 herbs and spices that are well known to stop sugar cravings to help you battle overdosing on sugar.
Say ‘no’ to sugar cravings – let these 3 herbs help you
Utilized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years and loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and polyphenols; cinnamon aids in fighting oxidative damage and lowers the risk of disease.
Interestingly enough, the polyphenols found in cinnamon help reduce sugar cravings by controlling blood glucose levels. For example, eating an unbalanced meal usually leads to more hunger, and therefore, more sugar; cinnamon will help you minimize insulin spikes, stopping your craving for sugar.
Uses for cinnamon: Cinnamon is great in tea or smoothies, sprinkled on apple slices, stirred into plain yogurt, and sprinkled over roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Boasting numerous health benefits, this sweet spice boasts a wide number of health benefits, including the ability to regulate your blood sugar levels.
Along with antioxidants, anthocyanins, and quercetin, cloves contain an active component called eugenol, a compound that has potent anti-inflammatory effects. Eugenol may help lower the risk of digestive tract cancers and reduce joint inflammation.
Consuming cloves can help stop sugar cravings as well. In a study, 30 type-2 diabetics were given capsules containing zero, one, two or three grams of cloves each day for a month to observe their serum glucose levels.
It was found that serum glucose dropped from "225 to 150 milligrams per deciliter with a significant drop in triglyceride, total cholesterol and LDL levels.
Uses for cloves: Tea (especially chai tea), sauces, stews, sprinkled over roast vegetables, and marinades.
Known as one of the best herbal medicines in the world, this herb can help you boost your immune system, relieve stress, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and improve mental performance, and well- being.
Ginseng is also an effective blood sugar stabilizer. In several human studies American ginseng lowered blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes. The blood sugar lowering effect was seen both on fasting blood sugar and on postprandial (after eating) glucose levels.