Diabetes has two types – type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both mean that your body does not produce insulin or use it well. Instead, it builds up the sugar in your blood. This may lead to inevitable health conditions in the future. In order to lower the sugar level and restore insulin production, a variety of natural remedies may be incorporated into your diet. For instance, such a simple herb as cinnamon can help revert the sugar level to normal.

We at Bright Side found 15 natural remedies for lowering the blood sugar and restoring insulin levels in your blood.

15. Hibiscus leaves

Remedy made from hibiscus (Confederate Rose) leaves that contain ferulic acid enables insulin to work properly and clear the blood from the extra glucose. Thus, having a drink from these leaves may help the diabetes fighters.

How to consume:

  • Take hibiscus leaves and wash them.
  • Put the leaves and the water into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Take one tbsp of the liquid, put it into a glass of water, and mix.
  • Set aside for a day.
  • Drink on an empty stomach for 8 days.

14. Okra + rice water drink

Okra or ladyfingers is a plant used for cooking in most southern countries where it grows. It is not only believed to be a superfood for those who are looking for good dietary fibers but it also has a positive effect on sugar levels in the blood.

How to consume:

  • Cut okra into pieces.
  • Prepare rice water by boiling rice in a pot and then draining it.
  • Put pieces of okra into the rice water and set overnight.
  • Squeeze the okra into the rice water.
  • Drink on an empty stomach every morning/day.

13. White radish

White radish (daikon) is also believed to be a natural source of blood sugar reduction. By incorporating it into your diet, you will experience not only the health benefits for diabetes, but also have a new source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and C.

Make a salad and consume it daily:

  • Cut the radish into thin long strips.
  • Add carrots and ginger.
  • Eat fresh daily.

12. Betel leaf

Betel leaf is consumed throughout Asia and is known to have a therapeutic effect on glucose levels.

How to consume:

  • You can eat the leaves fresh.
  • Or you can prepare a smoothie with other green vegetables. Add some raw honey to reduce the bitter taste of the leaves.

11. Raw honey + cinnamon

People who have diabetes have to find sugar substitutes to reduce the risk of increasing the glucose levels. It is said that raw honey may have a beneficial effect on weight loss and blood lipids, however, a study carried out by Iranian researchers advises eating raw honey cautiously. Adding cinnamon to the raw honey may reduce the blood sugar and clean your system from bad cholesterol, a study found.

How to consume:

  • Take cinnamon sticks and boil them.
  • Pour the cinnamon water into a cup and add a tbsp of sugar.
  • Drink this cinnamon-honey tea daily.

10. Raw honey + yogurt

Plain yogurt’s probiotics are believed to help the intestines to work better and thus produce the right amount of hormones that will work for the overall metabolism. It also may reduce the blood sugar levels.

How to consume:

  • Take 2 tbsp of raw honey.
  • Add to a bowl of plain yogurt and mix.
  • Eat daily on an empty stomach or as a healthy snack.

9. Raw honey + dry mint

Dried mint leaves (both spearmint and peppermint) have a therapeutic effect on people with diabetes, so adding it to your diet may be a good idea.

How to consume:

  • Take a small bowl of mint powder.
  • Add 2 tbsp of raw honey and mix.
  • Then add a tbsp of this paste into a glass of lukewarm water.
  • Drink daily on an empty stomach.

8. Green banana juice

Unripe bananas have pectins and resistant starch they contain helps reduce the blood sugars right after you’ve had a meal. Thus, consuming an unripe banana juice can be very beneficial.

How to consume:

  • Take an unripe banana and peel it.
  • Slice the banana and put it into boiling water for 2 minutes.
  • Drain the water and put the slices into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth and add water.
  • Drink daily either on an empty stomach or after each meal.

7. Ayurvedic powder: coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder.

An ayurvedic mix of the following seeds can help reduce blood sugar and restore the normal production of insulin: coriander, fenugreek, fennel, cumin, and turmeric powder.

How to consume:

  • Take a tsp of each seed and one of turmeric powder.
  • Roast fenugreek seeds in a frying pan for one or 2 min
    utes and set aside.
  • Fry cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds together.
  • Grind all the ingredients in a blender and add turmeric.
  • Take a tsp of the powder and put it into a glass of water.
  • Take this drink twice a day before breakfast and dinner.
  • Check your insulin and glucose levels after 3 days.

6. Ginseng tea

Ginseng tea is also known for the ability to reduce the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. By consuming it on a daily basis, you can also experience a glucose drop.

How to consume:

  • Take ginseng root and cut it into slices.
  • Measure 3 g of the root per cup.
  • Add boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  • Take the roots out and add more water.
  • Drink this tea on a regular basis.
  • You can also buy ginseng tea bags.

5. Ginger tea

Many know ginger to be a great cold remedy, but it is also a good glucose level reduction superfood. Consuming ginger is known to reduce the blood sugar level by 35%, as well as increase the production of insulin by 10%.

How to consume:

  • Take a ginger root and peel it.
  • Slice it and put into a cup.
  • Pour boiling water. You can add raw honey to add sweetness.
  • Drink this tea daily.

4. Garlic and curry

We already wrote that curry powder may reduce blood sugar levels, but adding garlic to it is also a good idea. After all, a bowl of garlic chicken masala is not only delicious but also beneficial for those struggling with diabetes.

How to consume:

  • Prepare a curry sauce with this recipe.
  • Eat this dish regularly.

3. Broccoli and other greens

Sticking to a healthy diet is one of the best decisions that a person diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes can make. Incorporating greens, such as broccoli and spinach, into your diet can reduce the glucose levels and make the production of insulin get back on track.

How to consume:

2. Aloe vera drink

People with type 2 diabetes can see a drop in the glucose level after consuming aloe vera.

How to consume:

  • Wash an aloe vera leaf.
  • Squeeze the gel and juice into a jar.
  • Add water to dissolve the gel.
  • Add raw honey or/and lemon juice for the better taste.
  • Drink daily.

1. Flaxseeds tea

Flaxseed consumption is known to be one of the greatest ways of reducing the glucose levels in people with diabetes.

How to consume:

  • You can add the seeds to your daily dishes.
  • Grind the flaxseeds and add cinnamon powder and hot water.
  • Let the mix steep for about 8 minutes.
  • Then add honey for better taste.
  • Drink daily.


Meet Jack, Jackfruit. The fruit that is rich in minerals, proteins, and vitamins that are very important for helping patients with a diabetes diagnosis. Jackfruit can help sustain glucose levels, as it has a good amount of dietary fiber and a very low glycemic index in unripe seeds.

If you’re a diabetic, please share what methods you’re using to help lower sugar levels and restore insulin production.