Diabetes is a common condition that affects about 3.7 million people in the UK.
About 90 per cent of all cases are caused by type 2 diabetes – where the pancreas struggles to produce enough of the hormone insulin.
Common diabetes symptoms include feeling very tired, having blurred vision, or having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal than normal.
But taking daily holy basil supplements could help to lower blood sugar levels, it’s been claimed.
Holy basil is a herb that’s native to the Indian subcontinent, as well as other parts of tropical Asia, said the University of Michigan.
The plant is often added to stir-fry dishes and soups due to its peppery taste.
It’s commonly used to treat anxiety and stress, but could also be used to treat a number of other conditions, including diabetes, it said.
“Taking holy basil may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels,” said the university’s Michigan Medicine.
“Preliminary trials of holy basil [Ocimim sanctum] leaves have shown that these herbs may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels.
“The mechanism of action of holy basil leaf is not understood and it is unknown whether common culinary sweet basil would have similar effects.”
Around 1,000mg a day of holy basil should be enough to lower blood sugar, studies have claimed.
The supplement could also lower the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body, they found.
Taking the capsules could also reduce the severity of coughs, colds, and fevers, scientists have revealed.
Diabetes patients could also lower their chances of high blood sugar by taking cinnamon supplements, it’s been revealed.
Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity in patients – meaning patients respond faster to insulin, nutritionists claimed.
Managing diabetes is crucial for patients, as they’re more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
Diabetes is a life-long condition that can affect your everyday life. Patients may need to make some dietary changes to lower their risk of high blood sugar.
There aren’t any foods that patients should actively avoid, but it’s important to cut down on the amount of sugar, fat and salt in your diet.
Skipping one of your three meals a day could also increase your risk of high blood sugar.
If you’re considering making any dietary swaps for your diabetes, always speak to a doctor first.