For those Type 2 diabetics who are seeking help in managing their condition and are not comfortable with taking prescription drugs due to the many side effects they often create, there are natural alternatives. The market is saturated with natural supplements which have been proven to help with Type 2 diabetes management. One of the lesser-known of these supplements is one called jambolan.
Jambolan is a tree which is indigenous to Australia and parts of Asia. For centuries, many parts of the tree, from the bark to the leaves, seeds and fruit, have been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a multitude of medical conditions. These include serious conditions such as:
- dysentery or severe diarrhea,
- stomach and digestive issues, and
- many types of lung problems including asthma, and bronchitis.
But one of the most commonly treated ailments is Type 2 diabetes.
Jambolan, or Syzgium Cuminni, is known by many names. Some of the more common ones include:
- Java Plum,
- Indian Blackberry, and
- Black Plum
just to name a few.
Although the jambolan grows in trees it is actually a species of clove. Even though the fruit pulp has been used for lowering blood sugar levels for hundreds of years, the fruit has only recently begun to gain new exposure as a possible natural treatment for diabetes.
Just how effective is it? In recent studies, the fruit pulp has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in approximately 30 minutes. The seeds can also be used for lowering blood sugar, but require substantially longer (approximately 24 hours) to achieve the same results. Regardless of the form that is used, it takes about ten days for the full effects to be seen.
Some experts tout the ability of jambolan to actually postpone and, in some cases, even prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. With studies point to the fruit’s effectiveness in controlling fasting blood sugar levels, it is definitely something that diabetics should consult with their doctors about trying.
But if you are considering trying jambolan as a means of helping to control your diabetes you have to be careful as to the brands you purchase. Some extraction processes actually destroy a portion of the organic materials of the fruit which give it its potency. Therefore, you should research where your jambolan is being manufactured to ensure you are only purchasing a quality version of the product to ensure its maximum effectiveness to lower your blood sugar.