Instant help from a tiny seed
If you have type II
diabetes, also known as noninsuln dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM),
there's a simple step you can take at mealtimes to lower your blood sugar
and help keep your diabetes under control. The secret is a water-soluble
fiber from the psyllium seed.
Psyllium seed husk is technically an herb. It acts as both an
over-the-counter drug, in products like Metamucil and other bulk laxatives,
and as a food additive in many breakfast cereals, like Kellogg's Bran Buds.
As early as 1985, research showed psyllium helped control blood sugar
levels. Now new studies confirm that psyllium is especially effective
In separate trials, psyllium before meals caused blood glucose levels to
drop from 9 to 20 percent in people with NIDDM. And it doesn't seem to
matter if you're already taking drugs to lower your blood sugar or if you're
trying to control it with diet alone. The results are just as amazing.
The amounts tested varied, but most experts recommend only 5 grams (or
about one teaspoon) with water, three times a day, before meals. It's an
easy thing to do at home or on the go. There are usually no side effects as
long as you drink plenty of water each day and don't go over the recommended
amount. That's because too much fiber can cause diarrhea and bloating. An
added bonus -- including psyllium in you regular diet will help lower your
cholesterol level, too.