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A number of natural herbs have been shown in clinical trials to lower blood sugar and help fight type 2 diabetes just as effectively as pharmaceutical drugs. Now, one of the best-selling herbal diabetes supplements in Asia has just become available in the UK for the first time.Called Ojamin, it is a complex of 15 different herbs and fruits in pure spring water that work together to not only manage blood sugar levels, but also reduce cholesterol, boost immunity, provide vital antioxidantsand support detoxification.

The herbs and fruits in Ojamin are sourced from pristine forests and are free from any fertilisers,pesticides and genetically-modified organisms. A patented technology called ‘rareXtraxt’ is used to prepare powerfully bioactive extracts that are blended with pure spring water to make a mild, refreshing, butpowerful liquid supplement.

The ingredients in Ojamin that have been shown to help control blood sugar most reliably include bitter melon (Momordica charantia), fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), Java plum (Eugenia jambolana) and turmeric (Curcuma longa).

Bitter melon, fenugreek and Java plum can match or exceed the benefits of diabetes drugs

Bitter melon is one of the most extensively studied antidiabetic plants. It has been found to have insulinlike effects, stimulating the uptake of glucose from the blood into the muscle cells. In addition, it appears to encourage the production and release of insulin from the pancreas and to slow down the absorption of glucose from the gut into the bloodstream.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, type 2 diabetes patients who took bitter melon for a period of four months had significantly improved levels of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), a measurement indicating how well blood sugar is controlled in the longer term, compared with a control group taking a placebo.2 In another study, involving 40 newly-diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes, a single dose of bitter melon reduced the rapid rise in blood sugar normally seen after a meal and helped levels return to normal faster.3 Yet another clinical trial has found bitter melon extract to be more effective than the nowbanned drug Avandia (rosiglitazone) in the management of diabetes and its complications.

Fenugreek is an ancient herb that was used by the Egyptian pharaohs. Fenugreek seeds contain an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which is chemically similar to biguanide drugs, such as metformin, the most widely-prescribed antidiabetic medicine. In animal studies, 4-hydroxyisoleucine has also been found to reverse insulin resistance (where cells fail to respond to insulin’s signal to take up glucose from the blood) and protect liver function from the effects of diabetes.5 In a clinical trial carried out in Iran, fenugreek seed reduced fasting blood sugar levels by 25 per cent and blood fats by 30 per cent in patients with type 2 diabetes, which is the same level of benefit normally seen with metformin.

Java plum is an evergreen, tropical tree that produces clusters of large, dark-coloured fruit, whose seed kernel contains natural antidiabetic compounds. In addition to a long history of traditional use in India and the Far East, Java plum was even used as a front line antidiabetic medication in Europe, before the discovery of insulin.

Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in numerous animal studies, as well as in some human clinical trials. In one such trial, newlydiagnosed type 2 diabetes patients given Java plum experienced improvements in blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and cholesterol profiles that were comparable with metformin treatment.

Banish blood sugar problems and improve cholesterol and blood pressure

The holy basil included in Ojamin is a small tropical shrub whose healing properties have been exploited for thousands of years. Its antidiabetic properties have recently been confirmed in clinical trials. In one trial, a supplement of holy basil taken for one month by people with type 2 diabetes significantly lowered fasting blood sugar, glycated haemoglobin and LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol levels.8 In another trial, holy basil reduced the three main signs of type 2 diabetes – excessive thirst, hunger and urination – as well as the common symptoms of foot discomfort, perspiration and headaches.9 Blood pressure was also reduced in those taking holy basil.

The yellow spice turmeric contains curcumin, which also helps blood sugar control by improving the function of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.10 In one study, 240 pre-diabetic patients were given curcumin or placebo for nine months. At the end of the trial, none of the patients in the curcumin group had developed type 2 diabetes, compared with more than 16 per cent in the placebo group.

The other ingredients in Ojamin include cumin, aloe vera, watermelon and okra, as well as herbs that are less well-known in the West. Some of these ingredients also have antidiabetic properties, while others are included for their gentle laxative effects, detoxification properties, ability to reduce cholesterol levels or antioxidant potential. For instance, amla (Emblica officinalis) has been shown to stimulate glucose uptake from the blood, so lowering blood sugar levels; reduce cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and protect against liver damage. It has also been found to have anticancer, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

What to take for best results

As a daily tonic, take two 5ml teaspoons of Ojamin a day, either on its own or mixed into water or another beverage. For blood sugar control benefits, the dose can be increased to four teaspoons a day. Ojamin’s effects build up over time with regular use. According to the manufacturer, most people report feeling better after one month, with full effects being experienced after three months of continuous use. If you are taking antidiabetic or other medication, talk to your doctor before starting Ojamin.