According to the USDA, the average american consumes 150 to 170 pounds of sugar every year. In fact, just one can of soda contains 140 calories from sugar alone! Sugar is definitely one of the hardest craving to kick – it’s in just about everything, even many healthy foods, supplements and juices. Here are 5 herbs that will help you kick sugar cravings right at the source – so that you’ll want less sugar, you’ll need less sugar and you can get rid of your dreaded sweet tooth for good!
BERBERINE is an alkaloid which seems to slightly reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Also, some early research suggests that taking 500 mg of berberine 2-3 times daily for up to 3 months might control blood sugar as effectively as common drugs metformin or rosiglitazone. It naturally regulates an array of biological activities that normalize lipid, glucose, and energy imbalances. Berberine may also increase the number and activity of the insulin receptors on your cells, promoting insulin sensitivity. On top of that, it facilitates the burning of fatty acids in your cells, which is why it’s a powerful tool for helping keep blood lipid levels in check.
FENUGREEK is one of my favorite herbs – it has so many uses! Sugar craving kicking is one of the most surprising – it truly works! According to a report by NYU, fenugreek regulates blood sugar and improve insulin levels in people with diabetes. Additionally, there may be an indirect relationship between fenugreek supplementation and decreased sugar cravings due to improved glucose control from the supplement.
GARCINIA addresses stressors that can trigger sugar cravings, such as low mood or energy. Scientists attribute low serotonin levels to bad mood. Now, the fact that Garcinia Cambogia can increase serotonin levels means you are at an advantage when trying to overcome this type of craving and fighting sugar cravings. As an added bonus, Garcinia stops the enzymes in your body from turning carbohydrates into fat cells, aiding in weight loss!
CINNAMON is a sweet spice that can stop sugar cravings when nothing else can. Cinnamon cures your sweet tooth and “tricks” your body into thinking you’ve had sugar! Really! Cinnamon has been proven in research to help to reduce sugar cravings by controlling blood glucose levels. This minimizes insulin spikes after meals that lead to more hunger and consuming even more sugar. Add some in your tea or coffee or take it in supplement form for an extra boost!
GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE may not roll off the tongue, but it could save your life! This fascinating herb contains gymnemic acids which, when placed directly on your tongue, actually fill the sugar receptors in your taste buds, effectively blocking your ability to taste sweetness. Additionally, it may also reduce the intestine’s ability to absorb sugar molecules, reducing blood sugar levels overall. The herb may also play a beneficial role in weight control. Several studies suggest that it is a promising anti-obesity aid.