I am pleased to accept an invitation to join the CuraLife advisory board, providing medical information on type 2 diabetes and the use of herbal medicines to improve glucose control.
Why I joined the CuraLife Advisory Board
I believe that natural approaches are key to solving the problem of type 2 diabetes. That involves changing your whole diet and approach to life, adopting a healthy, balanced diet, exercising more and taking steps to lose any excess weight. These approaches alone can often improve your glucose control enough to reverse type 2 diabetes and achieve normal blood sugar readings.
Diet and lifestyle changes take time to work, however, and it’s vital to control your blood glucose levels sooner rather than later, to reduce your long-term risk of diabetes-related complications. That’s where CuraLife’s herbal medicine, CuraLin, comes in.
High circulating levels of glucose damage proteins in your circulation – including those within your blood vessel walls, which hastens hardening and furring up of the arteries. The potential for damage can be assessed by measuring levels of glycosylated (or glycated) haemoglobin (HbA1c). This gives an idea of how well your glucose control has been over the previous 12 weeks.
The target level to minimise long term risks is less than 48 mmol/mol (6.5%) for people manged by diet and lifestyle (and for those who are also taking metformin medication).
Taking CuraLin can help bring down your glucose and HbA1c levels quickly using a blend of herbs that are traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine.
A survey of over two thousand people in the UK found that, although three quarters (75%) of those with diabetes were aware that natural supplements could lower blood sugar levels or reverse the condition, only one in five (21%) were taking supplements.
CuraLin for type 2 diabetes
CuraLin is an Ayurvedic, herbal medicine used to improve glucose control in type 2 diabetes.
If you are being managed on diet and lifestyle, herbal supplements could help to improve your blood glucose readings. If you are already taking a prescribed medicine to treat type 2 diabetes, such as metformin, it is important to check with your doctor before adding CuraLin to your treatment.
The CuraLin website features numerous written and video testimonials from people whose diabetes control has been transformed by taking this natural herbal remedy.
Many recount starting CuraLin and finding their blood glucose levels improved almost immediately, with some dramatic responses seen within just a few days. Some have improved so much they have stopped their prescribed medication (with their doctor’s permission) or avoided moving on to insulin injections to control their type 2 diabetes.
Many mention having increased energy levels and some mention that it has helped curb their appetite.
Everyone is different and different approaches suit different people, but if your diet and lifestyle is not currently controlling your blood sugar levels, CuraLin is a natural option that you may find helpful. CuraLin combines ancient Ayurvedic principles with modern research, to create a specialised herbal formulation for people with type 2 diabetes.
What herbs are in CuraLin?
CuraLin contains ten, carefully selected herbal medicines used by Ayurvedic doctors to treat type 2 diabetes. These are:
- Karela (Momordica charantia) or bitter melon
- Jambubeej (Eugenia jambolana, also known as Syzygium cumini ) and Java plum
- Kariyatu (Swertia chirata) or Indian gentian
- Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum) or fenugreek
- Neempan (Melia azaditachta) or Indian lilac
- Gudmaar (Gymnema sylvestre) popularly known as ‘sugar destroyer’
- Amla (Emblica officinalis) or Indian gooseberry
- Galo (Tinospora cordifolia) or heart-leaved moonseed
- Kadu (Picrorhiza kurroa) or Kutki
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa) or golden spice
Chances are, the only herbal ingredients on this list that you have previously come across are fenugreek and turmeric, which are both popular spices in Indian cuisine. The other herbs are all well known in Asia, however. Bitter melon is steamed or sautéed as a vegetable, for example, while Amla is used to make pickles and a refreshing tea.
The CuraLin blend has a pleasant, delicate scent, and is taken at a dose of one or two capsules, three times a day (after breakfast, after lunch and before bed) washed down with water.
How does CuraLin work?
This Ayurvedic herbal blend helps to lower blood sugar levels in several different ways. It has beneficial effects on insulin release in the pancreas and on the insulin sensitivity of muscle and fat cells, helping to improve insulin resistance. CuraLin also reduces cravings for sugar and other carbohydrates and slows the production of unwanted new glucose in the liver.
- Bitter melon contains a chain of amino acids which resembles insulin (polypeptide-p) and is referred to as ‘plant insulin’ and helps to slow glucose absorption from the diet and glucose production in the liver. Bitter melon can significantly improve fasting glucose levels and HbA1c.
- Jambubeej seeds were a traditional treatment for diabetes before insulin treatment became available and can reduce raised blood glucose levels by almost a third.
- Bitterstick’s blood sugar lowering action appears to result from direct effect on insulin release in the pancreas.
- Fenugreek seeds contain fibre that slows the digestion and absorption of dietary carbohydrates and fats. Fenugreek seeds may also improve the release of insulin and how cells respond to it.
- Neempan appears to slow the absorption of dietary glucose and aids satiety by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after eating, and also increases insulin sensitivity of cells.
- Gymnema contains unique gymnemic acids which interact with taste receptors to block the ability to detect sweetness from sugar or artificial sweeteners for up to 90 minutes to reduce sugar cravings. It also lowers glucose levels through effects on carbohydrate metabolism, glucose absorption and insulin release from the pancreas. No wonder its traditional name is ‘sugar killer’!
- Amla fruit is a rich source of antioxidants and helps to stimulate the release of insulin after eating.
- Galo acts on liver, fat, pancreas, intestinal lining and muscle cells to help regulate insulin and glucose control.
- Kadu has protective effects on the liver and promotes the regeneration of insulin producing cells in the pancreas. It also improves insulin sensitivity of muscle cells, and inhibits an enzyme (alpha-amylase) that breaks down dietary carbohydrates to slow the release and absorption of glucose.
- Turmeric has many beneficial effects in reducing inflammation. It improves the release of insulin, reduces insulin resistance and may help to reduce diabetes-related complications including fatty liver disease.
CuraLin clinical study
A gold standard, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial is planned to test the effects of CuraLin on fasting blood glucose levels and HbA1c in 100 people, some of whom will be on prescribed antidiabetes treatments (excluding insulin). During the first 3 months, half the volunteers will take CuraLin, and half a matching placebo. At the end of this double-blinded period, all participants will take CuraLin for a further 3 months, to assess the response in those who continue to take CuraLin, and in those who switch to CuraLin from placebo. This is an exciting development that should help to confirm the positive benefits of this traditional herbal blend.
One of the reasons I agreed to join the CuraLife Advisory Board is because the capsules are manufactured to a pharmaceutical standard known as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). This means that every stage of the process is documented and double-checked, and the raw herbs are tested to confirm their identity and purity. Finished products are also tested to ensure they contain the right amounts of each ingredient, at a consistent dose, while studies are performed to confirm their stability and shelf life. Every herbal ingredient is traceable back to source, and the production process is audited to specified international standards (ISO 9001).
This quality assurance is particularly important when it comes to herbal medicines – especially so when treating a serious condition such as type 2 diabetes.
The CuraLin diabetes supplement is available from the CuraLife website.
Click here to read more about CuraLin and other herbal medicines for type 2 diabetes.
If you are taking any medication only take an herbal medicine with the permission of your doctor.
Monitor your blood glucose levels and let your doctor know of any changes.
Do not take herbal medicines during pregnancy or when breast-feeding.
CuraLin is not intended to treat type 1 diabetes.