1. Cinnamon. The warming spice is known to improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar levels, and help control weight, according to The Health Site. Try adding ground cinnamon to your morning coffee or mixing it in with oatmeal, yogurt or cottage cheese. You can also make cinnamon tea using cinnamon sticks.
2. Ginseng. Studies discussed on WebMD show the ginseng root may help normalize blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, as well as improve insulin sensitivity. It has already been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is just now gaining ground in the Western world.
3. Broccoli. Broccoli contains a compound known as sulforaphane that can reverse the damage diabetes causes to heart blood vessels. Mercola explains, people with diabetes are five times more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases linked to damaged blood vessels. Therefore, it is even more important for people with diabetes to be heart healthy and heart wise than it is for non-diabetics.
A Portuguese study found that sage has anti-diabetic effects and can increase sensitivity to insulin. Drinking sage tea can help diabetics regulate their blood sugar and insulin levels. It has the benefit of also boosting liver function.