Can we help our bodies to control blood sugar naturally? Eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and little to no processed foods or sugars is important for longevity and is a must to help regulate blood sugar, but are there other things we can do?
Did you know that the pancreas, which is located behind the lower part of the stomach, plays an important part in diabetes? Two hormones are produced by the pancreas, insulin and glucagon. Insulin is the one that helps to regulate blood sugar levels by assisting the transport of glucose from the blood into the cells. Kind of complicated isn’t it?! Usually most people have a sluggish pancreas, but some really struggle with regulating their sugar. In case you need to visually see the glucose numbers, the chart below is a good one:
So what can we do about our blood sugar?
I have already written an article entitled Heal Diabetes Naturally with lots of ideas from alpha lipoic acid to cinnamon and chromium. But is there something more? Well I have come across another natural plant that may have amazing effects to regulate blood sugar. I have not found the research on it that I was looking for, however, CEDAR BERRIES are said to be medicinal for regulating the blood sugar and they have been used by Native Americans as medicine. Remember years ago, we did not have modern medicine just plants. So I am wondering…Could cedar berries really help?
What are cedar berries anyways?
It is a berry that sometimes goes by different names such as: one-seed juniper, Eastern red cedar, cherrystone juniper, New Mexico Cedar, West Texas Juniper, or their scientific name, Juniperus monospermous. I’m sure you’ve even see this berry as they are popular on evergreen sprays during Christmas or could even be in your backyard. They are edible and you can eat them fresh or dry them out to use in teas or flavor meats. Here is a video on how to identify this plant. Choose a tree that has blue berries as the green berries are not yet ripe, and will not ripen after they are picked. The best time of year to harvest is in late fall before the first frost.
The late Dr. Christopher writes about how he accidentally found this berry to help regulate a client’s blood sugar and improve pancreas function:
One day a man visited him with a kidney problem; he couldn’t void his urine. Dr. Christopher told him to use juniper berries to quickly clear up the case. The man was happy about that–he had juniper berries in his own back yard, and so he went home to gather some for his kidney problem. A few weeks later, the man came back and said, “Your juniper berries didn’t do anything for me; they didn’t help at all!” Dr. Christopher said that it was impossible, that juniper berries always work to clear up kidney problems. “Well, I’ve got some in my pocket; here they are.” “That’s not a true juniper berry,” said Dr. Christopher. “That’s a monostone Cedar berry, from a Cedar tree, such as we commonly have in this area. The juniper berry has three stones and even seven stones, but the Cedar berry is a mono-stone; it’s a cherry-stone type. Let me get you some juniper berries.” He brought the man some, and showed him that it was a true juniper berry; the Cedar berry is in the same family, but it’s just a “kissing cousin.” “Fine,” said the man, “I’ll go home and take some, but I’m going to keep using the Cedar berries, too.” “Why bother, if they aren’t going to do you any good?” asked Dr. Christopher. “It’s an amazing thing,” said the man, “but since I’ve been using them, I don’t have to take as much insulin.” Dr. Christopher asked further into the effects of the berries. He asked the man to take six berries three times a day and to report his results. After a few months, the man didn’t have to use any insulin at all. From being a typical diabetic, dependent on insulin to monitor his blood sugar, he had to use no insulin at all. [NL 6-4]
See his formula here.
The USDA has a plant guide fact sheet that you can also read here. Here is what they had to say about this plant and Native American use:
The Blackfeet made a tea from the berries of the red cedar to stop vomiting (Kindscher 1992). A blackfeet remedy for arthritis and rheumatism was to boil red cedar leaves in water, add one-half teaspoon of turpentine, and when cooled, rub the mixture on affected parts. The Blackfeet also drank a tea made from red cedar root as a general tonic; mixed with Populus leaves this root tea became a liniment for stiff backs or backache. The Cheyenne steeped the leaves of the red cedar and drank the resulting tea to relieve persistent coughing or a tickling in the throat. It was also believed to produce sedative effects that were especially useful for calming a hyperactive person. Cheyenne women drank the red cedar tea to speed delivery during childbirth (Grinnell 1962). The Cheyenne, along with the Flathead, Nez Perce, Kutenai, and Sioux, made a tea from red cedar boughs, branches, and fleshy cones, which they drank for colds, fevers, tonsillitis, and pneumonia. As a cure for asthma, the Gros Ventres ate whole red cedar berries or pulverized them and boiled them to make a tea. They also made a preparation from the leaves mixed with the root, which they applied topically to control bleeding. The Crows drank this medicinal tea to check diarrhea and to stop lung or nasal hemorrhage. Crow women drank it after childbirth for cleansing and healing.
I don’t have the research this time, but the anecdotal evidence is compelling and I just thought I’d share. Just in case you have some in your back yard…Place the picked berries in some water to wash and strain and then put them out to dry for a tea or spice. Make sure to throw out the brown or green ones. Once dried, store in a jar. Good luck!