4 Delicious Foods & Spices For Balanced Blood Sugar

Glucose, the main form of sugar circulating in our blood stream, is also the main form of fuel burned by our cells so that we can live and function. For getting into many types of cells, glucose (and certain other nutrients) needs a key to open the “door.” That key is insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas.  Though glucose is necessary for life, sometimes the level in circulation can get too high and cause all sorts of problems. 

Type 2 Diabetes and its precursor, metabolic syndrome, are when the body isn’t regulating insulin properly. That and other factors result in blood sugar levels becoming too high.  Excess blood sugar is sticky and can damage tissues, in particular those such as the eyes and kidneys that contain the smallest of blood vessels. 

Working on healthy blood sugar regulation is maybe not something a lot of people think about unless they have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, but it’s important to pay attention to.  The most important way to support healthy regulation is to eat a balanced whole foods diet and to stay away from sugar and refined carbs (breads, pastas, and baked goods made from white flour, for example). Also, while we need healthy fats in the diet, the typical Western diet with large amounts of (usually unhealthy) fats also predisposes folks to blood sugar dysregulation through effects on the microbes that live in our gut.  

In this context, there are some great herbs that help support proper blood sugar regulation.  Here are some of them to experiment with.  To learn about some helpful mushrooms for blood sugar regulation, click here.



Not only is cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum zeylanicum) a delicious, and even sweet-tasting, spice, it’s been used traditionally to help regulate blood sugar levels.



Continuing the trend of stuff that tastes good and is good for blood sugar regulation is this Old World spice—fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum)—that’s been valued for at least 6000 years.


Prickly Pear 

Prickly Pear (Opuntia species) has been used for centuries to help with healthy blood sugar regulation.



Yes, a fourth delicious regulator of blood sugar.  Seems counterintuitive that a fruit like blueberry (Vaccinium species) can help, but some do, as long as you don’t get too carried away eating them.



It’s important to note that combining any of these herbs with blood sugar medications (for example, metformin, glucophage) may lead to blood sugar levels becoming too low. This is called hypoglycemia and can be dangerous.  The only reason to combine them with a blood sugar medication is if you are working closely with your doctor and a trained herbal practitioner to reduce the dose of your drug.