All illnesses, from the trivial to the terminal, make you suffer, but there is no ailment as demanding and as stressful in its chronicity and comorbidities as diabetes. Life with diabetes is nothing short of a harrowing roller coaster ride full of finger pricks, frantic eating to stop blood sugar plunges and constant dose adjustments to keep insulin levels where they ought to be.
But, there is little help in sight for diabetics! Despite the fact that diabetes kills more Americans than breast cancer and HIV put together and a prevalence rate of 10% of the US population, science still hasn’t found a cure for this condition.
So, modern medicine only knows two ways to treat diabetes- Either influence the levels of insulin or the levels of blood glucose. Nothing wrong with either approach except that the drugs prescribed for the job can cause terrible side effects. Plus, you have to constantly pull off a balancing act between too much and too less.
Is it any wonder then that diabetics all over the world are pining for a natural treatment that controls the disastrous impact of the diseases without the side effects of modern medicine? Well, a new herbal formulation called Naavudi from CLE Holistic Healthcare promises to do just that and more. But, the question is- Does it really work or is it just another product meant to make money by piggybacking on the hopes of people who are desperate for reprieve? Find out ahead…
What Is Naavudi?
An herbal preparation that mixes 9 herbs known for their hypoglycemic effects, the formulation of Naavudi is based on the recommendations of Ayurveda, an ancient health care discipline that was used to treat diabetes and other metabolic disorders long before modern medicine was born. Naavudi combines herbs to create a four pronged approach for defeating diabetes. The ingredients include:
1. Malabar Kino Bark
An extremely strong antidiabetic agent, the extract of the Indian Kino bark is chockfull of phenolic compounds, terpenoids, iso-flavanoids, lupenol, glycosides and above all epicatechins. Together, these bioactive compounds not only exert a hypoglycemic effect but also display liver protective and β-cell regenerative properties.
Furthermore, epicatechins mimic the impact of insulin, speeding the transport of glucose into the cells. This bioactive also strengthens insulin signaling pathways, thus increasing sensitivity to insulin. It also regulates the glucose production in the liver. And if that’s not enough, epicatechins also tackle several comorbidities of diabetes by controlling obesity, high cholesterol levels, inflammation and oxidative stress.
2. Bitter Melon
The antidiabetic potential of this warty fruit has not only been reviewed extensively in recent years but has also been used for several centuries in Ayurveda to treat diabetes and metabolic disorders. A rich source of triterpenoids, charantin, several antioxidants and vicine, the oblong fruits work in multiple ways to stop the onslaught of hyperglycemia.
For starters, these phytochemicals repair damaged β-cells and stimulate them, thus increasing the levels of insulin in the body. Furthermore, these bioactives also lower levels of blood glucose by limiting the absorption of glucose in the intestine. Bitter gourd also exhibits antimicrobial properties and lowers blood lipid levels.
Both the mucilage derived from the seeds and the bitter leaves of this plant lower glucose and cholesterol levels. Plus, the bioactive compounds in the seeds help to increase insulin sensitivity and protect the liver, the kidneys and the heart.
4. Indian Lilac
The famed neem has long been hailed for its antimicrobial effects but few in the West know that the bitter herb is just as effective against diabetes. The leaf extract of neem not just helps to control blood sugar levels but also lowers serum cortisol levels. Moreover, the bioactive compounds in the seed husk protect the heart from oxidative stress.
5. Kutki Root
The roots of Picrorhiza kurroa are loaded with phytocompounds that not only fight high blood glucose levels but also tackle oxidative stress. Furthermore, clinical evidence supports their ability to help in the regeneration of β-cells of the pancreatic islets. An increase in the number of β-cells equates to higher insulin secretion in the body.
Additionally, kutki root increases the activity and the expression of the primary glucose transporter GLUT-4. So, the glucose is rapidly transported into the cells, where it’s needed, and not left circulating in the blood stream where it can do damage to various organs.
6. Holy Basil
The tiny, blue-green leaves of this shrub contain a plethora of bioactive compounds, including Beta sisterol and chlorophyll along with essential oils in trace amounts. Together, these bioactive substances bring about a significant reduction in blood glucose and urea levels, indicating that they work on both diabetes and its detrimental effect on the kidneys.
Moreover, the extract of O. Sanctum leaves stimulates pathways that lead to insulin secretion. These phytochemicals are also known to lower serum cortisol levels and limit peroxidative stress in the body, which is often the core cause of cardiovascular problems.
The triterpene saponins in this herb aid in the regeneration of pancreatic cells, this helps to increase insulin secretion. Moreover, these biocompounds tone down the release of adrenalin hormones that stimulate the production of glucose in the liver, effectively lowering the amount of blood glucose. In addition, the oral administration of gumarbooti is effective against obesity, inflammation, high cholesterol levels and dysfunction of the β-cells.
8. Indian Bay Leaf
The fragrant leaves, which are often a part of Indian cuisine, exert a powerful hypoglycemic effect when consumed orally. Not only do the phytochemicals in the leaves help to lower blood glucose levels but also they help to enhance the release of insulin from undestroyed β-cells. Moreover, the bioactive compounds have insulin-like properties that result in the faster movement of glucose into the cells.
9. Java Plum
The seeds of these deep purple berries were being used for their antidiabetic effect long before insulin was discovered. The leaves, the fruits and the seeds of the plant are rich in several phytocompounds that offer a range of health benefits. Among these compounds is an alkaloid substance called jambosine that slows down the conversion of carbohydrates and starch into sugar.
In fact, every part of this tree displays potent antidiabetic and antioxidant properties. The bioactive compounds in Eugenia jambolana increase insulin production and inhibit insulin degradation, providing a net effect of higher insulin levels in the blood. These substances also have lipid lowering and hypotensive properties. Furthermore, the seeds of the plant are known to significantly reduce blood urea levels and improve the health of the pancreatic cells.
How Is Naavudi Different From Other Herbal Supplements For Diabetes Control?
Unlike modern medicine which has a one-track approach to treating diabetes, the herbs in Naavudi help to fortify the entire system that regulates and governs the generation, uptake and excretion of glucose from the body. In essence, this herbal formulation:
Works as a liver tonic: Injuries to the liver often lead to diabetes while the prevalence of the ailment is the cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in half of all patients. The herbs in Naavudi help to both heal and protect the liver by regulating the uptake and production of glucose, which lowers the strain on the liver cells.
Aids in the regeneration of beta cells: The ingredients of Naavudi also help to heal and fortify the pancreatic cells responsible for the secretion of insulin. As explained above, many of these herbs actually bring about the regeneration of β-cells, which are responsible for insulin production. This is an extremely rare effect that modern medicine has not been able to achieve thus far.
Lowers blood glucose levels: The herbal extracts used in Naavudi not only control the storage and secretion of glucose in the liver but also lower its uptake in the intestines. Because food is the major source of glucose in the body, lowering the absorption of glucose at this point, brings about a massive reduction in blood glucose levels.
Increases insulin sensitivity: Pumping insulin in the body won’t help much if the cells and receptors have developed insensitivity to it. Naavudi helps to tackle this problem by enhancing insulin sensitivity at the cellular level and stimulating insulin mediated pathways that lead to the transport of glucose into the cells. In simple words, Naavudi makes a little bit of insulin go a long way.
Enhances insulin secretion: Naavudi stimulates existing β-cells, heals damaged β-cells and aids in the regeneration of these cells in pancreatic islets. So, it works on the entire system responsible for the secretion of insulin.
Mimics the activity of insulin: The insulin-like effects of many of the phytocompounds in Naavudi herbs speed up the removal of blood glucose and help to minimize the damaging effects of dwindling insulin levels.
And there’s more: The best part is that the health benefits of the herbs in Naavudi don’t just stop at antidiabetic and hypoglycogenic effects. These natural ingredients also play a cardiac, renal and hepato- protective role, which helps the formulation to minimize the risk of diabetes comorbidities, a factor that is clearly missed by modern medicine.
Moreover, the antioxidant effect of these botanicals stops the further degradation of pancreatic and liver cells and reduces the detrimental impact of diabetes on the brain. Because these herbs improve cardiovascular health, they also double up as circulatory stimulants that lower the risk of diabetic neuropathy and edema. Moreover, these herbs help in lowering the levels of serum cholesterol and help to rein in both obesity as well as metabolic syndrome.
The Pros Of Naavudi
- Works well on its own as well as with traditional diabetes medication.
- Helps to gradually lower and eventually completely eliminate dependence on regular diabetes drugs.
- Controls blood sugar and insulin levels along with all the physical and mental symptoms of the ailment.
- Minimal risk of side effects, unless you are allergic to one or more herbs in the formulation.
- Low risk for drug induced hypoglycemia, if used as prescribed.
- Antioxidant properties help to tackle the damaging effects of oxidative and peroxidative stress all over the body.
- Backed by a human clinical trial.
- Reduces diabetes linked cravings.
- 100% natural and vegan product.
The Cons Of Naavudi
- The product can cause nausea and gastric upset in some people but these mild side effects are usually short lived and resolve on their own in a few days.
- When using Naavudi, you will have to do frequent blood sugar level tests at least in the first few days of use.
- You cannot substitute Naavudi for your regular diabetes medication unless such a move is approved by your doctor.
- Depending on the dosage of traditional anti-diabetic meds, the recommended, 4 capsules of Naavudi may be too much or too less. So, dose adjustments may be needed based on the results of your blood sugar level tests.
- Given the four-fold action of Naavudi against diabetes, you will have to watch closely for symptoms of hypoglycemia till your body has adjusted to the herbs in the formulation.
The biggest problem with diabetes is that the ailment itself and the drugs used to control it take a toll on every aspect of the patient’s life- be it in the bedroom or the boardroom. Naavudi is a unique formulation that control the ailment and its symptoms and does so without the ghastly side effects of regular diabetes meds.
What I found particularly impressive was the fact that the manufacturer has gone over and above expectations and conducted a double blinded, human clinical trial to understand and prove the effects of this formulation. Plus, the fact that the study was conducted by an independent, third party testing center just goes to prove their confidence in their product.
Although some people would find the price of the product, at $69.95, to be on the higher side, I would still recommend Naavudi to anybody who wants to control diabetes naturally and completely. Plus, if you buy now, a bottle of Naavudi can cost you around $45 if you avail one of CLE’s discount offers. How’s that for quality and health with an affordable price tag?