In type 2 diabetes, cells start to resist the affect of insulin, a hormone that removes excess sugar from the blood stream. As insulin stops working, blood sugar levels rise and the pancreas produces more insulin trying to overcome the resistance. High insulin levels cause weight gain, an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an increase in inflammation in the body.
PBS is a formula of five herbs that helps to balance blood sugar levels. It is useful for reducing insulin-resistance in diabetics and also helps improve digestion. It may also have some beneficial effects for sinus problems and respiratory congestion.
Here are the benefits of the herbs in this blend.
Golden Seal Root (Hydrastis canadensis)
Golden Seal is a North American medicinal herb, used by Native Americans for a variety of ailments. It is astringent and antiseptic, making it useful for infections and irritation of the digestive tract, lungs and urinary passages. It reduces inflammation, tones membranes and fights bacterial infection. Goldenseal also helps to lower blood sugar levels. Herbalist and nutritionist LaDean Griffin called it a “natural insulin.” It probably works by making cell membranes more sensitive to insulin, but whatever the mechanism, it can rapidly lower high blood sugar.
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Originally found in Europe and Asia, burdock has spread to many other temperate regions of the world. Burdock is commonly used as an alterative, meaning it alters metabolism to “clean up” the blood and lymph. Burdock aids liver function and promotes proper fat metabolism, which makes it useful for clearing up skin conditions. The liver is highly involved in regulating blood sugar, so burdock may also help keep blood sugar levels stable via its liver-supporting effects.
Nopal Leaves (Opuntia streptacantha)
More commonly known as prickly pear cactus, nopal was a major food for southwestern Native Americans and is still used as a food in Mexican cuisine. The succulent leaves of the nopal cactus contain fibrous polysaccharides (including pectin), fiber, vitamin C, betanin, and indicaxanthin. These properties give nopal its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and insulin sensitizing abilities. Nopal has a glycemic index of five, which means it does not spike insulin production when eaten as a food. Used as a medicine, it not only helps balance blood sugar in diabetics, it can also be helpful for hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), obesity, alcohol-induced hangover, colitits, diarrhea and prostatic hypertrophy.
Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
The Eleuthero plant hails from southeastern Siberia and the Korean peninsula. Research done in Russia discovered eleuthero had adaptogenic properties, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress. It increases energy without a noticeable stimulant effect and enhances immune function, concentration and focus. By balancing adrenal function, it also helps to normalize blood sugar levels.
Horseradish Root (Armoracia rusticana)
Horseradish is a pungent herb that improves digestive function, helping the body digest protein more efficiently. Fats and proteins in the diet help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Horseradish is also used to expel mucus from the lungs and the digestive tract.
Use 1-2 PBS capsules three times daily with meals.
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier
The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody