Bay leaves have been shown to dramatically improve insulin function in people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, according to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information(NCBI).
In the study, researchers split the participants, all with Type II diabetes, into 4 groups. One of the groups were given 1 gram of ground bay leaves in a capsule, and the other 2 groups given 2 and 3 grams respectively. The fourth group was given a placebo. They were all instructed to take the capsules for 30 days.
When the researchers examined the results, they found that all three bay leaf groups had lower serum glucose levels, with a marked increase after day 21 of up to a 26% improvement. In contrast, there were no significant changes in the placebo group.
The abstract of the study concluded:
“In summary, this study demonstrates that consumption of bay leaves, 1 to 3 g/d for 30 days, decreases risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and suggests that bay leaves may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.”