In Spanish or English, the only references I can find that suggest any health benefits from alpiste are sites that sell it, or personal blogs. If you use the scientific name, phalaris canariensis, and look in credible medical sources, the only information is that they suspect it of causing esophageal cancer.
Try what your doctor tells you to do first. If you do everything they tell you for several months and you don't improve, then you might start doing more research on folk remedies. But honestly, I would be very afraid that this would do more harm than good.
And remember, just because something is natural, that doesn't mean it's safe. Cyanide comes from seeds, ricin comes from a bean, cocaine comes from a leaf... Most of the deadliest poisons in the world are from plants.
I can't say for sure if canary seed is helpful. Your doctor or dietitian would know better than the average person. I will say that most people can reduce or get rid of diabetes meds by losing weight, since it is just reversing what caused the disease.. obesity.
Seems like you are panicking a bit, and looking for any answer. I know how you feel. I struggled with diabetes for 7 years, before I got it manageable. Have you tried all the normal ways people lower their A1C?
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I don't know about canary seed. My husband is diabetic and listens / reads closely to everything in the news about anything that might be helpful for diabetics-- plus the endocronologist he goes to is on top of everything in that field. Nothing about canary seed.
The most helpful thing-- DH's doctor gave him a referral to a registered dietician (covered by the insurance) who went over the entire diabetic exchange and carb counting thing, and portion sizes (complete with plastic food, measuring cups, sizes of serving spoons, etc. to illustrate) and gave him tons of info and meal plans.
So I would suggest a good endocronologist, and a referral to a registered dietician.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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diabetes is ultimately your pancreas not functioning properly. there isn't anything you can take besides insulin [which is basically you doing your pancreas' job] that is going to actually fix what is wrong with your pancreas. eating a well balanced diet designed to put little stress on your pancreas [ie not give it too much work that it can't really do] can help with type two diabetes, though i'm pretty sure not type one. while eating foods that have protein and fat [like any seed really] can help balance out the other foods that you eat to some degree [again, balancing out the whole diet is more important than including one food or another], you're still not going to be able to eat whatever you want and canary seeds and be fine. you have to balance out what your body needs and that will help manage your diabetes.
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