beans and diabetes
HI all. I usually just use gardenweb to trade plants, and I never noticed this page before. I took a class called Medicinal and Poisonous Plants at Lycoming College last semester and herbalism is one of my favorite topics. We learned that soluble fiber from "meaty" beans can greatly reduce, in mild cases even prevent, the need for insulin in diabetes. I was wondering if it was the fiber in the beans or if it was some secondary compound in the beans that causes this reduction of the sugar spike. Also we learned about milk thistle and its protective properties on the liver during amanita mushroom poisonings, but the professor never said what part of the plant was used. I am looking for the plant on the trade page, but I would like to know what part to use. I'm assuming small amounts taken as a tea would just have good general liver benefits. Thanks for your help and I look foreward to reading more on this page in the future.