Are you familiar with the pungent peppery West African spice known as grains of paradise or scientifically as Aframomum melegueta? It is a member of the ginger family that grows well in the swamps along the coast.
In African folklore medicine grains of paradise is used as a digestive aid. Today scientists are testing and hoping that an extract from this plant will become the newest diabetic medicine.
Raskin a Rutgers scientist says the extract could help to prevent the onset of diabetes in people at high risk and could be given prophylactically to individuals who have a family history of diabetes, or have other risk factors for developing such disease.
Diabetes spice -Justin Mullins NewScientist.com October 29, 2008
Comment: Why not work with American plants that have historical been used in the southwestern US to help control blood sugar problems like agave, cinnamon, tumeric and prickly pear?