Are you tired hearing of restrictions in your lifestyle even when it comes to food? Today let us discuss about some of the best foods that help to combat diabetes. The best part is it includes all everyday staples and no exotic item. Managing diabetes effectively is about making some wise adjustments in terms of what you eat, the quantity you consume and how much you eat.
(Caution: Before consuming any Indian herb please consult your doctor, especially if you are on medication intended to lower blood glucose levels).
Fenugreek is an aromatic plant that makes a key ingredient of curries and other key Indian recipes. Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber. Fenugreek seeds help lower blood sugar level by slowing the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Consumption of powdered fenugreek helps reduce the rise in post-meal blood glucose levels, in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Garlic: Scientists found that moderate amounts of garlic supplements could offer benefits to diabetes patients, and that raw or cooked garlic or aged garlic extract can help to regulate blood glucose and potentially stop or lower the effects of some diabetes complications. Garlic is also a good source of vitamin B-6 and C. Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining blood sugar level and vitamin B-6 aids carbohydrate metabolism. The best part is garlic is an excellent seasoning choice for people with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease). It can give other foods a more satisfying flavour, which may reduce the need for extra salt. Garlic also offers a range of health benefits.
Turmeric: The active component in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid found in turmeric. A 2013 review of studies suggests that curcumin can decrease the level of glucose in blood, as well as other diabetes-related complications. Researchers also found that curcumin may have a role in diabetes prevention. It is known to contain anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it helps delay the development of Type 2 diabetes, improve β-cell functions, prevent β-cell death, and reduce insulin resistance.
Cinnamon: According to a clinical study published in Diabetes Care journal in 2003, cinnamon bark improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. It has an active component MHCP which promotes the effectiveness of insulin receptors. It also helps reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Curry leaves: Curry leaf is said to be rich in fibre content. Curry leaves contain agents that slow down the rate of starch to glucose breakdown due to the fibres. These leaves can also control the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream. They are beneficial for people with diabetes. Curry leaf tends to boost your insulin activity and when the body is enabled to use insulin properly, blood sugar levels get stabilized.
There may be many other herbs that might be stated to have anti-diabetic properties but efficacy as anti-diabetics of these herbs have been scientifically proved and well researched. However, do not take decisions on your own, talk to your physician and dietitians, if you are planning to take these spices to ensure it suits you best and has minimal adverse effects.
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