10 Diabetic Superfoods: Control your Blood Sugar

Diabetes is a progressive disease. If you can’t control it then serious and chronic condition arises.

 

The well-known Ebers Papyrus had described natural/herbal remedies for diabetes in around 1550 BC.

 

Since ancient time, ginseng and bitter gourd have been used in India and China for a diabetes cure. There are different foods used as a remedy to control blood sugar in different parts of the world.

 

Here are 10 superfoods for diabetics.

 

1.  Broccoli

 

Broccoli looks similar to cauliflower. It is an effective and proven antidiabetic food. It is a rich source of mineral chromium which is responsible for lowers blood sugar. It helps to regulate insulin action and its effects on carbohydrates, lipid and protein metabolism. (1)

 

2.  Foods high in antioxidants

 

Diabetics should eat foods full of vitamin C/E, beta-carotene and other antioxidants. Carrots, oranges, dry apricots, spinach all are full of beta-carotene. All citrus fruits which are full of vitamin C. and edible oils, almonds, soybeans and sunflower seed which are full of vitamin E.

 

3. Foods full of fiber

 

American diabetes association has recommended low carb food since decades. And in 1979, they revised their guidelines and included foods full of fiber. Even British diabetic association is also recommending the same. Foods like barley, oats, fruits, carrots which have soluble fibers in them, are useful in lowering blood glucose level. (2)

 

4. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

 

Spinach, collards,  kale, lettuce are dark green leafy vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E, and K, iron, calcium, and potassium.  These superfoods are low in calories and carbohydrates too. You can add leafy vegetables to salads, soups, and stews.

 

5. Beans

 

It is commonly used vegetables across the globe. It is also known as kidney, pinto, cannellini beans etc. Studies show that they are rich in fiber, which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugars in your bloodstream, helps your body’s insulin response to glucose, and burns fat faster. (3)

 

6.Java Plum (jamun)

 

It is a very popular fruit in India. It is been widely used fruit for medicinal purpose, particularly for diabetes. It has an antidiabetic effect and its positive effect on pancreas makes it favorable fruit to treat diabetes. The seeds contain jambolin which halts the conversion of starch into sugar. (4)

 

7. Tomatoes

You can eat tomatoes in whichever form you like, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you are eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium.

 

8. Fenugreek seeds

 

It is a famous vegetable. Regular consumption if it keeps our body healthy and clean. These seeds are valuables in curing diabetes. Studies show that regular use of fenugreek seeds reduces hyperglycemia. (5), (6)

 

9.  Cinnamon

 

It is one of the popular herbs to reduce blood sugar level. It promotes insulin activities and thus helping to reduce blood sugar level. (7)

 

10. Walnut

 

Walnut contains protein, fiber, and healthy fats. It also contains magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids which makes them a great snack option. It has good cholesterol which reduces the risk of heart attack. Diabetic persons are at greater risk of heart disease.

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