Beneficial Food for Diabetics

Beneficial Food for Diabetics

Although food for diabetes patients is limited & restricted, there are certain foods & healthy diabetic recipes which help in keeping the sugar and insulin levels within range. Diabetics should try to include them in their regular diet to reap their huge benefits. And the best part is these food are easily available in every household.

Bitter gourd (karela)

This bitter vegetable contains a high dosage of plant insulin and therefore helps in lowering the blood-sugar levels effectively.Having the juice of three to four bitter gourds early morning on an empty stomach is extremely beneficial in maintaining the sugar levels. As a vegetable in the meal also, it can be eaten on a regular basis. Another option is grinding the seeds of karela into a powdered form and then having it with a glass of water.

Fenugreek (methi seeds)

Methi seeds have shown results in improving the blood sugar levels of people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When taken along with meal, these seeds may reduce the sudden spike in blood sugar that occurs after eating. It can be consumed in various ways like by including it in the regular preparations of vegetables, daals and other dishes, eat them sprouted/dried or the powdered methi seeds can also be mixed in wheat flour to make chapattis. The seeds can be soaked overnight and the water in which they have been soaked can be consumed as it is.

Indian blackberry (jamun)

Certain fruits for diabetes such as the Indian blackberry is extremely effective in preventing and controlling diabetes. Powder the seeds of the fruit and eat it along with water. This contains glucoside, which prevents the conversion of starch into sugars, leading to lower rise in blood sugar levels.

Garlic

This is another natural wonder used to lower blood sugar levels. Garlic is a rich source of potassium. It also contains zinc and sulphur, which are components of insulin hormone. Taking about three to four flakes of freshly crushed garlic daily in the morning will help. Excess can lead to acidity.

Flaxseed (alsi)

These tiny seeds are rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. It helps in controlling diabetes because they maintain the sensitivity of the cell membrane, facilitates insulin and thereby helps in the uptake of glucose by the cells.

Fibre

Soluble fibre, found in kidney beans, apples, soyabean, oatmeal etc helps in managing diabetes. Fibre aids in slowing digestion and absorption of nutrients, resulting in a measured and steady release of glucose.

They also soak up excess bile acids found in digestive tract, the same acids that get converted into blood cholesterol.

Cinnamon (daalchini)

Water extracts of cinnamon have been found to promote the glucose metabolism and helps in reducing cholesterol. Half a cup of boiled water of cinnamon sticks can be drank regularly.

Antioxidants

Diabetes usually accompanies conditions like heart disease, diabetic retinopathy and kidney diseases. Many of these are caused by free radical damage. Therefore including antioxidants, especially vitamin C (lemons), E, selenium, zinc and chromium (found in Brewer’s yeast) in the diet proves beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels.

So diabetics, includes these easily available natural wonders in your daily diet and keep the sugar levels in control.

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