7 Diabetes Superfoods To Ensure A Healthy Diet

By Maria Hill
Updated August 16, 2016
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7 Diabetes Superfoods To Ensure A Healthy DietWhen people have diabetes, their bodies do not process sugar properly, leading their glucose levels to rise to unnatural and sometimes dangerous levels. Significantly raised blood sugar levels can lead to kidney damage, stroke, heart disease, blindness, infection, ulcer, and even death. However, aside from following your doctor's advice and taking insulin, wouldn't it be great to know which diets could have a positive impact on your body if you're suffering from diabetes? These seven secret foods could help you to stabilize your blood sugar level and have a healthier life.

1.) Broccoli

Broccoli is a miraculous food within the world of diabetics. Like many other types of cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and kale, it contains sulforaphane, which prompts the anti-inflammatory process in your body that can protect your blood vessels from cardiovascular damage and improve your blood sugar level.

2.) Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a delicious holiday spice, but it's also been proven to regulate blood sugar in a number of studies on diabetes. One such paper published in the Diabetes Association's journal showed that cinnamon lowered blood sugar in test participants by up to 26% following 40 days of use.

3.) Blueberries

Blueberries are an outstanding super food that contain insoluble fiber which helps to flush excess fat out of your body, and soluble fiber which slows down your stomach-emptying process and enhances blood sugar control. According to a study by the USDA, individuals who consume about two and a half cups of blueberry juice a day for twelve weeks could reduce their glucose levels, improve their memory and combat depression.

4.) Fish

Fish is a great food for slimming, as its protein-rich content will keep you satisfied for longer. However, it also contains a specific type of fat that's great for inflammation. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce body-wide inflammation, which can lead to and worsen the effects of diabetes. Fish can also reduce a person's chances of developing diabetes-related health problems such as a stroke.

5.) Cannellini Beans

Cannellini beans are full of a cholesterol lowering fiber and protein, and they digest too slowly to raise your blood sugar level. In a recent study, 121 individuals with type 2 diabetes ate a daily cup of whole grains, or cannellini beans for three months. The bean group saw their average blood sugar level fall almost twice as much as the grain group.

6.) Walnuts

Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, which has been proven to help combat inflammation. The combination of omega-3, fiber, L-arginine, and Vitamin E found in tree nuts like walnuts make them amazing ingredients in any diet. Scientists have discovered that they can have anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties, and these same powers help to stop and reverse chronic illnesses like diabetes.

7.) Turmeric

Turmeric boosted the health of a complete Indian subcontinent for approximately 5,000 years. A traditional diet in India, which consisted of flour bread and white rice, would typically raise blood sugar significantly. However, the presence of turmeric, the delicious and popular yellow spice that usually comes in curry dishes, manages blood sugar levels, effectively.

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