Recommended Food For Diabetes

November 3, 2006 9:48pm CST
Brewer’s Yeast Brewer’s yeast is a wonder food. It is rich in traces of mineralchromium. This mineral helps the pancreas produce more insulin. It isone of the best supports for normal handling of sugar by the body.According to an article by Dr. Richard J. Doisy and others, whichappeared in the Medical World News, Brewer’s yeast has lowered theinsulin requirements of many diabetes patients. BroccoliBroccoli, a close relation of the cauliflower, has long been a popularfood in Europe. This vegetable has proved to be an effectiveanti-diabetic food. It is rich source of chromium, a trace mineral thatseems to lower blood sugar. This trace mineral regulates blood sugar,thereby often reducing the medication and insulin needs of diabetes. Incases of mild diabetes, chromium may prevent the onset of thefull-fledged disease. If a person’s glucose tolerance is on border,chromium can help control it. Even low blood sugar levels can bebrought to normal with chromium. Curd Curd injects friendly bacteria in to the digestive system thatstimulate the pancreas. It also washes the pancreas of its acids andwastes. These cleansing actions enable the pancreas to perform muchbetter and thereby help in the production of insulin. Garlic In scientific trials garlic and its constituents have been found tolower blood sugar in diabetes. This vegetable is rich in potassium,which effectively replaces the large quantities of potassium lost inthe urine of diabetics. It also contains zinc and sulphur, which areconstituents of insulin. Some authorities believe that low levels ofzinc may be one of the factors responsible for the onset of diabetes.Garlic also contains manganese, a deficiency of which can contributetowards diabetes. Garlic constituents appear to act by blocking the inactivation ofinsulin in the liver. The result is higher blood insulin levels andlower blood sugar. Garlic has other benefits for diabetes besides lowering blood sugar. Itprevents arteriosclerosis, which is a common complication of diabetesand relieves body paid. Diabetics can take the equivalent of one or twocloves of garlic a day in any form they like, either raw or cooked infood or as capsules. Garlic milk, prepared by adding four cloves ofcrushed garlic to 110 ml of milk, is one good way of taking garlic. Thebest way, however, is to chew raw garlic thoroughly first thing in themorning. Bengal Gram Bengal gram, also known as chickpea, is a widely used importantcomponent of Indian diet. It is a valuable anti-diabetic food.Experiments have shown that the oral ingestion of the water extract ofBengal gram increases the utilization of glucose in diabetics as wellas normal people. In a study conducted at Central Food TechnologicalResearch Institute in Mysore, the requirement of insulin of chronicdiabetes patients decreased from 40 units a day to 20 units, when kepton a diet which included liberal supplements of Bengal gram extract. Diabetic patients who are on a restricted diet, which does not severelylimit the intake of carbohydrates but includes liberal amounts ofBengal gram extract, have shown considerable improvement in theirfasting blood sugar levels, glucose tolerance, urinary excretion ofsugar and general condition. Bitter Gourd The bitter gourd is a common vegetable cultivated extensively. It hasexcellent medicinal virtues. This vegetable has been used as foldmedicine for diabetes from ancient times. Research has established thatit contains insulin like principle designated as plant-insulin, whichhas been found beneficial in lowering blood and urine sugar levels. Bitter gourd is thus and effective anti-diabetic food and should be included liberally in the diet of a diabetic. Juice of three or four bitter gourds taken every morning on an emptystomach has been found more effective than eating fruits. The seeds ofbitter gourd can be powdered and added to regular meals. A decoctionprepared by boiling chopped bitter gourd is water is equally effective,as is its dry powder mixed with liquid foods. Bitter gourd is rich in all essential vitamins and minerals especiallyvitamins A, B1, B2, C and iron. Its regular use, therefore, preventsmany complications associated with diabetes including hypertension, eyecomplications, neuritis and the defective metabolism of carbohydrates. Black Gram Black gram is a highly prized pulse in India. It is an anti diabeticfood. Germinated black gram taken with half a cup of fresh bitter gourdjuice, forms and effective remedy for treating mild types of diabetes.It should be taken once a day, for three to four months, with arestricted intake of carbohydrates. In severe diabetes, regular use of this combination is an effectivecomplement to other treatments. It is also a useful health food forpreventing complications due to malnutrition in diabetes. Milk preparedby grinding sprouted whole black gram is also recommended fordiabetics. Groundnut Groundnuts are valuable in diabetes. Eating a handful of groundnutsdaily by diabetics will not only prevent malnutrition, particularly thedeficiency of niacin, but also checks the development of vascularcomplications.
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