Superfoods seems to be one of the new "buzz" words... so what exactly does it mean? According to Wikipedia: "superfood" is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result...". In other words, superfoods are a group of wholesome foods that have health giving properties that really pack a nutritious punch!
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So let's look at how several "superfoods" can help improve the quality of your life as a diabetic:
Colorful Vegetables: Free radicals are the age accelerators of your body... they affect your heart, blood vessels, brain and cell membranes. Unfortunately, this destructive process operates at an increased rate in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Antioxidants block this destruction... the richest source of these antioxidants are found in colorful fruits and vegetables. So, here are a few of the fruits and vegetables your should eat:
- collard greens
- tomatoes... the darker the red of the tomato the higher the antioxidant content
- grapes... red grapes are more beneficial than white ones
- raspberries and boysenberries
- green leafy vegetables
Mix up a bowl of colorful salad vegetables, keep it covered in your refrigerator. Eat a bowl of these at most of your meals.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit is one of the best of all fruits for avoiding sharp rises in your blood sugar level. It also comes to your rescue where heart disease and cholesterol buildup in your arteries is concerned. Dr James Cerda, a professor at the University of Florida found that fiber in grapefruit can definitely lower cholesterol in humans. Grapefruit can interfere with several prescription medications... check with your health care provider if you are on medications.
Garlic: Garlic was first mentioned as a medicine about 6000 years ago and is used extensively in medicines throughout the world today. Garlic may be valuable for helping to reverse both diabetes and its many complications. The debate continues as to the active ingredients but, however it comes: aged, fresh, cooked or in supplement form, it is a healthy addition to your nutrition plan.
Beans: The high amount of soluble fiber in beans is a big help to your blood sugar. If your have insulin resistance or unstable blood sugar levels, beans helps to balance your blood sugar while giving you plenty of slow-burning energy. And the fiber in beans stops your blood sugar from rising too quickly after your meal.
Oats: The benefit of oats on blood sugar levels was first reported way back in 1913... the same soluble fiber that reduces your cholesterol level also benefits people with type 2 diabetes. So if you eat oatmeal, or oat bran rich foods, you will find you have lower and less blood sugar spikes. Soluble fiber slows down the rate at which food leaves your stomach and so delays the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream following your meal.
While there is no cure for type 2 diabetes, these "superfoods" are known to improve blood sugar regulation, insulin activity and slow down the complications of type 2 diabetes.
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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.
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