Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Diabetes Nutrition

  • Bitter melon, goat’s rue, nopal cactus, fenugreek, bilberry, gurmar, onions and garlic are effective in lowering blood glucose level.




  • Non starchy vegetables, skimmed milk, lean chicken, high fiber fruits and low glycemic food are good choices for an informed diabetic.

  • Prefer intake of oil low in saturated fats. Biotin helps the body in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

  • Vitamin C prevents sugar from getting attached to proteins. Insulin deficiency hinders effective metabolism and transport of Vitamin C, making its increased intake all the more important.

  • Chromium aids the metabolism of glucose. It is most effective if consumed as niacin.

  • Vitamin E helps in improving insulin sensitivity.

  • Magnesium helps in lowering blood pressure and reducing heart-attack risks by relaxing the muscle tissues.

  • CLA helps in protecting cells from becoming diabetic or getting damaged by atherosclerosis, colon cancer and chronic inflammation.

  • Omega 3 and Alpha Lipoic Acids are effective building blocks and anti-oxidants respectively. They reduce the risks associated with nerve damages by aiding balancing of blood sugar.

  • Vitamin B6 helps in preventing neuropathy.

  • Vitamin D helps in reducing insulin resistance and averting the risks of cataract.

  • Zinc helps in improving the action of insulin.

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