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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Health and Fitness : 2 African Food to help fight diabetes


  Even though we live in a pill-popping, drug-oriented culture, more and more people are starting to realize that food and nature is really our best medicine. In 90% of all chronic and degenerative diseases, poor diet is either the direct cause or a significant factor. This is especially true for type 2 diabetes.
There is no stage of type 2 diabetes that can’t be helped by making some smart dietary changes. And the earlier they are made, the more drastic the health improvements will be.
A few simple changes in your eating habits can actually reverse type 2 diabetes so that all metabolic functions, including the body’s insulin production, return to normal.





1. ONIONS Onions are one of the top food sources for the trace mineral chromium, which produces a powerful benefit on blood glucose levels. Research shows that chromium helps your body use insulin more efficiently, maintain steady blood sugar levels and reduce the need for diabetes drugs. Chromium deficiency and diabetes often accompany each other, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. This isn’t surprising when you realize that the symptoms of chromium deficiency (such as out-of-control levels of glucose, insulin, triglycerides, and high cholesterol) resemble those of pre-diabetes. One cup of raw onion (about ½ cup cooked onion) gives you 24mcg of the government’s “adequate intake” recommendation of 25 — 35mcg of chromium. So sauté up a big batch of onions, add some garlic and herbs, and throw them on salads, toss them in soups and fritattas, and use them to smother a juicy, grass-fed burger.

 








2.NUTS These little diabetes-busters are bursting with healthy fats, vitamins, and lots of minerals. If you’re pre-diabetic, or want to avoid type 2 diabetes, eating nuts will cut down your risk. If you already have diabetes, nuts help you manage your blood sugar and weight. Nuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which reverse insulin resistance, and remember the diabetes-heart disease connection? Nuts are another weapon in your heart-healthy arsenal, as studies show that daily consumption of nuts cuts the risk of heart attack by 35%.



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