Recommended foods for diabetes
Brewer’s yeast is a wonder food. It is rich in traces of mineral chromium. This
mineral helps the pancreas produce more insulin. It is one of the best supports
for normal handling of sugar by the body. According to an article by Dr. Richard
J. Doisy and others, which appeared in the Medical World News, Brewer’s yeast
has lowered the insulin requirements of many diabetes patients.
Broccoli, a close relation of the cauliflower, has long been a popular food in
Europe. This vegetable has proved to be an effective anti-diabetic food. It is
rich source of chromium, a trace mineral that seems to lower blood sugar. This
trace mineral regulates blood sugar, thereby often reducing the medication and
insulin needs of diabetes. In cases of mild diabetes, chromium may prevent the
onset of the full-fledged disease. If a person’s glucose tolerance is on border,
chromium can help control it. Even low blood sugar levels can be brought to
normal with chromium.
Curd injects friendly bacteria in to the digestive system that stimulate the
pancreas. It also washes the pancreas of its acids and wastes. These cleansing
actions enable the pancreas to perform much better and thereby help in the
production of insulin.
In scientific trials garlic and its constituents have been found to lower blood
sugar in diabetes. This vegetable is rich in potassium, which effectively
replaces the large quantities of potassium lost in the urine of diabetics. It
also contains zinc and sulphur, which are constituents of insulin. Some
authorities believe that low levels of zinc may be one of the factors
responsible for the onset of diabetes. Garlic also contains manganese, a
deficiency of which can contribute towards diabetes.
Garlic constituents appear to act by blocking the inactivation of insulin in the
liver. The result is higher blood insulin levels and lower blood sugar.
Garlic has other benefits for diabetes besides lowering blood sugar. It prevents
arteriosclerosis, which is a common complication of diabetes and relieves body
paid. Diabetics can take the equivalent of one or two cloves of garlic a day in
any form they like, either raw or cooked in food or as capsules. Garlic milk,
prepared by adding four cloves of crushed garlic to 110 ml of milk, is one good
way of taking garlic. The best way, however, is to chew raw garlic thoroughly
first thing in the morning.
Bengal gram, also known as chickpea, is a widely used important component of
Indian diet. It is a valuable anti-diabetic food. Experiments have shown that
the oral ingestion of the water extract of Bengal gram increases the utilization
of glucose in diabetics as well as normal people. In a study conducted at
Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, the requirement of
insulin of chronic diabetes patients decreased from 40 units a day to 20 units,
when kept on a diet which included liberal supplements of Bengal gram extract.
Diabetic patients who are on a restricted diet, which does not severely limit
the intake of carbohydrates but includes liberal amounts of Bengal gram extract,
have shown considerable improvement in their fasting blood sugar levels, glucose
tolerance, urinary excretion of sugar and general condition.
The bitter gourd is a common vegetable cultivated extensively. It has excellent
medicinal virtues. This vegetable has been used as fold medicine for diabetes
from ancient times. Research has established that it contains insulin like
principle designated as plant-insulin, which has 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 empty stomach has
been found more effective than eating fruits. The seeds of bitter gourd can be
powdered and added to regular meals. A decoction prepared by boiling chopped
bitter gourd is water is equally effective, as is its dry powder mixed with
Bitter gourd is rich in all essential vitamins and minerals especially vitamins
A, B1, B2, C and iron. Its regular use, therefore, prevents many complications
associated with diabetes including hypertension, eye complications, neuritis and
the defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
Black gram is a highly prized pulse in India. It is an anti diabetic food.
Germinated black gram taken with half a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, forms
and effective remedy for treating mild types of diabetes. It should be taken
once a day, for three to four months, with a restricted intake of carbohydrates.
In severe diabetes, regular use of this combination is an effective complement
to other treatments. It is also a useful health food for preventing
complications due to malnutrition in diabetes. Milk prepared by grinding
sprouted whole black gram is also recommended for diabetics.
Groundnuts are valuable in diabetes. Eating a handful of groundnuts daily by
diabetics will not only prevent malnutrition, particularly the deficiency of
niacin, but also checks the development of vascular complications.