Believe it or not, onios are a very old and time-tested remedy for the treatment of diabetes! Studies have proven the highly effective property of onions to reduce sugar levels in the blood. Experiments were performed in India, where patients were treated with onion juice and whole onions (from 25 to 200 gr. of onions). It was found that as more onions were included in the diet, the more blood sugar levels were lowered. Both raw and cooked onions were beneficial. It is not clear, whether onions influence glucose metabolism in the liver, stimulate production of insulin, or protect it from destruction. The assumption was made that blood sugar levels were reduced due to the presence in onions of the substances allicin and allyl propyl disulfide.
In 1923 substances were found in onions that destroy sugar. Later, in 1960, studies succeeded in isolating antidiabetic compounds that stimulate insulin synthesis. In experiments on rabbits, these onion extracts had an effect equal to 77% of the usual dose of Tolbutamide.
Did you know that the amazing vegetable, broccoli, is a very rich source of chromium? Chromium regulates (up or down) sugar level in the blood! In type 2 diabetes, chromium helps to reduce dosage of pharmaceutical drugs used for lowering blood sugar. Also, if blood sugar is too low, chromium will lift it to a normal level. Some doctors relate the cause of diabetes with a deficiency of chromium. As it turned out, chromium increases the effectiveness of insulin. Laboratory tests confirmed that the biologically active molecules of chromium attach to insulin and greatly increase its ability to convert glucose (sugar) to carbon dioxide and therefore, reduce sugar level in the blood.
Most people do not consume the required daily dosage of chromium (from 50 to 200mg.) Lots of chrommium is found in mushrooms, nuts, whole grains, rhubarb, brewer yeast, beer, wine and broccoli. A cup of broccoli contains 22 mg. of chromium, which is 10 times higher than any other product! In Irag, barley has been used for treatment of diabetes. The reason is simple - barley is rich in chromium!
Dr. Anderson (U.S.) found that various seasonings stimulate the activity of insulin, which leads to lower blood sugar levels. Laboratory tests were conducted to determine the activity of insulin in the presence of different ingredients. It was found that four spices increased insulin activity by three times - cinnamon, turmeric, bay leaf and cloves. The strongest effect is exerted by cinnamon.
These spices should be included in your diet to reduce sugar levels !
Sugar in Blood
Broccoli and Insulin
Curry seasoning contains fenugreek seeds, which have long been used to treat diabetes in India and in the Middle East. Scientists of Indian National Institute of Nutrition examined the effect of fenugeek seeds on type 1 diabetes. They found that blood sugar and cholesterol levels decreased.
Conclusion ? The diabetes diet can benefit from including curry seasoning!
Spices increase insulin activity !
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