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16 Best Foods to Control Diabetes

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15. Collard Greens

These nutrient-rich leafy green veggies are loaded with a powerful concentration of vitamin C, which aids in reducing cortisol within the body in order to lower inflammation. Collard greens and their cruciferous counterparts, such as Brussels sprouts and kale, are brimming with high levels of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), an essential micronutrient that aids the body in managing stress.

Researchers attempted to study the benefits of consuming alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) on a sample group of aging rats. The results revealed the natural development of antioxidants produced by the bodies of the animals themselves in order to combat the attacks of toxins found in the environment, and to lower inflammation.

Moreover, research reveals that ALA is high beneficial at cutting down blood sugar levels and healing the strength of the nerves damaged by diabetic neuropathy. However, be sure not to overcook collard greens as it creates a horrid sulfur-like smell that reduces its nutritive powers. They just need five minutes of steaming, that’s all.

16. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is one of the richest sources of flavonoids, potently powerful antioxidant that aid in lowering insulin resistance, fasting glucose and insulin levels, along with reducing untimely pangs of hunger and enhancing insulin sensitivity.

However, keep in mind that you must pick out at least 75% or more cocoa-dense chocolate to experience all these diabetes-fighting benefits.

A study attempted to study the benefits of consuming dark chocolate and milk chocolate, which contains low levels of flavonoids, unhealthy fats and heaps of sugar. The results revealed that participants who consumed dark chocolate felt lesser desire to consume something sweet, fatty or salty as opposed to those who consumed milk chocolate. Moreover, the participants who consumed dark chocolate also consumed 15% lesser amount of pizza as opposed to those who didn’t.

Flavonoids have been proven highly effective at soothing down ignited blood pressure levels, and cutting down the risk factors of heart attacks and strokes with regular consumption. You can add this treat to your desserts, smoothies, fruits salads, oatmeal and baked treat.

Reference Studies:

[1] American Diabetes Association. Foundations of care and comprehensive medical evaluation. Diabetes Care. 2016;39(suppl 1):S26 (Table 3.3).

[2] National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Dietary supplements: what you need to know. ods.od.nih.gov/HealthInformation/DS_WhatYouNeedToKnow.aspx NIH external link. Reviewed June 17, 2011. Accessed June 21, 2016.

[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2018. https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/ External link. Updated January 14, 2019. Accessed January 14, 2019.

[4] Yardley JE, Sigal RJ. Exercise strategies for hypoglycemia prevention in individuals with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum. 2015;28(1):32–38.

[5] Colberg SR, Sigal RJ, Yardley JE, et al. Physical activity/exercise and diabetes: a position statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care. 2016;39(11):2065–2079.

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  1. Yes I truly I enjoy reading these newvdeoveries and you know I crushed c-3and c-4 in my back and actually broke T-7 in my back and an entire fortune trying to be normal again stupid I know but I wanted to walk normal so bad and it kills me a little each day having to be here I don’t know why I did I had good money but was stupid I guess I wanted new back o guess but I have degenerative diseases and I guess I have to except it now but I am glad you could help my family out they will love to learn more about helping with their diabetes and what it takes them to get better god bless you sweetie

  2. How about a article of foods that cut Cortisol levels? Adrenal gland releases cortisol when stressed and it builds up over time with all past stresses. Cortisol also causes weight gain. It is the reason stress is a killer it effects all the organs in your body.

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