The most effective ways to stop prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes are losing weight and exercising more. Lately, studies have shown that eating certain foods also helps lower blood sugar.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that one in three American adults have pre-diabetes. This condition happens when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but lower than those with diabetes. Eating certain fruits, choosing the right seasoning and consuming the right type of fats also helps with diabetes.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular choice among health foods for a long time and it seems it lives up to its expectations. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which reduces certain enzymes in the stomach.
A study from Diabetes Care revealed that drinking a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar before eating is beneficial for your health. It helps increase insulin sensitivity and reduces blood sugar spikes after eating starchy food in both prediabetics and those suffering with type 2 diabetes.
A recent study indicates that increasing your coffee consumption by one cup per day can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by more than 10 percent. If you are insulin resistant, the best way to avoid the onset of diabetes is to lose weight and work out since no food can replace the benefits of healthy activities in the long run.
But a bowl of blueberries and a pinch of cinnamon in your morning coffee can help you kickstart your day.
Cherries, especially dark sweet cherries and tart cherries are full of anthrocyanins. A 2014 study revealed that women who consumed anthrocyanins rich foods showed improved insulin resistance and decreased levels of inflammation.
Insulin resistance stops the insulin from working properly to keep blood sugar levels in normal limits. Having a diet high in anthrocyanins can benefit insulin usage and also lower blood sugar.
Garlic has been consumed for centuries to lower cholesterol levels but it can also be used to lower blood sugar levels. A 2006 study and a 2012 study showed that garlic extract might lower blood sugar. Garlic extracts raised the amount of insulin available in people suffering with diabetes.
Similar studies have discovered that another vegetable that has positive effects on blood sugar is onion. Even if gives you bad breath, onions and garlic make dishes taste great and, as it turns out, they’re very good for your health. Garlic and monounsaturated fats in pine nuts are great for blood sugar.
Researchers in Berlin have discovered substances in licorice root that contain antidiabetic properties. These are called amorfrutins and it has been proven that they can reduce inflammation and lower blood sugar levels without causing side effects. Another disease that they can prevent is called fatty liver. The amorfrutins’ benefits are related to the ability of its molecules to attach directly to certain receptors that have a key role in fat and glucose metabolism.
Licorice Root is an ingredient included in GlucoHealth – a great, natural blood sugar stabilizer.
Fenugreek is a spice that’s been used in Southeast Asian cuisine for quite some time. Fenugreek seed resembles beans and it’s used by nursing mothers and in several herbal medicines.
A 2013 review of herbal food supplements found sufficient evidence that fenugreek lowers blood sugar levels in prediabetics as well as in those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The seeds contain a fiber that effectively slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, which explains its positive effect on blood sugar. It is also full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and it can be taken as a tea, as a pill or used in a variety of recipes.
Banaba leaf is traditionally used in Asian herbal medicine as a remedy for diabetes. In recent times, Banaba has gained media attention for its ability to lower blood sugar levels with no side effects.
Studies have shown that Banaba can lower blood sugar within 60 minutes by aiding the transportation of sugar into cells. The normal human response shows decrease of 10-15% in blood sugar within two hours of ingestion. The conclusion is Banaba extract decreases fasting and postprandial blood glucose levels. Corosolic acid is the active compound in Banaba and it improves insulin sensitivity, increase glucose uptake, facilitate weight loss and decrease triglycerides and cholesterol.
Banaba can also be found as an ingredient in GlucoHealth.