People suffering from diabetes follow a very restricted diet. They have to stick to a diet which is low in fats and proteins but naturally rich in nutrients. They have to keep a constant check on their health and nutrition and consider the nutritional information of any and every food item before they put it into their bodies. As complicated as this might sound, studies have shown that there are certain food items that are easily found in the Indian kitchen which are great for a diabetic as these have blood sugar level-lowering properties.
Here’s How We Know This
The study published in the Journal Of Ethnopharmacology in the year 2002, reviewed all the studies done prior that showed a connection between specific food items which are a part of the Indian diet and their effect on the blood glucose levels. They also consulted experts from the field. The study reviewed 45 such items that are a part of the Indian diet. Prior researches have shown that these herbs contained anti-diabetic properties.
According to the study, Ayurvedic diets use plants and herbs in the treatment of various human ailments. India is a medicinally rich land, we have about 45,000 plant species and most of them have medicinal properties. As Ayurvedic diet is person-specific and based on the nutritional information of food, this diet uses food items to treat problems such as diabetes and the results have been amazing.
Here Is A List Of 15 Food Items That Are Great For Diabetes
1. Allium Cepa (Onion)
2. Allium Sativum (Garlic)
3. Aloe Vera
4. Cajanus Cajan (Pigeon Pea or Arhar Dal)
5. Coccinia Indica (Gourds)
6. Ficus Bengalenesis (Banyan Figs)
7. Gymnema Sylvestre (Gurmar)
8. Momordica Charantia (Bitter Gourd)
9. Ocimum Sanctum (Basil or Tulsi)
10. Pterocarpus Marsupium (Indian Kino)
11. Swertia Chirayita (Chirayata flowers)
12. Syzigium Cumini (Jamun)
13. Tinospora Cordifolia (Giloy)
14. Trigonella Foenum graecum (Fenugreek)
All these foods showed varied properties that help correct the blood sugar level in the body. However, there is a possibility of certain herbs interacting with the diabetes medication and increasing the hypoglycemic effects resulting in dangerously low blood sugar levels or raise the risk of other diabetic complications. So, before hogging on these food items, it is a good idea to consult your doctor.