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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Little-Known Foods (and Spices) That Can Control Diabetes

Spices for diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. It is dangerous because it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease, blindness and even death. It is also a condition that is 60 percent more common among blacks than whites. The good news is that many cases of diabetes can be controlled with proper diet. Knowing which foods -- and spices -- have the greatest affect on controlling diabetes is critical.


Many foods contain powerful antioxidants that help repair cell damage and are also known to help prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimer's. These foods include fresh fruits and vegetables that have bright, distinctive colors, like red tomatoes, purple blueberries, yellow corn, orange carrots, pomegranates and dark leafy veggies like spinach and kale.


Spices can also contain antioxidants that help control diabetes. According to a recent article in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, spices and herbs like cinnamon, oregano and rosemary are also high in antioxidants. In fact, the article stated that oregano and rosemary contain compounds that work much like diabetes prescription medicine in lowering blood sugar.

Why you should eat these every day

The Mayo Clinic lists Type 2 diabetes as number 6 in the list of the top 10 health problems for Americans. African Americans are particularly affected with 2.5 greater chances of having a limb amputated due to diabetes, and up to 5.6 times more likely to end up with kidney disease related to diabetes. It is a leading cause of death in both men and women.

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