Diabetes is one of the most common lifestyle diseases affecting people globally. It is a chronic condition where blood sugar in the body is persistently high. According to the International Diabetes Federation, 463 million people globally are affected by diabetes and the count is estimated to rise up to 153 million by 2045. While proper medication as per doctor's recommendation is always advised, some basic changes in lifestyle may also contribute to managing blood sugar levels. Doctors suggest, as diabetes is not a curable condition, one must take proper care of their diet and have right kind of medication to keep blood sugar level under control.
As a part of diabetes diet, it is suggested to include good amount of protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium and a balance of other essential nutrients. Besides, one must avoid added sugar, trans-fats and high-calorie foods. Traditional spices and herbs are also dubbed to be helpful in managing diabetes. Take turmeric for instance.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric: Turmeric For Diabetes:
A popular desi spice, haldi has been a part of traditional medical practice since ages. It is a storehouse of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that ensure overall good health. The most important compound in turmeric - curcumin - is also known to help moderate insulin levels and boost the effect of medications that treat diabetes.
According to a study published in the journal 'Frontiers in Endocrinology', "Curcumin is a bioactive component found Curcuma longa, which exhibits several physiological and pharmacological properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, neuroprotective, and anti-diabetic activities." And it was found that the use of Curcuma longa or curcumin showed "significant reduction of lipid peroxidation, fasting blood glucose levels, Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C), triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL-c, C-Reactive Protein, systolic and diastolic blood pressure".
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Turmeric Tea For Diabetes: How To Make Turmeric Tea:
Considering these above factors, we bring you an easy and effective way to include turmeric in diabetes diet. It's in form of a cup of soothing turmeric tea. Here's how you can make it:
Step 1. Overnight soak half-inch raw turmeric in a glass of water.
Step 2. Boil the water well.
Step 3. Strain it and drink.
Here's another detox turmeric tea option that includes an additional goodness of ginger and black pepper. However, the ones with diabetes are suggested to avoid adding honey (that is suggested in the recipe). Click here for detox haldi tea recipe.
Include this healthy turmeric tea in your diabetes diet and enjoy overall benefit. But always remember, moderation is the key.
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