Kale has become a global nutritional showstopper of sorts. After broccoli, this leafy vegetable has become a staple in healthy salads and juices. According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, "It is an exceptional source of chlorophyll, and its calcium and iron content are highly bioavailable (easily absorbed). It helps balance hormones and lower cholesterol, and its antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids give kale strong anti-inflammatory properties." Kale is an excellent source of beta-carotene that may do wonders for your eye health and also contains Vitamin C, which helps bolster your immunity. If a new small scale study is to be believed, drinking kale juice may also help check blood sugar fluctuations in Type-2 diabetes.
Type-2 diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to respond to insulin properly. If left untreated, diabetes could take a toll on your kidneys, heart and also lead to weight gain. One can also suffer from chronic complications related to eyes, feet and nerves. Diabetics are often advised to keep a check on their diet. Your diet plays an important role in managing diabetes. In fact, your diet and lifestyle are important aspects of diabetes management and treatment. The food you eat on a day-to-day basis has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels.
The study, published in the journal Nutrition Research And Practice, suggests that the supplementation of kale juice affected blood pressure, lipid profiles, and blood glucose in subclinical hypertensive patients.
Here Are Some Reasons Kale Could Be An Ideal Addition To Your Diabetes Diet:
1. Kale Has Low GI Value: Glycemic index or GI is a relative ranking given to carbohydrates present in the food depending upon how they affect blood sugar levels. Foods with low GI tend to metabolise slowly and enable slow release of sugar in the bloodstream.
2. Kale Is Non-Starchy In Nature: The carbohydrates present in the veggie are good carbs, which do not cause rapid surge in blood sugar levels.
3. Rich In Antioxidants: Kale has many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which help manage many chronic inflammatory conditions that are often tied to diabetes.
4. Kale Juice Is Low In Calories: It is an excellent alternative to high-calorie beverages and sodas that are known to topple blood sugar levels.
5. Kale Is High In Fibre: Though you lose a good amount of fibre when you juice the veggie, we would suggest you to mix your kale juice with other veggies to make it thick, and steeped in nutritive goodness.
Other Health Benefits Of Kale:
Rich In Anti-oxidant: Kale has two prominent antioxidant carotenoids. Dietary carotenoids are proven to provide protection against certain cancers and degenerative eye problems. Carotenoids protect plants against photo oxidative processes; in the human body they are a part of the antioxidant system.
Fights Inflammation: Inflammation is your immune system's reaction to irritation, injury, or infection. It's a normal response but when it becomes chronic, it leads to a number of health problems.
Omega 3 present in good quantities in kale. Omega 3 poly unsaturated fats are well researched for their anti-inflammatory properties and have been found to be beneficial for arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
Vitamin K is another potent anti-inflammatory agent present in most green leafy vegetables. This vitamin has been found to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent in several studies. It is known to supress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Vitamin C helps the body get rid of free radicals that damage cells and tissues leading to inflammatory responses. Vitamin C may also be effective in lowering C-proteins.
So try adding kale juice to your diabetes diet and let us know how you are enjoying its benefits. It is advisable that you ask your doctor first before making any major alteration to your diet.
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