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15 Vegetables to Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Author: Cathy Miller
by Cathy Miller
Posted: Dec 07, 2018

1. Pumpkin

In recent years, research at home and abroad has shown that pumpkin is an ideal food for treating diabetes. Pumpkin contains a lot of pectin. When the pumpkin is eaten with starchy food, it will increase the viscosity of the stomach contents and delay the emptying of the stomach. The pectin will fully absorb water in the intestine to form a gelatinous substance, which can delay the absorption of sugar in intestines and thus reduce postprandial blood sugar. In addition, the trace element cobalt is rich in the pumpkin. Cobalt is a trace element necessary for the synthesis of insulin in human islet cells, which can promote the secretion of insulin in the body and lower blood sugar.

Caution: Do not eat too much each time, because pumpkin also contains carbohydrates, if you do not control intake, the total calories will exceed the standard and cause blood sugar to rise.

2. Spinach

Tasting sweet and having functions of quenching thirst and moistening, spinach is suitable for diabetes featuring chest fullness and abdominal congestion. It contains more oxalic acid and should be cooked with calcium-rich foods. It is easy to form calcium oxalate, which is not conducive to human absorption. It also has adverse effects on the stomach and special care is needed during cooking.

3. Lentils

It is rich in soluble cellulose and can decrease blood sugar, triglyceride and harmful cholesterol. Therefore, for diabetic patients with dyslipidemia, a once-a-day intake of 30 to 50 grams of lentils has a good effect.

4. Celery

Known as a high-fiber food, celery produces a lignin or intestinal lipid by intestinal digestion, which is an antioxidant. Eating celery, especially eating celery leaves, is very beneficial for preventing hypertension and arteriosclerosis, and has an auxiliary therapeutic effect.

5. Onion

The S-methylcysteine??contained in onions has the effect of lowering blood sugar, and the onion also contains sulfobutyric acid, which can play a hypoglycemic effect by promoting the utilization of sugar by cells. Onion also has the effect of lowering blood fat, lowering blood viscosity and improving atherosclerosis. Regular consumption can prevent the occurrence of diabetic cardio-cerebral vascular complications. American scientists have also found that onions contain prostaglandin A, which can reduce peripheral vascular resistance, lower blood pressure, increase renal blood flow and urine output, and promote sodium and potassium excretion. In this sense, onions are also helpful for preventing kidney complications of diabetes..

6. Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd is also called "plant insulin". Pharmacological tests have found that the saponin contained in bitter gourd not only has the effect similar to insulin, but also stimulates the release of insulin, which has a very obvious hypoglycemic effect. Some people use oral bitter soap preparation for oral treatment of type 2 diabetes. Therefore, the proper intake of bitter gourd by diabetic patients is beneficial to control blood sugar.

7. Cucumber

It is sweet and crisp, and has the effect of removing heat and quenching thirst. Modern pharmacological studies have shown that cucumbers contain only 1.6% sugar, which is a common substitute food for diabetic patients, and can obtain vitamin C, carotene, cellulose and minerals. The propanol diacid contained in cucumber can inhibit the conversion of carbohydrates into fat in the human body. For obese diabetic patients with hypertension, 100 grams of cucumber per day is of great benefit.

8. Lotus root

As a typical Asian recipe, lotus root has the effects of clearing away heat and quenching thirst, cooling blood to stop bleeding, and dispersing phlegm and sobering when eaten untreated. After being cooked, it has the effects of strengthening the spleen and nourishing the stomach, nourishing yin and nourishing blood, and nourishing the muscles and stopping diarrhea. It is especially suitable for people with diabetes who are still suffering from polydipsia, hunger, and weight loss.

9. Radish

Radish has the effects of eliminating stagnation, phlegm heat, gas, detoxification, and is suitable for people with diabetes who often feel full.

10. Leek

Leek is suitable for patients with hyperlipemia, coronary heart disease and diabetes.

11. Yam

Yam can effectively decrease blood sugar, and the sticky component in yam is also formed by mucin. Mucin can wrap other foods in the intestines so that the sugar is slowly absorbed. This mechnism can inhibit the sharp rise of blood sugar after meals, and can also avoid excessive insulin secretion, so that blood sugar is better regulated.

Yam also contains active ingredients such as magnesium and zinc, which are essential for insulin secretion, as well as vitamin B1 and vitamin B2. These ingredients promote the metabolism of glucose in the blood.

12. White fungus

White fungus has the functions of nourishing Yin and regulating dryness, nourishing the stomach. It is not only rich in nutrients, but also has high medicinal value. White fungus has low heat energy and is rich in dietary fiber.

13. Tomato

Tomato has the effect of stimulating thirst, strengthening stomach and digestion, clearing away heat and detoxifying, cooling blood and calming liver, nourishing blood and nourishing blood and increasing appetite; lowering blood pressure and lowering blood pressure. In addition, the rich vitamin C, rutin, lycopene and fruit acid can help reduce blood cholesterol, prevent atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. It also contains a large amount of potassium and strontium minerals, which can promote the discharge of sodium salt in the blood.

14. Lettuce

Lettuce is rich in niacin, an insulin activator. Regular consumption of lettuce can help prevent and treat diabetes. Lettuce stimulates gastrointestinal motility and has an adjuvant therapeutic effect on diabetic gastroparesis and constipation. The potassium ions contained in lettuce are 27 times that of sodium ions, which can promote urination and lower blood pressure.

15. Corn

Corn can be eaten as a staple food or as a vegetable for people with diabetes. Corn has the effect of regulating the body, appetizing, facilitating urine, reducing blood sugar and lowering blood fat. It is also good for patients with chronic gastritis, urinary calculi, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and other diseases. For patients with edema, eating more corn can also solve the problem of edema.

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Author: Cathy Miller

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Member since: Dec 17, 2017
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