Diabetes may affect tens of millions of people, there are natural ways to improve the condition and prevent any complications. There are many fruits and veggies that can make it easier to regulate your blood sugar levels. Most people don’t know about these foods and continue to stick to their heavy medications.

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In this article you will learn about 5 diabetes-focused foods to improve your life.

1. Asparagus

Asparagus as a great taste and it is reason enough why you should be eating it.

A single serving of asparagus gives you 2g dietary fiber, 20 calories, and just 5g carbs.

Asparagus has a special kind of antioxidant known as glutathione that helps in fighting many diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. It also helps in slowing down aging.

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2012 found asparagus being effective in maintaining blood sugar levels. It also helped boost insulin production.

2. Berries

Berries are sweet and you may think that they don’t make great foods for diabetics. But berries are among the richest in antioxidants. They are also great sources of fiber.

Blue and red berries also have anthocyanins. According to researchers, these compounds can help control blood sugar through enhanced insulin production. You can enjoy berries any time.

3. Beans

According to a 2012 study, taking 1 cup legumes every day helps in regulating blood sugar levels. The same study also found that the food helped lower blood pressure. Besides, beans also contain high amounts of proteins and fiber, making them even better foods for diabetics.

4. Flaxseed

Flaxseeds are also the perfect food for diabetics. They contain high fiber and proteins, and also health fats. In fact, it is the kind of fat that you get from fish.

Flaxseeds are also rich sources of magnesium. Studies show that magnesium helps regulate blood sugar by helping cells to use insulin.

It is recommended to get whole seeds and not ground flaxseeds. Store them in the refrigerator and grind whenever you want to consume them.

You can enjoy them with yogurt or cereal.

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5. Barley

If you replace white rice with barley, it reduces the blood sugar spike after meals by almost 70%. It can help in maintaining lower blood sugar levels for several hours.

Barley has various compounds and soluble fiber that slow down digestion and carb absorption. Barley is considered even better than brown rice for diabetics.

You can enjoy barley with soups or as a side dish. Eat more often and keep your blood sugar levels in control.

6. Carrots

Carrots can be enjoyed anyway. They are great in raw or cooked form, and can be added to almost any meal.

Carrots don’t have the high carbs found in many veggies. This is despite that they have a starchy texture when you cook them.

1 cup of raw carrots has not more than 5g of carbs. When cooked you can get the same from half cup.

Carrots are considered as ‘free food’ by the American Diabetes Association. You can add up to 5 small carrots to your diet without having to worry that they will affect your blood sugar levels.

7. Artichoke

Just an average artichoke contains over 10g of fiber. This tasty and tender veggie is also rich in many types of nutrients that help regulate your blood sugar. They contain folate, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.

You can make a variety of dishes by cooking them. Before cooking it is recommended to remove the bottom leaves and cut it a third from the top. Remove the stem and trim its thorns.

You can then steam it and remove the leaves. Keep it dipped in vinaigrette and enjoy.

References:

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-25-power-foods-diabetes

http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/type-2-diabetes-live-better-guide/fiber-rich-foods-pictures/

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