Diet and Nutrition

Powerful Foods for Diabetes Patients

Broccoli and Spinach

Not everyone is a fan of broccoli, for many the smell can be off-putting and when eaten, most people tend to drown it in sauces or cheese, effectively negating any of the beneficial effects of this superhero vegetable. For diabetics however this little powerhouse is one of the most important things that to incorporate into the diet. Broccoli is cruciferous vegetable that contains an ingredients called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane works in the body by triggering anti-inflammatory processes that boost blood sugar control while also protecting blood vessels from cardiovascular damage. It also helps the body’s detox system to by encouraging enzymes to turn cancer causing chemicals into ones that the body can more easily release. This is important because heart disease as a consequence of diabetes is the leading cause of death for diabetics. Other cruciferous vegetables that contain sulforaphane include kale and cauliflower.

Spinach

One of the many leafy green vegetables that have been shown to help lower the risk of developing diabetes, spinach and other leafy greens when consumed in at least one serving a day has been shown to to lower their risk by at least fourteen percent. It’s rich in many minerals such as magnesium, folate, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin K and various flavonoids and the plant chemicals lutein and zeaxanthin.