Ever thought that pomegranate or its juice can help people with diabetes? The scientists are now hopeful that pomegranate may reduce the heart diseases and also reverse type-two diabetes.
A recent research tells that a diabetic patient who consumes pomegranate juice for a few months will have a reduced risk of atherosclerosis. It is a heart condition which hardens the arteries. Additionally, the pomegranate juice reduces the absorption of LDL cholesterol that is considered unhealthy for the immune system.
Those who are at a high risk of atherosclerosis often end up having heart problems including heart attack, heart failure, strokes and blood circulatory problems. The studies on pomegranate juice show that it has an extremely high amount of antioxidants in it. These antioxidants are extremely helpful in reducing heart problems linked with diabetes.
Usually, most of the fruits contain free sugar and thus are harmful to diabetic patients. But pomegranate and fresh pomegranate juice have antioxidants attached to a sugar, which actually make them helpful for such conditions. In this way, the sugar in pomegranate protects from atherosclerosis.
It is difficult for diabetic patients to process the sugars as normal, healthy people can do. That is why diabetic patients are advised to regulate and monitor their food and beverage intake for natural and processed sugar. That includes fruit juice too. This is the reason you would not see doctors recommending fruits or fruit juices to diabetic patients. But for pomegranate, the situation is different.
What does the research say?
Pomegranate reduces the risk of diabetes type two, a study confirms it. This particular research is published in the journal Atherosclerosis and is available online to view. In this research, the team investigated the effect of pomegranate juice on diabetes type two patients.
They specially prepared a concentrated pomegranate juice that measures 6 ounces per glass. This juice was a part of the daily diet of 10 healthy and 10 people with type two diabetes for three months. Note that these diabetic patients were not dependent on insulin therapy.
This daily intake of pomegranate juice didn’t show any significant effect on overall cholesterol level but another remarkable thing was noticed. The research team found that taking pomegranate juice daily reduced the uptake of oxidized LDL cholesterol that is a major contributor in atherosclerosis and a number of other diseases.
Upon the sugar analysis, it was clear that pomegranate contains the same amount of sugar as that of other fruits. But the surprising thing about pomegranate juice is that it doesn’t make diabetes worse. Usually, diabetic patients shoot their sugar when they consume sugary fruits. In the case of pomegranate, it didn’t only reduce LDL but also there was no side effect i.e. sugar level rise.
Other fruits that reverse diabetes
Pomegranate is only one fruit that helps diabetic patients. Some other fruits that diabetic patients can safely consume are as follows.
What to know while eating fruits
Every person suffering from diabetes or at risk of diabetes should know the following three things to eat a fruit.
Generally, avoid eating fruits without consulting your doctor. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, eat a small piece of fruit with nuts. This combination of fruit and nut will not let your sugar spike.
- When your doctor allows you, pick the fruits that you like in a quantity, suggested by the doctor. Buy the fruits that are fresh, ripe and seasonal.
- Prefer eating fruits that grow in your area or country. Avoid buying imported, packaged fruits.
- Do not buy the cheapest fruit in the market even if they look fresh. Usually, the cheapest rate is set for the fruits that are sprayed with pesticides.
- Eat fruits that have an overall low glycemic index. All the fruits mentioned in this article have a low glycemic index.
- For maintaining a healthy diet, do not consume fruit with the main course but use it as a snack in between your meals.
- Pick the fruits that have some protein and fat in them along with sugar. It helps to balance the glycemic index.
- If possible, sprinkle your fruits with cinnamon. Cinnamon has a natural property of balancing the sugar levels.
- Do not eat fruits that are high in sugar and have no fiber. They will instantly affect your blood sugar.
- Do not eat cooked or dried fruits only eat fresh seasonal fruits.
Test and try different fruits. Remember no two bodies or persons are same and this is also a case when it comes to food intake. Some people may go well with a bit of fruit but many cannot tolerate it at all. The only thing that may help you is to try it before consuming daily.