Now a days, you do not know anyone without diabetes. Even healthy-looking youngsters are diagnosed of diabetes at a very young age. To the rich and the popular, it is also a status symbol to have a little diabetes and cholesterol. Celebrities are so lucky that their medical conditions can even earn them some extra cash. Remember the popular cricketer who endorses the blood-glucose monitor!
Diabetes is a commoner like us and loves to be in company with cholesterol and hypertension. Ayurveda offers a variety of herbs in different combinations to check this partnership and to constrain the complications of diabetes. Certain foods we use in our daily life are also found to have positive effects of Diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to severe damage to the blood vessels of the heart over the time. Broccoli is a vegetable very popular in the west due to its health benefits. The first time I tasted broccoli was with pasta, partially cooked and bland. I threw it in the bin not able to tolerate the strange uncooked taste which I was not used to. I began to cook broccoli in my own cuisine once I learned about its high nutrient content. Now, I use it for a north-Indian style side dish, pakoras and add a few green florets to my South Indian Sambar. I never discard Broccoli (cooked partially or fully) when I get them in my plate in the Thai restaurant. Nor do I allow my husband to discard them.
The anti-cancerous properties of broccoli are slowly gaining attention of researchers as well as of common people all over the world. Sulforaphane is a compound present in the vegetable which is found to be capable of reversing the damage caused by Diabetes.It promotes the production of enzymes that protect blood vessels and reduces high levels of molecules which can cause considerable cell damage. High glucose level in the blood leads to damaged blood vessels and cells. Sulforaphane activates a protein in the human body called nrf2 which helps to protect the cells and tissues from destruction. Full of fiber and nutrients, broccoli is also great to prevent Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke, which may occur as a result of chronic diabetes.
Replace your ordinary tea with Chamomile tea to protect yourself from the complications of Type II Diabetes. Diabetes patients, over the time end up with loss of vision and kidney damage. To prevent nerve damage , kidney disease and other complications, health experts recommend taking chamomile tea along with daily meals.Chamomile also helps with stress and eases the discomforts associated with cold and menstrual cramps.
Spices have prominent role in Indian diet and there is hardly a tasty meal when your pantry runs out of spices. Spices are healthy as they have remarkable anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties with a low-calorie content. The phenols present in the spices and herbs can hinder the formation of AGE compounds which is the real cause behind inflammation and tissue damage. Thus, spices are not just flavoring agents but medicinal agents which impart taste to your food and good health to your body. Next time add a couple more of spices like cinnamon (30 percent phenols), cloves (18 percent phenols) and the rest to your favorite dish for maximum health benefit.
-Aparna K V