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TCM Superfoods for Diabetes

Superfoods are beneficial for all people, but specifically they can help enrich your body and insulin levels

Two Types of Diabetes

Diabetes is caused by a dysfunction of the pancreas. There are millions of people in the US alone who have struggled with diabetes. There are two forms of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2, which often occurs later in life, can be reversed through the use of proper diet and exercise. This is where superfoods come into play.

What Constitutes a Superfood?

Superfoods are defined as nutritionally dense foods. Although there is not a set equation for what constitutes a superfood, there are some common qualities that are looked at. Superfoods don’t have their own food group, as they can be either plant-based or animal-based. Popular superfoods have very large doses of vitamins and minerals that can help us fight off diseases and live longer lives. Some of the nutrients found in certain superfoods include antioxidants, healthy fats, & fibers. However, just because a food is considered a superfood, it is still important to eat it in moderation.

How do Superfoods Help Diabetes?

For those suffering from diabetes, superfoods can provide a plethora of nutrients that can help balance blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, which may ultimately provide for disease reversal.

Where to Start with Superfoods?

Here are some examples of superfoods that are very beneficial for diabetics to consume. Beans are a great source of protein and they are high in soluble fiber, which lowers blood glucose levels. Berries have been shown to decrease insulin resistance due to the content of compounds known as anthocyanins, which are members of the phytochemical family. Flaxseed has been shown to decrease fasting blood glucose levels.

Foods to Start

  • Artichokes

  • Asparagus

  • Broccoli

  • Beets

  • Blueberries

  • Chia Seeds

As with anything, moderation is the key. But the use of these superfoods may be very helpful for those suffering from diabetes. In most cases, Type 2 diabetes is reversible. The question becomes what does the patient desire more. This will ultimately determine the outcome.

Yours in health & wellness,

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about a TCM diet, book our New Patient Special and see if TCM would help you.

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