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High blood sugar is basically when the body can’t transport sugar from the blood into the cells. And if not controlled it can lead to diabetes. This is a major concern because research shows that 50 percent of Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic.
The first thing you should do to regulate blood sugar is to avoid sugar, processed foods, sweets, flour and so on. And eating certain foods can also keep your blood sugar balanced. Below are 10 foods that will naturally lower your blood sugar.
According to research cinnamon and cinnamon extracts lower fasting blood glucose. And it can lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon has also shown ability to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Sprinkle cinnamon in your meals and salads to get these health benefits.
Studies show that blueberries increase insulin sensitivity and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Eat 1 to 2 cups of blueberries a day to keep your blood sugar balanced. Raspberries, tart berries and black berries can also keep your blood sugar balanced.
Garlic is one of the healthiest foods on earth. It’s known to lower bad cholesterol levels and this animal study shows that it can lower blood sugar levels too. Onions can also lower blood sugar levels.
Don’t be fooled by the sweet taste of mangos, research shows they can lower blood sugar levels. Eat at least half mango each day.
Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids that regulate blood sugar levels. They also reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and increase satiety. Eat a small piece of avocado in every meal.
You’ve probably read about apple cider vinegar on our blog. Well, different types of vinegar can help regulate your blood sugar levels. Research shows that taking 2 tablespoons of vinegar each day will greatly lower your blood sugar.
This study shows that increasing intake of coffee can lower risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 10 percent. But realize that drinking too much coffee (more than 6 cups a day) has negative side effects. Avoid adding sugar to your coffee.
Just like avocados, olive oil contains monounsaturated fats. It prevents accumulation of abdominal fat and increases insulin sensitivity.
If you aren’t already eating chia seeds, you’re totally missing out. This superfood is rich in fiber which slows absorption of sugar into the blood and prevents blood sugar spikes. It also has other benefits like reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and fighting inflammation.
Fenugreek has shown ability to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These seeds are also rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.