The Best Nuts and Seeds for Diabetes

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 24, 2014

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Nuts and seeds are known to be super food for diabetics as they help in the management of blood sugar levels.
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    Nuts and Seed: Super Foods for Diabetics

    No wonder everyone is going nuts! There is a nut for every problem or disease. But if you are diabetic, here are 5 best nuts and 5 best seeds that will help you control your blood sugar levels with ease.

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    Almonds

    Almonds are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals; exactly why it is said to be a healthy nut. According to researchers from the American University of Medicine, munching a couple of almonds a day can help diabetics to reduce their level of cholesterol and makes the insulin active. This stabilises the blood sugar levels. Eating 6 almonds every day helps to keep diabetes under control.

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    Butter Nuts

    These nuts are also known as white nuts. These are loaded with monosaturated fats as well as omega-3 fats that helps to prevent complications caused by type 2 diabetes. Moreover, regular consumption of this nut can help in bringing a glow to the skin as well as bettering the vision of the eyes.

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    Walnut

    Walnuts have lots of mono and polyunsaturated fats that increase insulin sensitivity in the body. According to experts, those people who consume walnuts everyday tend to have a balanced or normal level of insulin.

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    Pista

    One of the reasons why the blood sugar rises is as a result of an increase in carbohydrates in the body. But, the level of carbohydrates in the blood can be lowered or prevented from increasing by eating a few pistas everyday.

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    Cashew Nuts

    Cashew nuts are lower in fat compared with most other fats. 75 per cent of the fat that is present in cashews is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat or oleic acid. This is the same type of fat that is present in olive oil. Monounsaturated fats reduce the levels of triglyceride or high blood fat, thus helping diabetics to fight complication of diabetes.

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    Pumpkin seeds

    Not only is pumpkin beneficial for diabetics in several ways, even the seeds of this fruit are. Pumpkin seeds are dense with vitamin C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, protein and fibre. The seeds of a pumpkin help in the production of insulin and reduce stress to prevent complications of diabetes from developing.

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    Linseed

    The benefits of linseed are forever proclaimed. In diabetics, linseed or flaxseed helps to control blood sugar levels and cure as well as prevent complications of diabetes. Linseed is rich in fibre and has sugar for namesake. This is why it is also referred to as zero sugar food.

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    Jamun Seeds

    Not only is jamun an amazing food for diabetics, even its seeds can bring home the promise of a healthy life. Consuming jamun seeds post drying, grounding and powdering can help diabetics to fight off fluctuating blood sugar levels.  Jamun seeds have a certain herb-like component known as jambolin, which is said to help in the management of blood sugar levels.

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    Fenugreek Seeds

    Diabetics may use fenugreek seeds to control and manage their condition. Fenugreek seeds have folic acid, sodium, zinc, magnesium, copper, thiamine, niacin, carotene, etc that help in controlling diabetes as well as cholesterol levels in the body. Having one teaspoon of ground or powdered fenugreek seed added in water can prove fruitful for diabetics.

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    Sesame Seeds

    Sesame seeds are rich in anti-oxidants, poly and monounsaturated fats. Consuming sesame seeds regularly by adding them in diet can help in preventing, managing or treating high blood pressure, diabetes and even cancer.

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    • Ebrima Jammeh30 Jan 2014
      i will like you keep me updated on more news as such. This is a very nice article. Thank you