When it comes to diabetes management, we always need to have a healthy lifestyle and standard treatment to keep our blood sugar at normal levels and our body weight under control.
There are certain herbs and spices that may provide some help for those with diabetes. Studies have found that our mother nature has given us natural medicines that have blood sugar-lowering effects. Moringa is one of the best plant mother nature can offer.
Check out below on how moringa can help diabetics improve their quality of life.
Moringa is one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet. It contains over 42 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, and E, and is high in calcium, which promotes bone health and prevents heart disease. Along with these vitamins, the vitamin b6, vitamin b12, vitamin D, vitamin E, zinc, riboflavin, and potassium it contains, and several others work together to provide positive effects that are essential for diabetics. These vitamins are very bio-available, unlike nutrients found in multivitamins.
Loaded With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that fight free radicals in our bodies. These radicals cause oxidative stress that is associated with chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Moringa has over 40 antioxidant compounds including vitamin C, quercetin (helps lower blood pressure), and chlorogenic acid (help moderate blood pressure levels after meals).
May Support Healthy Blood Pressure
When it comes to maintaining and supporting healthy blood pressure, moringa appears to be effective. Studies showed that is can improve the strength of the blood vessels in the body and may have positive effects on those suffering from hypertension which is a common side effect of diabetes.
Moreover, studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may have cholesterol-lowering effects. Having high cholesterol has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
It’s important to keep our blood sugar in healthy limits. High blood sugar is a serious health problem as it may raise our risk of serious health problems including heart diseases.
Several human studies have found that moringa consumption can have positive effects on blood sugar levels.
One study found that women taking moringa oleifera reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5% after 3 months. Another smaller study found that taking moringa before a meal reduced the blood sugar spike after a meal by 21.5%.
Scientists attribute these effects to the various plant compounds like isothiocyanates found in moringa oleifera. Isothiocyanates can help reduce body weight and improve glucose tolerance. Other research has found similar results.
Ways Of Using Moringa
- Use it as a garnish for vegetable dishes and salads.
- Sprinkled on eggs, roasted veggies, or soups.
- Stir it into water. Hot or cold water works, though it might go down easiest in warm water mixed with a little lemon and honey.
- Sip it as a tea.