Research has been mounting lately in the benefits of blueberries. Two new studies now join the list of growing research.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) has found that blueberries aide in the prevention in obesity related insulin resistance which results in type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) have discovered comparable results in blueberries for hypertension prevention.
Appearing in the October issue of the Journal of Nutrition, PBRC study that obese participants who had blueberry rich smoothies two times a day for a period of 42 days showed an increase in insulin sensitivity in comparison to the participants who had an equal nutritious, blueberry free smoothie for the same amount of time.
The participants in this study did not have diabetes however, the blueberries’ composition seemed to actually regulate the obesity associated aspects that are involved in inducing pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Dr. April Stull, a researcher at PBRC states they are now aware that blueberries possibly provide aide for obese, non-diabetic persons keep healthy glucose levels.
Also, appearing in the Journal of Nutrition is the OSU study, where researchers had witnessed that patients with pre-hypertension, which is blood pressure that is high but not at the level to be diagnosed as total hypertension, reacted well to consuming a drink once daily for eight weeks that had consisted of two cups of blended blueberries in it.
Professor Arpita Basu, professor of nutritional sciences at OSU and writer of the study, states that the blueberry group had witnessed on average of decrease of seven to eight points in systolic blood pressure by the end of the examination time.
Professor Basu remarks that too many patients eventisvely depend on medications to control blood glucose. In a diet in which has blueberries in it provides a factor for a healthier lifestyle.
Other low sugar fruits
Avocados contain high amounts of monounsaturated fats and soluble fiber that rises insulin sensitivity levels and has the ability to reverse insulin resistance. Eating slices of avocado during the day aides in balancing sugar levels.
Cherries contain antioxidants that are high in soluble fiber and low in calories which aides in raising your bodies insulin output.
Grapefruit not only maintains blood sugar levels for diabetics but also aides in prevention for those persons who are at higher risks diabetes.
Research done at the Peninsula Medical School in the South West part of England, has discovered resveratrol an element contained naturally in grape skin can help against cellular damage to blood vessels due to the high production of glucose in diabetes.
Garlic lessens the spasms in the small arteries,slows down heart rate and regulates heart rhythm, which all aides in lowering blood pressure. Two capsules a day is recommended.
Medical research has proven this herbs’ effectiveness for hypertension due to its anti-inflammatory abilities. Hawthorne relaxes the arterial walls that have low inflammation when hypertension is present.
Bitter-gourd (bitter melon)
Bitter-gourd has proved to be just as effective as glibenclamide in reducing blood sugar levels. Harvard University Medical School attests that is one of the best natural remedies for diabetes.
Dr. George Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center that special adjustments done by chiropractors can significantly lower high blood pressure. The technique has the same effect as two high blood pressure medications combined. The Atlas adjustment works on the C-1 vertebra. There are a lot of chiropractors now who are trained in this type of adjustment.
Chiropractic subluxations can also decrease sugar levels in diabetic patients. They also will advise in nutrition and herbs and/or supplements, exercises to go with the treatments. Chiropractic cannot cure diabetes but it can help maintain sugar levels.
Chinese herbal formulas such as Rehmannia Eight Formula or Ginseng and Gypsum combination has been used in ancient Chinese medicine to aide in diabetes. Also, the practitioner may also use acupuncture which has been shown effective to treat sugar levels in diabetes.
Exercises such as cardio or aerobics have been recommended to lower high blood pressure. These exercises are aimed at using the large muscles, it helps to strengthen the heart and lungs which gives improvement to your bodies ability to use more oxygen. Twenty to thirty minute sessions at least three or four times each week are recommended.
Another idea is to lift five pounds weights. This can even be done while you are watching television. It is recommended to do the weights for at least twenty minutes each day.
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