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5 Ayurvedic Superfood for Diabetes

Diabetes can be defined as a metabolic disease, in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar).

Metabolic Disease

Type 1 Diabetes - It results from the pancreas's inadequacy to produce enough insulin in our body.

Type 2 Diabetes - It begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly.

In Ayurveda, Prameha occurs primarily due to the imbalance of two doshas Pitta and Kapha. Prameha as per Ayurvedic samithas, can be described under conditions involved in obesity, prediabetes, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome. Due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, the imbalance affects Kapha, pitta, Mamsa (Muscles) and Medha (fat), the increase in them leads to the condition of Madhumeha, which is diabetes.

Some of the causative factors mentioned in Ayurveda are-

  • Excessive amounts using salt and eating sour food

  • Use of unhealthy and excessive amounts of oil

  • Regular overeating

  • Excess amount of eating new grains like new wheat and rice,

  • No regular exercising

Due to such unhealthy choices, doshas are imbalanced , which affects Kleda (it starts to waste our tissues), and Agni Mandya (digestive fire or metabolism slows down). Most of the toxins, dushyas culminate in medodhatu (get stored in fat tissues) and unnecessary fluid gets oozed out from all tissues which are excreted in the form of urine.

When anyone is suffering from Type I or Type II diabetes, it is important that they eat food, which helps in regulating the release of blood sugar in the body. Hence it is important to stop eating all sorts of junk food, food prepared using all-purpose flour (maida), food that is high in sugar and salt,(chips, biscuits, canned food ), and sugar substitutes.

According to Ayurvedic Diet, Some of the superfoods for diabetes is

1. Barley (Jau): Barley is high in fiber and antioxidants. It has absorbent qualities, which helps in reducing weight. It is rich in vitamins and minerals- rich in selenium, B vitamins, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, and more.

2. Black Plum (Jamun): Black plum, both fruit, and dried seeds powder are considered to control blood sugar. It is astringent in taste, and astringent food balances Kapha dosha, which helps in diabetes. It is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, and more.

3. Bitter Gourd (Kerela): Bitter melon has hypoglycemic properties, which help in regulating blood sugar. It is very good for detox as it cleanses the blood and is anti-inflammatory in nature.

4. Turmeric: Curcumin has become very popular because of its varied benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. It balances Kapha and Pitta and helps in regulating blood sugar.

5. Oats (Jaee): Oats are rich in high soluble fiber, which slows the process of digestion and that regulates the release of blood sugar in the body. And are a good source of magnesium and phosphorus.

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