5 Foods to Improve Your Blood Glucose

Research indicates there are specific foods that can help manage blood glucose levels. Here’s the list of these foods and how to include them as part of a healthy diet.

Turmeric

Actually Curcumin the active ingredient of the spice turmeric. Studies showed people taking curcumin experienced significant improvement in fasting blood sugars, glucose tolerance, A1C, and insulin sensitivity.

How to include it in your diet: add 1-2 tsp of turmeric to tea or your favorite dishes, do not forget to add a hint of black pepper (for better absorption).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Incorporating vinegar with meals can decrease postprandial spike in blood sugar, insulin, triglycerides and a significant drop in A1c levels in people with diabetes. Of note, adding only two teaspoons of vinegar to a meal (i.e., a side salad with balsamic vinegar) can lower blood sugar spike, according to research.

How to include it in your diet: Add 2 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar diluted in 1 Liter of water. Aim for no more than 2 tbsp. a day. Avoid supplements.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a nutritionally dense food full of fiber, protein, and omega-3s. And according to two studies, they can also help manage blood glucose

How to include it in your diet: Add 1 tbsp of Chia seeds to your oatmeal, smoothies, soups, or even salads. Or just have one Tablespoon in one cup of water before bed.

Ginger

Adding ginger to your diet has been proven to improve fasting blood glucose, insulin sensitivity, and hemoglobin A1c.

How to include it in your diet: make a morning cup of Green tea with hot water and 1.5 tsp of ground ginger.

Green Tea

Green tea, a naturally low-calorie, low-sugar drink makes it an excellent beverage for people with diabetes. Research indicates drinking green tea can also improve biomarkers associated with diabetes.

How to include it in your diet: Sip on 1-2 cups of warm green tea daily. Adding these foods to your diet may help improve your blood glucose and insulin sensitivity but nothing beats the effectiveness of making lasting diet and lifestyle changes.

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