According to the International Diabetes Federation, in 2019 approximately 463 million adults (20-79 years) are living with diabetes and by 2045 this will rise to 700 million. At the same time, 374 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In the U.S. alone, over 10% of people are being diagnosed with the condition according to the American Diabetes Association. It is prevalent in seniors but it’s by no means exclusive to them with younger people being diagnosed in higher numbers every year. On average, there are about 1.5 to 2 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes every year.
There are lots of options when it comes to managing or preventing diabetes but the best results are achieved by combining medicine with a good diet, adequate exercise routines, and powerful food supplements. The last part is often ignored by a lot of people so here’s a list of the 12 best superfoods for diabetes in no particular order.
Ashwagandha – the Ayurveda key to managing both blood pressure and stress
This old medicinal herb has been used in Ayurveda for over 3,000 years. Ashwagandha is also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng. Essentially, it’s an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Ashwagandha has been proven to work for relieving stress, lowering one’s blood pressure, as well as improving concentration.
The Indian herb has been subjected to multiple peer-reviewed studies and human trials[3-6] and has passed them all with flying colors. It can help lower the blood pressure of both healthy people and diabetics, while also lowering cortisol levels[7,8]. It is advisable to always consult with your medical professional first but Ashwagandha has been found to have no discernible short-term or long-term negative effects on patients.
Coming up – the Japanese green powder tea that’s specifically grown and processed to fight diabetes.