Our blood sugar levels play an important role in the way our bodies metabolize food and uses energy. Diabetes occurs when our body can’t properly use insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. Turmeric is renowned for its medical properties and has a wide range of belief from pain relief to disease prevention. In fact, a study conducted at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, reviewed the effect of turmeric on diabetic patients and found that their blood sugar levels had reduced significantly.
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Benefits of turmeric during diabetes
1. Reduces blood sugar
One of the most important effects of turmeric is that it reduces blood sugar levels while reducing cholesterol. Curcumin and Diabetes: A Systematic Review, a 2013 study by Dong-wei Zhang et all suggests that curcumin can reduce blood glucose levels and also help with other symptoms related to combating diabetes.
2. Reduces fat accumulation
Fat accumulation is one of the main causes of diabetes. Fat in the body gets accumulated on the white adipose tissue where a process called Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) takes place. This is turn leads to fat accumulation.
So, to reduce this Angiogenesis, the white adipose tissue needs to be targeted.
Turmeric can prevent fat accumulation in the adipose tissues.
By preventing fat accumulation in the body, turmeric helps prevent the deadly disease. It also keeps the liver healthy by reducing the chances of developing fatty liver.
3. Improves insulin function
Curcumin, the main compound in turmeric, improves insulin function. It reduces insulin resistance by helping insulin enter cells. In this study (Anti-hyperglycemic and insulin sensitizer effects of turmeric and its principle constituent curcumin), Ghorbani et al help to understand how curcumin maintains blood sugar levels and reduces insulin resistance.
4. Controls diabetes progression
Consuming turmeric can control diabetes and keep it from progressing to dangerous stages. It also has potent antioxidant properties which have a huge role to play in the prevention of wounds and infections caused due to diabetes.
Ways to use turmeric for diabetes
- Turmeric powder can be added to milk for direct benefits
- It can be cooked into most Indian dishes such as curries or vegetables.
Expert Tips while using Turmeric for Diabetes
- Turmeric is also available in the form of capsules that can easily be taken with water
- Turmeric can be hard for the body to digest so do not consume above the dosage set by your doctor
If you have diabetes, do not self-medicate. Consult with your doctor before taking any medicines or herbs for your condition.