The Healthiest Fruit for Diabetic Patients
The best blood-sugar stabilizing fruits are in summer season—and the undisputed kings of summer fruits are berries.
Berries, from ruby red strawberries to deep maroonish raspberries to midnight blue blueberries, may be candy to your taste buds, but they’re magic for your blood sugar. They’re loaded with red-blue plant compounds called anthocyanins that help keep blood-glucose levels in check by boosting insulin production.
Anthocyanins also stop free radical damage to your cells and tissues—preventing cataracts, glaucoma, hemorrhoids, ulcers, heart disease and cancer. They also improve your entire vascular system. So to anyone out there who might be suffering from benign, but unsightly varicose veins: Eating a steady diet of berries may actually help to prevent them! Anthocyanins have also been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C (they contain quite a lot of it themselves), and repair capillaries and collagen—which makes your skin look healthier and younger.
And the benefits don’t stop there. Though they’re tiny, berries also contain a large volume of fiber, both soluble and insoluble—incredibly powerful tools for blood-sugar control.
Berries of all kinds prevent macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in elderly adults), reduce your risk of heart disease and a slew of cancers including colon and ovarian, and keep your brain and memory in tiptop shape by preventing age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
There’s not much that berries can’t do for you. They even satisfy the biggest sweet tooth. Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are often cited as people’s favorite fruits, less for their health benefits and more for their incredible sweet-as-candy flavor and summertime childhood memories (is there anything more delectable than strawberry shortcake?). Make them a daily indulgence, especially during the warm weather months when they’re in season, You will surely enjoy.