Lowering your blood sugar is key to overall good health. High blood sugar levels not only put you at risk for diabetes, a condition that over 25 million American already suffer from, but also destroy your organs and blood vessels, putting you at risk for heart disease. The good news is the cure to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels can be as close as your refrigerator. Here are 5 foods that help lower or stabilize blood sugar.
- Blueberries – a 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a bioactive ingredient contained in blueberries increased the bodies sensitivity to insulin. They’re also full of antioxidants and help fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Try eating a handful every day or mixing some in a daily fruit smoothie!
- Avocados – full of “the good fat,” monounsaturated fat, avocados help slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream and inhibit the release of insulin. They also contain a beta-sitosterol that some claim reduces inflammation. If you’re worried about calories, 1/4 avocado a day is all you need.
- Cinnamon – a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care showed that cinnamon may help cells respond better to insulin, which can lead to weight loss, better blood sugar balance and a decrease in insulin production. 1/2 teaspoon a day can help lower your blood sugar by up to 20%. Try it in place of adding sugar to your morning coffee!
- Vinegar – your grandmother’s cure-all has been found to slow insulin and blood sugar increases. It was found to work best in people with pre-diabetes. Stick with white and apple cider vinegars since balsamic vinegars tend to have higher sugar levels. Try apple cider vinegars in soups and salad dressings, if you’re not fond of the flavor.
- Cherries – a naturally occurring chemical in cherries called anthocyanins have been shown to help lower insulin production by up to 50%. They’re also low in calories and packed with vitamins A and C, as well as a great source of fiber. This “American Superfood” can also help with inflammatory conditions and Arthritis. Eat them fresh in season on frozen all year round.