A piece of tempting cake with whipped cream and a thick dark chocolate sauce dripping from it is every diabetes patients’ dream and nightmare. Yes! What is sweet as sugar and luscious as chocolate is tempting to any person but harmful for diabetic patients and so there is certain rules and regulatory diet that one needs to conform to. A vegetable known by many a name, bitter gourd is one of those dreaded vegetables which might taste bad but is one of the most useful food item for consumption.
What Causes Diabetes?
If given a short one-word answer, sugar is what diabetes is friends with. There are two types of diabetes- type 1 and type 2. The food we consume gets disintegrated in our intestines releasing sugar, starches and body nutrients in the blood flow. Insulin produced in the pancreas absorbs these sugar and puts them to utility, but when this insulin absorption is troubled or disrupted diabetes occurs.
Type 1 is caused mainly due to lack of insulin but the most common form of diabetes is the type-2 one where along with restriction of proper absorption of sugar by insulin, there are subsidiary problems too.
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Why Bitter Gourd?
The question is why not? This is neither usual medical treatment nor any sweet smelling tasty fruit. But all that glitter’s is not gold and so this vegetable is a perfect solution for diabetes reduction, followed by Indian and Chinese wisdom of age old tradition of diabetes cure. In English we call it the bitter melon or bitter squash or bitter gourd, but the most feared and hated name as a child was “karela” which is exactly what this is.
If you’re not yet a diabetic, don’t wait in the line for it. Diabetic or no diabetic it can be consumed by all, at least for their future betterment. Bitter gourd is a proven method to reduce or contain diabetes and prevent it from further increasing.
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This fruit contains at least three anti-diabetic properties that is the first step to it being considered as a diabetic curer. All this substances needs to cooperate together or at times individually excel in their performances. The first one is a compound similar as insulin, polypeptide-p which substitutes the insulin’s lacking part, the other is the vicine and the other is charantin, which helps reduce the glucose content in the blood thereby stunting the diabetes proliferation. Because of its hypoglycemic compound which is plant insulin it has made its way up to be one of the fierce diabetic controller.
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This Particular Vegetable Caters Mainly to the Type 2 Genre of Diabetes.
A study showed the reason for the reduction of sugar level on ‘karela’ consumption is the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase in the cells. These cells which are already presented but in a deactivated mode are activated and put to use which helps in reduction of blood sugar level. The other study conducted revealed the trace of lectin in bitter gourds which his known to reduce the blood sugar in the blood and thereby the glucose content too. These lectins, act on the peripheral tissues and is known to suppress the appetite thereby evoking in us that strong desire to fight on with all our inner strength on a desert party.
A Guaranteed Proof:
An issue released on the 2008 issue of chemistry and biology stated that intake of bitter gourd increased cellular absorption of glucose which in the case of diabetes would not get absorbed in the normal conditions. The report also stated how the people in contact with bitter gourd showed immense diabetic control of glucose.
Raw slices can be consumed but if you’re the faint heart type, boiling it in water and then consuming it along with the water, or making a juice of it and gulping it down or maybe mixing it with a little bit of rice to reduce the level of bitterness are some of the ways it can be incorporated in your every day diet.
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