Broccoli For Diabetes Treatment

As a common vegetable in our dinner table, broccoli can bring us many health benefits especially for patients with diabetes. It can effectively promote blood circulation and heart health. It can also help protect eyes, lower blood sugar levels and reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in our body. Moreover, it can facilitate the effort of losing weight and help cells to absorb insulin to fight with diabetes. It is believed that stems of broccoli contains a variety of compounds, vitamins and minerals which can cooperate with the enzyme in our body to maintain the health. Actually, the benefits of broccoli for diabetic people are much more than the above points and further researches within this topic are still carrying on by many scientists.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli contains a special type of chemical called glucosinolates which can be transformed into isothiocyanate. These substances can effectively protect the cells in our body from damages by free radicals, and thus lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and circulatory diseases. Several studies have also confirmed that sulforaphane contained in the broccoli is can reduce free radical production by about 75%.

Apart from that, broccoli contains adequate chromium, vitamin c, beta carotene and dietary fiber which are important nutrients for your health. Each of these nutrients can help patients to fight against diabetes. Chromium can help to lower the level of blood sugar in the body. Vitamin c is an antioxidant which can fight against free radicals. Beta carotene is very useful to maintain our eye health. Adequate dietary fiber can effectively reduce the insulin resistance in body cells and reduce the amount of bad cholesterol as well.

Today the amount of broccoli required for the treatment of diabetes is still not certain. So, it is difficult to determine how much vegetables you need to eat. More scientific studies are still carrying on. However, broccoli can surely help to maintain the health of our body and keep our fit all the time.

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