Diabetes is difficult to treat, but you should know that there are many natural remedies against it. Many plants are powerful antidiabetic agents, and most of them have been used to treat diabetes since ancient times. Of course, not all ancient treatments were safe – arsenic and uranium were also given to diabetics, but their effect on the health of the patients was devastating.
Luckily, these remedies were abandoned in favor of the anti-diabetic properties of beans.
Diabetes is a serious health problem which occurs when the body can’t produce or use insulin properly. The condition is usually treated with insulin shots which are taken every day in order to regulate the blood sugar levels. However, these shots have adverse side-effects as well, including weight gain, swelling and liver disease.
They also haven’t shown any great potential in treating the disease. Many experts suggest that lifestyle changes are the most effective thing against diabetes. In order to treat the disease, you should eat more legumes and cereal. They can reduce the insulin resistance in your body, which is the main cause of type 2 diabetes.
The European Association for the study of Diabetes, the Canadian Association of Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association all recommend legumes as a natural way of controlling your blood sugar levels.
According to an analysis of 41 studies in Canada which included more than 1000 patients, legumes are indeed one of the best diabetes remedies which can keep your blood sugar stable. However, some of the pulses (the legumes’ grain seed) were more effective than others. Chickpeas gave the best results, while black beans and pistos gave better results than plain beans.
Compared to the blood sugar peak caused by white rice, black and pinto beans combined with rice reduced the spike quickly. Red and dark beans were not so effective as they have low levels of digestive starch.
Beans are effective against diabetes as they contain compounds which block the starch enzymatic digestion in the body, allowing starches to go to the colon and feed the beneficial bacteria in the bowels.
The inhibition of the amylase enzyme is similar to what the popular diabetes drug Precose does. Regular consumption of beans can also normalize your Hemoglobin A1C levels almost as well as any other drug, which makes the ingredient a great natural remedy against diabetes.