Spices that Lower GlucoseWednesday, November 19, 2014
There are certain foods that you can add to your diet to help promote better blood glucose control and keep your numbers in optimal range. Some of these foods are high in fiber, others though have certain compounds that are more extraordinary. Here are a few spices that have been shown in studies to help reduce glucose numbers. If you haven’t tried incorporating any of these into your diet yet, now may be the time to do so.
As discussed in our slideshow, Two Foods That Can Lower Your Blood Sugar, cinnamon is a great spice for blood glucose. By adding it to food you're already eating you can reduce the increase in glucose from that food. It's been shown in studies that the active component in cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde promotes insulin release, enhances insulin sensitivity, and increases insulin disposal.(1) Cinnamon may also have a beneficial effect on lowering fasting blood glucose.(2) Although the availability of cinnamon supplements makes it a tempting choice, the actual spice is better. Cinnamon can be added to yogurt, smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, or even a dash in your coffee. Another easy low-carb dessert would be to take your low-fat ricotta cheese, add a dash of cinnamon and some sugar substitute and you have yourself a delicious, high-protein, cannoli mix.