New research states that high doses of asparagus extract can help in fighting against diabetes by increasing the insulin production in the body.
Asparagus officinalis is a herbaceous plant and belongs to the family Asparagaceae. It is a widely cultivated vegetable crop of Norther Africa, Western Asia and Europe. The vegetable is rich in nutrients such as fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K. It also contains glutathione, a detoxifying compound which helps in removing the free radicals and carcinogens in the body.
Asparagus contains loads of antioxidants and a trace mineral, chromium, which helps in boosting the body's ability to produce insulin, and it increases the transport of glucose from the bloodstream into cells, tissues and other organs of the body, reported Daily Mail.
The result of this research were published in the British Journal of Nutrition, it states that low doses of asparagus helps only in suppressing the blood sugar levels whereas, high doses of asparagus will help in enhancing the insulin production by the pancreas - the organ that releases the insulin into the bloodstream.
Another food item that also has the ability to fight against diabetes is Grapefruit. The health benefits of grapefruit are endless. The health benefits ranges from loosing weight, treating insomnia to warding off the common cold. But the most important one is its property to treat diabetes. Scientists found that the bitter flavor of the grapefruit, is caused by an antioxidant called 'naringenin' that treats diabetes and high blood cholesterol level.