(NaturalHealth365) Citrus fruit has amazing healing properties, and now has been shown to be a healthy food for diabetics. Loaded with vitamin C – fruits like grapefruit seems to be a highly concentrated source of flavornoids that have an anti-diabetic effect. Naturally, don’t forget to maintain a mineral-rich diet to effectively utilize all those healthy vitamins.
Research shows how to effectively reduce blood sugar
Researchers from China’s State Agriculture Ministry and Zheijang University have determined that naringin and neohesperidin from citrus fruit is effective in reducing blood sugar levels while increasing insulin sensitivity within the cell. Keep in mind, too much fruit is NOT a good idea for diabetics but citrus fruit (in moderation) can be enjoyed – as part of a healthy diet.
The study confirms previous research, which showed these two citrus constituents can be helpful in reducing blood sugar for those with or at risk for Type-2 diabetes and suffer with poor glucose control. Researchers have found that these components also regulate liver enzymes known to facilitate glucose uptake regulation and increase liver efficiency.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is more effective than conventional medicine
The researchers extracted the two flavonoids from the Chinese citrus fruit called Hoyou, as well as grapefruit and other related species. These have been used as an anti-diabetic agent in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayuveda and other traditional Asian medical treatments.
The naringin and neohesperidin compounds are found throughout the fruit part of the citrus, including the juice sacs and segments. The best sources are sour oranges, mandarin oranges, grapefruits including both red and blond varieties, and sweeties a hybrid of pummelo and blond grapefruits.
By the way, sweet oranges alone are not a good source plus lemons and limes typically do not contain either compound.
Can Diabetics really live (safely) without medication?
Diabetes left untreated can lead to very serious conditions; however, just taking drugs does nothing to support optimal health. Since, the main contributor to a diagnosis of Type-2 diabetes is poor lifestyle decisions – it stands to reason that if you replace nutrient deficient (processed) foods with fresh, organic plant food – you will naturally improve your sugar levels with intelligent choices.
Besides the green plant foods, it seems that citrus fruits have a lot to offer. Diabetics are often deficient in vitamin C, and the research strongly suggests higher levels of vitamin C aids glucose tolerance, while reducing the impact of diabetic damage to the capillaries.
Don’t overlook the health benefits of Vitamin C
There are studies showing vitamin C has a positive affect on how the body processes proteins – which is one of the primary sources of complications in diabetes. On top of all that, vitamin C seems to reduce the presence of sorbital – which is strongly linked to the development of cataracts, retinopathy and neuropathy.
Medical science has shown that too much sorbitol trapped in retinal cells, the lens of the eyes, and the cells that protect the peripheral nerves lead to retinopathy, cataracts and peripheral neuropathy.
The best way to get vitamin C is from a natural form such as citrus fruits. Supplements are nice – but can never replace the effectiveness of getting essential nutrients from a whole food source like, Camu Camu – a South American fruit tree.
The bottom line – our body has the potential to heal from just about any chronic illness given the right foods and therapies. For more information about the power of vitamin C – look up the work of Linus Pauling or Thomas Levy, M.D. If you’re looking for a diabetic retreat – visit: The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.