Garlic for diabetesLooking for a natural method to help control your blood sugar? Garlic might just be what you are looking for. A regular ingredient in a number of dishes, garlic packs much more of a punch than you can see. Touted as an antidote for various ailments and packed with innumerable health benefits, garlic is a boon for your body. Here is how you can use it to keep diabetes in check. 

An elixir for your health

Garlic has a variety of potent sulphur-containing compounds which are the reason for its characteristic pungent odour. Allicin, the vital compound among them, is known to have great anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. This allicin is released in abundance when a garlic pod is either finely chopped, minced or pureed and allowed to sit for some time. Allicin, along with other compounds like ajoene and alliin have a significant effect on your circulatory, digestive and immunological systems, which in turn helps lower blood pressure, detoxifies the body, helps in overall healing, lowers blood sugar levels and increases the amount of good cholesterol in the body.

Apart from all this garlic is also a reliable source of selenium. Selenium is essential to the body since it uses it to synthesize proteins known as selenoproteins. These proteins help in protecting your DNA from damage caused by free radicals, regulates the working of the thyroid gland and strengthens the immune system. (Read: 15 health benefits of garlic)

How does it help with diabetes?

Garlic is known to increase the amount of insulin released and regulates blood sugar levels.  A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food [1] found just that — garlic was highly effective in increasing one’s insulin content in the body and improved glucose tolerance. Apart from that another study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry [2] showed that garlic had the potential to protect your heart from diabetes-induced cardiomyopathy. (Read: Five herbal remedies for diabetes)

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Eat garlic for better blood sugar control

The best way to eat garlic is by crushing one or two pods and eating it raw. Just crush two medium size pods of garlic and eat this paste on an empty stomach, ideally first thing in the morning.  If you find it too pungent to eat just as it is, you could swallow it with a glass of warm water. If raw garlic is too pungent you could opt for garlic extract pills or simply add them to your daily meal.

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