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Superfood for diabetes -- dill leaves and seeds help control blood sugar

Not all foods are bad for diabetics. This leavy vegetable can go a long way in controlling blood sugar level.

Written by Debjani Arora |Updated : November 25, 2017 2:50 PM IST

What you eat can go a long way in managing your blood sugar level and insulin production. This is why for people suffering from diabetes eating the right food is of utmost importance. While there is a host of herbs and spices that can help treat diabetes, dill leaves, or suva bhaji or shepu, as it is known in India, can work wonders. Here is a diet plan diabetics can use to control blood sugar level.

Traditionally, used as a flavouring agent for fish, egg and mushroom preparations, dill leaf curry is common in most Indian homes. According to Dr James Duke, an American botanist s Ethnobotanical Database, dill has around 70 different chemicals that can help fight diabetes. Here are 10 other natural remedies to treat diabetes effectively.

What is so special about dill?

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Studies have indicated that the leaf extracts have certain therapeutic properties that can help treat type 2 diabetes-induced due to the use of steroid, a condition commonly referred as corticosteroid-induce type 2 diabetes. When glucocorticoid therapy is used to treat other health conditions and reduce harmful inflammation in the body, its prolonged use can lead to hyperglycemia. A condition denoted by an excess of glucose in the bloodstream of a person leading to type 2 diabetes or diabetes mellitus. However, consumption of dill leaf extracts can help reduce the fluctuations in insulin levels and control blood sugar. Moreover, the leaf extract also helps in controlling thyroid functions and improve immunity. Here are 10 yoga poses that every diabetic should do.

How to have dill to control diabetes

  • In India, the most common way to consume this leaf is to make a curry with onions, garlic, ginger and green chilies with seasoning of mustard and cumin seeds.
  • Alternatively, you can also make a juice with dill leaves. Put a bundle of the leaves, after thoroughly washing them, in a blender and blend at high speed. Next, strain the juice and squeeze half a lemon and add a pinch of black salt for taste. You can either have it in the morning or at night.
  • You can prepare a dough with the dill leaf juice and make tasty and healthy paranthas.
  • Else, use the leaf in soups, salads, pickles or curries for flavor.
  • Chewing dill seeds can also help you in a similar manner or you use the seeds in tadkas (tempering).
  • You can also make a powder dill seeds and use it as a masala in your dals and curries.

Even if you don t suffer from type 2 diabetes, eating dill can help you lower blood sugar levels and help in insulin management. So, say yes to this green leafy vegetable.

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Reference:

1: Panda S. The effect of Anethum graveolens L. (dill) on corticosteroid induced diabetes mellitus: involvement of thyroid hormones. Phytother Res. 2008 Dec;22(12):1695-7. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2553. PubMed PMID: 18814208.

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