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Here is how flaxseeds can help you manage diabetes and control blood glucose levels

They prevent heart disease and help manage diabetes too.

Written by Debjani Arora |Published : November 28, 2017 10:37 AM IST

There are various benefits of consuming flaxseeds, they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids or good fats and are believed to contribute towards a healthy heart. But your heart is not the only organ that can benefit out of this nutty, fibre-rich food, it boosts overall health and helps to take care of many lifestyle-oriented diseases and conditions such as diabetes.

Yes, flaxseeds are good for diabetics. In fact, even pre-diabetics can reap its benefits to control their sugar levels. Prediabetes is a condition in which there's impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance and elevated glycemic variables but the condition is not enough to label one as a diabetic. Here are other symptoms of prediabetes that you should know.

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It is a known fact that antioxidants reduce inflammation, insulin resistance and prevent diabetes progression. Furthermore, studies have shown that diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control. Flaxseed is a well-known seed due to its excellent source of lignan and n-3 fatty acid. It also contains lignan, secoisolariciresinol diglucoside, an active ingredient, with antioxidant effect. This is a reason why flaxseed is thought to be a great source of antioxidants. Flaxseed as a functional food increases fibre content, antioxidants and omega-3, so is considered effective in treating prediabetes. If you have elevated sugar levels including flaxseeds to your diet regularly can help prevent diabetes.

How flaxseeds help diabetics

Flaxseed contains 32 percent to 45 percent of its mass as oil of which 51 percent to 55 percent is linolenic acid. Flaxseed and its components have antioxidant, hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic effects all of which come in handy while treating diabetes. In fact, a study done on rodents and published in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design in the year 2016 showed that flaxseed can help managing both types I and type II diabetes. The study concluded that flaxseeds may have a great potential for reducing the incidence of type I diabetes and delaying the development of type II diabetes in humans.

How to have flaxseeds the right way

According to Dr N K Sharma, Naturopath and Reiki practitioner the high fibre content of flaxseeds help in digestion and in proper absorption of fats and sugars. Consuming flax seed helps reduce a diabetic s postprandial sugar level by almost 28 percent.

To have flaxseeds the right way consume one tablespoon of ground flaxseed powder every morning on an empty stomach with a glass of warm water. However, do not have more than two tablespoons per day, as it can be detrimental to your health.

References:

Javidi, A., Mozaffari-Khosravi, H., Nadjarzadeh, A., Dehghani, A., & Eftekhari, M. H. (2016). The effect of flaxseed powder on insulin resistance indices and blood pressure in prediabetic individuals: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of research in medical sciences: the official journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, 21.

1: Prasad K, Dhar A. Flaxseed and Diabetes. Curr Pharm Des. 2016;22(2):141-4.Review. PubMed PMID: 26561065.

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