The best foods for diabetics on insulin are nutrient rich foods which improves the body’s insulin sensitivity. I call these foods: insulin promoters, since they promote more effective/efficient cellular uptake of glucose from the blood.
Eating a healthy diet, rich in insulin promoters further improves the effects of insulin therapy by targeting insulin resistance – which is the characteristic feature of type-2 diabetes. If you are taking insulin, when resistant to its effects – the insulin simply won’t work. Therefore – you need to re-sensitize your body to insulin, with foods rich in insulin promoters – so as to gain optimal blood-sugar levels, and blood-sugar control.
Various nutritionists recommend adding the following foods, rich in insulin promoters – to any diabetic patient’s diet.
Top Insulin Promoting Foods:
The most proficient insulin promoters typically contain high levels of Lipoic acid. As a formidable antioxidant – Lipoic acid supportively affects blood-sugar-control and decreases the chances of developing long-term medical complications. It is also believed that Lipoic acid stimulates optimal glucose control, by protecting the insulin receptors which is located on the surface of muscle cells (Myocytes).
At the end of the day – successful insulin therapy is completely dependent on healthy insulin receptors, making Lipoic acid a crucial component of any diabetic’s diet. Lipoic acid’s efficacy as an insulin promoter is most significantly supported by its recent approval by Germany, for its use in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Lipoic acid rich foods include: Red meats & organ meats, Collard greens, Brewer’s yeast and Cruciferous Vegetables, like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. It is also advisable to take a Lipoic acid supplement.
Secondary Insulin Promoters:
The second-best insulin promoters are foods rich in Chromium – Which is a vital trace mineral that plays an indispensable role in the metabolism of sugar. Chromium aids the control of blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, and enhances the metabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates.
A recent study of type-2 diabetic patients compared two types of chromium (chromium chloride and brewer’s yeast). Both varieties of chromium considerably improved blood sugar control by stimulating the uptake of glucose into the tissues, after eating a meal rich in carbohydrates.
Chromium rich foods include: Egg yolk, Brewer’s yeast, Spinach, Apples, Oranges and Breads (whole grain, wheat, rye).
Insulin promoters, rich in Chromium and Lipoic acid – are the best foods for diabetics who require insulin. If you need insulin, an ideal diet should include foods like broccoli, apples, and whole grain bread and red meats.
This article was written by health enthusiast, ScribeZA, for a top South African easy recipe provider.