Tag: eye health

Jan

18

Goji Berry Health Benefits For Diabetics

Goji Berry Health Benefits And Diabetes Want to talk about a powerhouse super fruit, well, meet the goji berry! The goji berry, a sweet red fruit native to Asia, serves as both a botanical medicine and a food, and has a very pleasant taste – somewhere between a cherry and a cranberry. It has been used as a medicinal food for thousands of years, and has been studied extensively in modern times to substantiate its health benefits. With over 4g protein, 21 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids, as well as lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP), the goji berry is a nutrient-dense superfood in a class all its own.  I have a goji powder daily and here’s why!

 

Goji Berries And Eye Sight:

As diabetics we all understand how important it is to stay on top of our eye health.  High blood sugars can wreak havoc of the small blood vessels that supply the eye.  Taurine, a compound in goji berries, may be helpful in protecting eyes from diabetes related vision loss. It’s also rich in an antioxidant called zeaxanthin, which protects the retina by absorbing blue light.

Berries And Antioxidants:

Antioxidants are key elements in preventing damage of our cells by free radicals, or polluting molecules in our bodies. The total antioxidant power of goji berries, according to ORAC (oxygen radical absorbency capacity) tests used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is about 10 times that of blueberries; one of the highest levels in the food world.

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Dec

17

Health Benefits Of Spirulina Powder

Health Benefits Of Spirulina PowderI’ll admit, I had no clue what spirulina was when I first heard about it, I couldn’t even pronounce it correctly, never mind know about all the associated health benefits.  Spirulina is a blue-green algae often added to green juices, smoothies and health shakes to bump up protein and antioxidant content.  Wild spirulina grows well in large bodies of water in tropical or subtropical climates, but most of the spirulina consumed in the United States is grown in a laboratory due to the risk of contaminants in the wild. So what are all these amazing benefits, lets take a closer look!

 

Good For Eye Health:

Ok, you’ve certainly heard me mention before how important it is for us diabetics to take care of our eyes.  It’s an excellent supplement for those looking to improve their eye health. This blue-green algae is very rich in vitamin A, and this vitamin is exceptionally important for healthy eyes. For this same reason, eating more carrots has long been recommended to those looking to improve their eye health, but spirulina actually has ten times the vitamin A concentration gram per gram of carrots.

What Does Spirulina Do?

Spirulina aids the reparation damage tissues, increases organ function and energy levels, while also helping to aid digestion by increasing intestinal flora such as lactobacillus and bifidus. In addition, Spirulina is alkalizing and because many foods ingested in today’s diet are highly-acidic, choosing alkalizing Spirulina will counteract acidic levels, thereby supporting a more robust and effective immune system.
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Oct

22

Health Benefits Of Cilantro

Health Benefits Of CilantroCilantro is known to be rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids and active phenolic acid compounds, all of which are good for you. Many believe that cilantro and the seeds (often called coriander), have been found to help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol and fight inflammation and free radicals. There is further speculations that cilantro may also have antimicrobial properties.

Cilantro and Heavy Metal Cleansing:

This amazing herb is most often cited as being effective for heavy metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to heavy metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.

Help Stabilize Blood Sugars?

This one I found a interesting for obvious reasons.  A study that was done on mice confirmed that this herb has an anti-diabetic effect and can control blood sugar. When juiced and consumed regularly, cilantro can help stimulate the secretion of insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar for type 2 diabetics.  Also, four ounces of cilantro contains 3 grams of fiber. Fiber promotes regularity, helps fill you up and reduces cholesterol. It is also beneficial for type 1 and type 2 diabetics as it helps reduce blood sugar spikes keeps blood-sugar levels stable.
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