Lower your blood su­gar with huck­le­berry tea!

Woman's World - - Start Your Week With A - — Brenda Kearns

It’s long been known that keep­ing your in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity high, so your tis­sues can eas­ily ab­sorb this su­gar- con­trol­ling hor­mone, helps keep your blood su­gar steady, a key to cut­ting your risk of Type 2 di­a­betes. And thanks to a dozen stud­ies, it’s now known that it also cuts your risk of heart dis­ease, stroke, can­cer and de­men­tia 45%! How? By keep­ing your ar­ter­ies and im­mune sys­tem in tip­top shape. To nat­u­rally boost your in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity, ex­perts ad­vise:

● Fu­el­ing up in the a.m.

Eat­ing break­fast switches on en­zymes that heighten in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity— and blood-su­gar con­trol—in about a week. Yet two in three of us are too busy for morn­ing meals! The fix: a quick 100-calo­rie snack, such as a slice of cheese or a ta­ble­spoon of peanut but­ter, which stud­ies show revs in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity as ef­fec­tively as a hearty break­fast!

● Sip­ping huck­le­berry tea

Drink three cups of this fruity brew daily, and your risk of high blood su­gar and in­sulin re­sis­tance will fall 20%. Credit goes to a huck­le­berry com­pound that en­er­gizes and nour­ishes your in­sulin-pro­duc­ing pan­creas.

● Sup­ple­ment­ing with D-3

A daily 3,000-IU dose of vi­ta­min D-3 cuts the odds of in­sulin re­sis­tance and Type 2 di­a­betes 50%, re­ports the jour­nal Di­a­betes Care. D-3 helps shut­tle in­sulin and blood su­gar into the mus­cle cells that need it, says study coau­thor Maria Petersen, PH.D. Im­por­tant: Check with an M.D. be­fore start­ing any sup­ple­ment.

● Cook­ing with cumin

It’s a Tex-mex sta­ple— and pow­er­ful medicine, too! In fact, cumin is so ef­fec­tive at revving in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity, con­sum­ing just 1/4 tsp. daily can cut your blood­sugar level 22 points, say Bri­tish sci­en­tists. Try adding ground cumin to meat rubs, stews, stir­fries, bean dishes and even gua­camole!

● Feast­ing on fish

En­joy­ing 12 oz. of fish weekly will cut your risk of in­sulin re­sis­tance 33%, ac­cord­ing to a 20-year study in Di­a­betes Care. The com­bi­na­tion of pro­tein, healthy fats and min­er­als in fish helps your pan­creas pro­duce in­sulin— and en­cour­age your cells to use it, ex­plains study au­thor Jyrki Vir­ta­nen, PH.D.

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