Are Lemons Good For Diabetes?
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Are Lemons Good For Diabetes?

September 8, 2019


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are
lemons good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. I am not a fan of sitting down and eating
a lemon. I don’t do sour very well. But I love adding a lemon wedge to water or
tea. A little lemon juice is great on fish. There are several ways to enjoy lemons without
actually eating the lemon. But those of us with diabetes there is at
least a glimpse of a new benefit that was uncovered back in 2006 by researcher Un Ju
Jung. Jung identified 2 flavonoids that are present
in lemons, hesperidin and naringin. These flavonoids are thought to be why some
cultures us lemons for medicinal purposes. The theory was that they helped with lipid
and glucose control. This would aid in heart health as well as
dibetes control. The study was conducted on mice with diabetes. They were given the 2 flavonoids
The results of his study suggests that hesperidin and naringin are beneficial for improving
hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia in type-2 diabetic animals by partly regulating the
fatty acid and cholesterol metabolism and affecting the gene expression of glucose-regulating
enzymes. In other words, the flavonoids helped lower
lipids and blood sugar in mice. These results back up a similar study conducted
in 1998 in Japan. But the results have not truly been replicated
in humans. A 2015 meta-analysis in Primary Care Diabetes
found that eating citrus fruits didn’t seem to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Citrus fruits do contain flavonoids, naringin,
and hesperidin, that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects, says a 2014 study in
Advances in Nutrition. However, there’s still not a whole lot of
research into these compounds and their use in treating diabetes in humans. But, The American Diabetes Association includes
lemons on their list of superfoods due to soluble fiber and the high amount of vitamin
C. Both soluble fiber and vitamin C can benefit people with diabetes. Lemons also have a low glycemic index, and
some studies even show that lemon may lower the glycemic index of other foods. So, are lemons good for diabetes? I will give this one a yes. They are proven to at least help us control
our blood sugar to a certain extent and more research continues on the flavonoid factor. I hope this answered your question are lemons
good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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