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Oilseeds help control blood sugar

Oilseeds help control blood sugar

Eating about 75 grams of oil per day instead of carbohydrates may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes, as shown by a study conducted by University of Toronto , Canada, to be published in the journal Diabetes Care . According to the study's authors, this is because the food lowers bad cholesterol levels and increases blood sugar control.

The study involved 117 diabetic patients who were randomly divided into three groups. One ingested an oilseed mixture of approximately 75 grams, the second a healthy version of muffin, and the third half the amount of oilseeds and muffins. During the three months of analysis, patients maintained their oral medications.

The oilseed mix included non-salt versions and mostly raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashew nuts and macadamia nuts. Already the muffin used in the research was developed to be a healthy food, made with whole wheat and sweetened with apple concentrate, but without added sugars. The dumplings had protein content similar to oilseeds, coming from the addition of egg white and skimmed milk powder to the recipe. According to the researchers, after three months, patients whose diet included the full amount of oilseeds showed better results, both in reducing LDL (considered as the "bad" cholesterol) and blood sugar levels, when compared to the other participants.

The researchers consider that oilseeds are an important weapon in favor of the control of blood glucose and lipid levels, and can be used as

Include oilseeds in their menu

Studies have already proven that regular consumption of these foods decreases the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. See the qualities of each of them:

Brazil nuts: rich in omega 3, magnesium and selenium, powerful antioxidants. Helps to balance cholesterol levels, prevents diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and improves cardiovascular function. Daily consumption: from 2 to 3 units.

Cashew nuts: source of zinc, proteins, vitamin E and unsaturated fats. It boosts the production of white blood cells, lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and maintains good cholesterol levels (HDL). Daily consumption: 3 units.

Hazelnuts: it has a high concentration of monounsaturated fat, which helps to eliminate heart disease. It is also an excellent source of calcium, effective in preventing osteoporosis. Daily consumption: Up to 10 units

Almonds: have high concentration of potassium, fiber, calcium, vitamin E and monounsaturated fat. It is also a potent source of protein. It has few calories compared to other oilseeds. Daily consumption: 10 to 12 units.

Nuts: Vitamin E is one of the biggest highlights. It is also rich in zinc, magnesium, B vitamins and potassium. It prevents against various types of cancer, controls blood pressure and decreases the desire to eat sweet. Daily consumption: Up to 5 units.


Tea-mate: the cholesterol-lowering beverage

Tea-mate: the cholesterol-lowering beverage

Mate tea is a beverage made from toasted yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis). This herb has been prepared as a beverage since pre-Columbian times in Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. In the sixteenth century, the Spaniards proved to have worshiped the food. Other species of herbs are also marketed as if they were mate, Ilex argentina, Ilex dumosa, Ilex brevicuspis, Ilex taubertiana, Ilex theezans, Ilex pseudobuxus between Chimarrão: elaborated by the infusion of leaves and branches, it has a bitter taste and is usually consumed in the south of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Tererê: made with cold water in the cuia and consumed mainly in the central-west region of Brazil and Paraguay Cooked Mate: prepared with dried and ground leaves of the yerba mate in sachets or sachets and it is usually consumed in Argentina or Paraguay.

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Vitamin D helps fight tuberculosis

Vitamin D helps fight tuberculosis

The scientists examined mechanisms that regulate the immune system's ability to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis - causing of tuberculosis. The team found that lymphocytes (part of the blood responsible for the defense or immunity of the body) release a protein called interferon, which initiates communication between white blood cells and directs them to attack the invading bacteria.

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