Pumpkin And Diabetes: Why Pumpkin Can Be A Superfood To Control Blood Glucose?

pumpkin and diabetes why pumpkin can be a superfood to control blood glucose

Diabetes

oi-Shivangi Karn


on November 28, 2020

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which blood sugar levels gets high due to insulin insufficiency or insulin resistance. It can lead to the risk of high cholesterol in the body, which can further aggravate to the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery diseases.

Pumpkin polysaccharides are widely known to reduce body weight, high cholesterol and glucose levels in the body. This nutritious veggie (also considered as a fruit) has high hypoglycemic activity, making it vital enough to be used as a potential drug in the treatment of diabetes. [1]

Diet is an important part of a diabetes diet. Though pumpkin is packed with nutrients and considered good for diabetes, many people doubt its efficacy on blood glucose.

In this article, we will discuss why pumpkin can be good food for diabetics. Take a look.

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Is Pumpkin Good For Diabetics?

Pumpkin, scientifically termed as Cucurbita moschata is an annual herbaceous plant that belongs to a squash family. It is enriched with polysaccharides, minerals, carotene, vitamins and many other essential components. [2]

The polysaccharides of pumpkin help in preventing diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and oxidative stress.

In a study carried out on diabetic rats, it was found that pumpkin methanol extract is effective in reducing glucose levels due to the presence of alkaloid trigonelline and nicotinic acid.

The control group of rats who were fed trigonelline have shown an increase in glucose levels for 15 minutes followed by a gradual decrease in the blood glucose for the next 120 minutes.…

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