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Diabetes & Juicing

I continue to hear people say that their doctor told them they could not juice because they have diabetes.  Many people think juice is synonymous with fruit juice.  Fruit juice is not what I recommend people juice, and especially anyone with diabetes or other sugar metabolism problems, with the exception of berries and lemon and lime.  You can add lemon and lime to any vegetable juice combination for flavor.  

The Best Vegetables and Fruit to Juice for Diabetes

  1. Broccoli — a superhero for diabetics.  You can juice the stems—the parts most people throw away.  Steam the florets and juice the rest with veggies like carrot, cucumber, and celery. Broccoli is rich in a phytonutrient known as sulphoraphane, which promotes an anti-inflammatory process that improves blood sugar control.
  2. Wild blueberries. A study by the USDA showed that people who “consumed 2 1/2 cups of wild blueberry juice per day for 12 weeks lowered their blood glucose levels, lifted depression, and improved their memories. Researchers credit these results to anthocyanins in the berries, a natural chemical that shrinks fat cells and also stimulates the release of adiponectin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels, among other things. Increasing adiponectin levels can help keep blood sugar low and increase our sensitivity to insulin.”1
  3. Spinach.  A British study found that people who had a serving of spinach or other leafy green every day cut their risk of diabetes by 14 percent compared with those that ate less than half that amount.
  4. Collard greens. Collards are a good source of vitamin C, which helps to lower cortisol and thereby reduces inflammation. It is also a good source of alpha lipoic acid (ALA), a nutrient that helps us deal with stress.  “When scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University gave aging rats ALA, they found that the animals’ bodies created their own antioxidants, making them better able to resist toxins in the environment and to reduce inflammation. ALA also helps reduces blood sugar and can help to strengthen the nerves damaged by diabetic neuropathy.”2 If you are cooking the greens don’t overcook it, which creates a strong sulfur smell. Five minutes of steaming or sautéing is all you need.


1 http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/10-diabetes-super-foods/

2 Ibid


Diabetes Healing Juice Cocktail

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled if not organic
  • 1-inch chunk ginger root

Juice all ingredients.  Stir and enjoy!

From The Juice Lady’s Juicing Remedies for Diabetes

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