Foods to Eat to Lower Blood Sugar

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Foods that lower blood sugar are known as low-glycemic and are measured by an index that determines how quickly blood sugar rises after eating a particular food. The good news is that there are numerous foods you can easily work into your diet to help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.

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Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat and soluble fiber, which can reverse insulin resistance. They are slow-burning, and because of their low sugar content they are good food choices for diabetics—and they're also known to stimulate an under-active thyroid.

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Flaxseeds are rich in phytochemicals, omega-3 fatty acids, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. They are very low in carbohydrates, contain healthy fat and are high in fiber, which promotes lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and aids in weight loss.

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Lemons contain vitamin C and limonene, which can lower blood sugar production considerably after a meal. It is also has an astringent property that helps aid in digestion and promote detoxification.

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Raw garlic can lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity and resistance due to its abundant antioxidant properties.

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Cinnamon is high in fiber and magnesium and contains a natural compound known as a polyphenol. This compound mimics the effects of insulin, lowering blood sugar significantly. Cinnamon has also been known to lower the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause belly fat to form around a person's midsection.

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Adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a high-carbohydrate, high-starch meal, such as one with food containing white flour, sugar or starchy vegetables, is believed to lower blood sugar levels. It also known to reduce the post-meal crash in energy usually experienced after ingesting these type of foods.

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