AsparagusDietary experts are reporting that recently the popularity of such vegetable as asparagus has been dramatically growing in the northwestern Europe and North America. Adding this vegetable to the daily diet has become something very trendy, and for the last few years the amounts of commercially cultivated and sold asparagus has escalated making the UK consumption of this vegetable in 2011 at an absolute record level: over 8,000 tonnes. Asparagus is a very healthy natural food, very low in calories and very high in dietary fiber and various natural nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamins B group, vitamin K, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluoride, selenium, copper, and others. This natural vegetable is known since the times on ancient Egypt. In many traditional folk medicines of the Mediterranean nations, asparagus has been used for a long period of time and very highly valued as an effective natural diuretic and natural cleansing agent.

The advantages of a regular consumption of asparagus are really numerous, and recently the findings of one more related study were published suggesting that adding asparagus to the daily diet of those people who suffer from type 2 diabetes can substantially improve their condition and help them handle the symptoms of this serious disease. A group of scientists at the University of Karachi found out, a regular consumption of asparagus can help in blood sugar control and truing into a  great weapon against type 2 diabetes. blood sugar controlA large number of experiments by using lab rats have shown that by consuming asparagus, it is possible to boost insulin production in the body and enhance insulin action, this way assisting glucose absorption in the body and relieving the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. This is the first study of its kind which found out these amazing properties of asparagus and proposed using this natural product for stimulating insulin production. The conclusions and comments of the scientists were published this month in one of the issues of the British Journal of Nutrition.

It is reported that type 2 diabetes known as the most common form of diabetes mellitus, is now affecting about 2.5 million Britons. According to the estimations of the experts at the charity Diabetes UK, by the year 2025 the number of type 2 diabetes sufferers will reach the amount of 4 million, and by the tear 2030 it will possibly raise up to 5 million. Moreover, the specialists suggest that about one more million of today’s British citizens actually also suffer from type 2 diabetes, but do not recognize the common symptoms of this disease as the warning signs for having diabetes. That is why it is highly recommended to those people who suffer from increased fatigue, restlessness, too frequent urination, increased thirst, or slow healing wounds should talk to their health care specialist and do a thorough check up of their health condition. Diabetes imposes a serious risk to our overall health, but with the latest developments and technologies, it is possible to successfully control the condition with the help of diet and lifestyle, if the condition is detected on its earliest stages. Find more information and learn more what is diabetes.

The scientists the University of Karachi say that using asparagus in small doses will still be effective for provide a better blood sugar control, but can not improve insulin output. And only using high doses of asparagus (or possibly some special asparagus extract) can be a natural solution to increase insulin production. Find more information about the findings of this interesting study in this report. Many European experts tend to link the findings of this study with the findings of one more expert group which were published in the year 2006 in the British Medical Journal. That study gave a preliminary idea about the fact that there can be links between asparagus consumption and increased glucose intake by the muscles and other tissues of the body. According to the findings of that study, consuming asparagus can cause up to 81 per cent increase in glucose intake. Therefore, anti-diabetic effects of asparagus are becoming more and more obvious, but certainly, more studies and researches are required.

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