When it comes to diabetes, you know the drill. You have to worry about high blood sugar, nerve pain, and even your increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
But there’s another diabetes complication most folks miss. And it could be causing real problems in your life.
Maybe you find yourself struggling with mood swings. Or some days it’s hard to focus or think clearly.
Perhaps people have even accused you of being “checked out” or not paying attention from time to time.
Ring any bells?
If so, you’ve likely never linked your brain fog or moodiness it to your diabetes before. After all, what does one have to do with the other?
Well, it turns out a lot.
Your doctor, if he ever bothers to mention it (most don’t), would call it “cognitive impairment.” But I simply call it Diabetes Brain.
Diabetes Brain triggered by LOW blood sugar
It turns out while we’re so focused on HIGH blood sugar low blood sugar could be triggering the fuzzy thinking and mood swings of Diabetes Brain.
Accidentally letting your blood sugar dip too low… because of diet or over-medicating… is more common than most diabetics realize. And since glucose fuels your brain, when it’s not getting enough sugar Diabetes Brain can kick in.
And over time, it can be doing real damage. Because low blood sugar can make your brain “rust.”
You’ve heard of oxidative damage before, right? It’s what happens when free radicals attack healthy cells causing them to oxidize.
Have you ever cut an apple open and then not eaten right away? That browning you see is the “rust” of oxidative damage. And something similar goes on in your brain when your blood sugar keeps dropping too low.
When that happens, you can find yourself battling the brain fog of Diabetes Brain.
But new animal research may have just uncovered a way to put the brakes on Diabetes Brain… and even REVERSE it.
Reverse Diabetes Brain with THESE nutrients
We already knew, of course, that antioxidants are the antidote for oxidative damage. They’re natural free-radical fighters.
But now Scottish researchers say they may have figured out a way to use antioxidants to reverse Diabetes Brain, sweeping away all that damaging “rust.” And helping to restore clear thinking and stable moods in the process.
For the study, researchers fed mice the potent antioxidant sulforaphane. Soon, the oxidative damage in their brains plummeted, and their cognitive function soared.
In other words, the sulforaphane… which you’ll find in cruciferous veggies such as broccoli… had essentially CURED their Diabetes Brain.
Of course, there’s a bit of a catch.
It’s true that fruits and veggies are packed with good-for-you antioxidants. But a typical diet alone can’t quite provide the amounts needed to mimic the levels in the study.
To do that… and reverse your Diabetes Brain… you’ll need to combine your healthy diet with an antioxidant-rich supplement.
5 powerful antioxidants to beat Diabetes Brain
Following are five powerful antioxidants that can help you top up your own levels.
You can start with eating more of the right foods. And then look for them on the labels of any supplements you’d like to try too…
Your probably already know how healthy cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli are. And they’re all excellent sources of the sulforaphane used in the study. But if you haven’t tried broccoli sprouts before, you might want to now. Their sulforaphane levels can be up to 50 times higher than in broccoli, making them the perfect weapon against Diabetes Brain. Try using them to spice up salads and sandwiches.
This nutrient is SO powerful it’s earned the nickname “the mother of all antioxidants.” You’ll find a healthy amount of glutathione in cruciferous veggies, garlic, and onions.
Lutein and zeaxanthin:
Long-time Healthier Talk readers are already familiar with this dynamic duo. Lutein and zeaxanthin are terrific for your eye health. But it turns out these antioxidants could help with Diabetes Brain too. You’ll find them together in eggs and winter squash.
The “tomato nutrient,” lycopene is strong enough to help shield against cancer and protect your body against chemical pesticides. And lycopene is more than up to the task when it comes to battling brain fog too. Look for it in red fruits and veggies such as watermelon, cooked tomatoes, red peppers, guavas, and papayas.
Say goodbye to the fuzzy thinking and mood swings of Diabetes Brain by raising your levels of these “rust” fighting nutrients starting TODAY.
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