When you have diabetes, it seems like everyone wants to tell you what you can and can’t do. That’s especially true when it comes to what you eat.
And let’s face it, the advice usually boils down to a long list of “CAN’T” and “DON’T!”
There’s the endless nagging and lecturing. The “experts” wagging their fingers at you everywhere you look. And, of course, your own doctor, family, and friends watching you like a hawk waiting to point out when you aren’t “doing it right.”
Most of them mean well. But that doesn’t make it any less taxing. So rest assured, I’m not here to add to the pile-on.
Instead, I’m here with the opposite. I want to give you MORE options.
It turns out there’s a class of food that could help protect you from some of the hidden damage of diabetes that takes place DEEP inside your body.
Best of all, these foods are affordable, delicious, easy to find, and deliver a huge variety of choices.
Food trick BLOCKS hidden diabetes damage
We all know what diabetes can do to the heart. It’s one of the first things they warn you about when you’re diagnosed. But most folks don’t learn about what the disease does to your kidneys until it’s too late.
In many ways, kidney damage is worse. Because kidney disease isn’t just a leading KILLER of diabetics. This murderer often manages to fly under the radar.
In other words, many folks with diabetes who develop kidney disease don’t know it. And they won’t find out until the damage is pretty far along.
But a recent animal study uncovered a stunningly simple way to help halt the damage before it reaches that point. Incredibly, all you have to do is make a specific class of veggies a regular part of your meals.
They’re called cruciferous vegetables. And it’s a class that includes a wide range of supermarket staples such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, as well as watercress, turnips, and radishes.
Dodge kidney damage with a veggie compound
Cruciferous veggies are LOADED with health-boosting compounds. That includes one called phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC).
The new animal study finds PEITC can fight three major components of kidney damage…
- glycation (a process that creates damaging AGEs)
- oxidative stress (caused by damaging free radicals)
That could help stop diabetes from damaging your kidneys. Plus, in some cases, it may even help reverse any damage that’s already been done.
This is just a single study on rats, of course. So we need to see human trials before we can say for sure if it’s AS effective in humans.
But there’s simply no reason to not start eating more of these healthy veggies while we wait. After all, cruciferous vegetables are cheap, plentiful, and healthy.
Plus, previous studies have found that another compound they contain, called sulforaphane, might also help stop that damage in the kidneys.
Sulforaphane has been shown to help build a barrier against cancer, too… especially breast cancer. And the compound may even help stop the disease from returning if you’ve already had it.
In other words, there are plenty of good reasons to add these veggies to your meals. And while all cruciferous vegetables are healthy, the best sources of the PEITC examined in the new study are watercress, broccoli, turnips, and radishes.