Is it the possible the long-sought cure for type 1 diabetes is in your kitchen? Some scientific researches point in that direction.
The potential of various foods and compounds to regenerate beta cell will upset the growing diabetes industry.
Scientists have discovered a flaxseed active fraction they named Linun usitassimum active fraction (LU6) generates many benefits in a type 1 diabetes animal model:
– Improved liver glucose utilization
– Supported normalized glycogenesis (glucose forming activity) in the liver and muscle tissue
– Reduced pancreatic and intestinal glucosidase inhibitory activity, which means lower post-meal blood sugar elevations
This flaxseed compound regulates plasma insulin and C-peptide levels, an indication that beta cell function was effectively restored. This is how scientists explain these amazing results:
Normalization of plasma insulin and C-peptide levels were observed in diabetic mice, indicating endogenous insulin secretion after the treatment with LU6. The histochemical and immunohistochemical analysis on pancreatic islets suggests the role of LU6 fraction in islet regeneration and insulin secretion as evident in increase functional pancreatic islets producing insulin. Furthermore, significant insulin producing islet formation was also observed in in vitro PANC-1 cells after LU6 treatment, indicating the cellular aggregates to be newly formed islets. This suggests the potential of LU6 fraction in the formation of new islets in vitro, as well as in vivo. Thus, LU6 can be used as a nutraceutical-based first-line treatment for diabetes.
This is not the first time to be proved that flaxseed improves blood sugar disorders, but a wide range of natural substances confirmed to stimulate beta cell regeneration:
- Arginine: a study from 2007 found that the L-arginine, an amino acid is able to stimulate the genesis of beta cells in an animal model of alloxan-induced diabetes. Foods that are rich in arginine are: turkey, pork loin, chicken, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, peanuts, spirulina, dairy, chickpeas, lentils.
- Avocado: According to a 2007 study, avocado seed extract reduces blood sugar in diabetic rats.
- Berberine: This plant ingredient is found in herbs like barberry and goldenseal. It produces beta cell regeneration in diabetic rats.
- Corn Silk: A study from 2009 shows that corn silk lowers blood sugar and produces beta cell regeneration in type 1 diabetic rats.
- Curcumin: Curcumin is found in Turmeric and it stimulates beta cell regeneration in type 1 diabetic rats.
- Honey: A recent study has found that long-consumption of honey may have positive effect on the metabolic derangements of type 1 diabetes, including beta cell regeneration.
- Nigella Sativa(black seed): Black seed consumption leads to partial beta cell regeneration.
- Stevia: Stevia has anti-diabetic characteristics, including revitalization of beta cells. It acts similar with the drug glibenclamide and it does not cause adverse effects.