Onions – The vegetables for diabetics
With onions you can regulate the blood glucose level. This can also be achieved if you already have diabetes and you have to take medications. Onions can then be used in addition to the usual diabetes medications and strengthen their effect, thus lowering the blood glucose level. Yes, the daily intake of onions could reduce the blood glucose by 50 percent, so that the onion should become the favorite vegetables in case of blood sugar problems.
Onions as anti-diabetes therapeutics
Onion extract was used in a study to treat high blood sugar levels as well as too high cholesterol values.
The study results were published in early March 2015 at the 97th Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society in San Diego.
Dr Anthony Ojieh, from the Delta State University in Nigeria, said onions are regular anti-diabetes therapeutics. They are also inexpensive, almost always available, and can easily be integrated regularly into the menu.
Three study groups were used in his study. All of them had diabetes and took metformin – the typical diabetes drug that inhibits glucose formation in the liver and thus keeps the blood glucose level relatively low.
Onions lower the blood glucose level
All groups also received onion extract in different dosages. One group daily took 200 mg of onion extract per kilogram of body weight, the next took 400 mg and the third got 600 mg onion extract per kilogram of body weight.
In addition, there were three control groups that had no diabetes but were also given metformin as well as the onion extract in different doses.
It was found that 400 and 600 mg of onion extract led to an enormous reduction in fasting blood glucose levels by 35 and 50 percent, respectively.
Even the overall cholesterol level decreased under onion therapy. Here, too, the two highest onions had the best effect.
Another welcome effect of the onion extract was that it led to a weight loss. According to Dr. Ojieh, this is because onions stimulate the metabolism.
Mechanism of the onion in diabetes is still unknown
It was not yet possible to determine the mechanisms onions that reduce the blood glucose level. To a cure of the pancreas in any case neither by metformin nor by onions, the researchers announce.
In conversation is the chromium content in bulbs, which increases the insulin sensitivity of the cells, so that more blood glucose can be absorbed by the cells and the blood glucose level drops thereby.
It is also discussed that the onion could cause the pancreas to increase insulin release.
However, as always the onion here in the body action intervenes, the onions used should be in any case raw. If one wants to enjoy the antidiabetic onion effect, it is sufficient to eat regularly relevant quantities of raw onions – for example, in lettuce, dip, to shoots, onion rings on the sandwich, chopped in bread spread etc.
Only the onions must be absolutely raw, since cooked, steamed or otherwise heated onions do not show a comparable effect.
Onion protects against diabetes-related damage
In a further study, Egyptian researchers at Alexandria University showed in 2005 that onions (like garlic) can help diabetics in a different way.
Its strong antioxidant effect prevents the damage to the liver and kidneys, which is often caused by diabetes, so the daily onion can be life-prolonging – especially in people with blood sugar problems.
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- Ojieh A, “Onion Extract may improve high blood sugar and cholesterol”, The Endocrine Society, März 2015, (Study on PDF)