Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Spirulina in Diabetes Management
The food we consumed is converted to glucose by our body and this glucose is utilized by the cells for the production of energy in various metabolic reactions. Normally glucose is stored in the form of glycogen in body’s cell. Body requires hormone ‘insulin’ produced by beta cells of pancreas to help cells throughout the body for proper absorbance of glucose from the bloodstream. Usually pancreas produce insulin in right amount to utilize and assimilate the glucose but in diabetes, however, no or very little insulin is produced (type 1 diabetes) or the cells are not responding properly to the insulin (type 2 diabetes).
Therefore, Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which is considered by high blood glucose level and ineffective insulin. Diet has a key role in maintaining the blood glucose levels of diabetic patients to prevent arising complications. Spirulina an ideal food for diabetes patients because of its high content of protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fibres and essential fatty acids. It is known that chlorophyll aids in absorbing minerals by our body and assist in cellular repair along with various antioxidants, especially the pancreatic cells of type-2 diabetics.
Zinc has its role in promoting the synthesis of natural insulin. Magnesium and GLA in Spirulina helps in reducing insulin resistance. Spirulina is rich in Vitamin B-complex which has its role in breaking down carbohydrates and lipids, thus improves metabolism of glucose. So in the end it can be concluded that Spirulina is beneficial for diabetes management.