Apples are an alkaline fruit that is very good for the body. The fruit which bares on the trees in the fall season has plenty of good nutrients and minerals and is said to be great in helping to treat diabetes. According to new research, apples have certain health benefits related directly to healing diabetes.
One great benefits about apples are that they’re rich in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber slows down the absorption of nutrients (such as sugar) into your bloodstream and helps keep the body full. Besides helping to balance blood sugar, soluble fiber have an anti-inflammatory effect that may help diabetics recover faster from infections.
Eating apples is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in BMJ Journal. This same study showed that drinking fruit juice without the fiber contributed to the risk of getting diabetes.
In a 2016 study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, diabetic rats were given apple peel extract for 21 days saw their fasting blood glucose levels decline.
The scientists attribute the findings to an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect.
Apples are full of the polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect against a variety of chronic diseases, including diabetes.
In a 2015 study published in Pharmacognosy magazine, one of those polyphenols, quercetin, was found to improve glucose metabolism in liver and skeletal cells when studied in test tubes by researchers.
The recommended daily intake for fiber is 25 (for women) and 38 (for men) grams a day. A medium size apple with skin provides 4 grams of fiber which is about 20% of the recommended daily total.