raspberries improve glucose and inflammation in diabetics

You hear lots about the health benefits of berries like blueberries, but the other berries often get neglected. Finally, some attention is being paid to the delicious raspberry. And the beneficiary of this good news is people with diabetes.

Blueberries are loaded in antioxidants and have tons of health benefits, including benefits for your brain, more benefits for your brain, and even more benefits for your brain. Blueberries are also good for your heart and cardiovascular system. Oh ya, and did we mention that blueberries are good for your brain? If you’re old, they can make your brain two and a half years younger; if you’re young, they improve cognition and recognition.

Even strawberries are starting to get the attention that other berries deserve. Turns out they’re good for your heart, for osteoarthritis, for blood sugar control and for cognition.

And, finally, the spotlight is turning to the delicious raspberry. Metabolic problems after eating play an important role in vascular problems for diabetics. Raspberries may help prevent that.

When type 2 diabetics eat raspberries, their serum glucose and markers of inflammation are significantly better after eating a meal. Their triglycerides also trended down after eating.

When the diabetics continued to eat raspberries for four weeks, they continued to benefit from significantly lower inflammation. Blood pressure also trended in a positive downward direction.

This study suggests that diabetics who eat raspberries could improve the damaging effect that comes from elevated glucose and increased inflammation that follows meals.

And, like the best kind of medicine, they’re also delicious and do no harm.


Ann Nutr Metab 2019;74(2):165-174


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