14. Collard Greens
These nutrient-rich leafy green veggies are loaded with a powerful concentration of vitamin C, which aids in reducing cortisol within the body in order to lower inflammation. Collard greens and their cruciferous counterparts, such as Brussels sprouts and kale, are brimming with high levels of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), an essential micronutrient that aids the body in managing stress.
Researchers attempted to study the benefits of consuming alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) on a sample group of aging rats. The results revealed the natural development of antioxidants produced by the bodies of the animals themselves in order to combat the attacks of toxins found in the environment, and to lower inflammation.
Moreover, research reveals that ALA is high beneficial at cutting down blood sugar levels and healing the strength of the nerves damaged by diabetic neuropathy. However, be sure not to overcook collard greens as it creates a horrid sulfur-like smell that reduces its nutritive powers. They just need five minutes of steaming, that’s all.
15. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is one of the richest sources of flavonoids, potently powerful antioxidant that aid in lowering insulin resistance, fasting glucose and insulin levels, along with reducing untimely pangs of hunger and enhancing insulin sensitivity. However, keep in mind that you must pick out at least 75% or more cocoa-dense chocolate to experience all these diabetes-fighting benefits.
A study attempted to study the benefits of consuming dark chocolate and milk chocolate, which contains low levels of flavonoids, unhealthy fats and heaps of sugar. The results revealed that participants who consumed dark chocolate felt lesser desire to consume something sweet, fatty or salty as opposed to those who consumed milk chocolate. Moreover, the participants who consumed dark chocolate also consumed 15% lesser amount of pizza as opposed to those who didn’t.
Flavonoids have been proven highly effective at soothing down ignited blood pressure levels, and cutting down the risk factors of heart attacks and strokes with regular consumption. You can add this treat to your desserts, smoothies, fruits salads, oatmeal and baked treat.