In contrast to the popular belief that fruits enhance blood sugar levels and aggravate problems among diabetics, a team of scientists from the UK have now proven that consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables will, in fact, decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
A study conducted by the UK research team showed that higher levels of Plasma Vitamin C, and to a lesser extent, fruit and vegetable intake, were associated with decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes, usually affecting adults.
Type 2 diabetes patients need not take insulin injections unlike those suffering from Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes. Fruits and vegetables have been found to work wonders for Type 2 diabetes patients.
These were the results concluded from the research which was conducted for 12 long years. About 20,000 men and women were studied, as part of the research.
The scientists noticed strong inverse relationship between plasma vitamin C levels and risk of developing diabetes. The risk of developing diabetes was found to be 62 percent lower for those with high levels of plasma vitamin c, as against those in the smaller levels. Similar relationship was noticed between plasma vitamin c and diabetes among participants who had higher sugar levels of less than 7 percent. A weaker inverse association was noticed between intake of fruits and vegetables and risk of diabetes, the study said.
Fruits and vegetables are the main sources of vitamin C, and therefore, eating even small quantities of these could be beneficial, and the protection against diabetes increases progressively with quantity of intake of vegetables and fruits.
Broccoli, in particular, has been found to reverse the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels. This unique property of Broccoli has been attributed to the presence of a chemical, Sulforaphane, which helps in reducing the Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) molecules in the body by 73 percent, which is otherwise found in high levels among diabetics, leading to damage of human cells.