- Diabetes type 2 symptoms could be eased by eating more paprika
- Spice may help to regulate blood sugar levels
- It helps to body to process the digestion of sugars, nutritionist said
- About four million people in the UK have diabetes
Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the body not properly reacting to insulin.
The condition increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and vision loss, according to the NHS.
Symptoms of diabetes include loss of muscle bulk and passing more urine than usual.
Eating more paprika could help to regulate blood sugar, and could lower the risk of developing the condition, a nutritionist claimed.
“Like many nutrient-rich foods and spices, paprika seems to have the potential to help regulate blood sugar levels and assist in treating diabetes,” said Dr Josh Axe.
“When patients with diabetes consume paprika containing capsaicin, they better process the digestion and processing of sugars in the blood.
“In addition, women with diabetes also tend to birth babies too large for their gestational ages, and capsaicin supplementation decreases the incidence of this as well.”
The spice could also be used to treat and prevent some cancers, Axe said.
Paprika is rich in antioxidants – including vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin.
The vitamin B6 in paprika also helps to keep eyes healthy, the nutritionist said.
You could also lower your blood pressure and heal damaged blood vessels by boosting your vitamin B6 intake, he claimed.
About four million people in the UK have diabetes, it’s been estimated.
Diabetes type 2 occurs when insulin isn’t able to convert sugar in the blood to energy.
It’s often associated with obesity, and tends to be diagnosed in older people, the NHS said.
The condition usually gets worse over the time, so medication could be used to maintain blood glucose at normal levels.
You could lower your risk of diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, and regularly exercising.