November is American Diabetes Month, so our goal is to make as many milk thistle recipes that support healthy glucose levels as possible. Did you know that 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year? Those statistics are staggering, so it’s important to look at ways we can either prevent the disease (including with milk thistle recipes), and deal with it in the healthiest way possible.
Glucose and Diabetes
Blood glucose is just another name for blood sugar. Every time you eat, your body breaks down the food and turns it into glucose. The glucose enters your bloodstream where it will either be used for energy or stored for later in your cells. That’s where insulin comes into play. Your body properly directs glucose into your body’s cells to be stored so your blood sugar levels don’t rise too high. If your body is not creating insulin properly, you develop one of three types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes – Your body makes no insulin at all.
- Type 2 Diabetes – Your body doesn’t use the insulin it makes properly.
- Gestational Diabetes – Occurs only during pregnancy.
Milk Thistle and Glucose
We’re focusing on milk thistle recipes today because of the herb’s link to lowering blood glucose. Studies show that using milk thistle regularly, can decrease blood sugar levels and may improve insulin resistance, which is a main symptom of type 2 diabetes. Here are some easy ways to get more milk thistle recipes into your diet using whole seeds, supplements, or milk thistle extract.
Milk Thistle Recipes
- Milk Thistle Porridge – This recipe can also be modified using different types of dried fruit. Or, try it with half thistle, half steel cut oatmeal if you need to ease into it.
- Milk Thistle Smoothie – This recipe uses milk thistle powder, so it can literally be substituted in just about any smoothie recipe. Smoothies are also a great way to meet your daily fruit and veggie goal.
Lunch and Dinner
- Milk Thistle Salad – Leaves, stems, and roots can be eaten raw in your favorite salad.
- Milk Thistle Soup – Use ground seeds as a soup thickener or leaves as a veggie.
- Sauteed Milk Thistle – Cook thistle leaves just as your would spinach, a little olive oil and garlic can work wonders! The flowers are also good cooked.
- Milk Thistle Tea – You can use a prepackaged tea or learn to make your own!
- Milk Thistle Cocktail – Enjoy a cocktail and help protect your liver at the same time!
Not sure where to start? Look for trusted natural health brands, such as Herb Pharm, Integrative Therapeutics, and Douglas Laboratories, which sell carefully formulated dietary supplements containing milk thistle for glucose metabolism support.
So what clever ways have you come up with to add milk thistle recipes to your diet? Tell us your secret to glucose health in the comments below!
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