People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.
Adding this cheap “diabetes super-food” to your diet could lower your high blood sugar, claim researchers at Korea University, South Korea.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to the hormone.
Diabetes symptoms can include blurred vision, passing more urine than normal, and losing weight without trying to.
You could lower your high blood sugar by taking bovine colostrum, claim researchers at the Department of Food and Biotechnology of Korea University, South Korea.
Many moms are familiar with colostrum: the first form of milk produced from the mammary glands during the end of pregnancy and the first few days postpartum.
"Even though colostrum is produced in small amounts, it is extremely high in important nutrients making it easy for newborns to digest. Everything in colostrum helps the baby thrive in their first few days of life. No wonder it's often referred to as nature’s first food." says William Cole, D.C., of MindBodyGreen.com
Bovine colostrum (BC) has been shown in previous studies enhance immune function, reduce fat accumulation.
Researchers wanted to evaluate whether bovine colostrum could help diabetics lower their blood sugar:
"The aim of this study was to evaluate whether bovine colostrum decreases blood glucose, as well as cholesterol, triglyceride (TG) and ketones levels, which can be elevated by obesity and stress in Type 2 diabetic patients,” says Dr. Kim of Korea University.
In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Dr. Kim reported that in a randomized, placebo controlled study, bovine colostrum reduced blood glucose levels in both men and women by as much as 15% in 4 weeks.
They also reported that Taking bovine colostrum can also lower cholesterol and triglycerides by as much as 21%.
One of the reasons why bovine colostrum lowers blood sugar is because it is rich in insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). The research shows that IGF-1 has beneficial effects on glucose levels. It lowers blood glucose and increases insulin sensitivity.
IGF-1 levels are generally lower in Type 2 diabetic patients. And the age-dependent decline of IGF-1 is higher in Type 2 diabetic patients than in healthy individuals.
“The results demonstrate that bovine colostrum could effectively decrease the levels of blood glucose and ketone bodies, as well as reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which can be elevated by obesity and stress in Type 2 diabetic patients.” says Dr. Kim of the Department of Food and Biotechnology.
Adding more bovine colostrum to your diet could lower your blood glucose levels. People with poorly controlled blood glucose levels are more likely to have clinical complications of diabetes, such as cardiovascular disease, blindness and kidney damage.
Many aspects of these complications can be limited, and even prevented in some instances, with early management of the condition, including the effective control of blood glucose levels.