Spinach may help diabetes..

By jupton1 Latest Reply 2008-08-01 15:23:57 -0500
Started 2008-06-17 12:51:21 -0500

June 12 : Eating a lot of spinach may prevent diabetics from heart attacks because it is rich in folic acid, which plays a big role in protecting the heart muscles from the onslaught of high glucose levels, say researchers

A team of experts from NSW and China conducted experimental trials on diabetic rats, which showed them that folic acid could help reduce the rate of cardiac cell death significantly.

Lexin Wang, a professor at Charles Sturt University who led the study, said that the 11-week course of supplements was also found to enhance the expression of cell-death-prevention genes, and to suppress cell-death-inducing genes in heart muscles

"These are extremely exciting discoveries because for a very long time we did not have much of success in steering the heart away from the insult of high levels of blood glucose, in particular in the early stages of the cardiovascular disease process," theage.com.au quoted Prof. Wang as saying.

"Now, with a short course of folic acid treatment, we see a clear cut reduction in the death rates of cardiac cells. More importantly, the biology of the surviving cardiac cells is also improved, making these cells and muscles more resistant to future injuries from diabetes," he added.

Prof. Wang pointed out that diabetics have the tendency to develop diabetic heart muscle disease or diabetic cardiomyopathy, which increases the risk of heart failure.

He said that the high blood glucose levels experienced by diabetics might cause up to a third of the cardiac cells to be destroyed or damaged.

"Therefore, the development of new preventative strategies for cardiac muscle injuries in diabetics is extremely important in terms of reducing the overall cardiac complications and improving the clinical outcomes for patients," he said.

Prof. Wang also stressed the need for a large trial to test the clinical effectiveness of folic acid in diabetes, which he said could make for improved patient care.

"We may just end up with a big winner," he said.

The study, in collaboration with Guangzhou Red Cross Hospital, has been published in the international journal Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy.

10 replies

GabbyPA 2008-06-24 05:26:23 -0500 Report

Here we have it. I cannot put it in the recipie file because I don't have all the food values for it. I just made it up but I had it for lunch today and I really enjoyed it. I topped it with walnuts and it gave the perfect crunch. The flavors blend wonderfully. Try it and let me know how you switch it up or change it around.

Spinich Strawberry Salad (Folic Fun!)

1 C Sliced Mixed Veggies (Cucumber, Celery and Carrots)
2 C Chopped Fresh Spinich
1 C Heart of Romaine Lettuce (Greener is better)
1 C Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
1/4 C Sliced Green Onions
8-10 Fresh Strawberries, Quartered

1/4 C Vanilla Yogurt
2 T Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
1-2 T Lemon Juice

Topping Options:
1/4 C Walnut pieces
2 T Sunflower Seeds, shelled and unsalted
2 T Bacon Bits
1 Hard Boiled Egg, Diced

Toss all your veggies in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix your yogurt with the orange concentrate and thin with the lemon juice to the consistancy you like.
Add your berries and dressing just before serving.

This is enough for 2-4 salads depending on if you are using it as a meal or to a compliment to a meal.

butterfly_8 2008-08-01 15:23:57 -0500 Report

I tried this salad during a recent cookout, with out the seeds and bacon bits. It was very good and very pretty..

GabbyPA 2008-06-23 12:27:35 -0500 Report

Well, I didn't combine the spinch with strawberries...yet. But I posted an Herb Salad with Mozzarella that has spinich in it, so check it out in the recipies and maybe take out some of the lettuce and add more spinich.

Dancehawk 2008-06-23 08:39:48 -0500 Report

Now I know why I love spinich.
This is a awsome post.
I like taking half a chicken breast pound it down thin then roll it with spinich inside and bake, it is my way of chicken keive without all the fat grease and breading.



beauty416 2008-06-23 08:35:04 -0500 Report

I didn't know spinach will do that for you. I love spinach but my partner does not. I will try to include spinach in my diet and will put something in his diet that he likes. Thanks for the information.

jupton1 2008-06-20 18:34:42 -0500 Report

Folate is one of the B vitamins found in various foods such as strawberries, oranges,spinach, orange juice, green leafy vegetables and a variety of beans, such as kidney, garbanzo and navy. Folic acid, the synthetic form of folate, is found in fortified foods and vitamin supplements. The recommended daily intake for folate is 400 micrograms — and unfortunately, most Americans don’t get enough. It’s especially important for women of child-bearing age to consume folate because it reduces the chance of fetal neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. When it comes to folate, there is good news for strawberry lovers; eight medium strawberries provide 20 percent of the daily need for folate.

GabbyPA 2008-06-21 02:06:00 -0500 Report

Well then a spinich salad with a few kidney beans and some fresh strawberries and an orange based home made dressing sounds like the ticket! I will have to see what I can come up with in the kitchen and post it in the recipe page. Thanks! You are a wealth of information!

GabbyPA 2008-06-20 13:21:38 -0500 Report

So Pop-eye had it right all along? I like raw spinich in my salads and in other foods. My husband said I could have his portions too. LOL. This is good news, as the alternatives are things like O.J. and that is loaded with sugar (and I don't like the acid issues either) Thanks for posting this, very informative. The only thing is they say a "lot" of spinich. Do you or anyone out there know an amount that is recommended?