Buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, millet and Chia are powerful nutrients. Ongoing research is showing the depth of health and life sustenance these ancient seeds bestow (Zhu, 2020).
Quinoa supports the liver by reducing cholesterol (Norato et al., 2019) and enhancing the management of diabetes and weight loss (Little et al., 2021).
Chia, buckwheat and quinoa are showing excellent results with heart health, energy production, and blood sugar regulation (Morales et al., 2020).
Millet is one of the easiest of foods to digest. It is calming and one of the least allergies producing foods. Millet is shown to lower LDL cholesterol and demonstrates an ability to lower blood sugar levels after fasting 2-hours postprandial blood glucose measurement, offering help to those with diabetes. Millet in the diet is also shown to lower inflammatory markers such as pro-inflammatory cytokines; C-reactive proteins, TNF-alpha and interleukin-6 (Singh et al., 2020). And there is so much more.
Introduction: Diabetes mellitus has become a global public health problem, characterized by increased intake of western style diets and decline in physical activities which are pro- inflammatory. Food diversity, nutrient profile, glycemic index and lower content of salt sugar and Tran’s fat are an important consideration for a healthy anti-inflammatory diet which may be advised for prevention of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). This clinical observation aims to examine the effects of a millets based functional food rich intervention diet on coronary risk factors among subjects with known diabetes.
Method: After permission from the review board of a hospital, hospital records of 65 subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus were drawn for this study. Of 65 patients with diabetes, 5 were excluded and remaining 60 were administered millet-based functional food rich intervention diet (millets 60%, soya bean 20%, brown rice 10%, peanuts 8% and flex seeds 2%). Clinical data, dietary intakes and physical activity were assessed by validated questionnaires. Blood pressures were measured by sphygmomanometer.
Result: Treatment with millet based intervention diet for 12 weeks was associated with a significant decline in fasting and 2-hour postprandial blood glucose, HbA1c indicating that this diet can prevent diabetes. Total cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol and triglycerides showed a significant decline compared to baseline levels. Pro-inflammatory cytokines; C-reactive proteins, TNF-alpha and interleukin-6 also showed significant reduction after treatment with intervention diet compared to baseline levels. In association with these changes, there was a significant decline in systolic and diastolic blood pressures, parameters of oxidative stress; TBARS, MDA and diene conjugates with an increase in antioxidant vitamins; A,E and C and beta-carotene. Underlying these changes, all subjects received an 11 fold greater amount of millet-based intervention diet which increased from mean 21.36±3.8g/ day to 235.20±23.6 (p<0001).Among females (n=33), there was a significant increase in hemoglobin and serum calcium and magnesium indicating that millet based diet can also prevent under nutrition.
Conclusion: It is possible that millet-based intervention diet can cause a significant decline in blood glucose, HbA1c, oxidative stress, blood pressures, blood lipoproteins and pro- inflammatory cytokines with an increase in antioxidant vitamins, magnesium, calcium and hemoglobin. Randomized, controlled intervention trials, would be necessary to confirm our findings (Singh et al., 2020). Article
- Alwosais, E. Z. M., Al-Ozairi, E., Zafar, T. A., & Alkandari, S. (2021). Chia seed (Salvia hispanica L.) supplementation to the diet of adults with type 2 diabetes improved systolic blood pressure: A randomized controlled trial. Nutrition and Health, 0260106020981819. Abstract
- Arslan-Tontul, S., Uslu, C. C., Mutlu, C., & Erbaş, M. (2021). Expected glycemic impact and probiotic stimulating effects of whole grain flours of buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth and chia. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 1-8. Abstract
- Little, A., Murphy, K., & Solverson, P. (2021). Quinoa’s Potential to Enhance Dietary Management of Obesity and Type-2 Diabetes: A Review of the Current Evidence. Diabetology, 2(2), 77-94. Article
- Morales, D., Miguel, M., & Garcés-Rimón, M. (2020). Pseudocereals: a novel source of biologically active peptides. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, 1-8. Article
- Singh, R. B., Fedacko, J., Mojto, V., Isaza, A., Dewi, M., Watanabe, S., ... & Sulaeman, A. (2020). Effects of millet based functional foods rich diet on coronary risk factors among subjects with diabetes mellitus: a single arm real world observation from hospital registry. MOJ Public Health, 9(1), 18-25. Article
- Valenzuela Zamudio, F., & Segura Campos, M. R. (2020). Amaranth, quinoa and chia bioactive peptides: a comprehensive review on three ancient grains and their potential role in management and prevention of Type 2 diabetes. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 1-15. Abstract
- Zhu, F. (2020). Dietary fiber polysaccharides of amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa grains: A review of chemical structure, biological functions and food uses. Carbohydrate Polymers, 248, 116819.
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