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Ask an expert: Is gooseberry good for diabetes?

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Expert opinion from Cassia D Muller

Bechelor in Nutrition · 2 years of experience · Brazil

Dark fruits, rich in anthocyanins, appear to attenuate the glycemic response, compared to a control product with the same amount of sugar. The same effect is demonstrated by anthocyanins extracted from black currants. Phenolic compounds can slow the absorption of glucose in the small intestine by interacting with carbohydrate-digesting enzymes and glucose-transporting proteins. In addition, phenolic compounds can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

Expert opinion from Caroline Luiza C. Castro

Master's in Nutrition Sciences · 16 years of experience · Brazil

According some articles, gooseberries are good for diabetes. It occurs due to its compounds, such as high amount of fibre and a considered of chromium, which is beneficial to reduce sugar absorption. In addition, there many antioxidants compounds which can reduce the oxidation caused by diabetes and also inflammatory symptoms.

Expert opinion from Livia Dickson Chen

PhD in Nutrition · 11 years of experience · Brazil

Recent research has shown gooseberry can be used for diabetes. One of the underlying causes of diabetes and associated complications is oxidative stress. Gooseberry is rich in antioxidants that are involved in reducing oxidative stress, therefore useful for diabetes. 

Reference: Story by Cassia D Muller, Caroline Luiza C. Castro

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