These 2 Foods Offer Benefits for Diabetes and Regulate Cholesterol

Include in the weekly diet on a regular basis green tea and Mankai offers important benefits for the health. Among other positive effects, a group of researchers assures that it is favorable for diabetes and helps regulate cholesterol levels.

Mankai is a plant-based food that, due to its characteristics, is called 'duckweed'. Thus, it stands out for its high content of proteins, vitamins and essential minerals for the body.

A group of researchers has determined that the consumption of Mankai and green tea in the diet offers benefits for diabetes and also helps control levels of cholesterol, two health aspects that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Mankai and green tea for diabetes and cholesterol

Fasting ghrelin (hunger hormone) levels rebound after weight loss and can help reduce belly fat as well as improve the body's sensitivity to insulin, beneficial for people with diabetes . This is stated in the study published in the 'Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism', journal of the North American Endocrine Society.


Specifically, ghrelin is a type of hormone that stimulates appetite in the body. In this way, ghrelin levels increase during the overnight fast when the person sleeps and decrease considerably when a person eats food.

Based on this theory, the researchers began an investigation to observe the possible effects on heart health in relation to the levels of this hormone, analyzing risk factors such as diabetes or cholesterol.

To do this, the researchers conducted a clinical trial for 18 months, observing that the diet may affect the increase in fasting ghrelin levels. In addition, increased fasting ghrelin is associated with loss of abdominal visceral fat, cholesterol regulation, and improved insulin sensitivity.

Preparation of the study

On the one hand, a group of individuals who participated in the study followed a green-Mediterranean diet, which included a green leafy vegetable called Mankai and green tea. In addition, this diet did not have the presence of red meat.

Thus, these participants offered a two-fold increase in ghrelin levels compared to participants who followed a traditional Mediterranean diet. Therefore, the results of this study suggest that the consumption of these two foods provides additional cardiometabolic benefits, such as diabetes or helping to regulate cholesterol levels.

In this regard, Dr. Iris Shai, from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) and the T.H. Chan of Harvard, in the United States, points out that “the results suggest that fasting ghrelin levels may be a valuable indicator of cardiometabolic health after weight loss.

In conclusion, the main author of this study, Dr. Gal Tsaban, argues that “the results of our study suggest that fasting ghrelin is an essential hormonal factor in the recovery of insulin sensitivity associated with diet and the regression of visceral adiposity, or the reduction of belly fat”.

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