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Pumpkin(Cucurbita ficifolia)intake could reduce insulin intake as the compounds found in the vegetable could reduce the number of insulin injections a diabetic requires. Several studies have proved to this effect, and although at present the experimentation has been done on rats, even humans can benefit from it.
The antioxidant element of the fruit has shown its utility in the control of diabetes. Patients suffering from both the types of Diabetes – Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 can hope against hope for some relief from their ailment.
Substantial evidence is available to indicate the hypoglycemia action of pumpkin extract as an antioxidant agent according to authors Tao Xia and Qin Wang who claim so in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
The study mentioned in the journal highlights the use of rats to prove the utility of pumpkin, but the results can eventually be extended for the benefit of humans as well. Although the rats were geared towards Type 1 Diabetes, those suffering from type 2 Diabetes can also hope to benefit. In the U.S. number of Type 2 Diabetes patients are on the increase. The authors further claim that pumpkin extract is potentially good for a pre-diabetic patient. The findings favor the use of the pumpkin extract for several beneficial reasons.
Benefits of Pumpkin Extract for a Diabetic
Pumpkin extract can prove very beneficial to a diabetic in the future if research and experimentation continue to be carried out. Reduced insulin intake would prove very convenient to him or her and the prospect of medication (taking the pumpkin extract) through the mouth appears very appealing.