The 10 best foods for the pancreas

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Sufferers diabetes knows him very well and knows that we cannot do without it.

Others should still take care of it, because you can't live without him, literally.

Let's talk about pancreas, an organ that silently works for ours metabolism and functional balance.

His health it strictly depends on what we eat. So let's learn to distinguish which are the 10 best foods for the pancreas.

10 best foods for the pancreas

Not just diabetes. The metabolism of sugars and proteins it is essential in our body and for our health. It is valid for everyone, and the main organ of these "events" is the pancreas.

1. Whole grains

Products such as i Whole grains, and those made with unrefined flours, provide minerals and vitamins useful for the metabolism and allow you to limit blood sugar peaks which are bad for the pancreas, slow down metabolism and cause insulin imbalances, overweight and inflammation.


2. Blueberries

With cherries and other berries, i blueberries they are among the richest foods antioxidants, in particular substances such as anthocyanins and resveratrol, important for preventing cell damage.

Le anthocyanins, among other benefits, are useful for improving pancreatic and hepatic lesions and protecting β cells in the pancreas.


3. Red grapes

The red grapes is a good source of resveratrol, a molecule with an antitumor and anti-inflammatory action. In one study it was shown that resveratrol plays a therapeutic effect on acute pancreatitis severe by counteracting the free radicals that cause oxidative effects on the pancreas.


4. Yogurt

Yogurt enriched with live lactic ferments is a good source of probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that help keep the immune system and digestive system healthy, with significant benefits for the pancreas.


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5. Acqua

Inflammation of the pancreas can cause dehydration and it is therefore important to drink plenty of water every day.


6. Celery

L'apigenina, a compound found in several plants, including the celery, and is able to perform an antitumor action. Scientific research has shown that apigenin, present in appreciable quantities in celery, is very effective in the fight against tumors, ovaries, and pancreas. Apigenin works killing pancreatic cancer cells, through the inhibition of a key enzyme in the onset of cancer.


7. Artichokes and Mexican oregano

Carciofi e Origan Mexican can help against pancreatic cancer. At the base of the anticancer properties of these vegetables there is a high content of two flavonoids, L 'apigenin and lutein, antioxidants "scavengers" of free radicals.


8. Cinnamon

Cinnamon facilitates the reduction of blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin levels, and an improvement in the profile of circulating lipids, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol. Thereby the "work" of the pancreas is relieved


9. Vegetable proteins

Legumes and tofu I'm great source of protein low in saturated fat, instead, present in all protein sources of animal origin (meat, eggs, milk and derivatives).

Protein is important in the diet, while i Excess saturated fat can aggravate pancreatic problems, forcing it to produce more enzymes needed for digestion and making its ailments worse.


10. Cabbages & co.

The consumption of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or cabbage is of great benefit to protect the pancreas from developing tumors, consuming it at least twice a week.

In case of hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency, the consumption of cruciferous vegetables is however not recommended, as they greatly increase the need for iodine.


The pancreas: how and why

What is it a gland voluminous, long and flat, located deep, transversely in the upper posterior part of the abdominal cavity. In young people it reaches a weight of about 80-100 grams, which tends to decrease with age; the length is about 15cm.

What does he do: plays one dual function: on one side (pancreas esocrino) secretes enzymes involved in the digestion of foods, on the other (endogenous or endocrine pancreas) represents the production site of insulin and glucagon, which regulate the metabolism of sugars and proteins in the blood.

How it does it: exocrine pancreas and endocrine pancreas. The exocrine pancreas contains particular cells, called acinar, which they produce digestive enzymes in inactive form (pancreatic juice), and then pour them, under the influence of certain physiological stimuli, into the duodenum, where they are activated and carry out their digestive functions. The various digestive enzymes produced are classified, on the basis of their activity, in different categories, including: amylase, lipase, carboxy peptidase, ribo-and deoxyribo-nuclease. In addition to these digestive enzymes, pancreatic juice is rich in bicarbonate ions essential to buffer the acidity of the stomach and ensure an alkaline environment favorable to the activity of the enzymes themselves. 

The endocrine pancreas (islands of the Langerhans) produces two very important hormones to regulate the metabolism of glucose and proteins in the blood: insulin (glucose metabolism), produced by beta cells and glucagon (protein and fat metabolism), produced by alpha cells. These pancreatic hormones are associated with the production of two others, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypepetis. Hormones produced by the endocrine portion of the pancreas are released directly into the blood capillaries surrounding the "islets".

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To learn more:

> Foods for diabetics: what they are and when to take them


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