Foods for Your Pancreas

Not many people know that the pancreas is as important as the kidneys, the lungs or the heart. The pancreas makes the insulin which controls the blood sugar levels and other enzymes that are necessary for the digestion of protein and fat.

The pancreas also produces important hormones such as glucagon, somatostatin and polypeptides and helps the body break down foods and absorb their nutrients. When the pancreas does not function properly, you can develop health problems such as pancreatitis, diabetes or pancreatic cancer.

With a healthy lifestyle and diet, you can rejuvenate your pancreas and keep it healthy.

The main compound in garlic is called allicin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also protects the pancreas thanks to its beneficial nutrients such as oligosaccharides, arginine, sulfur, selenium, and flavonoids.

Garlic also helps in preventing and treating diabetes, stimulates the pancreas to make sufficient insulin and reduces the quantity of sugar in the blood. Eat 2-3 raw garlic cloves each day on an empty stomach and include the ingredient in your meals as much as possible.

Probiotic Yogurt
Probiotic yogurt contains live cultures which replenish and replace the healthy bacteria in the gut, keeping the digestive system healthy. Highly intake of yogurt has been associated with a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Eat three servings of probiotic yogurt each day to improve pancreatic health and keep your digestive system healthy.

Spinach contains Vitamin B and iron, which are essential for the pancreas to function properly. Spinach also contains the MGDG agent which fights pancreas cancer, slowing down the growth of cancer cells in the pancreas.

Try to eat spinach every day, by adding it to salads, soups, smoothies or juices.

Turmeric has cancer-fighting properties which help prevent numerous types of cancer, including pancreatic cancer. It contains curcumin that identifies potential cancer cells and destroys them without harming the healthy ones.

Add one spoonful of turmeric powder to a glass of milk and drink on a daily basis.

Blueberries contain high amounts of antioxidants which protect the pancreas from free-radicals. The pterostilbene compound increases self-destruction of stomach, lung, and breast cancer cells. The fruits also reduce blood sugar levels and vascular damage to the pancreas in people who have diabetes.

Broccoli is specifically beneficial for pancreatic health. The vegetable includes sulfur-containing compounds that detoxify several organs, among which the pancreas, reducing the risk of cancer.

Broccoli also contains apigenin, which promotes pancreatic health and reduces the oxidative stress and serum cholesterol.

Eat raw broccoli or lightly steamed. By cooking it, you remove most of its nutrients.

Red Grapes
One of the compounds in red grapes, called resveratrol, is a powerful antioxidant which protects the pancreatic tissues from free-radical damage, reducing the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Resveratrol also reduces inflammation and prevents blood vessel damage.

Red grapes also contain polyphenols which improve the carbohydrate metabolism and glucose transport in the cells.

Eat red grapes every day, with their skin, to enjoy good pancreatic health.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that sustains pancreatic health. It regulates pancreatic cells and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Replace regular potatoes with sweet potatoes and add other orange vegetables and fruits such as carrots, oranges or corn.