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Eat This Power Nutrient to Beat Diabetes

Eat This Power Nutrient to Beat Diabetes

Exciting new research in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating whole fruits high in certain phytonutrients—plant-based nutrients—can decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent.  The phytonutrient that offered the impressive drop in disease risk?  Flavonols.

Flavonols are a type of flavonoids—a group of phytonutrients that act as Nature’s potent anti-inflammatories, and have been showing tremendous promise against cancer by preventing cancer cells from multiplying.  In this new research, flavonols from food sources demonstrate the ability to significantly decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study, called the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (Epic) was conducted in 26 study centers in eight European countries.  A massive study of 340,234 participants that showed 3.99 million person-years of follow-up, the sub-study of 12,403 people with type 2 diabetes yielded results showing a strong link between flavonol consumption and incidence of the disease. This specific flavonol, myricetin, showed the most promise.

Flavonols are predominantly found in fruits like apples, apricots, pears, purple grapes and blueberries. Additionally, potatoes, celery and eggplant are good sources of flavonols.

According to research on, the following are the best sources of myricetin, along with the amount each contains (per 100 grams of the food):

Sweet potato leaves, raw 9.74 mg

Parsley, raw 8.08 mg

Currants, European black, raw 7.81mg

Dock, raw (dock is the root of an herb) 5.7mg

Cranberries, raw 4.33 mg

Broad Beans, 2.6 mg

Rutabagas, raw 2.13mg

Blueberries, frozen 1.47mg

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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4:07PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

Some of the items listed I will be including in my diet.

12:11PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014


12:53PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Thanks for the info.

2:53PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Thank you

11:28AM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Thank you for this good and useful information.

8:09AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

I love black currents and was happy to see they had twice the benefits of cranberries. I planted a black current bush in my backyard, they are easy and fast to grow low maintenance and high yielding.

3:21AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing

11:38PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Interesting article.

7:41AM PST on Mar 7, 2014

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9:21AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you Michelle.

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thanks for the info, passed it on to others who could benefit.

Worth further research.

Lovely:) Thank You for sharing

Interesting. My mum treats headaches (when they are particularly bad) with thin slices of ginger app…

I just wish that kitty would tell us how she really feels. (;->


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