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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Bea W.
Bea Wilson3 years ago

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

Carmen Baez
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Nanette A.
Nanette a3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Marianne R.
Marianne R3 years ago

Thank you

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Thank you for this good and useful information.

Kristina May
Kristina May3 years ago

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.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Interesting article.

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James K.3 years ago

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Robert O.
Robert O3 years ago

Thank you Michelle.