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SLAY sugar spikes… and TAME your diabetes… with this crazy-looking ‘cactus fruit’

If you’ve watched helplessly as your blood sugar has spiked 

And you’ve struggled to control the glycemic impact of EVERY bite you take… 

I’ve got good news for you today.  

Because you don’t have to be a VICTIM of diabetes 

You can CONQUER it! 

All you need is the help of an exotic superfruit – one that can STABILIZE your blood sugar levels and PROTECT you from diabetic damage 

Fortunately, you’re going to LOVE how it tastes… 

Because the more of it you eat… the greater your blood sugar benefits can be. 

Guard yourself from glycemic damage with THIS 

There’s a funny-looking, edible type of cactus that missionaries found growing in Mexico and Central and South America in the 19th century 

The texture of the “meat” of the fruit is similar to watermelon or kiwi… and the flavor has been described as a mix between strawberry and pear 

It was SUCH a curiosity… and SO deliciousthat they brought samples of it with them on their missions to Asia 

The Spanish-speakers called it “pitahaya or pitaya”… 

But the Asians who learned about it considered its effects so powerfulprotective… and downright prosperous… they gave it the name of their greatest guardian 

That’s why we now know it as “dragon fruit.” 

It helps that the outside of the fruit resembles a dragon’s scales, too.  

And it’s got the potential to protect you from the ravages of diabetes.  

A meta-analysis published in a 2017 issue of PLOS ONE found that it could significantly reduce your glucose levels both BEFORE (a.k.a. “fasting”) and AFTER (a.k.a. “postprandial”) eating a meal.  

But that’s not all 

Because while ALL varieties of dragon fruit are antioxidant powerhouses… the one that stands out most in the rainbow of offerings is red dragon fruit (Hylocereus costaricensis, or “pitaya rojo”). 

The darker colors contain even MORE of the group of antioxidants known as betacyanins, which includes the same pigment that gives beets their red color 

In addition to lowering blood glucose, betacyanin-rich red dragon fruit appears to encourage the growth of pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin. 

And if you’re struggling to control your blood sugar, it may be because some of those beta cells in your pancreas have gone KAPUT! 

Fortunately, dragon fruit can help them REGENERATE.  

Even when enough insulin is being produced, red dragon fruit juice can improve insulin resistance, according to a 2014 study on obese mice 

If you want TOTAL glycemic control… you need to get a handle on BOTH your blood glucose AND your insulin sensitivity! 

But dragon fruit doesn’t stop there… 

Because even the white variety can be a hero to diabetics! 

In a 2010 study out of Malaysia, Hylocereus undatus (orpitaya blanca”) was shown to decrease aortic stiffness in diabetic rats. 

And stiff arteries are one of the most common cardiovascular complications in patients with diabetes. 

Dragon fruit was able to not only RELAX the arterial stiffness… but also provide TWO more benefits. 

It…  

  1. REDUCED levels of oxidative stress elevated by high blood sugar and  
  2. BEAT BACK hyperglycemic damage. 

The theory is that you’ll get the most benefit from eating the whole fruit rather than supplementing with any of its individual constituents.  

Depending on where you live, dragon fruit may be available fresh, frozen, or in powdered form – either at your local exotic fruit stand, health food store, or online.