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Can Sumac Help Your Blood Sugar Levels?

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  • If you enjoy Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, you’ve likely eaten sumac — a coarsely ground spice known for its deep red color and tart, lemony zing — on meat, hummus or vegetables
  • Given its growing popularity and potential health benefits, sumac is making its way into spice aisles of grocery stores around the world
  • In lab studies conducted with Type 2 diabetics, sumac has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels
  • Beyond its positive effects on diabetes, sumac has been shown to have strong antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, among other health benefits

By Dr. Mercola

If you enjoy Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, you've likely eaten sumac, perhaps without knowing it. I'm not talking about the wild plant that causes contact dermatitis in the majority of people who touch it. No, the sumac I have in mind is a tart, edible powder used in dry rubs, marinades, salad dressings and spice blends. It gives a pop of deep red color and a lemony tang to chicken, fish, lamb and vegetable dishes.


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