8 Eats for a Healthy Pancreas

If you’ve never had issues with your pancreas (i.e., pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, and pancreatic cancer), you may not even know that the small, bean-shaped organ plays an essential role digestion—more precisely, it breaks down and converts food into fuel to feed our cells and store food for energy.

The following eight foods will protect, nourish, and keep your pancreas in smooth working order…

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1. Garlic

Garlic might scare a first date away, but the allium-species vegetable (in addition to onions, fenugreek, chives, shallots, and leeks) contains beneficial nutrients—such as sulfur, arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, and selenium—which have very positive effects on pancreatic tissues. In fact, a San Francisco Bay area study published by the National Cancer Institute linked individuals who consumed a high garlic diet with a 54-percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer.

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