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.
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The following 14 foods will protect, nourish, and keep your pancreas in smooth working order…
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.