A recent study has found that flaxseeds (linseeds) and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) have the potential to decrease the risk of diabetes complications.

In the study, diabetic rats were fed a mixture of pepitas and flaxseeds had an increased antioxidant status and had less signs of diabetic nephropathy signs such as kidney damage.

An intake of pepitas and flaxseeds may be useful for people diagnosed with diabetes to prevent complications such as kidney dysfunction.

Makni et al 2010, Journal of Medicinal Food.