The rise in blood sugar after meals can increase insulin resistance. That “sugar rush” we often joke about is serious business. During digestion, carbohydrates are converted into glucose (sugar) and circulated throughout the body, where insulin helps cells absorb it to use as energy. Due to genetic and lifestyle factors, cells can become “resistant” to insulin signals—increasing the risks of developing obesity, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. For those who already have diagnosed insulin resistance conditions, controlling the rise in blood sugar after a meal (the “glycemic response”) is crucial to managing these diseases.
Unfortunately, many conventional approaches for blood sugar control may also cause gastrointestinal discomfort—such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gas, and indigestion—and increase the risk of bone fractures and coronary heart failure. That's why many health experts recommend exercise and healthy eating habits—such as eating a low-glycemic-load diet (high fiber/low sugar)—and targeted nutritional support more than ever.
A recent study headed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified a link between cinnamon intake and reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease. According to the research, water-soluble cinnamon extract, which is high in antioxidants, helps to decrease glucose levels in the blood as well as reduce oxidative stress in the body.Based on the study, cinnamon is a viable, natural treatment for maintaining healthy blood glucose levels and preventing the onset of diabetes.
Another natural substance, Touchi extract, may help control the glycemic response. For centuries, a fermented soybean extract known as touchi has been used in food preparation in China and Japan. Preliminary laboratory and clinical research suggests that a concentrated dose of touchi extract before meals may help reduce the glycemic response in diabetic inviduals—minimizing the rise in blood sugar. And, best of all, it has an excellent saftey profile with no reports of serious adverse events or stomach discomfort.
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