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To Lower Blood Sugar – Reduce Refined Carbohydrates

bloodsugarlowercarbsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

If you want to lower your blood sugar and at the same time, lose weight without feeling hungry, counting calories, or buying specially prepared calorie restricted processed meals, consider your overall carbohydrate intake. Scientific studies show that a diet low in simple carbs, with the proper ratio of proteins, complex carbohydrates and dietary fats, is key to optimal health, sustainable energy, and relatively effortless weight loss. Diets that restrict added sugars, sugary drinks, refined grains, and white flour products result not only in weight loss, but more stabilized blood sugar, as well as improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Along with regular moderate exercise, a low-carb diet can help to reverse prediabetes and metabolic syndrome and reduce risk factors for other chronic illnesses.

All digestible carbohydrates contain single, double or multiple sugar units that are converted by the body into glucose, the main fuel source for our brain and cells. Typically, simple carbs, such as found in soda, table sugar or juice, are sweet tasting, while vegetables, fresh or frozen fruits, whole grains and fiber are starchy complex carbohydrates. After eating, our blood glucose levels rise, signaling the pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that facilitates the transfer of glucose from the blood stream to cells for energy usage, and prompts muscle and liver cells to absorb excess glucose for storage as glycogen. As cells absorb glucose, blood levels of glucose fall, prompting the pancreas to release glucagon, a hormone that signals the liver to release stored sugar and keep the body supplied with a steady energy source.

In a healthy person, blood sugar is maintained in a very narrow range. Complex carbs, which contain fiber and nutrients, take longer to digest, resulting in a slower, sustained rise of blood sugar, curbing hunger and maintaining energy. Because of their simple chemical structure, simple carbohydrates are rapidly digested and quickly utilized for energy, leading to a faster rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion. Essentially, to maintain proper blood sugar levels, insulin is secreted when blood sugar is high and glucagon is secreted when blood sugar is low. When we eat a diet high in simple or refined carbs, insulin levels may become chronically elevated and much of the energy-supplying glucose in the blood stream gets deposited and stored in fat cells.

Blood sugar spikes followed by steep drops in blood sugar can result in hunger cravings, low energy reserves and moodiness. Overeating simple and refined carbohydrates leads insulin to aggressively increase fat storage, while at the same time preventing the release of energy producing stored fats. When the body is unable to access stored fat, it’s very difficult, if not impossible to lose weight. By eliminating simple carbs and focusing on nutrient dense carbohydrates, you can moderate the insulin response and eat enough to dispel hunger, increase energy, and lose body fat without feeling deprived or counting calories.

Over time high insulin levels can lead to insulin resistance, a state in which cells do not respond properly to insulin and don’t easily absorb glucose from the blood stream. The body responds by releasing ever increasing amounts of insulin to aid cellular absorption of the blood glucose, and increasing the risk for developing symptoms such as fatigue, obesity, increased blood pressure, and depression. Because insulin has a role in the process that regulates inflammation, insulin resistance is a risk factor in the development of prediabetes, diabetes type 2, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight, increasing physical activity and concentrating on a diet low in simple carbs and higher in complex carbs can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and restore the body’s normal response to insulin. To consume healthier carbohydrates, opt for unprocessed whole grains, starchy vegetables, fresh fruits, beans and pulses. Supplements that help stabilize blood sugar include:

Alpha-lipoic acid–  ALA is an antioxidant that improves the cells’ response to insulin. Studies have shown that ALA appears to enhance insulin sensitivity, especially in those with diabetes type 2 or metabolic syndrome.

Chromium – This essential mineral helps to stabilize blood sugar and plays a role in how insulin helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Studies have found that chromium supplements may reduce blood sugar levels, as well as the amount of insulin required by diabetics.

CoQ10 – As a powerful antioxidant, CoQ10 helps to re-energize the mitochondria in the heart cells, where energy metabolism occurs. Some studies have found that CoQ10 may improve both heart health and blood sugar control.

Magnesium – Low magnesium levels are often observed in those with high insulin and blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that low magnesium levels may play a role in preventing insulin dysregulation and may be highly protective for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been shown to reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine products to support proper blood sugar levels and overall wellness:

Alpha Lipoic Acid...Alpha Lipoic Acid 400 mg by Pure Encapsulations – This free radical fighter supports various metabolic processes, healthy glucose metabolism, and healthy vascular and blood vessel function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Chromium Picolinate...Chromium Picolinate by Douglas Laboratories – This biologically active form of chromium, known as GTF (glucose tolerance factor), increases the effectiveness of insulin, influencing blood sugar, carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

CoQ10 ST-100™CoQ10 ST-100™ by Metagenics – This high quality, stable formulation provides highly bioavailable CoQ10 for support of energy production, cardiovascular health, overall wellness and healthy aging. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Vanadium Complex...Vanadium Complex with Cinnulin PF by Progressive Labs – This blend of natural ingredients supports glucose metabolism, insulin production and sensitivity, normalized blood sugar and reduced sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

 

Cinnamon Force by New ChapterCinnamon Force by New Chapter Save 15% This proprietary blend of supercritical cinnamon assists in the conversion of glucose into energy, and promotes healthy weight management by helping glucose create immediate cellular energy, discouraging stored potential energy in the form of fat deposits. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

References:
Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/carbohydrates-and-blood-sugar/
Prediabetes and Insulin Resistance. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/types/prediabetes-insulin-resistance
Normal Regulation of Blood Glucose. http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/diabetes/normal-regulation-blood-glucose
8 Reasons Why Carbs Help You Lose Weight. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20359383,00.html
Insulin Resistance. http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/heart/insulin-resistance/
Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215

 

 

Reducing Inflammation with Traditional Herbs

Trad_HerbsJacquie Eubanks RN BSNChronic inflammation is now recognized as an underlying contributor to life altering and life threatening chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, periodontal and autoimmune diseases. Unlike short term, rapid onset acute inflammation, which occurs when there is a an injury, infection or illness, chronic low-grade, invisible inflammation can slowly simmer for months or years, draining energy, weakening the immune system and triggering a variety of conditions and diseases. Research now shows that successful aging appears to be related to an optimal functioning of the immune system, which regulates the immune-inflammatory responses.

While there is evidence that our genetic makeup plays a role in our predisposition to acquire health problems, including the development of systemic inflammation, your health may not be genetically fixed. Lifestyle factors have a significant impact on wellness. Those who wish to cool the fires of chronic inflammation and maintain their health well into their senior years should take a hard look at their diet and other lifestyle choices. Lifestyle factors that play a part in cellular inflammation include the usual suspects — the standard American diet, smoking, obesity, chronic stress, poor sleep habits, excess alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle.

Jack Chellum, author of the book The Inflammation Syndrome, proposes that diet is largely to blame for the increase in inflammatory diseases. He suggests that “the typical western diet now contains 30 times more pro-inflammatory nutrients than it did a century ago,” and concludes “people have become more nutritionally and biochemically primed for powerful, out-of-control inflammatory reactions.” Once the body is primed for inflammation, environmental stressors or a smoking habit can trigger an onset before the body has time to cool down on its own. Mr. Chellum suggests that strong inflammation producing components include obesity, lack of regular exercise, over-exercising to the point of injury, and dietary imbalances including an inadequate intake of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are used by the body to manufacture anti-inflammatory compounds.

While conventional medical treatments to reduce inflammation typically address pain and suppress the immune response with OTC and pharmaceutical medications, they often come with the risk of serious side effects and don’t address the underlying disease processes.   Moderate exercise, losing weight, reducing stress, and eating better can help to squelch the body’s inflammatory response. As dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help to normalize the immune response, some are looking past the medicine cabinet and to the kitchen for natural pain relief, which can be found in anti-inflammatory foods and spices. One reason the Mediterranean eating style has become so popular is that the diet avoids inflammation-producing sugary, packaged and fried foods and includes of lots of anti-inflammatory components, including omega-3’s, colorful antioxidant fruits and veggies and moderate amounts of red wine.

Zest up your meals with these anti-inflammatory and analgesic spices and herbs:

Ginger – In Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, ginger has been used for thousands of years to restore balance or homeostasis, as it is believed that inflammation is the result of an imbalance of bodily functions. Scientific research has shown that gingerol, the active bioactive compound of ginger, has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties that can aid digestion and help reduce nausea, muscle pain and soreness. Studies have shown that ginger can help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and may help prevent joint inflammation and damage.  

Turmeric – Utilized as both a flavoring and a traditional medicinal herb, turmeric contains powerful bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcumin, the main active ingredient found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and is strongly anti-inflammatory. Studies show that the anti-inflammatory compounds found in turmeric effectively block enzymes that cause pain, swelling and inflammation and positively affect arthritic symptoms by decreasing overall pain and stiffness.

Cinnamon – In addition to being a delicious ingredient of many foods and drinks, cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon helps to prevent inflammation by blocking the formation of compounds that activate the immune response and trigger inflammation. Cinnamon has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and to help prevent blood sugar spikes following a meal.

Garlic – Garlic contains allicin, which has many proven therapeutic benefits. Used as a medicinal since the time of the Pharaohs, garlic is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antiviral. A long term study showed garlic’s anti-arthritic properties may help reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. In addition, garlic has been shown to boost the immune system and have positive effects on blood pressure and blood lipids.

Pepper- Peppers, especially chili peppers, contain capsaicinoids, which have extraordinary anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer benefits. Research has shown that capsaicin taken orally in whole form or as a supplement or applied topically can relieve arthritis pain, while it’s potent anti-inflammatory effects help fight chronic inflammation.

Rosemary – Rich in active compounds, rosemary is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic in nature. As an analgesic, rosemary may be taken orally to act as a natural pain reliever or applied topically, to reduce muscle and arthritis pain. In addition to its ability to reduce inflammation of the muscles, blood vessels and joints, rosemary helps protect the cardiovascular and immune systems, boosts memory and improves circulation.

Professional Supplement Center offers many safe and effective, high quality anti-inflammatory herbal formulas:

Ginger extract

Ginger Extract by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule contains 500 mg of ginger extract standardized to contain 5% gingerols. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

 

Cinnamon ForceCinnamon Force™ by New Chapter – This proprietary cinnamon blend contains both cinnamon bark and supercritical cinnamon extract in a whole food, naturally gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

 

C3 Curcumin Complex

C3 Curcumin Complex by Designs for Health – One capsule contains 400 mg of Curcumin C3 Complex® standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.  

 

 

Rosemary

Rosemary by Herb Pharm – This certified organic rosemary oil is hand-harvested and freshly extracted from rosemary leaf tips. Plant based 100% organic formula.

 

 

Super Garlic 6000

Super Garlic 6000® by Metagenics – This super concentrated raw garlic supplement yields 6000 mcg of allicin per tablet. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

 

Curcumin 500 with Bioperine®Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule delivers 500 mg of turmeric, standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids plus Bioperine® black pepper extract standardized to contain 95% piperine. Research shows that black pepper has the potential to enhance bioavailability and promote absorption of curcuminoids. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

References:
The genetics of chronic inflammatory diseases. http://hmg.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/R1/R101.full
15 top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices. http://studiobotanica.com/15-top-anti-inflammatory-herbs-spices/
Cooking Up Relief: Turmeric and Other Anti-Inflammatory Spices. http://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/turmeric-and-anti-inflammatory-
Chronic Inflammation: Reduce It to Protect Your Health. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2009/11/02/chronic-inflammation-reduce-it-to-protect-your-health
The Enemy Inside You. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/chronic-inflammation
Chronic Inflammation: The Silent Enemy Burning Within. http://womensinternational.com/connections/inflammation.html
Inflammation and genetics: an insight in the centenarian model. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21846209
A Genetic Script for Disease? https://www.gluegrant.org/script.htm