A continuation from last weeks article about some natural ideas that could help you balance blood sugar.
French grape seed extract is rich in free radical-fighting flavonoids and has been found to benefit many aspects of metabolic syndrome – a condition that is often the forerunner of diabetes. In a randomized, placebo-controlled study, researchers from the University of California, Davis, analyzed the effect of 300 mg of grape seed extract on a dozen middle aged people with metabolic syndrome. They were either given the supplement or placebo an hour before eating a high-carbohydrate, high-fat meal. The grape seed extract boosted antioxidant levels in the blood, suppressed an uptick in oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol, and reduced post-meal blood sugar concentrations compared to the placebo. Earlier s
tudies report that a daily dose of grape seed extract also lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. But to get the most antioxidant power out of your grape seed extract, look for a supplement containing low molecular weight flavonoids called oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs.
Niacin is a B vitamin that enhances the absorption of chromium. What’s more, small doses have been found to slightly improve glucose control while boosting HDL (good) cholesterol levels, lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and taming triglycerides. Just don’t overdo it! A study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that high doses (over 1500 mg) can actually raise blood sugar. Plus, high doses may adversely impact your liver.
Thiamine is another helpful B vitamin that helps the body metabolize carbs effectively, turning those calories into energy. Thiamine in the form of benfotiamine stays active in the body at least five the concentration of standard water-based thiamine. A University of Florida College of Medicine study found that befotiamine prevented glucose toxicity and normalized elevated blood sugar levels.
Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna