Christmas is now behind us and the struggle to lose all those extra pounds from the seasonal celebrations has now begun.
Well it’s all about insulin and how much your body makes. Starchy foods which are high glycaemic, like bread and potatoes, will send your blood sugar through the roof, triggering waves of fat-producing insulin. The more insulin you have in your blood the more likely you are to store fat, so keep your fast working carbohydrates and sugar low. It is time for a healthy diet of fresh vegetables, especially green ones, and fruit, small amounts of chicken and fish, organic where possible, and avoiding all sugar, processed foods alcohol and fizzy drinks.
There are minerals and herbs that naturally improve your body’s response to insulin, are completely safe, and keep your blood sugar in check.
Gymnema Sylvestre: For more than 2000 years, people in India have used this herb to help control blood sugar. In fact, the leaves of this climbing plant are prized by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, the holistic system of healing.
The herb is also called “gurmar,” which means “destroyer of sugar” in Hindi. This name describes the way that chewing the leaves interferes with your ability to taste sweetness. Because this herb decreases the sensation of sweetness in many foods, it may reduce your cravings for sugary snacks.
Dr. K. Baskaran published a study involving patients who took 400 mg of this extract daily for 18 to 20 months along with their oral medications. This group showed a significant reduction in their fasting blood sugar levels.
Chromium: This aids in digestion and helps move blood glucose from the bloodstream into the cells for energy. It also helps turn fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy.
What’s more, chromium is critical for healthy insulin function. Without enough chromium in your body, insulin just doesn’t work properly.
Chromium exists in many foods including brewer’s yeast, meats, cheeses, whole-grain breads and cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Despite the wide availability of chromium from food sources, research shows that a high percentage of adults have a chromium deficient diet. This could be a key reason why an increasing number of us suffer blood sugar problems.
Cinnamon: Recent scientific discoveries prove that this commonly used spice helps regulate blood sugar in ways previously unknown.
Scientists at the Maryland-based Human Nutrition Research Centre were studying the effects of common foods on blood sugar. Dr. Richard Anderson, lead scientist and chemist, noticed that when patients ate apple pie…their blood sugar levels actually improved!
Further investigation revealed it was the cinnamon in the apple pie that helped their blood sugar levels. Researchers discovered that cinnamon actually increases your glucose metabolism. It contains a compound called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer, or MHCP for short, that works with insulin to help process glucose.
In fact, a laboratory test conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed MHCP increased glucose metabolism by roughly 20 times.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek is an herb native to the Mediterranean, Ukraine, India, and China. Practitioners of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine have used the herb for more than 2000 years. Modern scientists now know it helps balance your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose.
Fenugreek seed stimulates insulin release. This helps food sugars reach your cells properly. In one study, patients with blood sugar concerns were divided into two groups. Group 1 received one gram of fenugreek seed extract and group 2 received a combination of dietary control, exercise, and a placebo capsule for two months.
Patients in group 1 saw more positive results for blood sugar, insulin resistance, cholesterol, and triglycerides, compared to group 2. Three more studies confirm that it helps stabilize blood sugar in patients with blood sugar and insulin problems.
The products that I would recommend are:
Fenugreek Plus, it has a unique combination of 3 synergistic herbs for healthy glucose metabolism, including gymnema sylvestre and fenugreek
Glycaemic Complex has the Chromium and Cinnamon Bark with a blend of targeted micronutrients to help balance blood sugar and control insulin to help your body use it more effectively.
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