Alleviate High Blood Sugar with Cinnamon, Chromium and Bitter Melon
The first step to alleviate high blood sugar is to stop eating any refined sugar or white sugar. Read packaging for hidden sugars in processed foods such as corn sweeteners. Or better yet, eliminate processed food altogether.
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) causes degenerative disease. Not only diabetes is a concern, but also high blood sugar affects the eyes, kidneys, brain, the heart, and also speeds the aging process. Sugar creates inflammation in the body, and burns the cells by inflammatory oxidation. This inflammatory process is called glycation and creates advanced glycation end products (AGEs). It damages the organs, blood vessel and cells. Excess sugar in the blood can turn into fat and make a person feel tired and fatigued.
Symptoms of low or high blood sugar imbalance
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can cause a jittery or nervous sensation. Some people feel shaky and lightheaded when their blood sugar is low. They can crave sweets or coffee as a pick-me-up. Even after eating, you can experience hunger and sugar cravings if your blood sugar is low. High blood sugar can make a person feel tired, especially after eating. It can also cause a person to feel irritated by little things, or tired throughout the day.
Nutrients to reduce high blood sugar
Chromium – Chromium removes glucose from your blood. When you eat sugar, your body utilizes the supply of chromium, so it’s important to add this nutrient to your diet. Chromium levels also decrease with aging by as much as 40 percent. The most biologically active form of chromium is chromium polynicotinate.
Vanadium – Vanadium is a trace mineral that helps stabilize blood sugar. Vanadium in the form of vanadyl sulfate is easily absorbed. It allows the sugar in your blood to go into the muscles where it can be burned more easily.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon challenges the body to respond better to insulin. This is a great benefit to individuals who are insulin resistant or have diabetes or other blood sugar issues. Cinnamon contains methylhydroxy chalone (MHCP), a polymer that balances the blood sugar and increases the body’s energy stores. One study showed that cinnamon reduced blood sugar by 29 percent while also reducing cholesterol.
Gymnema sylvestre – Gymnema sylvestre is an herb used in ayurvedic medicine in India. It destroys sugar, which is also the meaning of the plant’s name. This herb prevents the sugar in foods you eat from turning into glucose too quickly. It slows the conversion of sugar to blood glucose. By doing so, the blood sugar remains more stable.
Bitter melon – Momordica charantia, or bitter melon is a tropical fruit with blood sugar lowering properties, demonstrated in over 100 research studies. It also has been shown to reduce the appetite. The ingredient in the fruit called lectin along with four other chemical compounds, lower the concentration of sugar in the blood. Bitter melon stimulates an enzyme in the body that mimics the method by which exercise utilizes sugar in the blood. This means that by eating bitter melon, the sugar in the blood is moved from the blood to the muscles and is then converted to energy, instead of to fat.
Health-e-Solutions comment: These minerals and supplements work best together with a #VeryLowGlycemic diet. The Health-e-Solutions lifestyle provides such a diet. It is not reasonable to think that optimal #BloodSugarControl will be achieved without transforming your lifestyle. There simply is no shortcut for this. That said, the five items listed above could be very beneficial in supplementing your lifestyle changes to take your blood sugar control to the next level. Be sure to consult with your medical professional before making changes o your treatment plan. Each individual should consider their unique circumstances fpr appropriateness, safety and efficacy of added nutrients.
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