The American diet’s biggest culprit is refined sugar — and avoiding it is nearly impossible in this country.
Refined sugar, in a variety of forms, is all over our food supply. That’s why it’s important to take steps to ensure that you block most of the sugar from getting into your body.
Avoid Sugar Surges with Transglucosidase
Hundreds of studies document the importance of protecting against blood glucose surges. What the public doesn’t realize is that a huge source of blood sugar emanates from dietary starch. This includes bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice. But even so-called healthy carbohydrates like whole-grain bread and brown rice can induce undesirable glucose spikes.
In a breakthrough development, scientists have shown that an enzyme called transglucosidase converts starches into prebiotic fiber within your own digestive tract. Consuming this enzyme with starchy meals helps avoid the flood of glucose into the bloodstream that results from eating carbohydrates.
Published studies show that transglucosidase limits the amount of sugar released from starch, especially in the critical after-meal period. It does this by converting dietary starch into a beneficial indigestible prebiotic fiber. Transglucosidase has been demonstrated in humans to reduce the level of rapidly digested starch in a carbohydrate food item by 31%. This helps maintain healthy blood glucose, cholesterol, and insulin levels for those whose levels are already in the normal range.
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Preventing Sugar Spikes by Inhibiting Enzymes
Researchers also found that extracts from grape seeds and teas (both white and green) successfully dampened a sugary meal’s impact on blood sugar levels. They did this by inhibiting the enzymes that degrade the simple carbs into their building blocks called monosaccharides.
According to Michael A. Smith, M.D. senior health scientist with Life Extension in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and host of Healthy Talk on www.RadioMD.com, with fewer monosaccharides available for absorption, there is less of an effect on blood sugar spikes after eating.
“This is very important because experts agree that a dramatic rise in blood sugar leads to a parallel rise in insulin. The end result is insulin resistance and possibly type 2 diabetes,” says Dr. Smith.
However, supplementing with grape seed or tea extracts minimizes the rise in blood sugar by blocking the intestinal enzymes responsible for digesting complex sugars. This means there’s fewer monosaccharides for absorption and, as stated above, less of impact on sugar spikes.
Controlling Amylase and Glucosidase with Plants
The researchers calculated the concentrations required to inhibit 50% and 90% of the activity of the digestive enzymes amylase and glucosidase. They found that grape seed extract strongly inhibited both of the enzymes while tea extracts only showed strong inhibition of the glucosidase enzyme.
The authors of the study concluded, “Because these plant extracts are well-tolerated, relatively inexpensive and readily available, they have the potential to be used in many applications for glycemic (sugar) control.”
Overall, the research shows that tea extracts containing the antioxidant catechin 3-gallate can inhibit glucosidase while antioxidants found in grape seeds can inhibit both sugar enzymes.
What You Need to Know about Sugar Absorption
Blood sugar spikes are dangerous. Every time sugar rises in your blood, insulin follows suit. Why does insulin rise as well? Because insulin is necessary to transport the sugar inside the cells where it belongs and where it can be utilized to make cell energy.
But the problem is the insulin receptors embedded within the cell’s membrane. They are very sensitive to insulin, and if insulin constantly spikes along with sugar, these receptors become desensitized to the effects of insulin.
When this happens, doctors call this insulin resistance. And here it is — insulin resistance leads to elevated fasting blood sugar — or what is known as diabetes.
Anything that could potentially help you minimize blood sugar spikes, especially in an all-natural way, is something to consider.