Let’s Talk Blood Sugar
It affects everything, from the way we feel to the way we look, think and function. This week we’re sharing the leading publications on the extensive research that explores how polyphenols can help lower your blood sugar levels and contribute to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. These functional compounds go from reducing the […]
By elenzia / October 21st 2020 / Blog
It affects everything, from the way we feel to the way we look, think and function.
This week we’re sharing the leading publications on the extensive research that explores how polyphenols can help lower your blood sugar levels and contribute to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
These functional compounds go from reducing the risk of dementia to preventing the breakdown of starch into simple sugars, lowering the likelihood of blood sugar spikes after meals and therefore reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Also, polyphenol compounds help to stimulate the secretion of insulin and various other studies further link polyphenol-rich diets to lower fasting blood sugar levels, higher glucose tolerance, and increased insulin sensitivity — all important factors in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A particular polyphenol group to watch out for are anthocyanins. They have been shown to offer the most potent antidiabetic effects (see here and here). They are typically found in red, purple, and blue foods, such as blueberries and red grapes.
However, after a casual but close analysis of the research available, another polyphenol compound also found in red grapes is resveratrol. It was the most referenced polyphenol often associated with blood sugar reducing outcomes. In one study, people eating the highest amounts of polyphenol-rich foods had up to a 57% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over 2–4 years, compared with those eating the lowest amounts. Researchers emphasised it was particularly foods high in resveratrol.
In another study which more specifically investigated the effects of 6-mo resveratrol supplementation on metabolic health outcome parameters found; resveratrol was an activator of the protein sirtuin 1 (SIRT1). SIRT1 plays a central role in mediating effects in metabolic stress situations such as high-fat diet-induced obesity as shown in mice. Therefore, compounds that activate SIRT1 directly or indirectly might offer protection against the onset of metabolic dysregulation and promote healthy aging, and in turn reduce blood sugar levels. The study used a dose of 150 mg/d based on the previous studies that have consistently shown that this dose can improve muscle mitochondrial function which is too associated with the activation of SIRT1.
In summary – and why we share this information with you this week, is the unique polyphenol blend contained within elénzia Enhance has this amount of resveratrol plus a variety of other polyphenol compounds present in red grape and blueberries. Further to this, elénzia Enhance is combined with soluble fibre which we have mentioned before, has shown to improve the healthy gut bacteria count. Therefore, we are inexplicitly suggesting, specifically to you as professionals who can relay the technical information to your clients, that elénzia Enhance may even help with reducing those glycaemic dips your clients can often mistake for a sugar craving.
As you know, it is not just our brain power that dips in the afternoons and causes us to experience brain fog, it’s the whole body function – the gut brain axis and the blood sugar levels that disrupt them.
If you would like more information on how the formulation within elénzia Enhance has various benefits that support physical and cognitive health, please contact me and we can arrange for a 121 training session on the key selling points for professionals.