Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is associated with Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes and aging. Chronic elevations of blood sugar leads to a process known as glycation. Glycation refers to the process whereby sugar molecules in the blood and in the cells chemically bond to proteins and DNA in the body. These glycated proteins eventually form what are known as advanced glycation end products, also known as AGE compounds (AGEs). AGEs are a fitting acronym as
these compounds activate the immune system, resulting in the
inflammation and tissue damage associated with accelerated aging and
Numerous studies have explored and affirmed the benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) in insulin function, glucose metabolism, and in it's protective role as an antioxidant. In sugar metabolism, ALA fulfills a critical role as a cofactor for enzymes involved in cellular glucose utilization, and it enhances the role of insulin function in the uptake of glucose into the cells.
As an antioxidant, In ALA mediates a vital and protective role in moderating oxidative stress that is a by product of elevated blood sugar, and elevated lipids (LDL cholesterol, triglycerides),(1) that are typical and concomitant features of Metabolic syndrome (MetS)*, and type 2 diabetes.(2,3)
Posted by Ralph Sanchez, L.Ac.,CNS,D.Hom on 8/13/2011
to Heart Health
Higher consumption of omega 3 fatty acids (O3s), found amply in fish and nuts, are linked to reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease. Omega 3 fish oil therapy is typically implemented for lowering triglycerides.
On the heels of earlier studies investigating the benefits of nut consumption on lowering cholesterol, a new study that compared the benefits of walnuts versus fish on serum lipids (fats), reveals that the O3s derived from walnuts were indeed beneficial for lowering cholesterol. According to findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), a diet supplemented with walnuts led to reductions in cholesterol levels, while a fish diet led to reductions in blood levels of triglycerides. (1)
The recommended levels for
Vitamin D3 intake for children and adults are widely viewed as inadequate to
maintain optimal serum levels. A new study from from the American University of
Beirut-Medical Center, Lebanon, reports that boosting current vitamin D intake
levels from 200 International Units (IU) to 2,000 IU daily could have benefits
for not only bone health, but augment long-term health as well.(1)
As kids, Mom always told us to eat a healthy breakfast
before rushing off to school or play. Of course she was right, and certainly as
adults, we all know that starting the day with a good breakfast will give us a
great start to power our busy day. Now science has demonstrated that Mom's
wisdom was on the money. Eating a high protein breakfast will not only curb
unhealthy snacking, and hunger pangs throughout the day, it is an essential
habit to prevent overeating, and for weight control.