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2 important things to help you stay healthy and feel good.

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You need to keep your glucose metabolism healthy by keeping your blood glucose at a low and
normal level.
There are several reasons why this is important. When your blood glucose is elevated to a high
level as it tends to be when we get insulin resistant, and when we eat high glycemic index food,
we usually get tired.
Elevated blood glucose also leads to increased low-grade inflammation, and inflammation is the
the second thing you need to keep low to stay healthy.
Increasing CRP, an inflammatory marker, has been found with higher fasting glucose levels,
even among subjects with fasting glucose in the normal range (Aronson D. et.al., 2004).

 

 

Eating high nutrient, low glycemic index meals are important, and so is exercise.
There is however something else you also can do to keep your blood glucose lower.
You can take berberine, a natural plant derivative.
Berberine has shown to provide several health benefits. One of them is keeping the blood
glucose at a lower, normal level.

In the following study participants with type 2 diabetes were randomized to take either berberine
or metformin (a diabetic medication) for 3 months (Yin J, et.al., 2008).
The effect of berberine was found to be similar to metformin.
A significant decrease in hemoglobin A1c from 9.5% to 7.5% was found when taking berberine.
Hemoglobin A1c is a measurement of long term glucose control.
Fasting blood glucose was reduced with 34.9%, postprandial blood glucose with 43.9%, and
plasma triglycerides with 21.2%. Postprandial glucose is the blood glucose measured after a
meal.
The insulin resistance index was reduced by 44.7%.
Another study which included 116 patients also with type 2 diabetes showed similar results
(Zhang Y, et.al., 2008).
In these studies, the participants had type 2 diabetes which means they were severely insulin
resistant.
There is no reason to wait until we get a serious disease before taking action.
Berberine can be used to help keep glucose metabolism healthy.

 

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References

Aronson D, Bartha P, Zinder O, Kerner A, Shitman E, Markiewicz W, Brook GJ, Levy
Y. Association between fasting glucose and C-reactive protein in middle-aged subjects.
Diabet Med. 2004 Jan;21(1):39-44.

Zhang Y, Li X, Zou D, Liu W, Yang J, Zhu N, Huo L, Wang M, Hong J, Wu P, Ren G, Ning
G. Treatment of type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia with the natural plant alkaloid berberine.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jul;93(7):2559-65.

Yin J, Xing H, Ye J. Efficacy of berberine in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Metabolism.
2008 May;57(5):712-7. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2008.01.013.

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This formula was designed to support healthy glucose metabolism and the cardiovascular system.

The research referred to below was conducted with participants who had type 2 diabetes. This does not mean that you have to have type 2 diabetes to take this formula.

It’s very important to have a healthy glucose metabolism and keep the blood glucose low. You want to take this formula and keep your glucose metabolism healthy.

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Can reduction of inflammation improve the recovery of low back pain?

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lower back pain

 

This research included 155 women 65 years or older with acute low back pain (Queiroz BZ, et.al., 2017).
The researchers showed a relationship between inflammation and low back pain, establishing that low IL-6 levels (an inflammatory marker) preceded the recovery. This supports that proinflammatory cytokines promote pain.

In the first year after an acute episode of low back pain, there was a decrease in the severity of low back pain corresponding to decreased levels of IL-6 and TNF-α, another inflammatory marker.

 

 

The researcher concluded that the probability of occurrence of pain relief at the 12-month
follow-up was 2.22 times higher in elderly women who had low levels of IL-6.

Systemic inflammation is linked with the development and persistence of many pathological pain states (Klyne DM, et.al., 2017).
Both CRP, an inflammatory marker, and IL-6 were higher in study participants with acute low back pain compared with controls, and they were also higher in the participants with more pain compared with those who had less pain?
The researchers said these findings suggest systemic CRP and IL-6 are important contributors to
inflammation in the early phase of low back pain and that various factors can shape these responses.

A plant-based low glycemic index diet can be very effective in reducing systemic inflammation.
Research has also shown plant-derived compounds in supplemental form to reduce free radicals and inflammation.

 

References:

Klyne DM, Barbe MF, Hodges PW. Systemic inflammatory profiles and their relationships with
demographic, behavioral and clinical features in acute low back pain. Brain Behav Immun. 2017
Feb;60:84-92.

Queiroz BZ, Pereira DS, Rosa NMB, Lopes RA, Andrade AGP, Felício DC, Jardim RMFVS, Leopoldino
AAO, Silva JP, Pereira LSM. Inflammatory Mediators and Pain in the First Year After Acute
Episode of Low-Back Pain in Elderly Women: Longitudinal Data from Back Complaints in the
Elders-Brazil. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Aug;96(8):535-540.

 

Do you feel stiff or experience aches and pain?

If you do, you have increased free radical damage and low-grade inflammation which is getting more and more common as we get older.

When free radicals damage tissue, inflammation is triggered. This type of inflammation spreads throughout the body and can be measured in the blood.

Not only can this create discomfort, but science recognizes this type of inflammation as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.

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This mineral can influence muscle strength, be sure you get enough of it!

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This mineral can influence muscle strength, be sure you get enough of it!

 

 

We lose minerals when we perspire. Hot weather and exercise will for that reason make us lose
more.

Some minerals are also more important than others. Magnesium is one of the most important
ones and many people don’t get enough of it.

Magnesium is involved in energy metabolism and numerous enzymatic reactions.

 

 

Athletes often don’t get enough magnesium to compensate for what they lose. This study investigated the impact magnesium can have on muscle strength in elite male
basketball, handball, and volleyball players (Santos DA, et. al, 2011).

It was found that the intake of magnesium was directly associated with maximal isometric
trunk flexion, rotation, and handgrip strength.

Magnesium does not only work for athletes.
The following research included 1138 men and women with an average age of 66.7 years
(Dominguez LJ, et.al., 2006).

The participants were evaluated by testing grip strength, lower-leg muscle power, knee
extension torque, and ankle extension isometric strength.

The researchers found that blood levels of magnesium were significantly associated with
muscle strength and performance as evaluated with the above tests.

 

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Magnesium in the form of an amino acid chelate is a good choice since it is both well tolerated
and better absorbed than the more common form of magnesium oxide which can cause GI
irritation.

References:

Dominguez LJ, Barbagallo M, Lauretani F, Bandinelli S, Bos A, Corsi AM, Simonsick EM,
Ferrucci L. Magnesium and muscle performance in older persons: the InCHIANTI study. Am J
Clin Nutr. 2006 Aug;84(2):419-26.
Santos DA, Matias CN, Monteiro CP, Silva AM, Rocha PM, Minderico CS, Bettencourt Sardinha
L, Laires MJ. Magnesium intake is associated with strength performance in elite basketball,
handball and volleyball players. Magnes Res. 2011 Dec;24(4):215-9.

 

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One good reason it is important to have a low omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio

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Both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are essential which means we have to get them through the diet, since the body cannot make them.  The omega 6 fatty acid intake is quite a bit higher than the omega 3 intake the way most people eat now.

Omega 6 fatty acids are precursors for arachidonic acid which again is a part of the inflammatory cascade which is producing the inflammatory cytokines (substances). The omega 3 fatty acids are more known for reducing inflammation.

Both of these fatty acids are important and they are incorporated into the cell membranes.

The following research is interesting because it measured telomere length as it relates to aging, and how this is affected by the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids (Kiecolt-Glaser JK, et.al., 2013).

Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes. If DNA strands become damaged our cells will not function properly.  Longer telomeres are generally related to better health.

This was a double-blind four-month study, and included 106 healthy sedentary overweight middle-aged older adults who received either 2.5g/day, l.25g/day or a placebo capsule for 4 months. Oxidative stress and telomere length were measured.

The researchers found that oxidative stress was reduced, and that telomere length increased with decreasing omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio.   This data suggests that a lower omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratio can impact cell aging.

Other research has documented that omega 3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation.

The omega 3 fatty acids used in this research were from fish oil and had a high amount of EPA.

Reference

Kiecolt-Glaser JK. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Feb;28:16-24, Epel ES, Belury MA, Andridge R, Lin J, Glaser R, Malarkey WB, Hwang BS, Blackburn E. Omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, and leukocyte telomere length: A randomized controlled trial. Brain Behav Immun. 2013 Feb;28:16-24.

 

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Can your blood glucose regulation affect your memory?

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This study investigated how the ability to control the levels of blood glucose was related to mood and cognition (Young H, Benton D, 2014).

155 adults, aged 45-85 years,  without a diagnosis of diabetes, were given an oral glucose tolerance test and cognitive tests. 

The researchers found that those with poorer glucose tolerance forgot more words and had slower decision times, but only if they were 61 years or older. 

The next study on the same topic included 93 healthy male and female non-diabetic participants who ranged in age from 55 to 88 years (Messier C, 2010). 

The researchers measured cognitive function as well as other things. The participants also had a glucose tolerance test during which glucose and insulin were measured.This was done after drinking a saccharin solution and on another occasion after drinking a glucose solution (50 g).

The results showed that progressively worse glucose regulation predicted poorer performance on measures of working memory and executive function.

The researchers stated that the results suggest that cognitive functions may be impaired before gluco-regulatory impairment reaches levels consistent with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

The change from being insulin sensitive to being insulin resistant is a gradual process. This shows that it is really important to keep your blood glucose at a low and normal level not only after you have fasted, but also after eating. Ideally it should be below 90 two hours after a meal.

The sooner you  implement strategies to stay insulin sensitive the better it is.

You can stay insulin sensitive by making changes to the way you eat and by incorporating exercise into your routine.

References

Messier C, Tsiakas M, Gagnon M, Desrochers A. Effect of age and glucoregulation on cognitive performance. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2010 Oct;32(8):809-21.

Young H, Benton D.The nature of the control of blood glucose in those with poorer glucose tolerance influences mood and cognition. Metab Brain Dis. 2014 Sep;29(3):721-8.

 

 

 

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This is affected by too little quality sleep

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The following was a small study, but it is interesting because the participants were young females and males with an average age of 28.8 years (Montesinos L, et.al., 2018).

Their average body mass index was 23.4 and their resting heart rate was 63.1 which are considered good.  Sleep and balance were assessed over two days, and balance was assessed in a gait lab.

Even in young people like, this decreased sleep quality for only a short time was causing problems.

The participants with a day-to-day deterioration in sleep quantity and quality saw significant changes in balance.  

Sleep quantity and quality were defined by decreased duration and increased fragmentation, increased night time activity and decreased heart rate variability.  As more and more research is done in the area of sleep, we discover how important sleep really is, even balance is affected by sleep. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why some people lose their balance as they get older.

If you have problems relaxing, try meditation, especially in the evening in a room without bright light.

Reduce your exposure to bright light and light from computer screens some time before you go to bed.   Exposure to bright light in the evening can alter your circadian rhythm and affect the release of the hormone melatonin, making it more difficult to get quality sleep.

Reference

Montesinos L, Castaldo R, Cappuccio F, Pecchia L, Day-to-day variations in sleep quality affect standing balance in healthy adults. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 30;8(1):17504.

 

 

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