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Green tea polyphenols shown to reduce blood sugar spikes

Green tea polyphenols shown to reduce blood sugar spikes | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Green tea extract may help control blood sugar levels, according to a new study.

 

In a mouse study, researchers administered EGCG, the active compound in green tea, to mice given substances such as fructose to spike their blood sugar levels. The extract reduced glucose levels in the mice induced to postprandial spikes with corn starch or sucrose.

 

This study suggests that green tea extract may help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome by helping to control blood sugar levels.

 

The study concluded:

"Our results suggest that EGCG acutely reduces postprandial blood glucose levels in mice when coadministered with CCS and this may be due in part to inhibition of α-amylase. The relatively low effective dose of EGCG makes a compelling case for studies in human subjects."

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Sugar Makes You Dumb

Sugar Makes You Dumb | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It’s pretty much that simple.

 

Sugar reduces plasticity in the brain and makes it harder to learn and remember. From children growing up with high levels of fructose, to college students with snacks and studies, to adults using sweetened convenient foods and trying to get ahead, everyone can be held back by sugar.

The good news is that omega-3 fats have been shown to help counteract the cognitive damage brought on by sugar.


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Does Fructose Fuel Cancer? - Vital Choice

Does Fructose Fuel Cancer? - Vital Choice | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Scientists reviewed the evidence that links fructose to cancer, and affirmed that “Fructose intake is associated with increased risk of pancreatic and small intestinal cancers, and possibly others … [it] is associated with more aggressive cancer behavior and may promote metastasis.” (Port AM et al. 2012)

 

The average American consumes more than 65 lbs of high fructose corn syrup per year. Though there is some fructose in fruits, for example, the most potent and dangerous sources are processed food and sweetened drinks.

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