(NaturalHealth365) An alarming 80 percent of American adults have blood glucose levels that are out of the safe and healthy range. The longer one waits to address blood sugar issues, the higher the odds of becoming diabetic. Diabetes can in turn lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, kidney failure and blindness.
The effects of consuming even moderate amounts of sugars and starches are sobering; for example, drinking just one can of soda per day causes an 18 to 22 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. While sugary sodas are an obvious culprit to avoid, there are many other less obvious foods that can spike glucose levels due to unhealthy components.
What you need to know to avoid diabetes
Carbohydrates and high-fructose corn syrup are two of the biggest hazards to our blood sugar. Unfortunately, both of these are all too prevalent in the typical American diet.
High fructose corn syrup makes up more than 40 percent of the sugar-based sweeteners in U.S. beverages and foods. Since fructose doesn’t induce satiety signals in a normal manner, it can also contribute to overeating and weight gain.
Regulate blood sugar spikes with mulberry leaf extract
Fortunately, there is a natural way to prevent diabetes and promote a normal blood glucose level throughout the day. One of the most effective and potent natural blood sugar regulators is the mulberry leaf.
Mulberry leaf extract has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for various issues, including blood sugar regulation. Its veracity in this area has now been substantiated with scientific research.
A 2012 study by Am J Chin Med. found mulberry leaf helped to improve diabetic control in type-2 diabetics and effectively lower blood glucose concentrations. Taking mulberry extract also reduces ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol while raising the ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol. These successes indicate that mulberry leaf can benefit those with metabolic syndrome and glucose intolerance.
Great news for those looking to lose excess body weight
Italian researchers also found that mulberry leaves helped with weight loss. Study participants received 2,400 mg of mulberry extract daily and checked at regular intervals for weight, blood chemistry and waist circumference. Each lost an average of 20 pounds in 3 months vs. 6.5 pounds in the control (placebo) group. They also had better plasma insulin and glucose curves.
The key benefits of mulberry leaf extract include:
- Reduction of post-meal blood glucose spikes
- Higher insulin sensitivity
- Reduced overall appetite
- Better daily blood sugar control
- Improved cholesterol levels
Mulberry extract can help to facilitate weight loss as well as dramatic improvement of blood sugar levels. It tempers blood sugar spikes and also helps to prevent diabetes and regulate normal blood glucose levels throughout the day.
While foods with high fructose corn syrup should still be avoided, taking mulberry leaf can help to regulate your post-meal glucose levels. The recommended dosage of mulberry leaf extract for most users is 100 mg two to three times daily.