How Sweet It Is: Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

How Sweet It Is: Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

When we think of sugar, we tend to think of candy and sugary drinks. But sugars are also an essential part of your biology. In human biology, the sugar glucose is the most important source of energy—and how much you have in your blood is a weathervane for your overall health.

  1. There's a "sweet spot" for glucose levels

    What's considered "healthy blood sugar" will differ based on your age, weight and even gender. Unfortunately, there's really only one way to measure glucose: a blood test. "Fasting" blood sugar levels are taken when you haven't eaten anything in a while—usually between 8-10 hours. But newer research indicates that you should also pay attention to your blood sugar after you eat.

  2. How sugary food affects glucose levels

    We've all seen those T-shirts that say, "life is too short to skip dessert," but unfortunately, indulging frequently in sweets can, quite obviously, lead to weight gain. High-sugar diets should also be avoided because they can change the way your body moves sugar into your cells, where it can be converted to energy—a process famously controlled by a hormone that we call insulin.

  3. How to maintain healthy glucose levels

    Fortunately, maintaining already healthy blood sugar levels goes hand in hand with many other steps you may already be taking to stay well, such as eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and making responsible lifestyle choices. Focused nutritional supplements can help, too. Be sure to partner closely with your doctor if you're concerned about maintaining healthy blood sugar. Be proactive about your health and you'll enjoy the sweet rewards of a life in balance!

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How can you maintain healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range?

Consuming a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in regular physical activity supports already-healthy blood sugar levels. For added support, maqui berry extract, clove extract, white mulberry leaf extract, extracts of the brown seaweeds Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus, and benfotiamine (a form of vitamin B1) help support already-normal glucose levels. Green tea, which contains the compound EGCG, and bilberry may also help.

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Which supplements help you manage glucose?

Extracts of maqui berry, cloves, green tea, bilberry, cinnamon, curcumin, brown seaweed, white mulberry leaf, sorghum, Ginkgo biloba, Irvingia gabonensis, amla and shilajit, the minerals magnesium, chromium and iodine, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, the polyphenol resveratrol, the five-carbon sugar L-arabinose and the fat-soluble form of vitamin B1 known as benfotiamine are all available as supplements to help maintain already-healthy glucose levels. Supplements that activate AMPK, such as an extract of the herb Gynostemma pentaphyllum, lipoic acid, the flavonoid hesperidin and green coffee beans also help support normal glucose levels.

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How do you manage glucose?

A healthy diet and exercise are crucial to blood sugar health. If you’re eating healthy and exercising, but still have blood sugar test results outside the normal range, see your doctor. Supplementation with maqui berry and clove bud extract may help maintain already-normal glucose levels.

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