Blood sugar, also referred to glucose, affects the heart because it oxidizes and damages linings in major coronary arteries. In addition, it interrupts the production of nitric oxide, which is important to control the dilation and contraction of arteries that supply the heart with blood. Moreover, blood sugar increases the level of adhesion molecules. These molecules play a role in the development of arterial disease and the associated constriction of the arteries. When blood flow to the heart is reduced or interrupted, a cardiovascular disease is more likely to occur and the risk of dying from it also increases.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent blood sugar spikes after meals, and reduce the risk of life-threatening cardiovascular events. You can do this naturally and safely with herbal remedies, such as mulberry leaf extract, apple, and sorghum.
Mulberry leaf extract: Mulberry leaf extract is abundant in antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins. Researchers have proven that this herb can regulate glucose metabolism, lowering high blood sugar. It is even more effective (not to mention, safer) than the anti-diabetic drug glyburide, according to a study published in Clinica Chimica Acta. Its compound called 1-deoxynojirimycin (DNJ) binds to an enzyme that converts starches into glucose, helping it go through the intestine instead of being absorbed as sugar. (Related: Mulberry Leaf: Fights Diabetes, Cancer, Lowering Cholesterol & Soothing Nerves.)
Apple: Apple skins contain a polyphenol known as phloridzin, which helps decrease glucose and insulin levels. It can also reduce blood sugar levels after a meal. Studies on humans and animals have reported that this apple-based polyphenol significantly reduces glucose absorption by the intestines. It can also reduce markers of inflammation, obesity and high blood sugar, as well as prevent insulin resistance, according to another study.
Sorghum: Sorghum is a type of grain that can regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. This functional food is also packed with tannins and enzymes that prevent starch absorption, increasing insulin sensitivity and reducing sugar production in the liver. It can also reduce or prevent blood sugar spikes after a meal, according to a study published in Food and Function in 2014.
Blood sugar spikes can also be prevented by doing the following:
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