Lets just admit it. All the wonderful times with family and friends also are accompanied by lots and lots of foods...rich in fat and sugar. We love these delicious Christmas traditions we often will pay the price later. Many people gain weight gain, suffer digestive upset and an increase in inflammation. So my proposal this year that year we enjoy all those foods guilt free (because who are we kidding, you are going to eat them anyways) but this time take these unique supplements to protect your body from blood sugar spikes that lead to inflammation and extra weight gain.
First a couple of a couple of dietary tips because no supplement is going to offset those 2 extra slices of Christmas pie and ice cream.
Use these supplements to balance your blood sugar and protect yourself from the holiday treat binge.
Astaxanthin is considered a far more powerful antioxidant than beta-carotene or vitamin E. Unlike most other antioxidants, astaxanthin is unique in that it does not turn into a free radical itself after quenching one, and can quench numerous radicals in a row. This allows it to protect cell membrane lipids from free radical damage (think blood sugar spikes). Research has clearly shown that astaxanthin helps reduce eye fatigue related to computer usage. It may also help reduce blood sugar and blood pressure, and may help reduce gastric pain and heartburn related to digestive upset. Astaxanthin is a unique and powerful antioxidant with a range of additional benefits for the eyes, the heart and I use it to cover over a multitude of dietary sins.
Gymnema sylvestre is a woody branched vine used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine since for centuries. Gymnema enhances blood sugar metabolism and has been shown in people with blood sugar problems to reduce blood glucose, HbA1c, and medication requirements. Gymnema reduces glucose absorption from the intestines, increases peripheral insulin sensitivity and may support the body’s ability to produce its own insulin by helping to repair the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Balancing blood sugar will help with people no only management diabetes but also reduce weight gain. Gymnema sylvestre has also been found to lower blood lipids in diabetic subjects and also it inhibits the growth of Candida, an opportunistic fungus that inhabits the digestive system of most people. Since Gymnema targets blood sugar, weight and digestion (candida) it’s a holiday sugar binge rescue super star.
Lipoic acid is a versatile antioxidant known for its ability to protect the brain and nerve cells from free radicals and heavy metals that promote cognitive and neurodegenerative diseases. Lipoic acid is know as the “captain of the antioxidants” due to its ability to recycle and recharge other antioxidants such as vitamin C and E. Numerous studies have shown that lipoic acid can balance blood sugar and repair nerves damaged in diabetics. Additionally, this powerful anti-aging nutrient has been shown to mimic some of the effects of caloric restriction, the only proven method of extending health span and lifespan. It does so by protecting the mitochondria against free radical damage. Most conventional supplements contain alpha-lipoic acid but look for R(+) lipoic acid since it delivers the most effective form of this valuable antioxidant without the negative actions of S(-) lipoic acid (which are combined together in the alpha lipoic form. AOR delivers R(+) lipoic acid in a number products including high dose, sustained release and in combination with NAC or coQ10 for added benefits.
Don’t forget that a full spectrum digestive enzyme and probiotics are a must whenever we are eating a heavy meal so take these as well. Enjoy the holiday season guilt free by taking these supplements to offset the negative effects of excess food, sugar and inflammation.
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