In our consistent effort to improve our health and lose body fat we routinely find ourselves examine various glucose disposal agents that help to reduce our glucose spikes post meal.
The usual suspects like vandal sulfate, chromium and ala are always brought up but I recently discovered a new compound that shows promise in the literature. It’s Green coffee extract and it’s great for controlling blood sugar spikes and lowering blood glucose.
400 mg of this green coffee cutting edge extract was shown to induce a remarkable 24% drop in after-meal blood sugar after 30 minutes while 200 mg generated a 14% drop.
It’s able to be so effective due to chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol found in the green coffee bean. Chlorogenic acid has been shown to inhibit excess activity of glucose-6-phosphatase.The glucose-6-phosphatase enzyme triggers glucose formation from non-carbohydrate substrates and glycogen release from the liver, both of which can create excess glucose in the blood.
When excessive sugar is floating around in our body, our muscles try to soak it up. When they can’t our body shuttles that sugar into fat cells.
Another means by which chlorogenic acid supports healthy after-meal glucose levels is by targeting the alpha-glucosidase enzyme. This intestinal enzyme breaks apart complex sugars and enhances their absorption into the bloodstream.
Why not just drink regular coffee?
Well coffee has many of its phenolic properties destroried during the roasting process. Now coffee does have some positive benefits for blood sugar control but not the glucose lowering power of green coffee extract.
I’ll be testing this out with my clients and I suggest you grab some as well.
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