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Coffee Compounds Protect Pancreas Function

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Previous studies have shown that regularly drinking coffee
may help protect against type-2 diabetes, but exactly how
has remained a mystery.

Now a new Chinese study reports that compounds in coffee may inhibit the formation of protein compounds that are known to contribute to the death of cells in the pancreas, which produces insulin.

Researchers focused on a chlorogenic acid naturally found in coffee, demonstrating in the lab “significant inhibitory effects” on the compounds linked to pancreatic cell death.

They also looked at caffeine and found a “weak inhibitory effect” on the damaging proteins and on the protection of pancreas cells.

This is the first time, scientists noted, that caffeine has been shown to have beneficial effects on the pancreas; in type 2 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce adequate insulin or the body doesn’t respond properly to insulin.

Researchers speculated that coffee compounds might be considered for future anti-diabetes drug development.

Source: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

This article is for informational and educational purposes only;
It is not intended to provide medical advice,diagnosis or treatment. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutritional consultation.
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Cinnamon Extracts May Reduce Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease, New Study Suggests

A study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
suggests that a water soluble extract of cinnamon,
which contains anti-oxidative compounds, could help
reduce risk factors associated with diabetes…

For the study, conducted in Ohio, at the Center for Applied
Health Sciences based in Fairlawn, Ohio, enrolled volunteers
and collected samples.

Twenty-two obese participants with impaired blood glucose
values, a condition classified as “prediabetes” volunteered for
the 12- week experimental research study. Prediabetes occurs
when cells are resistant to the higher-than-normal levels of 
insulin produced by the pancreas (in an attempt to help remove 
elevated glucose levels from blood).

The volunteers were divided randomly into two groups and given
either a placebo or 250 milligrams (mgs) of a dried water-soluble
cinnamon extract twice daily along with their usual diets. Blood
was collected after an overnight fast at the beginning of the
study, after six weeks, and after 12 weeks to measure the
changes in blood glucose and antioxidants.

The study demonstrated that the water-soluble cinnamon
extract improved a number of antioxidant variables by as 
much as 13 to 23 percent, and improvement in antioxidant 
status was correlated with decreases in fasting glucose.

Only more research will tell whether the investigational study
supports the idea that people who are overweight or obese
could reduce oxidative stress and blood glucose by consuming
cinnamon extracts that have been proven safe and effective.
In the meantime, weight loss remains the primary factor in
improving these numbers, according to ARS scientists.

Story Source:
USDA/Agricultural Research Service
Journal Reference:
“Antioxidant Effects of a Cinnamon Extract in People with
Impaired Fasting Glucose That Are Overweight or Obese.”
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2009
 
The work is of cooperative agreements between the Beltsville Human
Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) operated by USDA’s Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) at Beltsville, Md.; Integrity Nutraceuticals
International of Spring Hill, Tenn., and the Joseph Fourier University
in Grenoble, France. Anderson works in the Diet, Genomics and
Immunology Laboratory of BHNRC. ARS is USDA’s principal
intramural scientific research agency.

Gymnema Sylvestre

Stop The Desire For Sweets

A plant mostly found growing wild in the tropical forests of India, Gymnema Sylvester has long been used as a treatment for both type I and type II diabetes. This amazing herb has been used by Indian healers for nearly 2000 years as part of the Ayurvedic traditional system of medicine. In ancient times, gymnema was known as ‘gurmar’ — a Sanskit word which literally means ‘sugar destroyer’— because Ayurvedic physicians observed that chewing a few leaves from this herb suppressed the sweet taste of sugar.

Gymnema is effective at blocking the taste of sugar because its molecular structure is so similar to sugar that it can fill the receptor locations on the taste buds for one to two hours.
This prevents the taste buds from being able to taste any sugar molecule in food. Gymnema won’t affect food from tasting good, but it will suppress the desire for sweets.
This herb seems to enhance glucose control. A study published in 1986 suggests that the extract of gymnema can significantly increase liver and pancreatic function, which is why it has been used for centuries in cases of diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, allergies, anemia, and osteoporosis.

Several studies have shown the reduction of glucose-reducing drug for most diabetics after 6 to 18 months of taking gymnema. And it has been reported that with the help of a few other herbs and a proper diet, some diabetics have completely stopped taking their pharmaceutical drugs.
The amazing characteristic of this herb is that it exerts its blood sugar lowering effects only when needed. If you are not diabetic but are looking to curb your sweet tooth, try taking this herb to help beat the sugar habit.

Ref: 1. Today’s Herbal Health by Louise Tenney MH
2. Encyclopedia of Herbs by Dr Terry Willard
3. Diabetes and Hypoglycemia by Michael Murray ND

Note:

The information presented here is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace professional medical care when required. Always consult a qualified
healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine
selection and dosage.

New Study Reports Soluble Fibre May Reduce Belly Fat

Increased consumption or soluble fibre may reduce the amount of deep belly fat that people accumulate, according to new research. The study has been published in Nature’s Journal “Obesity” found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fibre eaten per day, deep belly visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 per cent over five years.

The researchers also reported that increased moderate activity resulted in a 7.4 per cent decrease in the rate of visceral fat accumulation over the same time. It is important to recognize that visceral fat is known to be more dangerous than subcutaneous found near the skin.

“Our study is valuable because it provides specific information on how dietary fibre, especially soluble fibre, may affect weight accumulation through abdominal fat deposits; “Making a few simple changes can have a big health impact.”said researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, USA.

The research team examined whether lifestyle factors, including diet and frequency of exercise, were associated with a five-year change in abdominal fat of people who are disproportionally at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure and diabetes and accumulating visceral fat.

The researchers reported that intake of dietary soluble fibre was associated with a decreased rate of visceral fat, but not the accumulation of subcutaneous fat;

“Results from the current study reveal that increased consumption of soluble fibre led to a decreased rate of visceral adipose tissue accumulation, suggesting that increased soluble fibre intake may be instrumental in slowing this natural progression,” said the researchers.

Fat Risk…
The negative effects of obesity has been associated with hypertension, blood lipid imbalances, insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and type-2 diabetes.

“Studies indicate a direct relationship between levels of visceral adipose tissue and future risk of impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes,” they added.

“We [also] know that a higher rate of visceral fat is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and fatty liver disease,” they emphasized.

The researchers noted that increasing dietary fibre has been specifically recomended to help fight weight gain, with many previous studies suggesting a link between fibre intake and levels of obesity.

Source: Obesity (Published online)
“Lifestyle Factors and 5-Year Abdominal Fat Accumulation in a Minority Cohort: The IRAS Family Study”

This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult with your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutrition advice.

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