Anti-Glycation Supplements Part III (Glycation: Part II of II)

Pyridoxal-5’-phosphate (Vitamin B6): What is known as ‘Vitamin B6’ has three vitamers (chemically individual related compounds): pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxal. Some sources incorrectly state pyridoxamine to be the strongest anti-glycation agent, but the most effective form of vitamin B6 is the Continue reading

Anti-Glycation Supplements Part II (Glycation Part II of II)

Grape seed Extract: A derivative of whole grape seeds and a naturally high source of phenolic compounds (flavonoids and anthocyanins), red grape seed extract significantly prevents the formation of AGEs at varying concentrations. In the presence of RGSE (red grape seed extract), fructosamine is dramatically reduced, which, as a glycation product, correlates with the decrease Continue reading

Anti-Glycation Supplements Part I (Glycation Part: II of II)

Background:

A transition to a raw or nearly raw diet and a permanent abstinence from all processed foods would be considered a radical diet change for most consumers. Moreover, a greater cost and an increase in food preparation time is likely to be incurred with this change in diet, so full compliance may be unrealistic. It must also be remembered that Continue reading

Beta Carotene, Cancer, and Smokers: A Warning

Do high beta carotene levels increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers? If so, what is the reason? Are antioxidants not the panacea for pre-cancerous free radical damage?

Beta carotene, the reddish-orange pigment found in fruits, has long been discovered to possess powerful antioxidant properties similar to vitamin C and vitamin E. Naturally, it was assumed dietary beta carotene as well as extra supplementation could be helpful in lowering the risk for cancer for nonsmokers and smokers alike. Only, trials did not garner the expected results … Continue reading

Selenium and Type 2 diabetes: does it increase the risk?

Have recent studies discovered a causal relationship between selenium and diabetes? Are such conclusions valid?

More than a few studies have found a link between serum selenium levels and incidence of diabetes. (1-4) Expectedly, these results cause concerns within the health community as well as in patients and in health-conscious individuals. It is clear to most that ‘too much of a good thing’ Continue reading

Supplements To Lower Blood Sugar: Part V (Conclusion)

*** Supplements and Herbs That Are Not Recommended***

Berberine: Berberine’s potent hypoglycemic effects have been demonstrated in multiple human studies with an ability to regulate glucose metabolism to an effect comparable or even identical to metformin (119-121) The concern is not whether or not berberine can lower blood sugar, as it does so remarkably, but how Continue reading