How a Healthy Gut Promotes Balanced Blood Sugar Levels

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If the first thing that pops into your head when we talk about “gut health” is your waist size, think again: we’re actually speaking about the health of your microbiome.

By microbiome, we mean the trillions of bacteria and other microbes living in and on your body. These organisms may be microscopic, but they outnumber human cells in the body by 10 to 1 and play an integral role in many of your body’s critical functions—like maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

Microbes: Your Body’s Messengers

You’re not alone if the importance of gut bacteria is news to you. In fact, scientists are still puzzling out all of the jobs that these little guys juggle within the human body.

Although there is still much to discover about the role of the microbiome and the microorganisms that dwell within it, researchers are learning that the majority of your microbes produce proteins and metabolites that interact with and influence your body’s cells and organs on many levels.

You see, your beneficial bacteria communicate with cells to carry out many processes in your body, such as balancing immune function, optimizing digestion, regulating moods, and improving nutrient absorption. But, did you know that beneficial microbes—or probiotics—also work to keep your blood sugar balanced?

Indeed, several studies show probiotics’ abilities to support healthy blood sugar levels. In one study published in Lipids in Health and Disease, researchers at Brazil’s São Paulo State University gave volunteers a daily shake containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.

After 30 days, participants showed a significant balancing of glucose levels while the placebo group, who received a shake without the beneficial microbes, showed no change1.

Based on data from this study and various others, the link between healthy gut flora and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is clear.

How Probiotics Can Help

Unfortunately, our microbiomes can shift out of balance due to many factors, such as stress, poor diet, over-sanitizing, age, and widespread exposure to antibiotics. When this happens, there aren’t enough beneficial microbes to effectively facilitate the many important processes they are responsible for within our bodies.

You see, when there aren’t enough good guys in your gut, your microbes might not be properly communicating with your cells—which can make maintaining healthy glucose levels more challenging. Taking a high-quality probiotic supplement can replenish your beneficial gut bacteria and benefit your overall health in the process.

Banaba Leaf for Optimal Glucose Levels

No, we aren’t talking about your favorite yellow, peel-and-eat fruit! Banaba is a tropical flowering tree native to Southeast Asia. The extract of the Banaba tree’s leaf is a traditional blood sugar balancing remedy often used in India and the Philippines.

Studies show that Banaba leaf extract has a safe, insulin-like effect on the body and can optimize blood sugar levels.

How does it work? Well, corosolic acid is a compound in Banaba that helps carry glucose across cell membranes, out of the blood and into cells where we need it. Other compounds in Banaba leaf, called ellagitannins, provide antioxidant benefits in addition to working with corosolic acid to maintain healthy glucose levels.

The research is clear; Banaba works! In a study published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology, subjects received a daily dose of standardized Banaba extract for two weeks. At the end of the trial period, subjects were better able to maintain healthy glucose levels2.

Hyperbiotics Glucose Support provides the perfect combination of Banaba Leaf Extract and Vitamin D3, along with seven targeted probiotic strains proven to support optimal blood sugar levels. In one study, participants taking Lactobacillus reuteri (the same strain in Glucose Support) saw a 49% increase in insulin secretion after just four weeks of daily supplementation 3!

Using a patented delivery method called BIO-tract®, Glucose Support delivers the probiotics live deep into your gut, where they are time-released over an 8-10 hour period—making them fifteen times more effective than standard capsules.

When it comes to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels and achieving wellness naturally, a comprehensive probiotic formula that delivers an abundance of beneficial bacteria into the gut environment—and includes targeted nutrients like Banaba Leaf—may very well be the solution you’ve been looking for.

References:
1. Moroti, C., Magri, L. S., Costa, M. D., Cavallini, D. C., & Sivieri, K. (2012). Effect of the consumption of a new symbiotic shake on glycemia and cholesterol levels in elderly people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Lipids in Health and Disease, 11(1), 29.
2. Judy, W. V., Hari, S. P., Stogsdill, W., Judy, J. S., Naguib, Y. M., & Passwater, R. (2003). Antidiabetic activity of a standardized extract (Glucosol™) from Lagerstroemia speciosa leaves in Type II diabetics. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 87(1), 115-117.
3. Simon, M., Strassburger, K., Nowotny, B., Kolb, H., Nowotny, P., Burkart, V., . . . Roden, M. (2015). Intake of Lactobacillus reuteri Improves Incretin and Insulin Secretion in Glucose-Tolerant Humans: A Proof of Concept. Diabetes Care, 38(10), 1827-1834. doi:10.2337/dc14-2690

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Julie Hays is the Communications Director here at Hyperbiotics. Health writer and mama of two little girls, Julie's on a mission to empower others to live lives free of the microbial depletion many of us face today. For more ideas on how you can maximize wellness and benefit from the power of probiotics, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

Posted in Diet & Nutrition, Gut Health, Lifestyle, Weight & Blood Sugar


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