It’s a literal insult right after an actual injury.
You do your very best to reign in your blood sugar. You try to eat right. And you make big sacrifices, all in the name of better blood sugar control.
Heck, I bet you can’t even remember the last time you indulged in a bowl of your favorite ice cream.
But then it happens. You give yourself that INJURY when you prick your finger to check your blood sugar. This is quickly followed by that INSULT when you see your numbers are off the charts anyway.
And you think, “WHAT DID I DO WRONG?!”
Well, don’t be so hard on yourself, my friend. It’s clearly NOT easy keeping those blood sugar levels from spiking, especially after meals.
But the good news is it likely just got a lot easier. As new research reveals, a simple natural therapy could help stop those sugar spikes putting you back on the path to perfect glucose control.
Tame blood sugar with this unique berry
I have to admit it. This one caught me a little by surprise.
Mulberries don’t cross my radar very often. We had a mulberry tree in our backyard when I was a kid. And every now and then, I see a mulberry pie somewhere and think of the old nursery rhyme, and that’s about it.
But mulberries might be about to get a LOT more attention from me and everyone else. Because, as you’ve probably guessed, they could contain the key to taming soaring blood sugar.
Now it’s not the same exact berry that stained my fingers and lips purple all summer long when I was a kid. Instead, it’s a unique form called white mulberry.
And unfortunately, you won’t get enough of what you need from a pie, either. But delivered in high enough concentrations in an extract, white mulberry may be able to help when you need it most, blocking that dreaded post-meal surge in blood sugar.
Researchers gave healthy volunteers a drink essentially designed to cause their blood sugar levels to shoot through the roof. It had nearly 20 TEASPOONS of sugar in it. (I swear I can almost feel my own blood sugar shooting up just writing that.)
Some of the volunteers got a placebo with that drink. But others were given the special mulberry as a supplement. And what a difference it made.
The mulberry extract slashed glucose levels afterward by 42 percent and plasma insulin by 41 percent. And those massive blood sugar effects lasted for the entire crucial hour after eating.
White mulberry helps beat glucose spikes
The mulberry works because it pulls off a couple of little tricks in your body.
First, it mimics glucose. It’s NOT sugar, of course, but your body THINKS it is. So it fires off the enzymes that help digest carbs in response to the mulberry.
That leads to the second trick. While those enzymes are busy digesting the mulberry, some of the actual carbs from your meal slip through undigested. This means, of course, they never have a chance to cause those blood sugar spikes.
If there’s a downside to the study, it’s that you can’t just throw a handful of berries on your plate and consider yourself covered. You need higher levels of the compounds, and specifically in a form that’s quick to absorb, so it goes to work at the right time.
The researchers behind the new study recommend either a liquid form, a chewable, or a fast-dissolving tablet or capsule.
If you want to give white mulberry a try at home, the volunteers were given 250 mg of white mulberry leaf extract. You can easily find it online and in stores that sell supplements. Just be sure to chat with your doc first, especially if you’re already on medications to lower your blood sugar.
And if you find mulberry doesn’t do the trick for you, don’t give up. I recently wrote about a natural supplement dream team that sent blood sugar and LDL cholesterol plummeting. You’ll discover everything you need to know right here.