You’ve probably heard the term metabolic syndrome before.
Some doctors call it “pre-diabetes.” And that’s because when you get a diagnosis, it’s as if someone handed you a crystal ball. It predicts your future.
Well, IF you don’t take steps to change it that is.
Metabolic syndrome isn’t a single disease. Instead, it’s a series of red flags. And they mark the path along the way to even BIGGER health problems.
When your doc diagnoses you with the syndrome, he’s looking for a cluster of conditions including…
- high blood pressure
- high blood sugar
- belly fat
- increased cholesterol
- increased triglycerides
Any one of these symptoms alone can spell trouble. But when they get together, they’re like a violent street gang just looking for trouble. They come crashing in, and they can really wreck the place.
Experts warn metabolic syndrome is on the rise
Left unchecked the conditions feed off each other. And that can send you speeding down the path towards full-blown type 2 diabetes and the heart problems that go with it.
With more than three million new cases a year, metabolic syndrome is a legitimate health crisis. The condition already affects 23 percent of adults. And experts warn that number will likely go up as the syndrome has resisted all efforts to slow it down.
But if you’re already experiencing some of those telltale symptoms don’t give up. There IS hope.
Because researchers are now closer than ever to understanding metabolic syndrome. They’ve begun to connect the dots between oxidative stress and pre-diabetes. And they’ve found a hero in one of the most unexpected places.
I’ll have more on that unlikely hero in just a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at how oxidative stress could be putting YOU in harm’s way.
Oxidative stress tied to metabolic syndrome
Free radicals are the troublemakers at the center of oxidative stress.
They’re kind of like those guys at the party who have a bit too much to drink.
They go stumbling around looking for companionship. And they end up bumping off and reacting to other nearby molecules.
The reactions they cause are oxidation. And as long as antioxidants come along to pair up with the free radicals, everything remains stable.
But when too many free radicals pile up they can escalate into an angry, “drunk” mob. And the result is all those conditions we talked about earlier as being red flags for metabolic syndrome.
“CARROT cure” could help head off diabetes
But now a new study has uncovered a novel weapon against metabolic syndrome. And this “CARROT cure” could hold the key to avoiding a diabetes diagnosis and heart complications down the line.
The meta-analysis, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, took a deeper dive into the data gathered in a stack of studies spanning over twenty years. And something exciting emerged.
In every study, the folks who ate the most foods containing carotenoids also had by far the lowest rate of metabolic syndrome.
Carotenoids, you may recall, are the substances which give certain plants their orange, red, or yellow coloring. Carrots, of course, are swimming in the stuff.
And the reason WHY they could help slash your diabetes, and heart risk is… you guessed it… their ability to put a lid on oxidative stress.
You see, carotenoids are natural free-radical scavengers.
Eat carotenoid-rich foods to beat oxidative stress
In other words, if you eat enough carotenoids, they could stop oxidative stress in its tracks. They’ve even been known to help reverse some of the damage caused by those troublemaking free radicals.
Which means they could be the key to reversing metabolic syndrome too.
To get started you can make like a rabbit and gobble down a bunch of carrots to raise your carotenoid levels. But you don’t have to stop there.
These natural free-radical killers are hidden in a bunch of other delicious fruits and veggies too, including…
- red leaf lettuce
- sweet potatoes
- red and yellow peppers
Refuse to become an unwanted statistic. Stop and reverse metabolic syndrome by making some simple menu changes. Slash your diabetes and heart risk with this crazy “CARROT cure,” starting today.
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