|Spirulina in Diabetes|
Friday, November 22, 2013
The food we eat consists of carbohydrates and sugar, which is metabolized by the body to produce ‘Glucose’, the glucose level in blood is maintained by Insulin hormone produced by the β –cells of pancreas which further provides energy as and when required.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease which is most prevalent health problem worldwide. It decreases the ability of body to use energy found in food. Patients suffering from higher blood sugar level may encounter symptoms like:· poly urea (frequent urination)
· polydipsia (feel thirsty)
· polyphagia (hungry)
· Blurred vision
· Extreme tiredness
· Slow healing of wounds
· Weight loss
Causes of diabetes:
· One of the major causes of diabetes is impaired production of glucose metabolizing enzymes i.e., decrease in production of Hexokinase enzyme in liver and increase glucose-6-phosphatase activity.
· Inadequate production of Insulin from damaged pancreatic cells.
· When body cells do not respond to insulin.
· Improper diets are also responsible for diabetic complications.
Potent anti-oxidant property of Spirulina prevents free radical induced cell- damage to beta cells of pancreas, which helps in proper production of Insulin from pancreatic cells.
Diabetic patients have critical lipid profile. Spirulina has the ability to decrease the blood lipid level by reducing the bad cholesterol LDL, which prevents heart diseases and reduces the oxidative stress.
The calorie-cut diet regime of diabetic patients causes deficiency of various nutrients. Adding Spirulina in diet provides complete nourishment and act as immunomodulator too.
Therefore, Nutraculture Spirulina provides complete nourishment as well as an efficacious treatment for diabetes by working on the root cause of problem and providing all the nutrients whose deficiencies can increase the risk of diabetes.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The food we consumed is converted to glucose by our body and this glucose is utilized by the cells for the production of energy in various metabolic reactions. Normally glucose is stored in the form of glycogen in body’s cell. Body requires hormone ‘insulin’ produced by beta cells of pancreas to help cells throughout the body for proper absorbance of glucose from the bloodstream. Usually pancreas produce insulin in right amount to utilize and assimilate the glucose but in diabetes, however, no or very little insulin is produced (type 1 diabetes) or the cells are not responding properly to the insulin (type 2 diabetes).
Therefore, Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which is considered by high blood glucose level and ineffective insulin. Diet has a key role in maintaining the blood glucose levels of diabetic patients to prevent arising complications. Spirulina an ideal food for diabetes patients because of its high content of protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fibres and essential fatty acids. It is known that chlorophyll aids in absorbing minerals by our body and assist in cellular repair along with various antioxidants, especially the pancreatic cells of type-2 diabetics.
Zinc has its role in promoting the synthesis of natural insulin. Magnesium and GLA in Spirulina helps in reducing insulin resistance. Spirulina is rich in Vitamin B-complex which has its role in breaking down carbohydrates and lipids, thus improves metabolism of glucose. So in the end it can be concluded that Spirulina is beneficial for diabetes management.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Allergy is a hypersensitive response by our immune system against any foreign material, which otherwise may be harmless to the body. Substances that trigger allergic responses are termed as allergens. Technically, allergens can be defined as antigens (foreign particles capable of stimulating immune responses), often inhaled, touched or consumed orally (eaten), which is perceived by our immune system as undesirable elements leading to allergic reactions. Common allergens include dust mites, pollens, peanuts, foods, certain medications and molds. Some of the commonly known symptoms of allergic reactions as cited by FDA are:
- Flushed skin or rash
- Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
- Face, tongue, or lip swelling
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Abdominal cramps
- Coughing or wheezing
- Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
- Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
Allergic rhinitis is a condition of inflammation in nasal pathways. When a person suffering from allergic rhinitis breathes in an allergen, body releases chemicals such as histamine which leads to reactions aggravating the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are mentioned below:
Some symptoms occur shortly after coming in contact with the allergic substance. These are
· Itchy nose, eyes
- Runny nose
- Teary eyes
Symptoms which develop later include:
- Nasal congestion and coughing
- Decrease in sense of smell
- Sore throat
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Headache, fatigue and irritability
- Pressure in ear
The best way to overcome Allergic Rhinitis is by controlling the release of histamine and also by reducing the level of cytokines. One of the many properties of Spirulina is that it reduces the level of cytokines in persons having allergic rhinitis which indicates reduced auto immune response. It also inhibits the release of histamines from mast cells which are responsible for various allergic reactions. Therefore it is to be concluded that regular intake of Spirulina can be helpful in controlling allergic rhinitis.