Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is on the rise. It is one of the worst things that can strike your lungs, a nasty combination of bronchitis and emphysema. Caused mostly by smoking (and, to a lesser extent, air pollution and genetics), COPD begins as the former. The first word in the term underlines its inherent danger, as “chronic” means long-lasting and recurring. Continue reading
Have you ever tried buckwheat pancakes? Worried that all that flour and syrup will spike your blood sugar? Well, here’s some health advice: make your pancakes from buckwheat flour and you might actually be normalizing your blood sugar rather than the opposite. Researchers have discovered that special nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control. Buckwheat bran is an important natural source of quercetin and isoquercetin. Quercetin and isoquercetin are both powerful “a-glucosidase inhibitors” — meaning they prevent the digestion of carbohydrates and reduce their impact on blood sugar.
A Chinese research team studied the blood-sugar-lowering effect of isoquercetin in mice with type 2 diabetes. Isoquercetin was administrated at doses of 50, 100 and 200 milligrams/kilogram (mg/kg) for 35 days. They found that fasting blood glucose concentration was decreased with the 200 mg/kg group the most efficiently compared with a diabetic control group. Continue reading