I talk a lot about apples. They're one of my favorite fruits. I eat one just about every day. And so should you – especially if you struggle with metabolic syndrome or diabetes. That's because there's a nutrient in apples that keeps your body from absorbing glucose.
Glucose, as you may know, is the sugar that comes from many of our foods. It acts as a poorly burning fuel and contributes to many health problems, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. But there's a nutrient in apples that keeps your body from absorbing glucose.
This nutrient is phlorizin, or phloridzin. It is a flavonoid polyphenol, which is a plant chemical that has many health benefits. Polyphenols usually have antioxidant abilities, and can fight many types of health problems, including cancer and high cholesterol.
But there's a lot of evidence that this particular polyphenol has the ability to reduce blood glucose levels. One review of the existence literature looked at 150 years' worth of studies on the nutrient and found that its use as a glucose blocker in the intestines is well proven. But that's not all this nutrient can do.
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Researchers in another study wanted to know if the nutrient would impact insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. So they treated rats with phlorizin. They found that the nutrient quickly returned their oral glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity levels back to normal. But what really sealed the deal on this study was what happened when they took the rats off of the phlorizin – their insulin resistance came right back to where it was.
Phlorizin is one of the best glucose-lowering nutrients available – and yet hardly anyone ever talks about it. One reason is that most of the studies have been done on animals. There aren't a lot of human studies available. However, the nutrient works so well in animals that researchers consider it a given that it will lower glucose levels in the laboratory animals. It just works.
And just because we don't have a lot of studies on how well it works on humans doesn't mean it won't work for you. It is a powerful way to help prevent diabetes and reduce the damage excess insulin can cause to your body.
As I mentioned earlier, phlorizin naturally occurs in apples and other tree fruits, including cherries and the bark of pear trees. Eating these fruits every day is a great way to get the nutrient. And most supplements made from these fruits will have phlorizin in them as well – even if it's not listed on the label. Such is the case with one of my favorite supplements – AppleBoost.
The manufacturer of AppleBoost has confirmed that this product does indeed have phlorizin. So if you struggle with diabetes, insulin resistance, or glucose intolerance, then taking AppleBoost every day can help prevent these from getting worse – and may even help reverse these conditions.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.