The importance of maintaining healthy blood glucose levels

An important aspect of healthy ageing is managing blood glucose levels. Dr Marc Cantillon, the Chief Medical Adviser for CinG-X, discusses the potential of using a combination of cinnamon and ginseng , which play a major role in both cardiovascular and neurological functions

Scientists and researchers are seeing compelling evidence that blood sugar issues can lead to an array of other issues in the body. We know that high blood sugar is one of the root causes of diabetes, and now we also know that type 2 diabetes, which is the type that typically comes along with old age, can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Right now approximately 125 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes, or so-called prediabetic conditions. Five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to double during the next decade. It’s the most common form of dementia and, unfortunately, no cure has been found.

Alzheimer’s is now commonly understood to be a disease that corresponds with diabetes, which means that diabetes can be an early indicator of being on the path to Alzheimer’s. A recent study now links the two diseases much more closely than had been done before. The common connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s is sugar, and managing healthy blood sugar is important for both neurological and cardiovascular functions. The same research also offers insight into healthy habits that can help to support healthy blood glucose levels.

Managing blood sugar with cinnamon and ginseng

Both cinnamon and ginseng can help to manage an imbalance in blood sugar. Both ingredients have extremely beneficial and synergistic properties. Cinnamon helps to optimise insulin function and aids enzymes that help the body to store blood sugar as glycogen. Numerous clinical studies indicate cinnamon’s effectiveness. Clinical studies suggest that cinnamon significantly helps people trying to maintain their blood sugar levels to improve their ability to respond to insulin. Research found that cinnamon produced an approximately 20% drop in blood sugar (cholesterol and triglycerides were lowered as well). A study most recently performed by the US Agricultural Research Service found that cinnamon actually reduces blood sugar levels in subjects with type 2 diabetes.

Panax ginseng complements cinnamon’s ability to optimise insulin function by helping to manage blood glucose levels while stimulating hormones that aid in insulin release. Ginseng is an adaptive that works through the adrenal glands to help the body adapt to and cope with stresses such as fatigue and anxiety. It increases oxygen uptake and related workload within the body; ginseng is 50 times more potent than vitamin C as an antioxidant, meaning it can help to neutralise the body of harmful oxidants.

I’ve been looking into this combination of cinnamon and ginseng as part of my work in Alzheimer’s research and have discovered CinG-X, a new product that combines both cinnamon and Panax ginseng to help manage blood glucose levels. When taken for 30–40 days in ordinary circumstances, CinG-X has been shown to help support healthy blood glucose levels, maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, support memory and cognitive functions and increase energy levels. It’s important to me to spread the word about what people can do themselves to manage healthy blood sugar levels.

Dr Marc Cantillon, the Chief Medical Adviser for CinG-X, is a highly qualified neuropsychiatrist and pharmaceutical executive with 20 years of drug development experience in academic government, and pharma/biotech environments both large and small.