Life is a lot sweeter when you can eat and drink what you like without hesitation.
Many people stay away from sweets not because they like to but because they have to! As a matter of fact, it is very difficult to avoid foods that look yummy and contain sugar. Most people don’t realize that much of their diet is high in sugar. Foods like tomato sauce, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, yogurt and bread all contain hidden sugars. So, the question is how many of us examine the food we eat each and every time? And even if we do, won't we be sacrificing the pleasure of eating?
We all know that sugar can wreck havoc to our bodies when it is out of control. Through ignorance and long term abuses of food intake, it may cause weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, heart attack, high blood pressure, cancer, depression, accelerated skin aging, increased cellular aging and it may also negatively impact our energy level. A major contributing factor to these problems is having insufficient GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide 1) that's required for the proper functioning of various organs to have optimum health.
What is GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide 1)?
GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide 1) is a hormone produced in the gut and released in response to food intake. Studies have found this hormone to be helpful for the proper functioning of various parts of our bodies as shown in the diagram below:
How does GLP-1 work and what does GLP-1 do in the body?
GLP-1 hormone has shown to be helpful for:
♦ Sugar Control (diabetes)
♦ Energy Metabolism
♦ Regulating Appetite
♦ Alzheimer's disease
♦ Parkinson's disease
♦ Cardiovascular Functions
Highlights of what GLP-1 does to our body:
Sugar Control (diabetes)
1) GLP-1 increases insulin and decreases glucagon levels, which will result in decreased blood glucose.
2) GLP-1 is found to delay the speed of digesting food, or stomach emptying. Thus, GLP-1 reduces the speed of glucose intake, making it easier for our body to maintain optimum blood sugar level after a meal until the next meal.
1) GLP-1 influences nervous system to decrease the appetite.
2) GLP-1 produces feeling of satiety, so GLP-1 in hypothalamus reduces the food intake.
3) In particular, a study using chocolate milk has shown that GLP-1 reduces the excitement of eating food, anticipatory food reward, which may result in decrease in appetite and motivation toward food.
Brain Function and Memory
High blood sugar levels can cause damage in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that's involved in memory. Memory loss in diabetes can be a short term problem brought on by too low or high blood glucose levels. During hypoglycemia, for example, you may struggle to remember words. ... High blood glucose levels, over a number of years, can damage the nerves, including those of the brain, which can increase the risk of dementia.
The ability of GLP-1 to control blood sugar level is very important to maintain the proper function of the brain. GLP-1 receptor agonist treatment is associated with protection against a range of experimental disease models to include Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis.
Skin and Cellular Aging
Advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) are compounds formed by reactions between sugar and protein in your body. They have been found to play a key role in skin aging. Consuming a diet high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of AGEs, which may cause your skin to age prematurely. AGEs damage collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help the skin stretch and keep its youthful appearance.When collagen and elastin become damaged, the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.
As you grow older, telomeres naturally shorten, which causes cells to age and malfunction. Although the shortening of telomeres is a normal part of aging, unhealthy lifestyle choices can speed up the process. Consuming high amounts of sugar has been shown to accelerate telomere shortening, which increases cellular aging.
GLP-1 can help in slowing down the aging process
Risk of Heart Disease
High-sugar diets have been associated with an increased risk of many diseases, including heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide.
Evidence suggests that high-sugar diets can lead to obesity, inflammation and high triglyceride, blood sugar and blood pressure levels — all risk factors for heart disease. Additionally, consuming too much sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks, has been linked to atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by fatty, artery-clogging deposits.
GLP-1 increases insulin and decreases glucagon levels, which results in decreased blood sugar and thus minimize the risk of heart disease.
What is Lovidia GLP-1 Support?
Fortunately, through years of painstaking research and clinical studies, Ambra BioScience has finally created an amazing product, Lovida GLP-1 Support, that increases the natural production of GLP-1 hormones which are known to help our body with not only sugar control but also with many other health issues that develop as we age.
With over $20 million and 6 years in development, and clinically tested in over 1000 adults for safety and efficacy, Lovidia GLP-1 Support is a patented dietary supplement designed by Ambra BioScience to support your body’s own healthy GLP-1 production. Multiple clinical studies have shown this to be the most comprehensive, safe, efficient and easily incorporated approach to increasing GLP-1. This is a natural product with Stevia Leaf extract and Berberine as it's main ingredients. It is Vegan, Gluten-Free, non-caloric and non-GMO. It contains no eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, caffeine, or artificial sweeteners.
Ambra Bioscience received first place prize for clinical research studies at the prestigious Scripps Supplement Conference (San Diego, 2016). Four US patents and seven international patents cover Lovidia GLP-1 Support Formula.
LOVIDIA GLP-1 Support Formula (with GSM Technology)
Lovidia GLP-1 Support Formula by Ambra Bioscience, featuring patented GSM technology, is a dietary supplement based on Gut Sensory Modulation (GSM). The result of over $20MM and 6 years in Research and Development, GSM combines clinically established GLP-1 gut hormone cell activating “tastants” with a pharmaceutically developed delivery system targeting the region of the gut where L-cell (GLP-1 producing cells) density is highest.
GSM formulations, designed to activate the taste receptors on the L-cells in the lower gut to support endogenous release of GLP-1, have demonstrated enhanced release of GLP-1 compared to placebo in randomized double blind, placebo-controlled, clinical studies.*
Ambra Bioscience received first place prize for clinical research studies at the prestigious Scripps Supplement Conference (San Diego, 2016). Four US patents and seven international patents cover Lovidia GLP-1 Support Formula. For studies and patent information please see https://vimeo.com/175448373
Gut-brain hormone GLP-1 has numerous functions in the human body to include glucose and energy metabolism (following a meal), neuroprotection and appetite regulation.1
Our GLP-1 support formula features Berberine, an herb highly researched and documented for its role in healthy blood sugar and lipids, in addition to being a clinically established GLP-1 promoter and DPPIV inhibitor.2, 3
Lovidia GLP-1 Support Formula should be taken with meals, one tablet twice per day. Due to the extended release profile of this formulation, one tablet may be taken with breakfast and one tablet with lunch or dinner. People who are allergic to the ingredients in Lovidia GLP-1 Support Formula should not consume it.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
By virtue of its response to food consumption, GLP-1 regulates many functions throughout the body.
GLP-1 Benefits for Glucose Balance (and pancreatic health)
Perhaps the most well known function of GLP-1, as evidenced by the growing number of GLP-1 agonist injectable medications coming to market for diabetes, is glucose metabolism. GLP-1 is also a key mechanism of action for metformin. T2DM patients produce lower levels of GLP-1, thus increasing the level of GLP-1 is a promising option. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15561910 )
Functions and benefits include the following:
2) GLP-1 is found to delay the speed of digesting food, or stomach emptying. In this way, GLP-1 reduces the speed of glucose intake, making it easy for body to maintain blood sugar level right after a meal until the next meal. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17498508 )
3) GLP-1 receptor activators injected to different animals with diabetes improves the function of insulin producing beta cells and is capable of regenerating these pancreatic cells. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22158421 , https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17164779 )
4) Fat muscle cells also increase glucose uptake when GLP-1 is increased. (https://www.nature.com/articles/nrendo.2012.140)
5) A 6 weeks long administration of GLP-1 to T2DM patients resulted in weight loss, reduction in appetite, slowed stomach emptying, high sensitivity to insulin, and improved beta cells function with no other major side effects. (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(02)07952-7/abstract)
Why is GLP-1 Important for Healthy Cardiovascular Function?
Cardiovascular complications are the leading cause of morbidity/mortality in patients with T2DM (Killilea, 2002; Mazzone et al., 2008). Epidemiological studies have shown patients with CVD benefit from glycemic and lipid control (AM Committee, 2001; Balkau et al., 2004). Besides its indirect cardiac actions through the control of glucose and lipid metabolism by modulating insulin and glucagon secretion, GLP-1 may exert direct effects on heart and blood vessels via endothelial vasodilation and sodium excretion (Ravassa et al., 2012; Ussher and Drucker, 2012). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5276855/
Why is GLP-1 Important for Healthy Brian Function and memory?
A key benefit of GLP-1 in the brain is its ability to reduce glucose in the blood. GLP-1 receptor activation has been linked with neurotrophic effects including neurogenesis (1,2) and neuroprotective effects including reduced necrotic and apoptotic (3,4) signaling and cell death (5,6). GLP-1 receptor agonist treatment is associated with protection against a range of experimental disease models to include Parkinson's Disease (7,2), Alzheimer's (8,9), stroke (7), traumatic brain injury (3,11), and multiple sclerosis (10).
Memory and learning benefits. A study on rats has shown that GLP-1 in the hippocampus enhanced learning and memory, as well as protected the brain from seizures and neuronal damage. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12925848?dopt=Abstract
Depression and appetite. In animal models, GLP-1 has anti-depressant effects (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26724568 ). GLP-1 also activates orexin, a neurotransmitter that regulates arousal, appetite and wakefulness.
Why is GLP-1 Important for Weight Management and Healthy Appetite?
GLP-1 influences the nervous system to decrease appetite. A study on fasted rats showed GLP-1 produces feeling of satiety. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8538742?dopt=Abstract ) In particular, a study using chocolate milk showed GLP-1 reduces the excitement of eating food, anticipatory food reward, which may result in decrease in appetite and motivation toward food. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26094857 )
In the stomach, GLP-1 inhibits gastric emptying, acid secretion and motility collectively decreasing appetite. Diabetic subjects treated with GLP-1 receptor agonists often experience weight loss as opposed to the weight gain commonly induced with other treatments. GLP-1 agonist drugs such as Saxenda have been FDA approved for both DM and obesity.
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Other benefits of GLP-1
GLP-1 has also shown signs of carrying out protective and regulatory effects in numerous other tissues, including heart, tongue, adipose, muscles, bones, kidneys, liver and lungs. For a diagram of system wide GLP-1 functions please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucagon-like_peptide-1#/media/File:FunctionsOfGLP-1.png
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