Extraordinary benefits from this simple supplement…and you can get it from these foods…
Believe it or not, eating sugar is a GOOD thing — here’s why
Men who eat sugar BURN sugar…
And a sugar-burning metabolism is the hallmark of a young, healthy person.
It’s when we start burning fat and not sugar that our health and performance starts failing.
And unfortunately, most men are only burning fat and not sugar by the time they’re 40 or 50 years old.
And with a fat-burning metabolism, what happens is this:
We get fat around the middle, our muscle tone disappears…
Our testosterone drops…estrogen goes up…
Rockiness starts getting worse and more difficult to maintain.
And the doctor suddenly wants to prescribe several new medications.
Not good…which is why men want to have a sugar-burning metabolism instead!
Selenium — why men need it and how to get it
Selenium is a trace nutrient found in seafood, dairy, nuts, and grains.
As a supplement, it’s most well-known for its ability to improve thyroid function in people with low selenium.
But selenium has many other functions within the body, and it’s important to get your selenium levels optimal.
A recent study showed that smart selenium supplementation can improve blood sugar and other markers of type II diabetes.
This human research was carried out by researchers at the University of Thessaly in Greece. The results were published by Cureus.
Small amounts of selenium are necessary for the healthy function of many parts of the body.
The nutrient is known to protect pancreatic islets — the parts of the pancreas responsible for producing insulin.
“Selenium is an antioxidant element that is able to protect the pancreatic islets from oxidative stress, improve their functionality, and suspend atherosclerosis.”
Because selenium protects the pancreas, researchers want to see its effect on type II diabetes.
“This paper attempts to demonstrate the beneficial effect of administering selenium to patients with type II diabetes.”
So the researchers recruited 94 people with type II diabetes. The participants were mostly men and were all aged between 48 and 64 years old.
“The study involves 72 male and 22 female patients aged 48 to 60 years old with type II diabetes.”
The participants in the study were consuming similar diets and a similar amount of calories.
During the study, the participants were given 200µg of selenium.
They took this supplement once a day for 6 months.
“They were administered with Se 200μg, taken once daily on an empty stomach.”
The researchers carried out the test some of the participants before the study, halfway through, and again at the end of the study
“The tests were performed before, three months after, six months after the administration of selenium had begun.”
The tests included blood sugar levels, lipids, and HbA1c — the test which looks at blood sugar stability over longer periods.
“The laboratory testing included fasting blood glucose, HbA1c, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, and LDL.”
200µg of selenium per day led to significant reduction in fasting blood sugar after 6 months.
“The study resulted in a statistically significant reduction in fasting blood sugar.”
Most of the benefits were in fact seen after only 3 months.
Average blood sugar levels went from 130 to 114 after 3 months in.
The improvements in blood sugar were confirmed by the results of the HbA1c test.
This test looks at blood sugar control over the longer term.
HbA1c decreased from an average of 7.0 down to 6.65 after 6 months.
“Study resulted in a significant reduction in HbA1c both three-month and six-month after the beginning of the treatment.”
There were some improvements in cholesterol levels too.
“It appears that the administration of selenium to type II diabetes patients can improve their glycemic and the lipidemic profile.”
There were no other major changes in lab tests and the researchers found no significant side effects attributed to the supplement.
These days many people don’t get enough selenium.
Brazil nuts, tuna, and shellfish are some foods high in this nutrient — though the fats in tuna make it a bad choice.
Supplementing too much selenium can cause problems, and so researchers are careful to use reasonably low doses — 200 micrograms of selenium per day in this study.
This amount of selenium could be achieved by eating 6 ounces of lobster or 4 ounces of mussels.
Smart selenium supplementation can improve thyroid function and lower the risk of atherosclerosis too.
The author of this study called for further research into the benefits of selenium in type II diabetes.
You should always consult a healthcare practitioner about treating and diagnosing health-related problems.
5 foods that improve blood flow in men, especially “down there”
- Cooked spinach
- Dark chocolate (92% cacao)
(these foods also help lower blood pressure)