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Brown Seaweed Extract May Help Slow Sugar Digestion

An extract made from brown seaweed may help regulate blood sugar levels by helping our body more effectively digest table sugar. These are the findings of a study conducted by an independent research center in Quebec.

For the study researchers gave obese and lean Zucker rats a daily dose of 7.5 mg/kg of InSea2, the brown seaweed extract, along with a dose of table sugar.

The researchers found a 38% and 51% reduction in blood glucose levels of the lean rats at 30 minutes and 60 minutes after the rats received the extract. They also saw a 25% reduction in peak glucose response among the obese rats given the extract.

A second study of InSea2 showed the extract's ability to inhibit sucrase, with limited effect on maltase and no effect on lactase. Sucrase, maltase and lactase are digestive enzymes that assist the body in digesting sugar, grain and dairy products respectively.

According to the researchers, because InSea2 only effects digestion of table sugar, it tends to be tolerated well by users.

The researchers noted that table sugar is added or present in a great deal of the food we eat and finding ways to help your body control its absorption can lead to significant health benefits.

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