August 24, 2017
I want to show you an important way to improve your health and protect you against a problem we’ve created in the modern world.
When we cook our food, it creates a byproduct called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, that we’re not exactly built for.
But you can compensate for them with some natural solutions that will help you:
AGEs occur when a sugar attaches itself to a protein or fat. Sometimes this happens when you “brown” food – like when you caramelize vegetables on the stove, or get a “golden” or brown crust on baked goods.
It also happens when you cook meats for a long time.
When you eat foods with AGEs, they can gather in any number of tissues. The basic result is that the tissue gets “stiffer.” When tissues get stiffer, they don’t work as they should.
This is especially true of your endothelium, the organ in your body that’s more than 93,000 miles long. The endothelium lines many tissues in your body including your veins, and is critical to proper blood flow.
AGEs block nitric oxide activity in the endothelium, keeping your blood vessels from relaxing and flowing freely. AGEs also cause the endothelium to produce a nasty free radical called reactive oxygen species that’s very damaging to healthy cells and tissue.
A recent study looked at the endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress before and after a meal containing AGEs. After the meal, the people who ate the high-AGE meal had their capillary blood flow reduced by 62%, while the ability of larger vessels to dilate decreased by 36%.1
AGEs have been associated with a number of diseases, especially diabetes and atherosclerosis.
But AGEs don’t only come from outside your body in the form of food or pollutants like cigarette smoke. You make AGEs inside your body, too.
After you eat, your body can still make advanced glycation end products from the simple sugars from carbs as well as sugary foods. And while a lot of sugar goes to run your metabolism, any sugar circulating in your blood has many chances to be turned into an AGE, especially if you eat a lot of processed carbs or sugar all at once.
Fructose undergoes glycation at about 10 times the rate as glucose. Considering all the products that have swapped natural sugar for concentrated fructose, is it a surprise we’re seeing skyrocketing rates of diabetes and other chronic inflammatory diseases? So avoid fruit juices and eat the whole fruit which has all the good fiber we all need.
To prevent buildup of AGEs in your body, follow these four easy steps:
Don Fisher D.O.
Medical Director/ Physician
The BEST Program, Inc.