Carb Blockers have become more and more popular lately as a means to manage carbs and sugars. But what exactly are they, how do they work, and are they effective for those with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes?
What is a Carb Blocker?
A carb blocker is a supplement taken with a meal that is designed to "block" the carbs in your meal from being digested.
As you probably already know, carbs are the number one culprit for most people who struggle with high blood sugar. When carbs get digested they turn into glucose (another name for sugar) and cause blood sugar levels to rise. The more carbs you eat, the more sugar there is entering your body, and the higher your blood sugar and A1C.
If you want to lower blood sugar, the typical advice most healthcare providers will give you is to change your diet by eating fewer carbohydrates. This is great advice, and it really does work. A carb blocker supplement, such as ours, is intended to be taken with a meal so that you could eat those tasty carbs WITHOUT causing a spike in blood sugar. Sounds too good to be true, right?
How Do Carb Blockers Work?
Carb Blockers work by disrupting the process of digestion that turns carbohydrates into glucose. Instead, carbs are able to pass through your digestive tract without turning into sugar and thus skipping the process that would cause elevated blood sugar levels.
We designed our Carb Blocker with a patented ingredient called Phase II Carb Controller. This ingredient has been studied and approved by the FDA for its effectiveness on interfering with the digestion of carbs into sugars.
It works by disrupting an enzyme called amylase.
Amylase's job is to take starchy carbs (things like pasta, potatoes, bread) and turn them into glucose. When amylase is inhibited your body can no longer convert these starchy carbs into sugar, and as a result they pass through the digestive system without elevating blood sugar levels.
Studies have shown that Phase II Carb Controller (made from white kidney bean extract) can inhibit up to 66% of starchy carbs from being absorbed and turned into sugar. That's like the equivalent of eating a big plate of pasta, but only absorbing the carbs from a small piece of bread.
Should Diabetics Use Carb Blockers?
If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes and you're looking to reduce blood sugar and A1C, having a Carb Blocker on hand can be a really easy and effective way to manage sugar levels even when you don't have access to low-carb food options.
Of course using a Carb Blocker is no substitute for a low-carb diet, which is still the gold-standard for lowering blood sugar and A1C, but if you're in a situation where you're going to end up eating carbs, having a Carb Blocker can be an absolute game changer.
Simply take your Carb Blocker roughly 10 minutes before mealtime to block up to 66% of carbs and sugars. If you do your best to eat a low-carb diet, and are diligent about using a Carb Blocker anytime you aren't eating low-carb foods, you can make a big impact on blood sugar and A1C levels.
Carb Blockers are can be an extremely effective tool for anyone looking to manage their blood sugar levels and A1C.
You shouldn't think of a Carb Blocker as a replacement to good diet and exercise, but they can be a really great tool when used properly.
Whether you're on a long road trip, have a business lunch with limited low-carb options, or just feel like indulging in your favorite carb-heavy foods, taking a Carb Blocker can prevent a lot of unwanted blood sugar spikes and keep you on track to better health.