Easy does it

I’ve been saying for years that getting–and staying–healthy doesn’t have to be hard work.  In fact, it can actually be FUN if you know the right steps to take.

And I’ve also said before that with a few core nutrients, you can make it even easier to look and feel better than you have in years.  Now, there’s a new study that proves my point…

Researchers found that taking a few basic antioxidants can lower your risk of diabetes– AND protect you against the complications of high blood sugar, to boot.

Who doesn’t love a two-for-one deal–especially when it can transform your health?

Anyway, here’s how it works…

Elevated blood sugar and high glycemic load meals (meals with a lot of sugary things such as white bread, pasta, white rice, and of course, the usual culprits such as ice cream and cake) cause oxidative stress in the body.  Oxidative stress causes arterial cell wall damage.  And when you damage your arterial cell walls, a very nice substance with a bad reputation comes along to fix the damage.  That substance is cholesterol.  Yes, cholesterol is actually something the body produces naturally to repair damage.  But even though its intentions are good, too much cholesterol can eventually cause problems.

This is where antioxidants come in.  They help your body deal with the oxidative stress that occurs as a result of too much sugar (and foods that turn to sugar) in the body.  When you have enough antioxidant protection, your body doesn’t need to turn to its friend cholesterol to put out the fire and suppress the damage–the antioxidants can do that.

And what makes this finding even better is that the specific antioxidants the researchers used in this study were simple ones you can get in a good multivitamin–vitamin C, E, beta carotene, and selenium.

Make sure your multi has all of these–in the right amounts (I recommend at least 500 mg of vitamin C, 200 IU of vitamin E, 7,500 IU of beta carotene, and 75 mcg of selenium per day).  If it doesn’t, switch to a brand that does.

This is, by far, the easiest thing you can do to improve your health–and your diabetes risk–by leaps and bounds.