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Glucose is a sugar that serves as our body’s primary source of cellular energy, as well as an energy source for most living creatures. It’s naturally found in almost all plants, which produce it via photosynthesis from water and carbon dioxide.
Glucose is obtained from food in the digestive tract or the liver and then transported via the bloodstream to cells throughout the body, which is why you’ll often hear glucose referred to as blood sugar. In humans, the regulation of blood glucose is precisely controlled by insulin, a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pancreas, as well as other hormones, including glucagon, cortisol, and adrenaline.
Blood glucose is tightly regulated for good reason. Too much or too little can negatively affect our body’s natural balance, or homeostasis, potentially leading to a host of health concerns.
Typically our bodies are well-equipped to maintain healthy blood sugar levels throughout life, especially when we exercise and eat a healthy diet. But there are a number of different factors that can make it difficult for the body to properly regulate blood glucose. Both genetics and lifestyle choices can affect the body’s ability to perfectly control glucose metabolism. In addition, there are certain nutritional factors that are necessary for proper glucose management.
In addition, poor lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise, smoking, excessive alcohol and junk food consumption, and other factors can contribute to poor blood sugar regulation.
Thankfully a healthy diet and regular exercise are all most of us will need to maintain healthy blood sugar throughout life. But if your diet is lacking, supplements can help to fill in the gaps and support your body’s natural ability to manage blood sugar.
For more than 45 years NOW has been empowering people to lead healthier lives by providing high quality supplements, foods, personal care and sports nutrition products. Our long-standing relations with the world’s best raw material suppliers ensure all NOW® products, including our Glucose Support line, are made with premium ingredients, and every product we produce is manufactured with our industry-leading commitment to quality.
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