Sugar is absorbed in the intestines, is delivered to all the body through the blood and becomes the source of energy for the brain, the muscles, etc. But if you take too much sugar, surplus sugar which was not used is combined with protein and is warmed up by the body temperature, producing AGE (Advanced Glycation End Products) which is a causal substance of aging. This is called Saccharification.
AGE is accumulated in everywhere in the body. If it is accumulated in the bone, the risk of osteoporosis goes up. If it is accumulated in the blood vessel, it damages the wall of the blood vessel and progresses the hardening of the blood vessel (arteriosclerosis), and if the blood vessel is clogged, stroke or heart attack happens, making the risk of sudden death go up.
Saccharification age is the age inside the body measured by the amount of AGE. If you have too much AGE in the body, your scarification age becomes older than your real age. That means the progression of aging.
People whose saccharification age is older than their real age have some characteristics such as smoker, less than 6 hours sleep, no breakfast and eating fast.
Sugar can be a cause of various diseases, but there are cells in the body which like sugar very much. They are cancer cells. We have 5000-7000 cancer cells in our body even if we are healthy and while you are eating sugar, the cancer cells increase more and more.
When alcohol is broken down in the liver, a substance which progresses synthesis of neutral fat is created. So alcohol which doesn’t contain sugar can be a cause of neutral fat.
People with diabetes have 5-10 years older skin condition compared to people without diabetes.
Countermeasure against Saccharification which progresses aging
1. Suppress the elevation of blood sugar after meals
After a meal, blood sugar elevates, saccharification easily happens and the rate that AGE is produced goes up. It is necessary to restrict the amount of sugar in order to prevent rapid elevation of blood sugar.
If you eat carbohydrate with protein or vegetables, blood sugar doesn’t go up rapidly.
2. Eat food which prevent the unite of sugar and protein
Food which prevent saccharification
Vegetables: Sunny lettuce, burdock, shungiku (garland chrysanthemum)
Tea: Houttuynia cordata tea, persimmon leaves tea, Rooibos tea
Spices: cardamom, rosemary
Whey (clear liquid) of yogurt has the power to prevent saccharification.
Other food to prevent saccharification
Water soluble dietary fiber rich in sea vegetables, okura, natto, etc. slows the digestion and absorption of sugar, preventing rapid elevation of blood sugar.
Vinegar slows the digestion and absorption of sugar.
So it is recommended to eat water soluble dietary fiber and vinegar together.
Skin of vegetables and fruits contain polyphenol which suppresses saccharification.
To take polyphenol efficiently, it is recommended to eat small vegetables and fruits which can be eaten with the skin such as mini tomato, Chinese oranges, etc.