I used to think that White kidney bean is like a supplement form of acarbose, but on researching today, I realized that they actually work on different pathways. White kidney bean extract contains an alpha-amylase inhibitor, while acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor.
My hunch is that these are actually synergestic.
And based on recent reports on resistant starch, I feel that their benefits would be not only via reducing peak blood glucose levels, but also making starch similar to resistant starch
Cancer study: Major preventive effect from resistant starch in people with Lynch syndrome -- ScienceDaily.
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In the first study, a placebo-controlled, cross-over study, eleven fasting subjects (men and women aged 21 to 57) were given 4 slices of white bread and 42 g (3 Tbs) of margarine with or without 1500 mg of Phase 2 (the Phase 2 was added to the margarine) [
45]. The food contained a total of 610 calories, 60.5 of which came from carbohydrate. The tests were administered a week apart. Absorption and metabolism of carbohydrate was measured as levels of plasma glucose over time. In comparison to control, the glucose levels following consumption of Phase 2 returned to baseline 20 minutes earlier. The area under the plasma glucose vs. time curve was 66% lower with Phase 2 compared to the control (p < 0.05). The authors concluded that this indicated that 1/3rd of the carbohydrate in the bread was…
I will have to try an experiment with my CGM. This only works on more complex carbs, but lol, I will do the evil thing and eat bread…
Also the effective dose (2000mg) is way higher than the effective dose of acarbose.
It’s much easier to get than acarbose which is a strong point in favor of it