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POSTED ON AUGUST 28, 2022 BY TORONTO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE CENTRE
Our functional medicine Toronto patients are usually surprised to learn that AMPK could contribute to longevity and fighting inflammation.
In fact, according to the journal Experimental & Molecular Medicine, a lack of this enzyme in the body could be a contributing factor in diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.
AMPK stands for adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase, and it’s an enzyme required for metabolizing carbohydrates and fats. So how does it work? Our clinical practice, the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre, explains:
Additionally, it is linked to low fat production; this is because it already helps control your metabolism. However, when functions are lowered, body fat production can increase. So what’s the bottom line? Healthy weight loss and optimal health could result when you frequently activate AMPK.
Activating the enzyme for your wellness might encourage these beneficial effects:
If you want to activate this enzyme, consider these strategies:
Get moving: “Exercise is perhaps the most powerful physiological activator and a unique model for studying its many physiological roles,” explains an article from Biochemical Journal.
Reduce inflammation: Try relieving inflammation with the help of resveratrol supplement. Resveratrol is a natural polyphenolic compound in edible fruits (i.e. berries, pomegranates, grape skin, etc.). It contains beneficial biological functions due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, hypolipidemic, anti-platelet, and antioxidant properties. Resveratrol could also incite a hormone called adiponectin, which activates the enzyme.
Watch your diet: Extreme amounts of carbohydrates could spike your insulin levels. This could trigger insulin resistance, which inevitably hinders activation.
Use supplements: Healthcare providers that practice functional medicine could recommend supplements for activating AMPK. For instance, the flavonoid hesperidin has been shown to increase the activation. (Hesperidin could also help with inflammation, while helping manage blood pressure issues. Hesperidin has also shown to inhibit obesity, reduce high blood sugar and lipids, and reduce insulin resistance concerns.) Dosages are individualistic as they might depend on age and previous health issues.
Can this enzyme support have the potential to help you achieve your longevity goals ? Our integrative and functional medicine healthcare providers could bring a personalized approach to your health. Transform your wellness today with clinical nutrition and functional medicine.
At the Toronto Functional Medicine Centre, we empower patients to take control of their health by understanding the scientific evidence behind their treatments. We also offer functional medicine testing and compassionate care for patients.
Moreover, we encourage patients to build a comprehensive treatment plan alongside their functional medicine provider. In turn, this can empower people to reach optimal health for the long run.
Our integrative care allows you to embrace your uniqueness and explore a wide variety of therapies. Allopathic treatments, Traditional Chinese Medicine, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, herbal medicine, IV therapy, and other modalities are available at our private practice. It’s time to experience a unique clinical experience!
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Disclaimer: The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website.
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