Cell protection against elevated sugar levels (glucose stress)
Glucose (sugar) is a vital energy source for certain cells in our bodies. However, an excess of sugar in the diet can have adverse consequences, burdening and damaging cells.
A permanent surplus of sugar in the blood makes cell surfaces "sticky" and restricts them considerably in the way they function. In addition, high blood sugar can block the absorption of vitamin C into the cells. If cells are exposed to very high glucose levels over a longer period of time, they die.
In the following experiment the Dr. Rath Research Institute investigated whether micronutrients have a protective effect on human cells (smooth muscle cells), which were exposed to elevated glucose levels. Researchers compared the survival rate of the treated cells to the control group which had not received the addition of micronutrients. In terms of cell-protecting effects against damage from excess sugar, the survival rate of the treated cells compared to the control group (without the addition of micronutrients) at the most effective synergies was 60%, 80% and even 100%.