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Amylase Inhibitors

Also indexed as:Starch Blockers
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Amylase inhibitors are also known as starch blockers because they contain substances that prevent dietary starches from being absorbed by the body. Starches are complex carbohydrates that cannot be absorbed unless they are first broken down by the digestive enzyme amylase and other, secondary, enzymes.1, 2 They are claimed to be useful for weight loss, but when they were first developed years ago, research did not find them very effective for limiting carbohydrate absorption.3, 4, 5, 6 Later, however, highly concentrated versions of amylase inhibitors did show potential for reducing carbohydrate absorption in humans.7, 8, 9

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Obesity
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Amylase inhibitors contain substances that prevent dietary carbohydrates from being absorbed by the body and may aid in weight loss.
Type 1 Diabetes
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Amylase inhibitors, when given with a starchy meal, can reduce the usual rise in blood sugar levels of people with diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
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Amylase inhibitors, when given with a starchy meal, can reduce the usual rise in blood sugar levels of people with diabetes.

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