Serving Size: 3
|Per Serving||Raw Material Description|
|15 mg||Zinc (as Zinc Gluconate)|
|2.5 mg||Manganese (as Manganese Sulfate)|
|490 mcg||Chromium (as Chromium Polynicotinate)|
|500 mg||Garcinia Cambogia (fruit)|
|250 mg||Gymnema Sylvestre (leaf)|
|250 mg||Petrocarpus Marsupium (bark)|
|250 mg||Fenugreek (seed)|
|250 mg||Alpha Lipoic Acid|
|180 mg||Bitter Melon (fruit)|
|75 mg||JamboLean™ Jambol (fruit)|
|40 mg||Bilberry (leaf)|
|16 mg||Banaba Extract (Lagerstroemia Speciosa)|
|2 mg||Vanadium (as Vanadyl Sulfate)|
Chromium Polynicotinate is a trace mineral that adds a hormone-like regulation to increase efficient carbohydrate metabolism. Since all carbohydrates are eventually reduced in the body to simple glucose, which is the body's primary source of energy, Chromium polynicotinate essentially "plugs" serum glucose from the bloodstream directly to the muscle cell. Chromium itself is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism, glucose regulation, and energy production. Chromium can also produce anabolic effects, but without side effects.
Chromium Polynicotinate has greater biological activity than other forms of Chromium as it helps stabilize blood sugar levels and can be critical to the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and proteins. Chromium Polynicotinate is a mineral required for regulation of blood sugar. Currently our ability to maintain stable blood sugar levels is threatened by the lack of chromium in our soil and water and by a diet often high in white flour, refined sugar and junk food. Supplemental chromium has been used successfully to control cholesterol, promote the loss of fat and increase lean muscle tissue.
Medical studies have also suggested that supplementation with chromium can reduce body fat, help build lean body muscle, regulate blood sugar and lower elevated cholesterol, particularly in deficient individuals.
Medical research shows that zinc, a crucial trace element accountable for over 300 enzyme functions, can help in controlling the negative effects of diabetes. Studies have found that zinc improves glycemic control in type I and type II diabetes. Many of the enzyme systems in which zinc is a required element are directly involved with the metabolism of blood sugar. This makes zinc a natural catalytic agent for insulin secretion.
The pancreas is an endocrine gland which is responsible for producing hormones like glucagon, somatostatin, and insulin. The beta cells that secrete insulin in your pancreas have a high concentration of zinc. Without these high concentrations of zinc, the beta cells suffer. Fortunately our beta cells are equipped with a transporter called 'zinc transporter 8' which allows for easy storage of zinc. Unfortunately, what has been found is that metamorphosis of the genes in the zinc transporter 8 is one common cause of type 2 diabetes. Research has also found that antibodies against the zinc transporter are present in type 1 diabetic patients, which means that these antibodies are associated with type 1 diabetes.
Manganese is a trace mineral that is found in small amounts in our body. It can mostly be found mostly in bones, the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also is an important factor in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Furthermore, Manganese is also essential for normal brain and nerve function.
Some medical research has found that people with diabetes have low levels of manganese in their blood. One clinical study did found though that people suffering from diabetes who had higher blood levels of manganese were more protected from LDL or "bad" cholesterol than those with lower levels of manganese.
Pterocarpus marsupium, one of the most highly valued trees of Eastern herbal medicine, is famous for its blood sugar-lowering effect. The golden heartwood of the tree has been found to have high concentrations of flavonoids which are believed to be the source of the tree's chemical potency. In traditional practice, people suffering from diabete were given water which had been fermenting in a goblet made from the heartwood of the Pterocarpus marsupium.
Medical studies have confirmed the anti-diabetic effect of this valuable plant. The researchers believe that Pterocarpus improves insulin and pro-insulin levels in the blood by reducing the absorption of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, studies have shown that Pterocarpus enhances the regeneration of pancreatic B cells.
Alpha-lipoic acid can lower blood sugar levels, and its ability to kill free radicals may help reduce pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in people who have nerve damage caused by diabetes (called peripheral neuropathy). It also improves insulin sensitivity and helpes insulin in the blood get sugar into cells. ALA is a vitamin-like compound that acts like a powerful antioxidant and is produced in the body in small amounts. ALA is present in many foods, including liver, spinach, and broccoli, but nutritional supplements contain much higher amounts.
Bitter melon is the fruit of a tropical climbing herb in Africa and Asia. It is similar in looks to a cucumber and is used as a vegetable in meat dishes, fish dishes, and in soups. It is also known as "Balsam pear" or "bitter gourd." There are four compounds in bitter melon that activate an enzyme which is responsible for regulating metabolism and transporting glucose from the blood into the cells including glycosides momordin, vicine and charantin. Polypeptide P, charantin and vicine are the specific components thought to have blood glucose-lowering effects.
Bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, is a fruit that has been used for centuries, both medicinally and as a food in jams and pies. The leaves of this plant have been found to significantly lower blood sugar levels in those suffering from diabetes.
The Indian plant, Gymnema is part of the milkweed family. In Hindi it is known as Gurmar which translates to "Sugar Destroyer." Gymnema Sylvestre has been a staple of the ayurvedic, or Indian, medical practice for centuries. Doctors in India report that Gymnema Sylvestre is used in the treatment of diabetes as well as used as a food additive against obesity and caries. Gymnema is also reported to have anti-allergic, antiviral, lipid lowering, and other beneficial effects. Medical studies have proven that 400 mg a day of Gymnema will help glucose to be reabsorbed into the blood, thereby lowering blood sugar.
Jambolan is an evergreen tree common to Asia and Australia. It is a species of clove that is often used in Ayurvedic medicine. Also known as Java Plum or Jambul, this tree recently has gained interest because the fruit, seeds and bark have been shown to lower blood sugar levels. Those who practice Ayurvedic medicine report that the fruit pulp of the Jambolan tree lowers blood sugar levels in approximately 30 minutes, while the Jambolan seed lowers blood sugar levels in approximately 24 hours, apparently without side effects.
Jambolan may also reduce the risk of a person suffering from diabetes developing atherosclerosis since it contains oleanolic acid, which essentially short-circuits the chemical reactions that make toxic free radicals. By itself Oleanolic acid reduces the action of free radicals in atherosclerosis by 60 - 90 percent.
In experimental and clinical studies Fenugreek has demonstrated significant anti-diabetic effects. Two studies in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition have testified that Fenugreek greatly improves glucose tolerance in both Type I and Type II diabetics. Consistent use of fenugreek has been found to stimulate pancreatic function and in patients with relatively mild diabetes, fenugreek has significantly reduced both fasting and post meal glucose levels.
Vanadyl sulfate is the most popular and common form of vanadium, a trace mineral that mimics the action of insulin. Vanadium is found in foods such as pepper, dill, radishes, eggs, vegetable oils, buckwheat, and oats. Because of its insulin-like properties, vanadyl is being used by alternative medical practitioners and natural healers alike to treat diabetes. Studies show that vanadyl is incredibly effective in normalizing blood sugar levels and controlling conditions such as insulin resistance, or Type II diabetes. The exact way in which vanadium mimics the effects of insulin is uncertain yet it is thought to work by altering the concentration and effectiveness of several enzymes that are involved in the breakdown and distribution of glucose molecules and amino acids.
Banaba is a leaf extract from a crepe myrtle tree species which is commonly found in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. A tea made from the leaves has been used to treat diabetes as it produces insulin-like effects and lowers glucose levels.
Garcinia cambogia is a fruit that looks like a small pumpkin. It is native to India and parts of Asia, and an extract from its fruit and rind is popular in many natural weight loss products. The extract is hydroxycitric acid (HCA), and it claims to suppress appetite and enhance fat-burning.