This page covers the ingredients found in Blood Sugar Optimizer™ and discusses WHY they work, including links to clinical and scientific studies.. Under the below "Supplement Facts", you will see a list of all the specific ingredients and a short overview about their benefits, pros and cons.
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving||%DV*|
|Vitamin & Mineral Blend||128.7 MG||†|
|Vitamin E (as NUTRA-E™ dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate)||6 IU||45%|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl)||3 MG||177%|
|Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)||75 MCG||3093%|
|Pantothenic Acid||15 MG||300%|
|Magnesium Blend (TRAACS® Glycinate, Citrate, Oxide)||87 MG||28%|
|Zinc Picolinate||21 MG||192%|
|Chromium Blend (TRAACS® Picolinate, Nicotinate Glycinate)||600 MCG||1713%|
|Synergy Optimizer™ Blend||1930 MG||†|
Below you'll find detailed descriptions about the ingredients utilized in Blood Sugar Optimizer™ - exactly HOW it works & WHY it's better than other products. To get started, simply click on the ingredients below and a detailed description will appear under it.
After examing hundreds of blood tests over the past 20-30 years, I've seen specific patterns in people who are having certain health challenges.
And for those of us who don't metabolize sugars as well, especially as we've gotten older (yes, that includes myself), I've noticed deficiencies in about 12 key vitamins and minerals. The good news is that when combined together in specific dosages, can help make our lives much healthier because we are no longer lacking.
What's important is that you're giving your body the specific nutrients that it needs, to function at optimal levels - similar to when we were younger.
Combining them with specific herbs and plant extracts, can further improve results - naturally, without having to take harmful drugs.
This rare plant alkaloid is one of the most powerful natural therapies for treating a wide range of conditions – particularly insulin resistance and diabetes. Berberine targets a very basic regulator of metabolism present in all animals and plants called, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK).
For people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, AMPK activation:
In a clinical trial published in Metabolism, people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were randomly divided into groups and assigned to take metformin (Glucophage, a prescription diabetic medication) or berberine. Improvements were noted the very first week and at the study’s conclusion, the "average blood sugar and hemoglobin A1C levels significantly decreased in both groups".27 And there are additional studies showing similar improvements.34-39
Remarkably, berberine may help fight diabetes every bit as effectively as metformin. The researchers concluded that the two had "identical effect[s] in the regulation of glucose metabolism."27
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been proven to regenerate vitamin C and vitamin E; restore levels of intracellular glutathione, an important antioxidant that declines with age; and increase excretion of toxic heavy metals such as mercury.
However, ALAs most interesting property may be its ability to counter hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and help with diabetic Neuropathy.39-42
ALA has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and help reduce blood sugar and lipids, largely through improving measures of oxidative stress and inflammation.43-48
Personally, I believe one of ALA's biggest benefits for long-term health is it's about to help prevent beta cell destruction, enhancing glucose uptake, and its antioxidant effects may be particularly useful in slowing the development of diabetic complications such as diabetic neuropathy.49
Out of 50 natural ingredients tested, this popular spice was far and away the best for promoting healthy glucose metabolism. It can also help support healthy cholesterol levels.28
It works because of Hydroxychalcone, the active ingredient in cinnamon, which boosts the effect of insulin by increasing its sensitivity to glucose and facilitating delivery into the cells where it can be stored and synthesized. Additionally, certain compounds in cinnamon inhibit an enzyme that inactivates insulin receptors, further improving cell's ability to utilize circulating glucose.
Here are 5 ways it can help 28, 50-53:
Unfortunately, the problem with Cinnamon is that in order for it to work, you need a very high dosage of the powder - at least 2500-5000 mgs, and preferably 10,000 mgs daily.
To remedy this problem, we've used two, clinically researched extract forms: Cinnulin PF®54 and CinSulin®55-57. And we're using the optimal, clinically researched dose of 500 mgs of each (2 servings daily), yielding over 10,000 mgs of cinnamon powder. It's potent, clinically researched and it works!54-57
Bitter melon is a vegetable cultivated and eaten in many parts of the world, including India, Asia, Africa and South America. Bitter melon contains several chemical ingredients, including the glycosides momordin and charantin. Polypeptide P, charantin and vicine are the specific components thought to have blood glucose-lowering effects.
Studies suggest that Bitter Melon may play a role in controlling the production of insulin by the body, thus promoting healthy blood sugar control. Some of the documented studies show Bitter Melon to enhance cells’ uptake of glucose, to promote insulin release, and to make the effect of insulin more potent.58-61 Some even document Bitter Melon’s effect on total cholesterol reduction.
Nicknamed the "sugar destroyer", Gymnema sylvestre has been used safely by people in India for 5,000 years. In a clinical study with type 2 diabetics, participants taking Gymnema Sylvestre experienced significant reductions in blood sugar, hemoglobin A1c and glycosolated plasma protein levels. 31, 62-63
Gymnema sylvestre also promotes digestive health and reduce lipids (fats and triglycerides). It has anti-inflammatory properties as well. As an added bonus, it's used to reduce the absorption of glucose into the body, and also helps suppress sugar cravings,31, 62-63 both of which are desirable for those wishing to lose weight and to reduce the level of sugar in their blood.30
Fenugreek is effective for lowering postprandial (after meals) blood sugar. Fenugreek seeds contain a peculiar amino acid not found in any mammal tissues, 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which is believed to boost insulin production by stimulation of the beta cells of the pancreas, which secretes insulin. Furthermore, chemical agents within fenugreek increase the activity of enzymes that lower blood glucose concentration both by increasing glucose breakdown and by directing more glucose into glycogen reserves.64-66
A 2014 review and meta-analysis of 16 research studies looked at those that used randomized, controlled groups for 30 days or more and people who had diabetes and those who didn't. They found that ginseng (Panax ginseng) significantly reduced fasting blood glucose compared to the control group.32 They concluded that ginseng "significantly improved fasting blood glucose in people with and without diabetes."
One study concluded that, "ginseng and ginsenosides are beneficial for diabetes therapy".67. Another stated that, "Ginseng modestly yet significantly improved fasting blood glucose in people with and without diabetes". 68,69.
Improvements in Hemoglobin A1C, a marker of the long-term presence of excess glucose in the blood, were observed following three months of supplementation with resveratrol: “The results of the present study support our hypothesis that resveratrol supplementation improves glycemic control and the associated risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus..." The study also suggests that, "resveratrol could be used as an effective adjuvant therapy with a conventional hypoglycemic regimen to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.” 33
In one 4-week study at only 10 mgs daily, resveratrol "significantly decreased insulin resistance".70 In a study with subjects aged 65+, showed "a significant suppression of the peak blood glucose level and overall exposure to glucose in serum after meal ingestion".71
More than 90% of U.S. adults have a deficiency in chromium because it is not readily absorbed from foods, and the human body even has difficulty in absorbing chromium from most nutritional supplements.
Because of this, there are dozens and hundreds of clinical studies about Chromium as it relates to improvements in blood glucose, insulin and HbaA1c levels... An increase in insulin sensitivity, appetite reduction, a decrease in fat mass and more.70-78 Simply stated, chromium helps enhance the effectiveness of insulin, a hormone vital for the processing of glucose.
There are two forms of chromium - Picolinate and Polynicotinate, each having their own benefits. Picolinate version has been shown to improve longevity, HDL/LDL ratios, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat. The Nicotinate (niacin-bound) version has improved bioavailability and absorption. BOTH help improve blood sugar levels.
Because of this, Blood Sugar Optimizer™ contains BOTH forms for better proven performance and absorption.
Biotin, vitamin B-7, is a member of the water-soluble family of B complex vitamins. Biotin functions in fatty acid metabolism and the production of glucose. Biotin levels influence blood sugar levels and tend to be lower in people with type 2 diabetes. A study published in the January 2011 issue of the journal "Molecular Genetics and Metabolism" found that biotin deficiency impairs glucose and cholesterol regulation.
A study published in the journal "Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics" found that a combination of biotin and chromium for four weeks significantly improved results of glucose tolerance tests. The researchers also noted reductions in levels of triglycerides and fructose -- a sugar found in fruit that has been implicated in insulin resistance and elevated cholesterol.