A synergy of botanicals and nutritional factors that may assist in the nutritional in the promotion of healthy blood glucose (not treatment)
Physicians are warned that combinations of effective natural nutrients and botanicals that affect blood glucose may alter or reduce the need for drug treatments for diabetes.
The promotion of healthy blood sugar levels is a key initiative in individuals with Type II Diabetes, Syndrome X and frank pre-Diabetes. While it is strongly recommended that individuals with established diabetes do not take drugs or dietary supplements to alter blood sugar levels without the advice of a knowledgeable healthcare giver, careful self-management of the many facets of diabetes mellitus is extremely important.
This approach requires intense patient education. Many studies show that education about the control of blood sugar in people with diabetes results in favorable clinical outcomes. In other words, an education in the effective management of diabetes is a key factor in keeping the diabetic well. Regulatory authorities do not permit any claims about the use of dietary supplements for blood glucose control.
Numerous natural herbs and botanicals have been used in “traditional medicine” to exert significant effects on blood sugar levels, but their mechanism of action is not always entirely clear in medical, folklore, herbal or scientific literature. There is a possibility of interactions between herbs that lower blood glucose and drugs (anti-diabetic medications, oral hypoglycemic drugs or insulin) and it is very important to use potent herbal or botanical remedies only with the supervision of a healthcaregiver that is skilled in the management of diabetes mellitus.
Some of the botanicals used in Clinical Glycemia™ have been shown to have insulin mimetic effects, effects on hepatic glucose synthesis and insulin helper actions.
Components of cinnamon (methyl-hydroxychalones) mimic the actions of insulin in promoting glucose utilization in the body. Given the safety of
cinnamon, this natural substance is a prominent ingredient in CLINICAL GLYCEMIA™
Bitter melon (Momordica charantia)
Known by several names (including balsam pear, karela, bitter gourd), bitter melon has been described as an “insulin mimic” which seems to lower blood sugar only when blood sugar is elevated, at least in experimental animals. Several human clinical trials performed on the Indian subcontinent imply that bitter melon can decrease the absorption of sugar and enhance glycogen stores in the liver, with an added benefit of modest lowering of blood cholesterol. Treatment claims are not permitted.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek powder has been described as effective at balancing blood glucose and supporting a healthy blood cholesterol. It appears to be a safe botanical and it is a popular food ingredient in Southern Europe and Asia. Fenugreek has a long history of safe use in the food chain
This bitter tasting herb has been used widely in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes (an illegal claim in the USA). Clinical experiences using Gymnema have reported benefits in supporting a healthy blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes, in comparison with placebo.
Mulberry fruits are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins. Mulberry has been used in combination with other herbs to manage thirst, dry mouth and deficiency of body fluids, especially in individuals with diabetes mellitus. It is believed to act by helping the body to normalize its fluid content, but, of course, individuals with diabetes are recommended to maintain their fluid intake. Mulberry is a unique component of CLINICAL GLYCEMIA™, to act as a general tonic.
There is good scientific agreement that Chromium possess insulin-helper actions and it is known to have been used to assist in blood sugar regulation.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
A potent and versatile antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid has been discussed as having an important role in aiding the prevention of oxidative stress and helping insulin to function.
Oat Bran Beta Glucans
Special types of soluble fiber, such as oat beta glucan, have major nutritional value in the support of healthy body functions and smoothing post-prandial blood glucose, at high intake.
The use of CLINICAL GLYCEMIA™ should not be considered in isolation of an understanding of the metabolic Syndrome X (CLINICAL METABOLIC SYNDROME X NUTRITIONAL FACTORS™).