The culmination of Dr. Lisa Gorn’s extensive research on the treatment of diabetes and insulin resistance, Glucology Blood Sugar Support is a physician-formulated dietary supplement aimed at reinforcing healthy blood sugar levels. Each of the seven high quality ingredients has been shown to help support blood sugar levels safely, effectively, and naturally.
Chromium is a mineral that enhances the effects of insulin in the body. Directly involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, chromium picolinate is the most well-absorbed and frequently studied form of chromium.
Studies have shown that individuals with diabetes are frequently chromium deficient. However, by replenishing the needed chromium in your body, insulin sensitivity may improve. Added sensitivity to the effects of insulin enables your cells to more easily respond to it, which can in turn lead to lower blood sugars. Chromium is known to decrease food cravings and hunger, as well as prevent the weight gain associated with certain medications used in the treatment of diabetes. Studies have also shown that chromium helps decrease inflammation and improve brain function in older adults.
A water-soluble B vitamin that helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats, biotin is known to play an important role in the regulation of blood sugars and the metabolism of cholesterol. Studies have shown that the combination of high-dose biotin and chromium picolinate has beneficial effects on the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas while also improving insulin resistance.
A powerful antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid improves insulin resistance and helps regulate blood sugar levels. High blood sugars are associated with the production of excess free radicals, and alpha lipoic acid modulates this negative response. Studies have shown alpha lipoic acid can also diminish the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve damage common in diabetics.
Gymnema is an herb native to India that has been used for many years in the management of blood sugar levels. Studies have shown it can help decrease body weight and hunger, and improve fatigue.
Derived from the bark of certain evergreen trees, cinnamon is a spice well known for its many significant health benefits, including lowered blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
The two most prevalent types of cinnamon are Ceylon and Cassia, with the latter being the primary variety found in the US. Cassia cinnamon often contains high levels of coumarin, which occurs naturally in plants and can have strong anticoagulant properties. Regular consumption of large amounts of Cassia cinnamon can pose a health risk to some people, including liver toxicity. The cinnamon used in Glucology is Cinnulin PF®, a water-soluble extract. The extraction process helps filter out the coumarin toxins, rendering the final product safe and effective for daily consumption. Cinnulin PF® has also shown to improve lean body mass while decreasing fat mass.
A component of the spice turmeric, curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties, as well as cardiovascular protective benefits and regulating the metabolism of fats. However, because curcumin is not readily absorbed, it must be taken in high doses in order to be effective. The type of curcumin found in Glucology is Meriva, a highly absorbable form bound to phosphatidylcholine. Absorption studies have found a 29-fold higher absorption rate with Meriva.
A recent study of curcumin in people with prediabetes showed a decreased risk of developing the disease over a period of nine months. Another study of patients with diabetes and kidney dysfunction showed improvement in both inflammation and protein loss.
A phenol found in grapes and red wine, resveratrol has been shown to activate a gene called sirtuin 1, which is also activated during calorie restriction. While calorie restriction can extend the lifespan of several species, no studies have yet found resveratrol to extend the lifespan of any animals. However, it has been found to improve the health of rodents.
Resveratrol has many health benefits, including lowered blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory, preservation of insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, and prevention of the progression of atherosclerosis.