New and Improved Blood Sugar Support

Let's take a closer look at these special nutrients and how they have been shown to help people with blood sugar problems.

• Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant found naturally inside every cell in the body and helps your body use glucose, giving it a potential role in improving blood sugar control and reducing complications from a high sugar diet. Studies have found it not only inhibits liver production of glucose but also helps insulin move glucose from the blood into body cells, helping to improve insulin sensitivity. Alpha lipoic acid's 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), according the University of Maryland Medical Center.

• Banaba. A species of the crepe myrtle tree that is native to Southeast Asia and the Philippines, banaba appears to lower blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. One study showed that type 2 diabetics who took corosolic acid (the active compound in banaba leaf) showed improvement in their blood sugar control. Another ingredient in banaba, tannic acid, actually stimulates glucose transport without appearing to increase adiposity (fat cells) and therefore may be useful for treating diabetes-associated obesity.

• Biotin. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is generally classified as a B-complex vitamin. According Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute, biotin deficiency impairs glucose utilization. In one study, blood biotin levels were significantly lower in patients with type 2 diabetes than in non diabetic control subjects, and lower fasting blood glucose levels were associated with higher blood biotin levels. But after one month of biotin supplementation, fasting blood glucose levels decreased by an average of 45 percent.

• Cinnamon Bark. Studies have shown that cassia cinnamon, the same kind of cinnamon we use for cooking, may lower blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance. Cinnamon bark can also improve cardiovascular health in people with diabetes. In a study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that taking 1-6 grams (one gram is about a half of teaspoon) of ground cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

• Co-Enzyme Q-10 (Co Q-10). Co Q-10 is produced by your body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. Levels of Co Q-10 are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases, including diabetes. Research suggests that taking supplements of Co Q-10 may improve heart health and blood sugar and help manage high cholesterol and high blood pressure in individuals with diabetes.

• Taurine. Taurine is an important amino acid required by our body to hold off the bad effects of diabetes. As an antioxidant, it protects cells in your body from free-radical damage. Patients with type 2 diabetes are often diagnosed to be deficient in taurine. As a result, these patients also become deficient in insulin, resulting in a rise in blood glucose levels. Replacing taurine is important in order to improve the condition and improve the secretion of insulin. Taurine also protects kidney cells from the damage posed by high sugar levels in the blood.

With the addition of these nutrients, Solumet (a carbohydrate blocker) is no longer necessary. So now, Blood Sugar Support is an easier, one-step way to effectively manage your blood sugar levels naturally.