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/RTI*|
|Magnesium (as TRAACS® Glycinate & Citrate)||10 MG||26%|
|Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)||50 MG||83%|
|Vitamin E (as mixed Topherols)||10 IU||33%|
|Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Mononitrate)||1 MG||67%|
|Niacin Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide)||50 MG||250%|
|Zinc Picolinate||7 MG||47%|
|Vitamin B5 (as Pantothenic Acid)||5 MG||50%|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCL)||1 MG||67%|
|Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamin)||25 MCG||417%|
|Manganese (from Manganese Citrate)||200 MCG||99%|
|Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate & TRAACS® Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate)||200 MCG||167%|
|Selenium (as Se-Methyl L-Selenocysteine)||9 MCG||13%|
|Synergy Optimizer™ Blend||506 MG||†|
NA-R-Alpha Lipoic Acid
Cinnamon (Ceylon 4:1 Extract)
Bitter Melon (2.5% bitter principles, including 10% charantin)
Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (75% Gymnemic Acids)
Bilberry Leaf Extract (25% Anthocyanosides)
Fenugreek Seed (4:1 Extract; 50% Saponins)
Banaba Leaf Extract (1.5% corosolic acid)
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 below it.
Blood Sugar Optimizer™ contains 12 specific vitamins and minerals that work synergistically to help
The ratio and dosage is what matters because they've been tested and scientifically proven to work. Once added to the rest of the herbs and amino acids found in Blood Sugar Optimizer™, results are dramatically improved.
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 mercury1.
However, ALAs most interesting property may be its ability to counter hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)2. There have literally been hundreds of studies concluding that ALA significantly improves insulin stimulated glucose uptake in patients with type II diabetes2,3. Not only does it help lower blood sugar levels by reducing the secretion of insulin, it also increases insulin sensitivity at the cell level and thus, even LESS insulin is required.2,3
Studies have also shown alpha-lipoic acid leads to improvements with “Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy”3, which is nerve damage caused by diabetes. This is very painful … causing numbness, tingling and burning sensations. It affects your feet and legs first, followed by your arms and hands.
It develops gradually and you may not notice problems until considerable damage has occurred and you’ve lost much of your mobility.
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.
It works because of Hydroxychalcone, the active ingredient in cinnamon, boosts the effect of insulin by increasing its sensitivity to glucose and facilitating delivery into the cells where it can be stored and synthesized.4 Additionally, certain compounds in cinnamon inhibit an enzyme that inactivates insulin receptors, further improving cell's ability to utilize circulating glucose.
Hydroxychalcone also has a powerful antioxidative effect, helping protect against the damage caused by free radicals and reduce chances of cancer.5
Here are the 5 ways it can help:
The two major types of cinnamon are Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon, native to Sri Lanka, is also known as “true cinnamon.” This is NOT the predominant spice typically sold as cinnamon in the United States. What is commonly found at your grocer or in your supplements is a closely related and less expensive variety called Cassia cinnamon (grown in China).
A critical difference between Ceylon and Cassia is the coumarin content of Cassia. Coumarin is a naturally occurring toxin, which has the potential to damage the liver in high doses and is also found to be carcinogenic in rodents.
Recent studies have revealed that regularly consuming Cassia cinnamon powder could be problematic, resulting in potentially harmful levels of coumarin intake. For example, one study estimated that small children eating oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon a few times a week would exceed the established safe upper limit of exposure. Similarly, they concluded that adults who are heavy consumers of culinary cinnamon or take powdered cinnamon supplements could also reach potentially unsafe doses.
Because of this, Blood Sugar Optimizer™ contains the safer, non-toxic form of Ceylon cinnamon.
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 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.9 Some even document Bitter Melon’s effect on total cholesterol reduction.10
Nicknamed the "sugar destroyer", Gymnema sylvestre has been used safely by people in India for 5,000 years. This natural herb can help balance your fasting blood sugar, maintain healthy hemoglobin A1c, support your body's glycemic control and increase the efficiency of insulin inside your body.11
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, both of which are desirable for those wishing to lose weight and to reduce the level of sugar in their blood.12
Leaves of the bilberry have a long history of use to assist the balance of blood sugar. The active ingredient is chlorogenic acid which blocks glucose production of tissues.15,16 Bilberry may lower the risk of some complications associated with blood sugar imbalance such as cataracts and retinopathy.
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.13 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.
Benefits from the medicinal use of fenugreek are seen in both insulin-dependent, or type1, and non insulin dependent, or type 2 diabetics.14
Research has shown banaba leaf is effective for lowering blood glucose in people with regularly high blood sugar. It may also aid weight loss if high blood sugar has led to obesity. Experts say the reason banaba leaf can have a positive effect on blood sugar levels is because it contains a natural concentration of corosolic acid, which mimics the function of insulin by aiding the metabolism of glucose.17
Corosolic acid can work like insulin to reduce blood sugar levels by transporting glucose into cells and out of the bloodstream. This can be beneficial to anyone who has trouble with high blood sugar, and especially to those with insulin resistance or diabetes.17
L-Taurine is an amino acid that is present in the body, and is manufactured by other amino acids such as cysteine, vitamin B6 and methionine. It is also found in milk, meat, eggs and fish.
A new study shows that taurine supplementation can offset the negative health consequences of this excess dietary sugar. The researchers found that taurine lowered insulin resistance by 56%, triglycerides by 22%, and LDL cholesterol by 21%.18 Furthermore, taurine reduced the excess production of cardiovascular-damaging free radicals and unfriendly nitric oxide (iNOS). The researchers stated, “Our results indicate that high sugar diet could induce insulin resistance which could further result in metabolic syndrome, and that taurine has a protective role against the metabolic abnormalities induced by this diet.”18
Other researchers have recently shown that taurine can protect against high blood sugar induced damage to the retina of the eye — a major health complication of high blood sugar over time.19
It is well known that high blood sugar alters liver and kidney health in conjunction with a dramatic increase in free radical damage to these vital metabolic organs. Chinese researchers have shown that taurine supplementation to diabetic animals can improve the enzyme function in liver and kidneys while boosting the core antioxidant system (glutathione) and reducing free radical damage.20
Collectively these studies show an important role for supplemental taurine in any person who is overweight and headed in the direction of the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Chromium helps enhance the effectiveness of insulin, a hormone vital for the processing of glucose. Supplemental chromium reduces blood glucose levels.21 More than 90% of U.S. adults have a deficiency of the mineral chromium. Chromium is not readily absorbed from foods, and the human body even has difficulty in absorbing chromium from most nutritional supplements.
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.21
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.
Biotin supplementation, especially when coupled with chromium supplementation, has been found to help treat diabetes type II and allow for greater effect of nutritional therapies.22
As we age, we tend to absorb less and less nutrients and this is where BioPerine® comes in. BioPerine® is a patented phytonutrient, created to ENHANCE the bio-availablity of ALL nutrients. Simply stated, it promotes the absorption and usage of other ingredients found in Blood Sugar Optimizer™.
By utilizing BioPerine®, the specific ingredients and respective dosages - work together, at a much more effective absorption factor to produce the best results - with the least side effects.
Bioperine® is the only product sourced out of piperine to obtain a patented status for its ability to increase the bioavailability of nutritional compounds. Secondly, it is the only source from piperine to have undergone clinical studies in the U.S. to substantiate its safety and efficacy for nutritional use.