Blood Sugar Optimizer™ - Ingredients & Why It Works

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.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 90

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%
Biotin 177 MCG 59%
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)
BioPerine 95%

† Daily Value not established
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Made in USA Gluten free Vegetarian Non GMO Additive and filler free
Recommended Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1-2 pills, 2-3x daily with 1 glass of water (preferably 10-15 minutes before a meal). Higher dosages = Lower blood sugar effects.

Other Ingredients: plant-derived cellulose gelatin (Vegetarian capsule), Maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate

Does NOT Contain Any: Artificial colors, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, egg, fish, peanuts.

Potential Side Effects: Higher dosages may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Some users have reported improved cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Long-term use can lead to weight loss, especially belly fat.

Warnings & Interactions: If you have a medical condition (especially diabetes or glucose control problems), are pregnant, lactating, trying to conceive, under the age of 18, or taking medications (especially for diabetes or glucose control), consult your health care practitioner before using this or any new nutritional product.

Get The Facts:

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.

Vitamin & Mineral Formula

Blood Sugar Optimizer™ contains 12 specific vitamins and minerals that work synergistically to help

  • support glucose metabolism
  • optimize blood sugar levels
  • provide anti-oxidant protection

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 (NA-R form)

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

Helps With Diabetic Neuropathy?

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are TWO types of Alpha Lipoic. If you're taking a typical alpha lipoic acid supplement, you're likely only getting half the benefit of natural lipoic acid. The reason for this is that most alpha lipoic acid products on the market have both forms: the S form, and the R form. R-lipoic acid is much more potent (2-3 times or more) than commonly sold alpha lipoic acid, which contains both the R and S forms. The S form is chemically the mirror image of the R form and cannot be used by the body, hence it is useless. Additionally, the typical ALA tends to cause acid reflux and heart burn in many users.

Blood Sugar Optimizer™ uses the correct and more potent "R" Alpha Lipoic Acid, which also is safe for digestion. Additionally, Blood Sugar Optimizer™ contains BioEnhanced Na-R-ALA, the sodium salt of R-Lipoic acid (RLA). Unlike pure RLA, BioEnhanced Na-R-ALA is a stabilized form of R-ALA that won't degrade at high temperatures, is more bioavailable than regular RLA and has no solvent residues.

Yes, it costs 6x the price of the typical ALA supplements on the market, but it's much more potent, natural and safer.

Cinnamon (4:1 Extract)

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:

  1. Cinnamon can increase your glucose metabolism about 20-fold, which significantly improves blood sugar regulation.6
  2. Cinnamon has been found to have "insulin-like effects" due to a bioactive compound, qualifying it as a candidate for an insulin substitute.7
  3. Cinnamon slows the emptying of your stomach to reduce sharp rises in blood sugar following meals, and improves the effectiveness, or sensitivity, of insulin.7
  4. Cinnamon actually enhances your antioxidant defenses. A study published in 2009 stated, "Polyphenols from cinnamon could be of special interest in people who are overweight with impaired fasting glucose since they might act as both insulin sensitizers and antioxidants."5
  5. A bioflavonoid found in cinnamon called proanthocyanidin, may alter the insulin-signaling activity in your fat cells and thus, help reduce belly fat.8

What's The Best TYPE Of Cinnamon?

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If taking raw cinnamon powder (which is found in most supplements), you'll need about a 1-2 teaspoons a day or 2000-4000 mgs. Blood Sugar Optimizer™ contains the much more potent and effective extract version, so less is needed with improved results.

Bitter Melon (Nepatica)

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

Gymnema Sylvestre Extract (75% Bymnemic Acids)

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most clinical studies showing positive results were done so with the extract version, at 75% Bymnemic Acids - which is the correct form found in Blood Sugar Optimizer™

Bilberry Leaf Extract (25% Anthocynosides - Vaccinium myrtillus)

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most clinical studies showing positive results were done so with the extract version, at 25% Anthocynosides - which is the correct form found in Blood Sugar Optimizer™

Fenugreek Seed (4:1 Extract; 50% Saponins)

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: If taking the "powdered" or "seed" form, then you will need to take a minimum of 1,000-3,000 mgs daily to see glucose benefits - which is a LOT. Thus, always take the extract form only, at a 4:1 ratio - which is highly concentrated.

Additionally, what matters is the Saponins concentrations, which is the active ingredient. Ours is the highest available at 50% extract.

Banaba Leaf Extract (1.5% Corosolic Acid)

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only use and purchase products with the 1.5% Corosolic Acid, found in the extract form only. This active ingredient is what's clinically proven to improve your blood sugar.


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 (as Chromium Picolinate & TRAACS® Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate Chelate)

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Chromium is an amazing ingredient and most people are deficient in it. Make sure you use BOTH versions for maximum performance. Additionally, you should always take Chromium along with Biotin for correct balance to prevent deficiencies. Blood Sugar Optimizer™ has this correct 1:1 ratio.


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

IMPORTANT NOTE: It's important to always take both Biotin and Chromium TOGETHER. The proper ratio is 1:1, which is found in Blood Sugar Optimizer™


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.

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