A major hindrance to a healthy lifestyle revolves around blood sugar levels.
GlucoChrom helps you maintain this aspect of your health.
Benefits & Features
- Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Helps to alleviate hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, irritability, headaches, and cravings
- Promotes beneficial effects on blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Encourages reduction of body fat and increase of lean muscle mass (with diet and exercise)
is a unique combination of chromium, vanadium, bitter melon, and gymnema
sylvestre. These substances have been used both traditionally and by health
practitioners for years to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Working
together, they provide the body with a natural way to balance blood sugar
A daily serving of 1 capsule contains
• 200 µg Chromium
• 37.5 µg of vanadium citrate
• 225 mg of bitter melon fruit powder
• 250 mg of Gymnema
sylvestre leaf 4:1 extract< (equivalant to 1000mg)/p>
Chromium 200 µg (per capsule)
GlucoChrom’s chromium is derived from Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast that has been organically bound to trivalent chromium. Unlike most chromium supplements, which contain synthetic forms (such as chromium nicotinate or picolinate), GlucoChrom offers a truly natural, bioavailable, and easily absorbed form of this trace element that the body recognizes as food.
Due to nutrient-depleted soil, food processing, and overconsumption of refined carbohydrates, as much as 90 percent of the North American population may be chromium deficient. Symptoms of chromium deficiency include glucose intolerance, which can lead to diabetes, as well as fatigue, nerve pain, and high cholesterol. Chromium improves the body’s response to efficiently use insulin by regulating the movement of glucose out of the blood and into the cells, thus maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
Vanadium citrate 37.5 ìg
Evidence suggests that vanadium is an essential, ultra-trace mineral needed for cellular metabolism. It may also be involved in the reduction of serum cholesterol by suppressing cholesterol synthesis by the liver. Vanadium is thought to activate insulin receptors, thus improving insulin sensitivity and promoting a healthy reduction of blood sugar levels. In addition, vanadium also appears to play a role in healthy pumping of the heart muscle as well as strengthening of bones and teeth.
Gymnema sylvestre leaf, 4:1 extract
This woody climbing plant, native to India, has long been used as a treatment for diabetes. It is known to stimulate insulin secretion while lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Favored for long-term use as a supplement for blood sugar stabilization, gymnema has been used with success in diabetic patients and is noted for lowering blood glucose levels of patients who have fasted for testing. This herb may also improve the health of the pancreas by regenerating beta cells, which make and release insulin. Recent scientific research with gymnema extract has shown positive results for Type II diabetes.
Bitter melon fruit (Momordica charantia)
Bitter melon, also known as balsam pear, is a tropical fruit that grows in Asia, East Africa, and South America. Bitter melon may help to lower blood sugar levels by increasing the activity of hexokinase and glucokinase, the enzymes in the body that convert sugar into glycogen, which is then stored in the liver and used later for energy. Some evidence shows that bitter melon may cause a renewal and recovery of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. The fresh juice or extract of the unripe fruit has been clearly established to have blood sugar-lowering action.
How to Use:
Take orally 1 capsule twice daily. Best taken before meals.
• Drink 6 – 8 glasses of water per day.
• Perform 30 minutes of cardio exercise daily and reduce calories, fats, and alcohol for best results.
• Recommended for use with AIM Peak Endurance®, AIM ProPeas®, and AIM fit ’n fiber®.
• Children and pregnant and nursing women should avoid the use of GlucoChrom. Those taking hypoglycemic medication or insulin should consult a health practitioner before using GlucoChrom.
• Close tightly after opening and store in a cool, dry, dark place. Do not refrigerate.
Who should use GlucoChrom?
Anyone who is at risk for high blood sugar or Type II (non-insulin dependent) diabetes may benefit from using GlucoChrom. Those who want to promote fat loss and maintain healthy, lean body mass should consider using GlucoChrom. Anyone interested in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood may find GlucoChrom helpful as part of a healthy diet program.
Is there anyone who should not use GlucoChrom?
Children, pregnant and
nursing women, and Type I diabetics should not use
Those withType II diabetes or those taking oral hypoglycemics or insulin should
consult a health practitioner before using GlucoChrom.
We hear a lot about the
harmful effects of a poor diet on our health. We hear about how it leads to
obesity, how it can lead to increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease,
and how it can mean overall poor health due to lack of nutrition. Another risk
of an unhealthy diet—especially if it includes large quantities of
carbohydrates and simple sugars—is what it does to our blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar is, simply
enough, the amount of sugar (glucose) we have in our blood. When we eat, the
body breaks down the carbohydrates in foods to produce sugars. The sugar is
absorbed into the bloodstream, which carries it to every cell in the body. Blood
sugar fuels the cells, providing them with the energy they need to keep us
healthy. It is extremely important that blood sugar levels remain consistent and
not be too high or too low.
How it works
The amount of sugar in the
blood is largely controlled by the hormone insulin. When the body recognizes
that we are eating and turning food into sugars, the pancreas secretes insulin.
Insulin acts as a travel guide, escorting sugar through the bloodstream and then
“knocking on and unlocking the cells’ doors” to allow glucose to enter.
When the pancreas, insulin, and the cells are not working in harmony, the result
can be diabetes—high levels of blood sugar.
In diabetes, blood sugar
levels are too high. There are two reasons for this.
known as Type I diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes, is caused by damage to the
pancreas. Part of the pancreas, beta cells, manufacture the insulin that escorts
blood sugar to the cells. If beta cells are not working, or not working well,
you do not produce enough insulin—there are not enough “travel guides” to
get the blood sugar to the cells. The result is that the blood sugar remains in
the bloodstream—high blood sugar levels.
diabetes, known as Type II diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, insulin is
produced, but the cells remain resistant to it—you might say they keep
changing the “locks” so that the insulin cannot bring in the blood sugar.
This also results in high blood sugar levels. Type II diabetes is by far the
most prevalent, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetics.
Diabetes and high blood sugar
result in frequent urination, extreme thirst, increased appetite, unexplained
weight loss, dry skin and frequent skin infections, recurrent vaginitis, blurred
vision, fatigue, drowsiness, and nausea. Diabetes has the potential for serious
long-term complications that can lead to increased risk for atherosclerosis and
cardiovascular disease, visual problems and blindness, slow healing of injuries,
kidney failure, and damage to the nervous system.
Support for blood sugar
Healthy blood sugar levels
can be maintained through diet and lifestyle changes. Of special interest are
the minerals chromium and vanadium and the herbs bitter melon and Gymnema
Chromium is the major mineral
involved in insulin production, and a deficiency in this mineral can interfere
with the production and utilization of insulin. Indeed, a chromium deficiency
can result in three conditions directly related to blood sugar: high blood sugar
levels, an inability of the cells to pick up and use blood sugar (impaired
glucose tolerance), and higher insulin levels.
Chromium increases the
ability of insulin to bind to cells and leads to increased insulin sensitivity
of body tissue. This leads to the body being better able to absorb and use the
blood sugar. In other words, chromium helps the insulin “travel guide” get
to more doors and oils the key that the travel guide uses to unlock our cells to
the blood sugar. Studies have indicated that chromium does lower blood sugar and
insulin levels in those with Type II diabetes.
The U.S. National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine has noted that current data suggest that
chromium supplementation can be useful for people with glucose intolerance, Type
II diabetes, gestational diabetes, and steroid-induced diabetes.
Although as early as 1899 it
was found that a form of vanadium resulted in a decrease in blood sugar levels,
it was not until the late 1970s that vanadium’s insulin-like action was first
described. Vanadium may activate insulin receptors—making the cells more
receptive to insulin’s “key”—and through this, exert insulin-like
This has been supported in
two small clinical trials. In one, eight patients with Type II diabetes received
50 mg of vanadium sulfate two times per day for four weeks. The abstract of this
study notes that the vanadium was well-tolerated and resulted in modest
reductions of blood sugar and hepatic insulin resistance. (Metabolism 45, no. 9 (September 1996): 1,130-5.)
In another small trial, six
patients with Type II diabetes were given vanadium. The authors note that after
three weeks, insulin sensitivity was improved (J Clin Invest 95, no. 6 (June 1995): 2,501-9). In another trial, the
effects of vanadium were compared in moderately obese nondiabetic and Type II
diabetic subjects. The authors note in their abstract that “In conclusion,
small oral doses of vanadyl sulfate do not alter insulin sensitivity in
nondiabetic subjects, but it does improve both hepatic and skeletal muscle
insulin sensitivity in NIDDM [Type II] subjects in part by enhancing insulin’s
inhibitory effect on the breaking down of fats. These data suggest that vanadyl
sulfate [vanadium] may improve a defect in insulin signaling specific to NIDDM.”
(Diabetes 45, no. 5 (May 1996):
Bitter melon grows in
tropical areas, including parts of the Amazon, East Africa, Asia, the Caribbean,
and throughout South America. It is used as a food as well as a medicine.
Bitter melon does much the
same as chromium: it improves the body’s ability to use blood sugar and
improves glucose tolerance—that is, the body’s ability to get the blood
sugar into the cells.
In one small study, using 100
ml of bitter melon juice was found to improve glucose tolerance by 73 percent in
a standard glucose tolerance test. (J
Ethnopharmacology 17 (1986): 277-82). In another small study, an aqueous
extract of bitter melon fruit was found to decrease blood sugar levels by 54
percent. (Phytotherapy Res 7, no. 4
It also has an important
additional benefit: at least one animal study has noted that bitter melon fruit
juice results in an increase in the number of beta cells—the cells that
produce insulin—in the pancreas of diabetic rats when compared with untreated
diabetic rats. The authors of the study suggest that bitter melon may cause a
renewal and recovery of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. (Diabetes
Res Clin Pract 40, no. 3 (June 1998): 145-51.)
Like chromium and vanadium, Gymnema
sylvestre works to help increase glucose tolerance. Like bitter melon, it
may help the pancreas produce insulin.
Gymnema has been used with
patients suffering from both Type I and Type II diabetes. In one study with 27
Type I diabetic patients, the Gymnema
extract reduced the insulin requirements and lowered the fasting blood glucose
levels. The abstract notes that gymnema
extract enhances the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, possibly by
regeneration/revitalization of the residual beta cells in Type I diabetes. (J
Ethnopharmacol 30 (1990): 281-94.)
An animal study supports
this. In diabetic rat pancreas, extracts of Gymnema
were able to double the islet number (clumps of pancreatic cells) and beta cell
number (insulin-producing cells). These results show that Gymnema may improve the health of the pancreas. (J
Ethnopharmacol 30 (1990): 265-79.)
As far as Type II diabetes
goes, in one study, Gymnema extract
was administered for 18 to 20 months to 22 Type II diabetic patients taking
conventional medication. All the patients showed a significant reduction in
blood sugar levels, and five of the 22 diabetic patients were able to maintain
their blood sugar levels without conventional drugs. Similar to the above
studies, the results also showed higher levels of insulin in the blood,
indicating that the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas may be
regenerated/repaired in Type II diabetic patients on Gymnema supplementation. (J
Ethnopharmacol 30 (1990): 295-300.)
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is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.