The Nutritarian eating style, as described in The End of Diabetes, helps to normalize blood glucose levels by focusing on antioxidant-rich, high fiber, whole plant foods. Glucose Biotect provides extra assistance for those who require extra assistance or are not following it 100 percent. Glucose Biotect contains a carefully selected combination of essential micronutrients and effective plant extracts.
Numerous human trials suggest that supplemental cinnamon powder and cinnamon extract support healthy blood glucose levels. The bark of cinnamon trees contains phytochemicals that research suggests enhance insulin signaling and facilitate cellular glucose uptake and storage.
Multiple species of evergreen trees belong to the cinnamon family. The most common culinary cinnamon is Cassia cinnamon, and this is the cinnamon powder that has most often been used in glucose-management trials. The major drawback to using a high dose of Cassia cinnamon is the presence of coumarin, a substance which may damage the liver. Powdered cinnamon supplements are known to contain amounts of coumarin that may approach the maximum recommended daily dose. Although no adverse effects have been reported in glucose-lowering trials, I have chosen not to use Cassia cinnamon in Glucose Biotect as a safety precaution. Ceylon cinnamon (“true” cinnamon) is preferable to Cassia for culinary uses because of its more complex flavor and the absence of coumarin. For the safest and most effective source of supplemental cinnamon, a purified cinnamon extract is utilized, which is designed to concentrate the effective phytochemicals and exclude the coumarin.
Aloe barbadensis, the aloe vera plant, is a succulent which grows in dry environments. The plant stores water in a gel inside its leaves. Aloe vera gel has been used for medicinal purposes—primarily for the skin—as far back as ancient Greece. Aloe vera gel contains vitamins, minerals, plant sterols, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. According to animal studies, phytochemical compounds found in aloe vera leaf gel may affect blood glucose levels. Human clinical trials are still in preliminary stages with published trials showing positive results.
Because of differences in how the teas are processed after harvesting, green and white teas have a unique phytochemical profile, and contain antioxidants such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that are very rare in other plant foods. Drinking brewed green tea regularly has been associated with cardiovascular health, and green tea catechins have been the subject of much research. In cell culture studies, green tea polyphenols have been shown to affect glucose metabolism. Preliminary clinical trials so far have been promising, and research is continuing. Note that the green tea extract in Glucose Biotect does not contain caffeine.
Thiamin is one of the B vitamins (vitamin B1) and plays an important role as a cofactor in the chemical reactions of glucose metabolism and insulin production. It is common for diabetics to excrete too much thiamin via the kidneys, which puts them at risk of deficiency. Thiamin deficiency can exacerbate diabetes symptoms, since thiamin is important for glucose metabolism and insulin production. Furthermore, thiamin deficiency over time may damage the arterial walls and promote the dangerous complications of diabetes, including neuropathy, nephropathy and retinopathy. Consequently, it is imperative for those with diabetes to maintain adequate thiamin levels; however, the amount obtained from foods and multivitamin supplements may not be enough. A higher dose of thiamin than that generally recommended by the Institute of Medicine is likely required for diabetics, to counteract the increased thiamin losses. High-dose thiamin supplements are available, but those excessive doses are not necessary on a Nutritarian program. A conservative dose of thiamin is included in Glucose Biotect, in order to prevent deficiency without unnecessary levels of supplementation.
Chromium is an essential mineral, and similar to thiamin, it is an important cofactor in the chemical reactions that produce energy from glucose. In addition, chromium enhances insulin signaling, allowing insulin to efficiently transport glucose from the bloodstream into the body’s cells. The standard American diet, which is rich in refined carbohydrates, promotes chromium loss, and it is common for diabetics to have lower chromium levels than healthy individuals. High-dose chromium supplementation has been shown to reduce fasting blood glucose and HbA1C levels in diabetics. However, switching to a Nutritarian eating style will help to normalize chromium intake and reduce chromium loss. As with thiamin, excessively high doses are not required to maintain adequacy and allow for the proper functioning of chromium in the body. A conservative dose of chromium is included in Glucose Biotect as chromium picolinate, which is more absorbable than other forms. This level of supplementation is designed to protect against deficiency while avoiding excess.
Additional plant extracts
Glucose Biotect contains extracts of white mulberry leaf, banaba leaf, gymnema leaf and fenugreek seed. The leaves of the mulberry tree are the preferred food of silkworms, while the berries are often eaten by humans. Banaba is a common ornamental tree grown in Asia. Gymnema is a large, woody plant that grows indigenously in India, Africa, and Australia. Fenugreek is a deep yellow seed used as a spice in the cuisines of India and North Africa. Although effective doses have not been established and further research is necessary, preliminary studies suggest that these plant extracts may have glucose-balancing properties.
Caution: If pregnant, nursing or on medication, consult with your healthcare practitioner.
Take 1-2 capsules three times daily. Best taken with food.