Insulin Support

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insulin support
SKU: 4183

Applications for Health Improvement

  • Supports healthy glucose metabolism
  • Supports healthy insulin sensitivity
  • Supports healthy blood lipid levels already within the normal range


60 Vegetarian Capsules

This formula is a combination of nutrient and herbal support for healthy glucose metabolism. With select B vitamins and the mineral chromium, it features concentrates of fenugreek, gymnema and bitter gourd. This formula provides nutritional support for glucose and insulin metabolism and supports healthy blood lipid levels already within the normal range.

Thiamin: Decreased availability of this enzyme has been implicated in diabetes complications such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, stroke and cardiovascular disease [1]. Thiamin deficiency may cause diabetic neuropathy by decreasing transketolase, needed for normal myelinization and thiamine monophasphatase, needed for primary sensory neuron function [2].

Niacin: is required for lipid metabolism, tissue respiration and glycogenolysis. It may preserve and protect Beta cells [3]. Niacinamide improved insulin secretion in lean diabetics who had failed drug treatment [4].

Chromium and Biotin: synergistically improve glucose tolerance [5,6]. Biotin, in large doses (5-15 mgs) enhances the effects of enzymes involved in glucose metabolism [7]. Chromium polynicotinate, preferred for its bioavailability and biological activity may increase insulin receptor sensitivity and enhance glucose transport [8].  

Bitter Gourd: contains an insulin-like polypeptide shown to exhibit hypoglycemic effects [9] with an onset of action between 30-60 minutes and a peak effect at about 4 hours [10].

Fenugreek Seed: can lower high serum cholesterol and triglycerides [11].

Gymnema Sylvestre: reduces fasting blood sugars, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and glycosylated plasma protein levels and thus insulin requirements in Type 1 diabetics by reducing glucose absorption in the intestine, stimulating pancreatic beta cell growth. Gymnema was shown to also reduce serum triglycerides, total cholesterol, VLDL and LDL [12].

Vanadyl Sulfate: may reduce hepatic gluconeogenesis and “mimic” insulin’s effect [13].


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