AIM GlucoChrom ™ - NPN 80006166*
Blood sugar: The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) reports that more than 2 million Canadians have diabetes; by 2010, that figure is expected to hit 3 million. Shockingly, the World Health Organization estimates that by 2025, more than 300 million people will be afflicted. In recent years, the risk of diabetes in children and adolescents has increased like never before due to dramatically rising rates of adolescent obesity.
North American diet (low in dietary fibre and rich in processed sugars, fats and simple carbohydrates) contributes to an imbalance in the body’s ability to manage glucose levels. This problem underlies the growing prevalence of diabetes, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance and other blood sugar imbalances.
Impaired insulin production or utilization can lead to Type II diabetes mellitus and its related health complications. When we eat, the body
breaks down the carbohydrates in foods to produce glucose, the sugar that fuels our cells and provides them with vital energy for healthy functioning. It is extremely important for the blood glucose level to remain stable. If it is elevated, the pancreatic hormone insulin is secreted to encourage uptake of glucose by the cells. Ideally, the pancreas secretes just the right amount of insulin to efficiently metabolize glucose.
If insulin levels
are consistently high, insulin resistance may develop: the pancreas pumps out insulin but the cells are unable to properly respond, so the glucose remains in the bloodstream and the vicious cycle continues. Insulin resistance frequently leads to weight gain because high insulin levels cause the body to store fat rather than burn it as energy. Elevated levels of glucose and fats may also result in abnormally high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Over time, this can damage the vital organs, leading to heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
The Canadian Diabetes Association describes prediabetes (high blood glucose levels that do not quite warrant a diagnosis of diabetes) as “a chance to change the future.” Two major studies endorsed by the CDA showed that 58% of patients studied were able to prevent the development of diabetes from prediabetes through lifestyle changes alone.
healthy diet and modest exercise go a long way toward keeping blood glucose levels steady. For those who are overweight or obese, a chronic blood sugar imbalance makes weight loss very difficult. Normal insulin levels aid in the break down of stored fats and sugar. Weight loss becomes possible. One element that plays such a vital role that scientists consider it to be insulin’s cofactor is chromium. Chromium assists insulin by helping it to gain
access to the cell membrane, allowing glucose to enter the cells where the body can use it.
Medicinal Ingredients: (per capsule)
Chromium 200 mcg
Glucochrom’s organically bound chromium is standardized whole barley grass extract (134 mg). 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. AIM uses a proprietary process in which barley grass (Hordeum vulgaris) is grown in chromiumfortified water rather
than soil. The roots absorb the chromium from the water and the mineral becomes an intrinsic part of the plant. The whole plant (leaves, stem and roots) is harvested, shredded, dried at a low temperature (to maintain enzymatic activity), and ground into a fine powder. This standardized extract guarantees a consistent amount of organically bound chromium.
Due to nutrient-depleted soil, food processing, and overconsumption of refined carbohydrates,
as much as 90% 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 mcg
Increasing 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 - 250 mg
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.
Favoured 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 that 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) 225 mg
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.
Increases the effective actions of insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and supports lean body mass by helping to metabolize carbohydrates and fats.
Adults take orally 1 capsule twice daily preferably before meals.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Those with diabetes should consult a health care practitioner prior to use.
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