Sugar (glucose) is a key molecule used by all cells as fuel to produce cellular energy and as a part of glycoproteins and other structural molecules. Therefore, it is important that our blood maintains optimal glucose levels and that these sugar molecules are effectively utilized by the cells of different organs. Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients play a critical role in maintaining healthy sugar balance and carbohydrate metabolism in the body.
Key synergy nutrients:
Vitamin C helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels and is essential for blood vessel integrity. In addition, vitamin C corrects the imbalance caused by increased blood sugar levels and lower insulin.
B group of vitamins are essential cofactors for cellular metabolism in the conversion of sugar molecules to energy. They work together as bioenergy carriers, and improve metabolic efficiency of the liver.
Magnesium helps to increase the action and release of insulin by the pancreatic cells. Cells become more sensitive to the action of insulin in the presence of optimum magnesium.
Zinc is important for the synthesis, storage and secretion of insulin by the pancreas and also has insulin-like effects on the cells, including promotion of glucose transport.
Chromium is a trace element which optimizes glucose and insulin metabolism by increasing insulin sensitivity of the cells.
Cinnamon extract mimics the action of insulin in the body thereby helping reduce the blood glucose levels. Cinnamon also acts on insulin receptors and enhances the action of available insulin to facilitate the transport of glucose in the cells.
Green tea extract helps in maintaining healthy blood glucose concentration. It also acts as an antioxidant and improves cellular insulin sensitivity.
Alpha Lipoic Acid, a “universal antioxidant,” is both water- and fat-soluble which allows it to work in every cell or tissue in the body. It prevents nerve damage caused by diabetic neuropathy.
Grape seed extract improves glucose tolerance and delays insulin resistance by cells, both of which are important for maintaining normal blood sugar levels. In addition to being an excellent antioxidant, grape seed extract also reduces the markers of inflammation and supports strong collagen and elastin fibers. Therefore, it may help in preventing cardiovascular complications of diabetes.
Vanadium helps in appropriate utilization of glucose in the blood and lowers insulin requirements.
Inositol and Choline are components of cell membranes and are essential for nutrient transport and supply to the cell.
Arginine and Lysine act synergistically to increase insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity.