Sugar-D was doctor formulated for the primary purpose of improving the health of the blood and circulatory system. Sugar-D, which is sold by a member shopping club called ShopFreeMart may have many other benefits due to the variety of herbs and minerals it contains.
Fenugreek (trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek is an herb that has long been used in cooking and in traditional Asian medicine to stabilize blood sugar and stop mid-day crashes that tend to make you anxious and irritable.
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This suggests they may be effective in helping people with diabetes.
Fenugreek seed has been shown to decrease absorption of glucose from your diet and influence the release of insulin, improving the body’s natural ability to lower blood sugar.
Fenugreek is effective at reducing after-meal blood sugar levels. Regular use may help to reduce hemoglobin A1c, which is a reflection of overall blood sugar levels for an extended period of several months. Hemoglobin A1c is an important measurement of whether someone has diabetes and can also be used to judge how well diabetes can be controlled.
Fenugreek is rich in galactomannan, which is a healthy polysaccharide that triggers fat breakdown and sugar metabolism in the body. This leads to the burning of calories and converting body fat to energy in the form of ATP.
Another major reason why fenugreek helps in weight loss is that it has the ability to decrease the feeling of hunger; making the stomach feel fuller. This is an amazing way of healthy dieting, which often leads to weight reduction.
Fenugreek contains mild traces of healthy carbohydrates, which do not contribute to energy, but not unwanted weight gain.
Fenugreek increases metabolism and helps to reduce calorie consumption. Increased metabolic rate also leads to calorie breakdown, which promotes natural weight reduction.
GTF Chromium Helps Control Sugar Levels
Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a role in how insulin helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone that your body uses to change sugar, starches, and other food into the energy you need for daily activities.
Low chromium levels can increase blood sugar, triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood), cholesterol levels, and increase the risk for a number of conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Some evidence suggests that chromium supplements may help people with diabetes lower blood sugar levels. People with diabetes either do not make enough insulin, or cannot properly use the insulin that their bodies make. As a result, glucose or sugar builds up in the bloodstream.
People most likely to be deficient in Chromium:
- The elderly
- Those who do a lot of strenuous exercise
- Those who eat a lot of sugary foods
- Pregnant women
Vanadium is a mineral named after the Norse goddess of beauty Vanadis, because of its beautiful colors.
There is some evidence that Vanadium might act like insulin, or help to increase the effects of insulin.
NAC helps regulate Glucose Levels and prevent insulin resistance.
Oxidative stress and inflammation are closely linked to insulin resistance and rising blood glucose levels. These effects are not limited to those with diabetes, but in fact are found in obese and in non-diabetic people and those with metabolic syndrome. There are multiple steps in the cascade of events leading from oxidation to damaged insulin receptors and insulin resistance, so it makes sense to seek a supplement that can target many of those steps independently. NAC is emerging as one such multi-targeted supplement.
Over time, chronic high blood sugar initiates a downward spiral by helping generate advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) that then impair normal responses to insulin, perpetuating elevated sugar levels.
Profound insulin resistance is seen in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), along with a variety of other metabolic disturbances.
There is evidence that cinnamon bark extract can help in promoting healthy blood sugar in people suffering from diabetes. Recent U.S.D.A. reports demonstrate that extracts of cinnamon increase insulin activity, enhancing the breakdown of glucose and improving blood sugar concentrations. Others who may benefit from this common household spice are women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS.
In traditional medicine, cinnamon has been used for digestive ailments such as indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea and painful menstruation. Studies also show that it can lower LDL cholesterol and may be a really great support for heart health.
Cinnamon has a mild anti-clotting effect in the blood, which could be beneficial for some people. Cinnamon bark can also have a mild anti-inflammatory effect and it contains anti-fungal properties that have been shown to have the ability to reduce medication-resistant yeast infections. Cinnamon is believed to useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet.
Goat’s Rue (Galega officinalis)
Goat’s rue, sometimes called Holy Hay, is indigenous to southern Europe and western Asia and was first mentioned by dairy farmer Gillet-Damitte in 1873 in a letter to the French Academy in which he described milk production in his cows increased between 35-50 percent when given this herb. (1)
The parts of this herb that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Goat’s rue is used along with conventional treatment for diabetes and as a diuretic.
In combination with other herbs, goat’s rue is used to stimulate the adrenal gland and pancreas; to protect the liver; for digestion problems; and to start the flow of breast milk. Some people use herbal combinations that include goat’s rue as a tonic and for “blood purification.” (2)
Little-known goat’s rue Lowers Blood Sugar Levels. Some Type 2 diabetics can control blood sugar levels through lifestyle changes while others require medication. Goat’s rue (also known as French Lilac), is a remarkable plant that naturally aids the body in regulating blood sugar levels. Goat’s rue can also promote weight-loss and prevent the formation of dangerous blood clots.
Dr. Ward Dean, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Anti-ageing Medicine, is responsible for much of the original research on goat’s rue and diabetes. After extensive studies, he believes that goat’s rue has the same clinical benefits as conventional drugs such as Metformin, but without unpleasant side-effects. Goat’s rue contains the chemical galegin, which is key to its extraordinary anti-diabetic effects.
“Galegin is chemically very similar to another agent called guanidine, the standard compound from which many conventional diabetic drugs are manufactured, such as Metformin. However, because goat’s rue is a plant, it has little to no side-effects compared to synthetic drugs such as Metformin, which can cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and diarrhea.”
Type 1 diabetics do not produce insulin; whereas Type 2 diabetics produce some insulin but not enough. Diabetes is characterized by too much glucose in the blood, due to an irregularity in insulin production. (Insulin is a hormone that promotes the uptake of glucose from the blood to the cells, for conversion to energy or fat storage.)
Over time, high levels of blood glucose can cause irreparable damage to body tissue, particularly your eyes, peripheral nerves, kidneys and veins, as well as suppressing your immune system.
Scientists have discovered that goat’s rue initiates a reduction in blood glucose levels (without triggering the symptoms of hypoglycemia), a reduced risk of cataract and retinopathy (degeneration of your retina) and kidney damage, which is common among diabetics and slows down the advancement of atherosclerosis.
Exactly how goat’s rue works is still unknown, but some scientists believe it is able to influence diabetes through its’ [insulin] receptor sensitizing’ activities. The production of major hormones such as insulin is dependent upon the communication between cells and other stimulatory hormones and chemicals. The point of contact between the hormone or chemical and the cell is called the membrane receptor.
As you age, the responsiveness of these receptors declines. This means that your cells are not stimulated enough and become inactive, which results in inadequate amounts of insulin (and other hormones) being produced. Receptor sensitizers, such as goat’s rue, are nutrients and chemicals that have the ability to rejuvenate your membrane receptors, making your cells more responsive to hormonal and chemical stimulation. Goat’s rue restores insulin sensitivity in your cells, and boosts their ability to take up glucose from your blood and use it more efficiently.
Extracts from goat’s rue are proving to be effective anti-coagulants too, preventing the small, cellular constituents of blood, known as platelets, from sticking together. In the event of a serious wound or hemorrhage, platelets become very sticky and clump together to form a blood clot. However, when the walls of your arteries become thickened by aging and high cholesterol deposits (as in the case of atherosclerosis), the platelets can clump together when they shouldn’t to form a clot that risks blocking an artery.
Gymnema is a woody climbing shrub native to India and Africa. The leaves are used to make medicine. Gymnema has a long history of use in India’s Ayurvedic medicine. The Hindi name for gymnema means “destroyer of sugar.”
Gymnema sylvestre is a staple herb of the Ayurvedic apothecary, traditionally used for supporting balanced blood sugar levels and dulling the palate to the taste of sweets. It is also called gurmar, meaning “sweet destroyer” and helps support healthy pancreas functions. (3)
It is traditionally used in Asia to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and help with weight management. It has a blood sugar lowering effect, partly because it supports your pancreas to make insulin. This rejuvenating effect on the pancreas is one reason why this herb is in widespread use.
Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine. Gymnema may also increase the amount of insulin in the body and increase the growth of cells in the pancreas, which is the place in the body where insulin is made.
While the mechanism of action of all these benefits has yet to be identified, it is quite clear that this safe and nontoxic herb can help millions of people around the world in their ongoing battle of the bulge, while working to help prevent falling into the metabolic syndrome.
Gymnema for Diabetes
One of the primary active ingredients in gymnema sylvestre is gymnemic acid. This unique compound is very similar structurally to glucose, but instead of spiking blood sugar, it actually blocks the receptor locations for sugar on your taste buds, which often works to curt sugar cravings. Gymnemic acid also reduces sugar absorption in the intestine, which helps prevent the spiking of blood sugar levels after a meal.
Even more promising, studies report that gymnemic acid increases the production of insulin, improves glucose utilization and may even help to regenerate islet beta cells within the pancreas which produce insulin.
No claims are made for this product. The foregoing information was gathered from several websites, including Pub Med sites from various countries, that are believed to be reliable and which are readily available to the reader. It is presented for educational purposes only and not as medical advice. ShopFreeMart Sugar-D™ is not a medicine and is not meant to prevent or treat any disease. Any possible benefits to be derived from using this product are strictly nutritional.
Recommended Use: Take 1-3 capsules ½ hour before each meal with a large glass of water.
Sugar-D Ingredients: Chromium GTF, Vanadium, Food Extracted N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, Wild Crafted Cinnamon Bark, Wild Crafted Fenugreek Seed, Wild Crafted Goat’s Rue, Wild Crafted Gymnema Leaf.