Health Topic

Blood Sugar

Byron J. Richards, CCN -
Your body maintains a relatively small amount of blood sugar in your circulation on a fasting basis (about one teaspoon per five quarts of blood). Following a meal your blood sugar levels naturally rise, as sugar, which is fuel for energy, is distributed around your body. This activity requires proper function of the hormones insulin and leptin. Once the refueling operation is complete, then blood sugar levels, insulin levels, and leptin levels return to a pre-meal baseline.

In order to maintain normal blood sugar levels between meals and during the night, your pancreas makes a different hormone called glucagon that assists your liver to make and metabolize blood sugar, while simultaneously burning fat.

It is vital to maintain the healthy function of this blood sugar metabolism system in good working order a cornerstone of health. The foundation of this system requires a good diet and consistent exercise. Additionally, as desired, nutrients can be used to assist the healthy metabolism of blood sugar, and the operation of insulin and leptin.

I have designed three superior dietary supplements to assist your normal and healthy blood sugar metabolism: Cinnamon Plus™, LeptiSlim®, and Leptinal®. A brief description of these products is listed next, followed by more in depth information about how they work. I then explain a number of other blood sugar-related topics and how nutrition can help.

If you would like to better understand how blood sugar, insulin, and leptin work in your metabolism, please consult my feature-length news article: Insulin, Leptin, and Blood Sugar.

Best Blood Sugar Support Supplements:

Cinnamon Plus™ Cinnamon Plus™

Cinnamon Plus™ is a premier product for blood sugar support, containing three different standardized extracts (cinnamon, coffee berry, and banaba), each with clinical science showing effective support for healthy blood sugar metabolism. It provides direct nutritional support for your pancreas and liver to effectively metabolize blood sugar, and also helps muscles utilize sugar in an optimal way.*

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LeptiSlim® LeptiSlim®

Cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, along with weight gain, put major stress on insulin function. LeptiSlim® helps curb appetite, reduce food cravings, increase metabolism and promote stable blood sugar. It is one of our best nutritional supplements to help overcome food cravings.*

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Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper

Leptinal® helps promote healthy function within your white adipose tissue, a vital necessity for proper leptin and consequent insulin function. Specifically, the DHA fish oil in this product is known to boost the production of adiponectin by white adipose tissue. Adiponectin is vital for normal and healthy blood sugar metabolism. Because the nutrients in this product also support better leptin entry into your brain, brain-related insulin function is also supported.*

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Learn more about Blood Sugar:

Basic Blood Sugar Support
The Extreme Value of Protein and Fiber
Boost Adiponectin Improve the Health of White Adipose Tissue
Improve Your Liver and Pancreas, Protect Yourself
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Basic Blood Sugar Support

Cinnamon Plus™ contains cinnamon extract, coffee berry extract (decaffeinated), and banaba extract for healthy glucose metabolism. Cinnamon has been found to positively influence various health parameters often associated with proper insulin function, including natural support for healthy blood pressure and healthy metabolism of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides).*

Wellness Resources Cinnamon Plus™ contains CinnulinPF®, the only clinically tested cinnamon extract on the market. It is a special water soluble extract of cinnamon's polyphenol Type-A polymers (US PATENT #6,200,569). Ongoing research conducted at the USDA has so far identified these compounds as the bioactive factors in cinnamon that support healthy insulin function as well as acting as antioxidants. Other extracts of cinnamon may contain toxic fat-soluble compounds making long-term use uncertain. These potentially problematic compounds have been removed from CinnulinPF®.*

Coffee berry extract contains several different polyphenols that support health in a variety of ways. In particular, caffeic acid is an antioxidant, mood booster, and immune support nutrient that also supports healthy blood glucose metabolism. Coffee berry also contains chlorogenic acid, a nutrient that helps your liver metabolize sugar effectively by modulating the enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase.*

Banaba leaf is a plant that grows in the Philippines and has a long use in folk medicine. It is standardized corosolic acid and also contains a special ellagitannin called lagerstroemin. These nutrients assist in the normal function of glucose transporter proteins (GLUT4 in particular), supporting the normal uptake of glucose into muscle cells and adipose tissue to use for energy production. Human testing has demonstrated the effectiveness of banaba leaf to support healthy blood sugar metabolism.*

LeptiSlim is a potent mixture of first milk bovine colostrum, chromium, vanadium, and two herbs: inula racemosa and gymnema sylvestre. These are bitter herbs that are known as "sugar-busters." They help reduce the desire for sweet tasting food, helping to bring the taste system back to natural balance. Additionally, inula racemosa helps your liver cope with the natural rise in blood sugar in response to stress, while gymnema sylvestre leaf support normal blood sugar function in response to increased demands.*

Chromium is part of the natural transport system of glucose into cells, whereas vanadium provides insulin-like support for blood sugar transport. Both nutrients work with calories to help them enter cells more efficiently, supporting healthy insulin function.*

First milk colostrum is a functional food, packed with trace amounts of naturally occurring metabolites that support thyroid, leptin, and insulin function support that is required to sustain optimal growth following delivery one of the most intensive metabolically demanding times in life.*

Leptinal is our top leptin support product, which by definition means it supports healthy insulin function (since leptin controls overall insulin performance). The product is designed to nourish your white adipose tissue as well as your subconscious brain; two areas of vital importance in the overall regulation of normal blood sugar metabolism. For example, within white adipose tissue, another hormone called adiponectin turns out to be the key player that supports healthy insulin function around your body. Nutrients in Leptinal facilitate your bodys production of adiponectin.

The combination of Cinnamon Plus, LeptiSlim, and Leptinal support numerous mechanisms by which healthy blood sugar function is accomplished.

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Blood Sugar Package Blood Sugar Package

Top supplements for healthy blood sugar metabolism.* Includes one bottle of each: LeptiSlim® (90c), Cinnamon Plus™ (90c), and Leptinal ® (90c)

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Leptin Control Pack® Leptin Control Pack®

The Leptin Control Pack® contains our top weight management supplements in convenient on-the-go packets. It includes support for healthy blood sugar, as well as thyroid, adrenals, and healthy metabolism.* Each packet contains: 1-Leptinal®, 1-Thyroid Helper®, 1-Stress Helper®, 1-LeptiSlim®, 1-Cinnamon Plus™, 1-Green Tea Extract, and 1-Quercetin.

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The Extreme Value of Protein and Fiber

Overweight individuals struggling to maintain healthy insulin function need high amounts of protein that is rich in branch chain amino acids, as well as higher amounts of soluble fiber. Both nutrients are needed beyond common levels of dietary recommendation, to prop up and stabilize the healthy function of insulin.

High quality whey protein is the easiest way to boost your intake of branch chain amino acids, and in particular the branch chain amino acid known as leucine. The highest sources of leucine-containing foods are animal and dairy sources. Cottage cheese and red meat top the list; other sources include milk, cheese, eggs, pork, fish, chicken, legumes, peanuts, nuts, and seeds. If you avoid red meat and dairy products, it harder it is to get leucine-containing foods in higher amounts though not impossible. Using whey protein makes it easy. I always recommend individuals stay away from processed soy protein (like soy protein drinks), as it is anti-thyroid in higher amounts.

Leucine directly communicates to insulin, instructing it to work efficiently in muscle. This not only helps preserve your muscle mass, it helps your muscles use glucose as fuel, in turn supporting healthy insulin function. Whey protein also helps leptin enter your brain more efficiently, supporting normal insulin function in your nervous system. For a more complete understanding of this topic, please few my feature-length news article: How Protein Helps Weight Management.

Soluble fiber is vital for slowing the rate at which calories enter your blood, thus enabling your insulin system to function with less stress. It also helps you maintain healthy levels of triglycerides and cholesterol. Individuals struggling with weight issues need 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day, much of it as soluble fiber.*

Most vegetables are a mix of insoluble and soluble fiber. The structural, tougher fibers are insoluble, whereas the pulpy parts are soluble. Fruits are mostly soluble fiber, unless you are eating the skins (like an apple skin which is insoluble). Other common soluble fibers include oat bran, oatmeal, barley, and legumes. Psyllium, a frequently used fiber supplement, is 70% soluble fiber and 10% insoluble fiber.

A serving of fruit or vegetables or a cup of oatmeal average about 4 grams of soluble fiber per serving. Legumes have about 8 grams of fiber per serving (avoid soy). It is really easy to get higher amounts of soluble fiber with high quality fiber drinks.

I have designed two specialty fiber supplements, Fiber Helper and LeptiFiber, both very high in soluble fiber (8-9 grams of soluble fiber per heaping tablespoon). Both supplements mix easily in water or a protein drink, do not gel up and gag you, have little taste, and have no added sweeteners of any kind. Our Daily Protein Plus smoothie mix has fine quality whey protein (21 grams) along with a serving of soluble fiber (4-5 grams), in each scoop.

Fiber Helper is comprised of Nutrim® oat bran, arabinogalactan fiber, and small particle psyllium seed husk. The oat and psyllium in this supplement qualify for the FDAs approved health claim, which is as follows:

Soluble fiber from foods such as oats and psyllium, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Fiber Helper supplies .75 grams of the needed 3 grams of oat beta glucan soluble fiber from oats and 3.5 grams of the needed 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium necessary per day to have this affect. Thus, 1 serving provides 75% of the soluble fiber per day for this FDA approved health claim.

LeptiFiber is a combination of arabinogalactan fiber and partially hydrolyzed guar gum fiber another great soluble fiber source. It is very easy to mix and dissolves almost completely in water.

For an in depth explanation of dietary fiber please consult my feature-length article: Fiber, Leptin, and Weight Management.

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Daily Protein Plus™ Daily Protein Plus™

A high protein breakfast can significantly increase metabolic rate and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Daily Protein Plus™ contains the finest-quality whey protein available. It is produced using a ceramic filtration process to leave protein molecules undamaged. It also naturally contains branch chain amino acids that provide specific support for healthy insulin function in muscles. Whey protein is an ideal protein for metabolism (avoid soy protein - it may crash your thyroid).*

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Fiber Helper™ Fiber Helper™

Fiber Helper™ provides a great source of three different soluble fibers that help absorb toxic waste products like a sponge: oat beta glucan, psyllium, and arabinogalactan. Many people do not get enough fiber because they do not eat enough fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Adequate fiber is essential for your bowels to move well and the final elimination of toxins, as well as normal blood sugar and insulin response to a meal.*

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LeptiFiber® LeptiFiber®

LeptiFiber® is a great source of two different soluble fibers that help absorb toxic waste products like a sponge: partially hydrolyzed guar gum and arabinogalactan. Soluble fiber supports healthy blood sugar and insulin response to a meal. These two fibers dissolve almost completely in any beverage and have very little taste. It is extremely easy to mix. Helps curb appetite.*

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Boost Adiponectin Improve the Health of White Adipose Tissue

Adiponectin, like leptin, is a hormone made in your white adipose tissue. It has several properties that support healthy blood sugar metabolism. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory in white adipose tissue to help keep white adipose tissue in a good state of fitness. It also signals your liver in a way that supports healthy insulin function. Adequate adiponectin is essential for healthy blood sugar and insulin function in your body.

Adiponectin levels are lowered as you gain weight. The larger the amount of weight gain, the greater the depression of adiponectin. This means that to fully solve an adiponectin problem you must lose any extra weight you have.

As you are doing that, various nutrients have been shown to support healthy adiponectin production. These include the fish oil DHA, resveratrol, and grape seed extract.*

Comprehensive support for weight management, such as the Leptin Control Pack, is quite helpful to stay in a good weight management pattern along with diet and exercise.*

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Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper Leptinal® - The Leptin Helper

Leptinal® helps promote healthy function within your white adipose tissue, a vital necessity for proper leptin and consequent insulin function. Specifically, the DHA fish oil in this product is known to boost the production of adiponectin by white adipose tissue. Adiponectin is vital for normal and healthy blood sugar metabolism. Because the nutrients in this product also support better leptin entry into your brain, brain-related insulin function is also supported.*

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Cardio Helper™ Cardio Helper™

Contains high amounts of resveratrol and grape seed extract, two nutrients that assist insulin function while being highly protective to your circulatory system. Along with hawthorn and horse chestnut, this product also provides comprehensive support for your cardiovascular system while at the same time protects and strengthens the heart. Supports healthy fluid balance, especially in legs.*

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Leptin Control Pack® Leptin Control Pack®

The Leptin Control Pack® contains our top weight management supplements in convenient on-the-go packets. It includes support for healthy blood sugar, as well as thyroid, adrenals, and healthy metabolism.* Each packet contains: 1-Leptinal®, 1-Thyroid Helper®, 1-Stress Helper®, 1-LeptiSlim®, 1-Cinnamon Plus™, 1-Green Tea Extract, and 1-Quercetin.

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Improve Your Liver and Pancreas, Protect Yourself

In order to sustain healthy blood sugar and insulin function it is vital to ensure your liver is in excellent working condition. Various nutrients, like silymarin, R-alpha lipoic acid, NAC, pantethine, acetyl-l-carnitine, and carnosine support the healthy metabolism of fat and sugar by your liver. Various herbs, such as gymnema sylvestre, pterocarpus marsupium, and bitter melon have a nutritionally rejuvenating effect on your pancreas.*

These types of nutrients can be added for protective support, as well as to assist the healthy function of these important metabolic organs. Keep in mind that as you lose any needed weight, your liver and pancreas will be under less stress and able to operate in a healthy way with less added nutritional support.*

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Daily Balancer™ Daily Balancer™

Our premier liver support product that contains a wide variety of nutrients that assist metabolism of calories, detoxification, and protecting your liver. Each capsule contains Chlorella, milk thistle extract (silymarin), dandelion, R-alpha lipoic acid, ornithine alpha ketoglutarate, glycine, taurine, NAC, carnosine, and resveratrol.*

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Stress Helper® Stress Helper®

Contains acetyl-l-carnitine, pantethine, and carnosine. These nutrients have a dual role: A) The support of your nerves for better stress tolerance. B) Assistance with fat burning metabolism, including liver-related fat metabolism. Since stress eating invariably stresses your liver's fat metabolism, this product can help both issues. *

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Gluco Plus™ Gluco Plus™

A unique combination of pancreatic support herbs (gymneme sylvester, pterocarpus marsupium, bitter melon, and blueberry). It also contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that are known to support healthy blood sugar and insulin function (B6 as pyridoxal 5'phosphate, biotin, zinc, copper, manganese, chromium, and vanadium). It is a very nourishing pancreatic support product.*

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