Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels has become a concern for many in the United States and across the globe. The prevalence of refined sugars and carbohydrates and the low presence of fiber in the Western diet have been directly linked to many of the blood sugar challenges of the 21st century.
Glycemic Foundation provides a helpful blend of protein, fiber, and key blood sugar supporting micronutrients which work on multiple levels to support the body’s response to sugar, signal optimal glucose disposal, increase cellular sensitivity to insulin, reduce glucose absorption, and support microcirculation.
Glycemic Foundation is designed to to help promote healthy blood sugar levels. With its high fiber (12 grams) and high soluble fiber (9 grams) content as well as fermentable fibers from inulin and FiberAid, and 10 grams of protein from brown rice, Glycemic Foundation helps manage the spike in blood sugar and insulin levels after a meal, as well as the associated afternoon drops, leading to less fatigue. Glycemic Foundation also provides 1.3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from organic flaxseed and has no added sugar. Lipoic acid is added for its powerful antioxidant support, insulin regulation, and AMPK signaling, to support optimal glucose disposal and weight management. Chromium is added to support GTF (glucose tolerance factor) production, critical for cellular uptake of glucose. Vanadyl sulfate is also included for its support of more optimal insulin sensitization. Glycemic Foundation is available in delicious chocolate or vanilla flavors.
For the first 3 days of use, add one scoop (15.75 grams) of Glycemic Foundation to at least 8 oz of water or the beverage of your choice, stir and drink between or before meals 1 to 3 times daily. Increase dose to two scoops (31.5 grams) of Glycemic Foundation after 3 days, or as recommended by your health care professional.
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is derived from konjac root (Amorphophallus konjac). A meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials of glucomannan found 2.0-3.87 g/day significantly balanced total blood fats, reduced body weight by 0.79 kg, and blood sugar supported healthy blood sugar levels. In one 28-day study, 3.6 g/day of glucomannan supplementation among 22 individuals, significantly promoted healthy blood fat and cholesterol profiles, Apo B and before-meal blood sugar levels, compared to placebo. A review of 7 clinical trials on glucomannan supplementation at 2-4 g/day, for 8 weeks, found the supplement significantly reduced body weight by 3.08-5.5 lbs, even without dietary restrictions. Even at low doses of 1 g/day, over an eight week period, consumption of glucomannan resulted in significant mean weight loss (5.5 lbs), in 20 subjects.
Larch arabinogalactan is a fermentable polysaccharide fiber from the Larch tree that supports healthy immunity by supporting the growth of beneficial gut flora, and strengthening the activity of NK cells. In one placebocontrolled, double-blind, randomized trial, Larch was found to modulate immune activity and support upper respiratory health. The same Larch-based formula was also found to boost the immune response to seasonal challenges.
Alpha Linolenic Acid
Flaxseeds are a generous source of both omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. The organic flax seeds in Glycemic Foundation provide a total of 1.3 grams of Alpha Linolenic Acid per scoop, while contributing additional protein, lignans and numerous micronutrients.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant which has a potent effect on blood sugar metabolism. Recent studies have shown that ALA’s ability to regulate insulin is mediated by its activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which acts as a type of cellular fuel sensor to upregulate activity in the peripheral skeletal muscle; and while in the hypothalamus, downregulates AMPK, thereby, reducing appetite. Administration of lipoic acid in animal models was found to increase AMPK activity and fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle and increase insulinstimulated glucose disposal; both in whole body and in skeletal muscle. One study, using oral dosing, showed that ALA increases insulin sensitivity by 27%. Other research has found that a dose of 600 mg/day of ALA over 3 months lead to a 36% reduction in blood fats and a 38% improvement in the oxidative stress to oxidative defense ratio. ALA has also been shown to increase GLUT4 stimulated glucose transport, independent of insulin, to lower oxidative stress and to increase nerve conductivity in related neuropathy.
Chromium is a critical element in the molecule called glucose tolerance factor (GTF), a complex shown to be crucial for glucose uptake into the cells. Studies using 1000 mcg/day of Chromium showed a significant improvement in markers of blood sugar balance, insulin sensitivity and blood fats. In a study of 43 patients receiving either 600 mcg of chromium and 2 mg biotin a day or placebo, a significantly greater improvement for blood sugar was seen after 4 weeks, during the 2 hour oral sugar test.
Vanadyl Sulfate (VS) stimulates glucose uptake within cells helping to use blood sugar more efficiently and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. VS increases GLUT-4 synthesis, a glucose transport protein which allows glucose to enter the cell. This improved glucose consumption promotes increased muscle cell sensitivity to insulin. 100 mg/day of VS was shown to support insulin sensitivity (fasting plasma glucose and HbA1c) in those with blood sugar imbalances. In a 3 week study, VS given at 100 mg/day significantly improved hepatic and peripheral muscle sensitivity in individuals with elevated blood sugar levels within the normal range. VS was also shown to decrease endogenous glucose production by 20%.