Achieving Critical Balance: Supporting Healthy Blood Sugar Levels


A category not well-understood by consumers, here’s how to help them navigate their lives to achieve and sustain healthy blood sugar levels for the long-term.

When a parent or other family member is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is often a wake-up call for the “diagnosee,” but also for healthy family members. But that condition doesn’t just happen; it takes awhile for the fasting blood sugars and A1C to climb high and remain there.

“Often, customers come in after visiting with their medical professional asking if there are any natural alternatives to prescriptions,” related retailer Tim O’Brien, owner of The Healthy Place, Wisconsin. “Often, they discovered that they were pre-diabetic, have diabetes or have been told they have metabolic syndrome. Sadly, most of my customers do not know what metabolic syndrome is or how the foods they eat affect it.”

The healthy blood sugar section at Mastel’s Health Foods in St. Paul, MN, brings in many customers, most of which are middle aged and older, according to Theresa Goddard, senior sales associate. “I’ve noted that this category has been increasingly active, which is no surprise considering the number of Americans who have type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance and an increasing willingness to use complementary medicine,” she commented.

However, Chris D. Meletis, ND, director of clinical education, Trace Minerals, Utah, believes that more people are aware and proactive about managing their blood sugar. “Thanks to Doctor Google, the reality of blood sugar’s impact on health is becoming much better known.”

Jamie Luu, RDN, LDN, strategy and nutrition manager, Almased USA, Inc, Florida, observed that individuals looking for blood sugar support supplements are typically those who are borderline diabetic, have a family history of diabetes, or have been newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. “Individuals who are more aware of the potential negative as well as immediate impacts of uncontrolled high blood sugar on their health are more likely to seek and purchase supplements,” she observed.

The age in which adults tend to focus on blood sugar can start as early as 45, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report. Additionally, the incidence rates of diabetes diagnoses are higher among adults 45 years and older compared to adults under the age of 44.

According to Luu, generally, individuals who find out that they have diabetes tend to start taking their health more seriously and seek ways to make lifestyle changes to support healthy blood sugar. “Experience from Almased’s customer service team supports this assumption as individuals who inquire about Almased and its diabetic-friendly attributes tend to be 45 years or older and are newly diagnosed with diabetes.”

But in the past 40 years, this condition has been impacting younger people, something previously unheard of. Neil Edward Levin, CCN, DANLA, senior nutrition education manager, NOW, Illinois, noted that in today’s age, blood sugar control is a concern for people from elementary school age to seniors. The combination of poor diets and lack of exercise, plus genetic predispositions, have eroded people’s ability to properly control blood sugar. Over time, he emphasized, insulin sensitivity can be diminished due to repeated exposure to high levels of blood sugar after meals and snacks. This tends to become more pronounced in middle age, with chronic stress as an additional factor.

Unfortunately, said Kurt Cameron, CMO, Michigan-based Omne Diem, most consumers do not consider this aspect of health until it is already a problem, which occurs in middle-age. “But that is changing,” he observed. A well-known report in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that there was a 10-fold increase in diabetes among adolescents between 1982 and 1994, and those numbers have held, if not increased, since that time.

According to Meletis, one in three adults in the United States has metabolic syndrome, and approximately 11.3 percent of all adults in US. have diabetes.

Discussing the Role of MetS

One challenge that will help you create higher velocity in this section is to help your customers understand that high blood sugar levels should not be addressed in isolation—that there is a relationship with other factors that are all close knit. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a crucial concept that should be at the forefront of creating healthy habits for customers who have blood sugar numbers that are creeping up.

“I seriously doubt that most lay people have any clue as to the cluster of signs that define metabolic syndrome and what that means in terms of health risks,” remarked Levin.

As a refresher, MetS has set in when three of the following thresholds are crossed: Blood pressure: ≥ 130 mm systolic or ≥ 85 mm diastolic; fasting blood sugar: 100 or higher; waist circumference: ≥ 35” (women) & ≥ 40” (men); HDL (“good”) cholesterol: < 40 mg/dL (men) or < 50 mg/dL (women); and triglycerides: ≥ 150 mg/dL.

“But a syndrome is not a disease,” underscored Levin. “It is a pattern of signals that suggest a loss of control of important health markers, and is a tool used in preventive health maintenance. That said, the statistical risk of developing certain health problems is elevated when several of these test results are consistently out of the healthy range over time.”

Consumers tend to understand the link between overweight/obesity and high blood sugar but the association between cholesterol and blood sugar is significantly less known, according to Cameron. “Many people do understand that being overweight can impact blood pressure, but the role of blood sugar in this complex relationship is not well understood.”

Meletis related that an analogy he shares with his patients is to think of their cells as “freshly air-popped popcorn.” A little sugar added creates kettle corn; a lot of sugar added creates caramel corn. Elevated blood sugars start caramelizing red blood cells (called glycosylated hemoglobin).

As a clinical nutritionist, Levin related that he finds it is important to remind customers of the basics. Eating a mostly plant-based whole foods diet helps people to manage blood sugar. One reason is that these fiber-rich foods are naturally low in sugar and, by slowing digestion, they help to reduce the natural increase in blood sugar following a snack or meal, minimizing a need for the hormone insulin to reduce blood sugar.

Exercise is also important to discuss as it has positive effects on blood sugar in multiple ways. It promotes the growth and maintenance of muscle, which provides a mechanism (mitochondria) to burn calories and utilize blood sugar rapidly.

And, highlighted Levin, stress management is a key factor in blood sugar status. He explained, “Stress causes us to change our metabolism, and chronic stress continuously increases the level of hormones that increase appetite and stimulate the accumulation of belly fat. Stress is also a factor in stimulating increases of the MetS markers.”

Because metabolic wellness is a complex, multi-faceted concern that impacts a wide array of structures and functions within the body, “we feel that blood sugar support is just one opportunity among many for retailers to help improve and protect the health and quality of life of their customers,” said Cameron.

Research to Note

Research into how diet and lifestyle affect blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and type 2 diabetes continues, as does research into how supplements work to support these conditions. Luu commented, “Retailers should be aware of the plethora of research conducted on supplements containing the unique combination of soy, honey and yogurt used as a total meal replacement and its impact on glycemic control, such as HbA1c, fasting blood sugar and insulin, as well as health factors related to MetS.”

One study Luu said she finds fascinating is the TeLiPro study called “Efficacy of the Telemedical Lifestyle intervention Program TeLiPro in Advanced States of Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial” published in Diabetes Care in 2017. It was a randomized, single-blind intervention study conducted in individuals with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity for 12 and 52 weeks who consumed Almased or placebo.

Compared to the control group, she reported, researchers observed significant changes in HbA1c, physical health, quality of life, eating behavior and insulin demand in the individuals who consumed Almased routinely. “This research is eye-opening because, from first impression, one may perceive Almased for weight loss only, but when you dig into the studies conducted on Almased like this one, you’ll find that the supplement’s health benefits go beyond weight loss,” she stated.

“At Omne Diem, focus on getting upstream in the MetS cascade,” said Cameron. Research shows that white adipose tissue, which comprises most subcutaneous fat and visceral fat (the fat surrounding internal organs), is not merely storage as previously thought. Research has shown that white adipose tissue accumulated in excess begins to act as an endocrine organ, expressing a variety of hormone-like substances and inflammatory compounds that launch the trajectory toward MetS and more.

He added, “The data on dietary fructose as a contributing factor to blood sugar and weight gain is also very compelling and represents an opportunity for early intervention. Omne Diem offers a Xylose Isomerase supplement to help address this. The XI enzyme converts fructose to glucose, so it is more easily digested and used by the body.”

Venerable supplements such as apple cider vinegar (ACV), chromium and magnesium are enjoying more serious attention in medical literature, according to Meletis. Some research suggested that a high-fat diet alters the oxidant-antioxidant balance, as evidenced by a reduction in the antioxidant enzyme activities and vitamin E level, and enhanced lipid peroxidation. “ACV can be beneficial for the suppression of obesity-induced oxidative stress in subjects on a high-fat diet through the modulating antioxidant defense system and reduces the risk of obesity-associated diseases by preventing the atherogenic risk.”

Chromium has long been studied for blood sugar support. For example, researchers in a 2004 study wrote, “Chromium levels decrease with age. Supplements containing 200-1,000 mcg chromium as chromium picolinate a day have been found to improve blood glucose control. Chromium picolinate is the most efficacious form of chromium supplementation. Numerous animal studies and human clinical trials have demonstrated that chromium picolinate supplements are safe.”

Magnesium is a mineral that also has some blood sugar support properties, according to research. For example, Meletis noted, the results of a study study revealed that oral magnesium supplementation reduces insulin resistance and improves the glycemic control indicators among individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Supplement Suggestions

Almased is a diabetic-friendly dietary supplement that, Luu described, characteristically fits the profile of a low-glycemic high-protein diet to support healthy blood sugar levels. According to a 2012 study published in Nutrition, researchers showed that compared to a typical American breakfast consisting of high carbs and low protein foods, Almased is associated with lower glucose and insulin levels in the blood.

To examine this further, a randomized control study published in Nutrients in investigated the impact of Almased on advance Type 2 diabetes. The researchers carried out a 12-week study comparing a lifestyle intervention group, who used Almased under the guidance of a meal replacement plan with weekly calls from a diabetes educator versus a control group who remained in routine care.

The results showed that HbA1c levels in the Almased group were, on average, reduced by 1.1 percent, from 8.4 percent to 7.3 percent, Luu reported. In this group, there were also significant reductions in fasting blood sugar, body weight, body mass index, blood pressure, cardiovascular risk factors and requirements for diabetes medication—a 20 percent lower need for medication and nearly 50 percent reduction in insulin needs. These improvements were even seen after 52 weeks of follow-up.

“Almased diet has been scientifically proven to reduce HbA1c and blood sugar levels while supporting glycemic control,” Luu commented.

Trace Minerals offers a wide range of products that will help your customers to manage their blood sugar. These include Ionic Magnesium, Mega-Mag, Stress-X Magnesium Powder, Mag Pak, Mag Gummies, Ionic Chromium, Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, Multivitamin – Electro-Vita-Min, Liquid Vitamin D, GreensPak and GlucoVera.

NOW also has several products in this category. Its Berberine Glucose Support is combined with MCT oil for optimal berberine absorption to support glucose metabolism. Clinical studies have demonstrated that berberine helps to support already normal glucose and lipid metabolism. MCT oil (or caprate) is included to help promote optimal absorption and maintenance of gastrointestinal comfort during berberine supplementation, Levin explained.

“Chromium is an essential trace mineral that works with insulin to support healthy blood glucose levels and plays an important role in the proper utilization of protein, fat and carbohydrates,” he said. NOW offers highly bioavailable Chromium Picolinate and Tri-Chromium, a combination of three different forms of chromium—chromium picolinate, chromium chelavite and ChromeMate.

NOW’s GlucoFit is a dietary ingredient extracted from Lagerstroemia speciosa, standardized to 18 percent corosolic acid. Glucofit’s active component, corosolic acid, has been shown in scientific studies to support healthy glucose metabolism.

And, NOW’s Glucose Metabolic Support features GlucoFit. “We’ve also included an extract from the herb Gymnema sylvestre, a small plant native to India,” explained Levin. “Extracts of gymnema have been used for centuries by ayurvedic herbalists for the support of glucose metabolism.”

Levin also suggested that retailers remind their customers to take a daily multivitamin, which provides B-complex as well as other vitamins and minerals to support healthy glucose management, stress response and glucose metabolism. NOW’s True Balance is a multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement that’s formulated to support healthy carbohydrate metabolism and healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range. “This formula includes a high dose of biotin, a B vitamin that plays an important role in supporting healthy insulin production through its ability to support healthy pancreatic function,” he explained. Also included in the formula are thiamin, chromium, vanadium and Gymnema sylvestre for their supporting roles in healthy glucose metabolism.

At Mastel’s Health Foods, two products that have resulted in excellent feedback from customers are Terry Naturally’s Sucontral D and Nutrastar Inc.’s CuraLin, Advanced Glucose Support, according to Goddard.

Sucontral D contains a standardized extract of the herb Hintonia lactiflora, along with a proprietary vitamin and mineral combination. Hintonia slows down the breakdown of sugar into the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar low instead of allowing it to spike, a main cause of excessive insulin release. Also, hintonia contains a unique flavonoid that has been shown to reduce insulin resistance and inflammation.

CuraLin is an ayurvedic formula containing nine herbs formulated to maintain healthy glucose levels and support a healthy glycemic response. “CuraLin is a new product to Mastel’s, which our buyers discovered at SOHO, and we are very excited about it because it has produced very positive customer feedback!” she related.

Meanwhile at The Healthy Place, O’Brien said he and his staff “love to recommend products like Perfect Ten by Lively Vitamin Co. R-lipoic acid is one of the most therapeutic antioxidants. It literally converts glucose into energy balancing your insulin levels. I’ve seen consistent and surprising results over the years I’ve recommended it!”

“Consistent” is the anchor here—when working with customers to help them manage healthy blood sugar levels, relate that it is a long-term project that requires consistent monitoring of diet and supplementation. Reducing high blood sugar (as well as weight and cholesterol) can be achieved through proper diet, exercise and supplementation, and the rewards of improved health and well-being are invaluable. VR

For More Information:

Almased USA, Inc., www.almased.com
NOW, www.nowfoods.com
Omne Direct, www.dietnutrition.com
Trace Minerals, www.traceminerals.com

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A category not well-understood by consumers, here’s how to help them navigate their lives to achieve and sustain healthy blood sugar levels for the long-term.

When a parent or other family member is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is often a wake-up call for the “diagnosee,” but also for healthy family members. But that condition doesn’t just happen; it takes awhile for the fasting blood sugars and A1C to climb high and remain there.

“Often, customers come in after visiting with their medical professional asking if there are any natural alternatives to prescriptions,” related retailer Tim O’Brien, owner of The Healthy Place, Wisconsin. “Often, they discovered that they were pre-diabetic, have diabetes or have been told they have metabolic syndrome. Sadly, most of my customers do not know what metabolic syndrome is or how the foods they eat affect it.”

The healthy blood sugar section at Mastel’s Health Foods in St. Paul, MN, brings in many customers, most of which are middle aged and older, according to Theresa Goddard, senior sales associate. “I’ve noted that this category has been increasingly active, which is no surprise considering the number of Americans who have type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance and an increasing willingness to use complementary medicine,” she commented.

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However, Chris D. Meletis, ND, director of clinical education, Trace Minerals, Utah, believes that more people are aware and proactive about managing their blood sugar. “Thanks to Doctor Google, the reality of blood sugar’s impact on health is becoming much better known.”

Jamie Luu, RDN, LDN, strategy and nutrition manager, Almased USA, Inc, Florida, observed that individuals looking for blood sugar support supplements are typically those who are borderline diabetic, have a family history of diabetes, or have been newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. “Individuals who are more aware of the potential negative as well as immediate impacts of uncontrolled high blood sugar on their health are more likely to seek and purchase supplements,” she observed.

The age in which adults tend to focus on blood sugar can start as early as 45, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report. Additionally, the incidence rates of diabetes diagnoses are higher among adults 45 years and older compared to adults under the age of 44.

According to Luu, generally, individuals who find out that they have diabetes tend to start taking their health more seriously and seek ways to make lifestyle changes to support healthy blood sugar. “Experience from Almased’s customer service team supports this assumption as individuals who inquire about Almased and its diabetic-friendly attributes tend to be 45 years or older and are newly diagnosed with diabetes.”

But in the past 40 years, this condition has been impacting younger people, something previously unheard of. Neil Edward Levin, CCN, DANLA, senior nutrition education manager, NOW, Illinois, noted that in today’s age, blood sugar control is a concern for people from elementary school age to seniors. The combination of poor diets and lack of exercise, plus genetic predispositions, have eroded people’s ability to properly control blood sugar. Over time, he emphasized, insulin sensitivity can be diminished due to repeated exposure to high levels of blood sugar after meals and snacks. This tends to become more pronounced in middle age, with chronic stress as an additional factor.

Unfortunately, said Kurt Cameron, CMO, Michigan-based Omne Diem, most consumers do not consider this aspect of health until it is already a problem, which occurs in middle-age. “But that is changing,” he observed. A well-known report in the Journal of Pediatrics showed that there was a 10-fold increase in diabetes among adolescents between 1982 and 1994, and those numbers have held, if not increased, since that time.

According to Meletis, one in three adults in the United States has metabolic syndrome, and approximately 11.3 percent of all adults in US. have diabetes.

Discussing the Role of MetS

One challenge that will help you create higher velocity in this section is to help your customers understand that high blood sugar levels should not be addressed in isolation—that there is a relationship with other factors that are all close knit. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a crucial concept that should be at the forefront of creating healthy habits for customers who have blood sugar numbers that are creeping up.

“I seriously doubt that most lay people have any clue as to the cluster of signs that define metabolic syndrome and what that means in terms of health risks,” remarked Levin.

As a refresher, MetS has set in when three of the following thresholds are crossed: Blood pressure: ≥ 130 mm systolic or ≥ 85 mm diastolic; fasting blood sugar: 100 or higher; waist circumference: ≥ 35” (women) & ≥ 40” (men); HDL (“good”) cholesterol: < 40 mg/dL (men) or < 50 mg/dL (women); and triglycerides: ≥ 150 mg/dL.

“But a syndrome is not a disease,” underscored Levin. “It is a pattern of signals that suggest a loss of control of important health markers, and is a tool used in preventive health maintenance. That said, the statistical risk of developing certain health problems is elevated when several of these test results are consistently out of the healthy range over time.”

Consumers tend to understand the link between overweight/obesity and high blood sugar but the association between cholesterol and blood sugar is significantly less known, according to Cameron. “Many people do understand that being overweight can impact blood pressure, but the role of blood sugar in this complex relationship is not well understood.”

Meletis related that an analogy he shares with his patients is to think of their cells as “freshly air-popped popcorn.” A little sugar added creates kettle corn; a lot of sugar added creates caramel corn. Elevated blood sugars start caramelizing red blood cells (called glycosylated hemoglobin).

As a clinical nutritionist, Levin related that he finds it is important to remind customers of the basics. Eating a mostly plant-based whole foods diet helps people to manage blood sugar. One reason is that these fiber-rich foods are naturally low in sugar and, by slowing digestion, they help to reduce the natural increase in blood sugar following a snack or meal, minimizing a need for the hormone insulin to reduce blood sugar.

Exercise is also important to discuss as it has positive effects on blood sugar in multiple ways. It promotes the growth and maintenance of muscle, which provides a mechanism (mitochondria) to burn calories and utilize blood sugar rapidly.

And, highlighted Levin, stress management is a key factor in blood sugar status. He explained, “Stress causes us to change our metabolism, and chronic stress continuously increases the level of hormones that increase appetite and stimulate the accumulation of belly fat. Stress is also a factor in stimulating increases of the MetS markers.”

Because metabolic wellness is a complex, multi-faceted concern that impacts a wide array of structures and functions within the body, “we feel that blood sugar support is just one opportunity among many for retailers to help improve and protect the health and quality of life of their customers,” said Cameron.

Research to Note

Research into how diet and lifestyle affect blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and type 2 diabetes continues, as does research into how supplements work to support these conditions. Luu commented, “Retailers should be aware of the plethora of research conducted on supplements containing the unique combination of soy, honey and yogurt used as a total meal replacement and its impact on glycemic control, such as HbA1c, fasting blood sugar and insulin, as well as health factors related to MetS.”

One study Luu said she finds fascinating is the TeLiPro study called “Efficacy of the Telemedical Lifestyle intervention Program TeLiPro in Advanced States of Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial” published in Diabetes Care in 2017. It was a randomized, single-blind intervention study conducted in individuals with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity for 12 and 52 weeks who consumed Almased or placebo.

Compared to the control group, she reported, researchers observed significant changes in HbA1c, physical health, quality of life, eating behavior and insulin demand in the individuals who consumed Almased routinely. “This research is eye-opening because, from first impression, one may perceive Almased for weight loss only, but when you dig into the studies conducted on Almased like this one, you’ll find that the supplement’s health benefits go beyond weight loss,” she stated.

“At Omne Diem, focus on getting upstream in the MetS cascade,” said Cameron. Research shows that white adipose tissue, which comprises most subcutaneous fat and visceral fat (the fat surrounding internal organs), is not merely storage as previously thought. Research has shown that white adipose tissue accumulated in excess begins to act as an endocrine organ, expressing a variety of hormone-like substances and inflammatory compounds that launch the trajectory toward MetS and more.

He added, “The data on dietary fructose as a contributing factor to blood sugar and weight gain is also very compelling and represents an opportunity for early intervention. Omne Diem offers a Xylose Isomerase supplement to help address this. The XI enzyme converts fructose to glucose, so it is more easily digested and used by the body.”

Venerable supplements such as apple cider vinegar (ACV), chromium and magnesium are enjoying more serious attention in medical literature, according to Meletis. Some research suggested that a high-fat diet alters the oxidant-antioxidant balance, as evidenced by a reduction in the antioxidant enzyme activities and vitamin E level, and enhanced lipid peroxidation. “ACV can be beneficial for the suppression of obesity-induced oxidative stress in subjects on a high-fat diet through the modulating antioxidant defense system and reduces the risk of obesity-associated diseases by preventing the atherogenic risk.”

Chromium has long been studied for blood sugar support. For example, researchers in a 2004 study wrote, “Chromium levels decrease with age. Supplements containing 200-1,000 mcg chromium as chromium picolinate a day have been found to improve blood glucose control. Chromium picolinate is the most efficacious form of chromium supplementation. Numerous animal studies and human clinical trials have demonstrated that chromium picolinate supplements are safe.”

Magnesium is a mineral that also has some blood sugar support properties, according to research. For example, Meletis noted, the results of a study study revealed that oral magnesium supplementation reduces insulin resistance and improves the glycemic control indicators among individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Supplement Suggestions

Almased is a diabetic-friendly dietary supplement that, Luu described, characteristically fits the profile of a low-glycemic high-protein diet to support healthy blood sugar levels. According to a 2012 study published in Nutrition, researchers showed that compared to a typical American breakfast consisting of high carbs and low protein foods, Almased is associated with lower glucose and insulin levels in the blood.

To examine this further, a randomized control study published in Nutrients in investigated the impact of Almased on advance Type 2 diabetes. The researchers carried out a 12-week study comparing a lifestyle intervention group, who used Almased under the guidance of a meal replacement plan with weekly calls from a diabetes educator versus a control group who remained in routine care.

The results showed that HbA1c levels in the Almased group were, on average, reduced by 1.1 percent, from 8.4 percent to 7.3 percent, Luu reported. In this group, there were also significant reductions in fasting blood sugar, body weight, body mass index, blood pressure, cardiovascular risk factors and requirements for diabetes medication—a 20 percent lower need for medication and nearly 50 percent reduction in insulin needs. These improvements were even seen after 52 weeks of follow-up.

“Almased diet has been scientifically proven to reduce HbA1c and blood sugar levels while supporting glycemic control,” Luu commented.

Trace Minerals offers a wide range of products that will help your customers to manage their blood sugar. These include Ionic Magnesium, Mega-Mag, Stress-X Magnesium Powder, Mag Pak, Mag Gummies, Ionic Chromium, Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, Multivitamin – Electro-Vita-Min, Liquid Vitamin D, GreensPak and GlucoVera.

NOW also has several products in this category. Its Berberine Glucose Support is combined with MCT oil for optimal berberine absorption to support glucose metabolism. Clinical studies have demonstrated that berberine helps to support already normal glucose and lipid metabolism. MCT oil (or caprate) is included to help promote optimal absorption and maintenance of gastrointestinal comfort during berberine supplementation, Levin explained.

“Chromium is an essential trace mineral that works with insulin to support healthy blood glucose levels and plays an important role in the proper utilization of protein, fat and carbohydrates,” he said. NOW offers highly bioavailable Chromium Picolinate and Tri-Chromium, a combination of three different forms of chromium—chromium picolinate, chromium chelavite and ChromeMate.

NOW’s GlucoFit is a dietary ingredient extracted from Lagerstroemia speciosa, standardized to 18 percent corosolic acid. Glucofit’s active component, corosolic acid, has been shown in scientific studies to support healthy glucose metabolism.

And, NOW’s Glucose Metabolic Support features GlucoFit. “We’ve also included an extract from the herb Gymnema sylvestre, a small plant native to India,” explained Levin. “Extracts of gymnema have been used for centuries by ayurvedic herbalists for the support of glucose metabolism.”

Levin also suggested that retailers remind their customers to take a daily multivitamin, which provides B-complex as well as other vitamins and minerals to support healthy glucose management, stress response and glucose metabolism. NOW’s True Balance is a multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement that’s formulated to support healthy carbohydrate metabolism and healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range. “This formula includes a high dose of biotin, a B vitamin that plays an important role in supporting healthy insulin production through its ability to support healthy pancreatic function,” he explained. Also included in the formula are thiamin, chromium, vanadium and Gymnema sylvestre for their supporting roles in healthy glucose metabolism.

At Mastel’s Health Foods, two products that have resulted in excellent feedback from customers are Terry Naturally’s Sucontral D and Nutrastar Inc.’s CuraLin, Advanced Glucose Support, according to Goddard.

Sucontral D contains a standardized extract of the herb Hintonia lactiflora, along with a proprietary vitamin and mineral combination. Hintonia slows down the breakdown of sugar into the bloodstream, keeping blood sugar low instead of allowing it to spike, a main cause of excessive insulin release. Also, hintonia contains a unique flavonoid that has been shown to reduce insulin resistance and inflammation.

CuraLin is an ayurvedic formula containing nine herbs formulated to maintain healthy glucose levels and support a healthy glycemic response. “CuraLin is a new product to Mastel’s, which our buyers discovered at SOHO, and we are very excited about it because it has produced very positive customer feedback!” she related.

Meanwhile at The Healthy Place, O’Brien said he and his staff “love to recommend products like Perfect Ten by Lively Vitamin Co. R-lipoic acid is one of the most therapeutic antioxidants. It literally converts glucose into energy balancing your insulin levels. I’ve seen consistent and surprising results over the years I’ve recommended it!”

“Consistent” is the anchor here—when working with customers to help them manage healthy blood sugar levels, relate that it is a long-term project that requires consistent monitoring of diet and supplementation. Reducing high blood sugar (as well as weight and cholesterol) can be achieved through proper diet, exercise and supplementation, and the rewards of improved health and well-being are invaluable. VR

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