Blood glucose control has been an important line of treatment for the last 30 to 40 years for those working in the nutritional field and for those working in the area of supplementation. So many physiological and emotional symptoms are rooted in the disequilibrium of blood sugar levels.
How it works and how the body benefits:
L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in human muscle tissue and intense exercise increases the requirement for this nutrient. This is one of the major fuels for the brain and has been shown to enhance mental performance, memory and stabilize moods. It has also been shown to curtail addictive tendencies. Being a specific fuel for the colon it assists in healing of the gut and ensuring a healthy ecology.
Chromium picolinate is essential for glucose homeostasis and helps to balance insulin and blood sugar levels, normalize hunger and reduce cravings. A simple deficiency in chromium can begin a powerful cycle of excess insulin release followed by insulin-related cravings and weight gain as well as blood sugar and heart-related problems. Diets high in refined carbohydrates (sugars, flours, fats, processed foods) can produce a chromium deficiency as they increase the rate at which chromium is excreted in the urine. Emotional and physical stress as well as extremes in activity can also deplete our bodies of chromium. Chromium levels decrease with age and the older we get, but at the same time, our bodies appear to need higher chromium requirements.
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6) has an important role in brain function and is used as a co-factor in a multitude of physiological reactions in the body. A deficiency can therefore cause wide-ranging problems.
Magnesium is one of the most versatile minerals being involved in over 300 reactions in the body and its importance cannot be over-emphasized especially bearing in mind that it is deficient in much of the soil in South Africa. Important functions are the protection against heart disease, irregular heartbeat and essential for energy production. Of particular interest to the carbohydrate addict is the fact that magnesium stores are dependent on insulin action and the higher your insulin levels and insulin resistance, the lower your natural stores of magnesium are likely to be. Diabetics have significantly lower levels of magnesium. Low levels of magnesium are also found in hyperinsulinaemia. Excess levels of insulin might be responsible for the magnesium depletion observed in various hyperinsulinaemic states, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, hypertension and obesity.
Potassium enables nutrients to move into, and waste products to move out of, cells. If glucose is to be used, it has to cross the cell membranes into the cell substance itself. To do this, insulin and potassium are required. Potassium supplements improve insulin sensitivity, responsiveness and insulin secretion in diabetics assisting in constant energy levels. Potassium also helps maintaining fluid balance in body and is depleted by alcohol, sugar, diuretics, laxatives, stress.
Dosage generally ranges from 1 to 3 caps per day, preferably 1 capsule with meals. In severe cases this dosage can be exceeded temporarily. In many cases once the symptoms have eased dosage can either be reduced or in some instances phased out and then can be used intermittently.
|Product||No caps||Each cap contains|
|GTF Supreme||60/200||L-Glutamine||200 mg|
|L-Glutamic Acid||50 mg|
|Zinc gluconate||5 mg|
|Chromium Picolinate||200 mcg|
|Pyridoxine Hydrochloride||25 mg|
|Co-enzyme Q-10||15 mg|
|Alpha Lipoic Acid||25 mg|