Are There Natural Products to Reverse or Manage Diabetes?

June 16, 2011 | By NaturoMedica Doctor | Diabetes, Diabetes, General, Men's Health, Women's Health | Share
Are There Natural Products to Reverse or Manage Diabetes?


CM Core (Ortho Molecular): Contains berberine and grape seed extracts which have been shown to support or lower insulin resistance, improve high cholesterol levels and blood pressure, decrease inflammation and protect the liver. Berberine is an alkaloid found in numerous plants used in traditional Chinese medicine. A recent study revealed the blood sugar lowering effect of berberine (500 mg three times per day) was similar to that of Metformin, a medication commonly used to treat diabetes. In multiple studies, berberine has been shown to decrease hemoglobin A1c, fasting blood glucose, after meal glucose, and triglyceride levels. Grape seed extract contains compounds to support a healthy heart. It has been clinically shown to help maintain normal healthy blood pressure levels within normal range.

Diabetone Plus (BioGenesis): Provides a unique blend of ingredients to improve blood sugar regulation and healthy metabolism. It is a complete herbal, vitamin and mineral product that has various nutrients including:

Bitter Melon (Mormidica charantia) is a fruit indigenous to South America and Asia. Its active ingredients include charantin, which resembles insulin in structure and function. Bitter melon supports healthy blood sugar levels.

Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) is a plant native to India and used medicinally for over 2,000 years. It contains gymnemic acid, a plant chemical that enhances pancreatic beta cell activity, the cells responsible for producing and regulating insulin. In addition, Gymnema can help maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Alpha Lipoic Acid has been shown to improve insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics by nutritionally supporting the uptake and utilization of glucose via transport proteins.

Vanadium is a nutrient that supports glucose metabolism. It appears to enhance the insulin receptors in many tissues which improves insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics.

Glycemic Manager (Integrative Therapeutics): A unique blend of ingredients to optimize metabolism for type 2 diabetics by supporting healthy blood sugar levels. This formulation contains myricetin which is fast acting to remove glucose from the blood to the body’s cells where it can be used to create healthy energy. This product has shown 78% improvement in the rate of after-meal blood sugar metabolism and contains many ingredients including gymnema, bitter melon, myricetin, bilberry, banaba, and bilberry.

GlycemX 360 (Metagenics): An advanced medical food formulated specifically for type 2 diabetics in chocolate or vanilla flavors. It is a complete functional food designed to provide comprehensive nutritional support for healthy blood sugar control, improved insulin performance and efficient cellular energy metabolism. This protein rich drink is often used as a meal replacement or snack. It supports glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity with therapeutic levels of chromium, biotin, magnesium, cinnamon along with 2 grams of plant sterols which have been shown to promote healthy heart function.

Chromium (BioImmersion): An essential nutrient that is required for normal carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Chromium facilitates the uptake of glucose into cells. Research reveals that adequate chromium intake supports blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle and fat cells as well as supports sperm count. Beneficial effects have also been noted to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL levels and increase HDL levels.


Biotin-8 (Thorne): Supports glucose metabolism and enhances glucose uptake at the insulin receptor sites. Specifically, it has been shown to stimulate insulin secretion through the pancreas by increasing glucose metabolism in the liver. Also, it can increase muscle insulin sensitivity by increasing uptake of glucose in muscle cells.


Note: Be sure to check with your physician or specialist prior to taking any herbs &/or nutrients to normalize your blood sugar levels. Your physician may need to periodically adjust your medication(s) as necessary. NaturoMedica physicians are trained in nutrient-herb and/or herb-drug compatibility and interactions.

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