Listed below are the active ingredients in Melabic, the natural blood sugar stabilizer
- Gymnema Sylvestre
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Banaba Leaf
- Bitter Melon
More details about the ingredients in Melabic
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
ALA helps your cells' ability to turn sugar into energy and decreases the need for your body to make insulin*. It also helps reduces HbA1c – a chemical that forms when sugar permanently attaches to your blood cells - helps protect against glycation – the most serious result of high blood sugar. How dangerous is glycation? Glycation destroys tissues in the kidney and retina, along with destroying insulin-producing beta cells. Glycation hardens your arteries and forms plaque, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
* as reported in the journal Drug Research, May 1995
Zinc, Chromium and Biotin
Your body needs Zinc to make, move and use insulin. Zinc also protects your insulin producing cells. Chromium "unlocks the door" to energy-producing cells. Chromium is needed to process glucose, and boosts the enzyme that makes it possible for your liver to use glucose. Scientific work at the USDA, University of Vermont's Division of Endocrinology and research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association have all clearly shown that Zinc, Chromium and Biotin:
- helps reduce your demand for insulin, giving your pancreas a well- earned break
- helps reduce your cholesterol, helping save you from the heart disasters that kill most diabetics
- helps support insulin-producing beta cells, which make your pancreas more efficient
- helps make your body less resistant to insulin, reversing the first signs of diabetes
- helps protect your eyesight and immune system, and encourages weight loss.
Cinnamon supports healthy blood sugar levels as well as helps reduces you total cholesterol, particularly your bad LDL cholesterol, and can help lower triglyceride fats.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Fenugreek is a tall annual herb that is native to the Mediterranean, Ukraine, India and China. The plant bears pods filled with numerous light brown, diamond-shaped seeds that possess a sweet maple aroma and are commonly used in cookery and flavouring.
Studies reveal that fenugreek helps regulate blood glucose. The glucose-regulating, antidiabetic properties of fenugreek seed are linked to a novel free amino acid, 4-hydroxyisoleucine. This compound stimulates insulin secretion, thereby limiting the extent to which blood glucose is elevated; by promoting insulin secretion and inhibiting the rise of blood glucose, it helps stabilise blood sugar and reduces body fat production. In one human study, 15g/day fenugreek significantly reduced glucose levels after meals. Today fenugreek shows value as an antidiabetic agent with potential for weight control due to its 4-hydroxyisoleucine content. Some supplements are capsules of powdered seed, while others are more concentrated extracts standardized to 4-hydroxyisoleucine.
Banaba leaves are a popular plant medicine in the Philippines. It's Corsolic Acid, and it's known as "natural plant insulin"! Dr. William V. Judy worked at Southwestern Institute of Biomedical Research in Bradenton, Florida. In 1999, he discovered that the banaba plant lowered blood sugar levels in all patients. And guess what? Not only is banaba good for lowering blood sugar – it has an interesting side-effect, too: it promotes weight loss. An average of 2-4 pounds per month! And that's without having to change your whole diet. Talk about a bonus! Banaba also controls appetite, especially any cravings for carbohydrates. And remember; carbohydrates are what cause your pancreas to work overtime!
Bitter melon is the common name for Momordica charantia, also known as African cucumber, balsam pear and bitter gourd. The plant is aptly named, as all parts of the plant, including the fruit, taste bitter. Widely sold in Asian groceries as a vegetable, bitter melon is employed as a folk remedy primarily for regulating blood sugar in cases of diabetes, as well as for colitis and dysentery, intestinal worms, jaundice and fevers. Current understanding of the phytochemicals in bitter melon suggests that these multiple uses are well founded.
Among the constituents in bitter melon, charantin is identified as a primary agent for blood-sugar regulation. Charantin demonstrates hypoglycaemic (blood sugar lowering) or other actions of potential benefit in diabetes. The fruits also contain insulin-like peptides, including one known as polypeptide P, and alkaloids. It is likely that several substances in bitter melon contribute to its blood sugar-modifying effects. In human studies, bitter melon demonstrates significant blood-sugar control after food intake and overall blood sugar-lowering effects.
This last ingredient was used for more than 2000 years in the Indian Ayurvedic healing tradition. It's an herb with a long name: Gymnema sylvestre. But in Hindi it's called "gumar" – which translates as "sugar destroyer"! If you were to chew the leaves of this plant, you would actually lose your ability to taste anything that was sweet! Gumar improves the effectiveness of insulin, but it also does something really amazing – gumar may actually rejuvenate a non-working pancreas! Gymnema Sylvestre is another herb, whose traditional use in treating diabetes, has been backed up by recent medical research. Originating from India, Gymnema Sylvestre is known as gur-mar, or "sugar destroyer." When gymnema leaf is placed directly on the tongue, it eliminates the sensation of sweetness, even if sugar is put in the mouth immediately following. When taken internally, it helps to control blood-sugar levels in diabetes. The leaves of Gymnema sylvestre perform two significant functions relative to diabetes. First, they suppress blood glucose, especially after eating. Secondly, they are insulinotropic and promote insulin secretion. By this two-pronged approach, Gymnema sylvestre proves a valuable aid in diabetes control.