A major hindrance to a healthy lifestyle revolves around blood sugar levels.
GlucoChrom helps you maintain this aspect of your health.
Benefits & Features
- Helps maintain healthy blood sugar
- Helps maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Maintains blood sugar levels that
result in consistent energy levels
- Special LeafBrand barley chromium
- Patented, synergistic formula
is a unique combination of chromium, vanadium, bitter melon, and gymnema
sylvestre. These substances have been used both traditionally and by health
practitioners for years to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Working
together, they provide the body with a natural way to balance blood sugar
A daily serving of 2 capsules contains
• 0.394 mg of vanadium citrate, yielding 75 mcg of vanadium
• 450 mg of bitter melon fruit powder
• 500 mg of Gymnema
sylvestre leaf extract
• 168 mg of LeafBrand barley, yielding 400 mcg of chromium
chromium—A new type of chromium supplement
GlucoChrom is the
first AIM product to use a unique and revolutionary method for delivering
chromium to the body. This product uses barley grass as a natural delivery system
that integrates chromium into the matrix of the plant through a proprietary
process. This plant-bound chromium is recognized by the body and is extremely
well-absorbed. We are in essence, using the logic of nature and our bodies to
In the case of
barley grass is grown hydroponically (where nutrition is supplied through liquid
rather than soil). At the right time in the growth phase, we use a special
process to alter the growing environment and increase the level of chromium. We
are thus able to grow barley leaves that contain the amounts of chromium we
specify. There is no hybridization or genetic alteration. The chromium we supply
from this process is called LeafBrand
We cannot overestimate the
importance of this type of delivery system. Traditionally, many mineral
supplements have been made from inorganic minerals—those that have been mined
from the earth or developed in a laboratory. Only a small portion of inorganic
minerals is assimilated by the human body.
In chelated minerals, the
mineral is bound to an organic substance, which adds to assimilation, but how
well the substance will be assimilated depends on the chelation process. Most
mineral chelates are compounds not normally found in nature and may even be
viewed as foreign substances by the body.
In creating our LeafBrand
chromium, we use a plant—the ideal mineral factory. Plants take up both
inorganic and chelated minerals and convert them to small, water-soluble
molecules. Plant-bound minerals have been found to be more soluble in simulated
gastric and intestinal fluid and therefore are potentially more bioavailable
than other supplements.
through LeafBrand chromium,
provides standardized and easily and efficiently absorbed plant-bound chromium
to the body.
How to use
Take 1 capsule 2 times per
day. Best taken before meals.
Close tightly after opening
and store in a cool, dry, dark place (70-75 °F; 20.1-23.8 °C). Do not refrigerate.
Q & A
Who should use GlucoChrom?
Anyone who is at risk for
high blood sugar or Type II diabetes should consider using GlucoChrom.
Is there anyone who should not use GlucoChrom?
Children, pregnant and
nursing women, and Type I diabetics should not use
Those withType II diabetes or those taking oral hypoglycemics or insulin should
consult a health practitioner before using GlucoChrom.
Can I take GlucoChrom
with other supplements or medication?
Those taking oral
hypoglycemics or insulin should consult a health practitioner before using GlucoChrom.
Are there any side effects?
No significant side effects
have been reported.
We hear a lot about the
harmful effects of a poor diet on our health. We hear about how it leads to
obesity, how it can lead to increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease,
and how it can mean overall poor health due to lack of nutrition. Another risk
of an unhealthy diet—especially if it includes large quantities of
carbohydrates and simple sugars—is what it does to our blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar is, simply
enough, the amount of sugar (glucose) we have in our blood. When we eat, the
body breaks down the carbohydrates in foods to produce sugars. The sugar is
absorbed into the bloodstream, which carries it to every cell in the body. Blood
sugar fuels the cells, providing them with the energy they need to keep us
healthy. It is extremely important that blood sugar levels remain consistent and
not be too high or too low.
How it works
The amount of sugar in the
blood is largely controlled by the hormone insulin. When the body recognizes
that we are eating and turning food into sugars, the pancreas secretes insulin.
Insulin acts as a travel guide, escorting sugar through the bloodstream and then
“knocking on and unlocking the cells’ doors” to allow glucose to enter.
When the pancreas, insulin, and the cells are not working in harmony, the result
can be diabetes—high levels of blood sugar.
In diabetes, blood sugar
levels are too high. There are two reasons for this.
known as Type I diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes, is caused by damage to the
pancreas. Part of the pancreas, beta cells, manufacture the insulin that escorts
blood sugar to the cells. If beta cells are not working, or not working well,
you do not produce enough insulin—there are not enough “travel guides” to
get the blood sugar to the cells. The result is that the blood sugar remains in
the bloodstream—high blood sugar levels.
diabetes, known as Type II diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, insulin is
produced, but the cells remain resistant to it—you might say they keep
changing the “locks” so that the insulin cannot bring in the blood sugar.
This also results in high blood sugar levels. Type II diabetes is by far the
most prevalent, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetics.
Diabetes and high blood sugar
result in frequent urination, extreme thirst, increased appetite, unexplained
weight loss, dry skin and frequent skin infections, recurrent vaginitis, blurred
vision, fatigue, drowsiness, and nausea. Diabetes has the potential for serious
long-term complications that can lead to increased risk for atherosclerosis and
cardiovascular disease, visual problems and blindness, slow healing of injuries,
kidney failure, and damage to the nervous system.
Support for blood sugar
Healthy blood sugar levels
can be maintained through diet and lifestyle changes. Of special interest are
the minerals chromium and vanadium and the herbs bitter melon and Gymnema
Chromium is the major mineral
involved in insulin production, and a deficiency in this mineral can interfere
with the production and utilization of insulin. Indeed, a chromium deficiency
can result in three conditions directly related to blood sugar: high blood sugar
levels, an inability of the cells to pick up and use blood sugar (impaired
glucose tolerance), and higher insulin levels.
Chromium increases the
ability of insulin to bind to cells and leads to increased insulin sensitivity
of body tissue. This leads to the body being better able to absorb and use the
blood sugar. In other words, chromium helps the insulin “travel guide” get
to more doors and oils the key that the travel guide uses to unlock our cells to
the blood sugar. Studies have indicated that chromium does lower blood sugar and
insulin levels in those with Type II diabetes.
The U.S. National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine has noted that current data suggest that
chromium supplementation can be useful for people with glucose intolerance, Type
II diabetes, gestational diabetes, and steroid-induced diabetes.
Although as early as 1899 it
was found that a form of vanadium resulted in a decrease in blood sugar levels,
it was not until the late 1970s that vanadium’s insulin-like action was first
described. Vanadium may activate insulin receptors—making the cells more
receptive to insulin’s “key”—and through this, exert insulin-like
This has been supported in
two small clinical trials. In one, eight patients with Type II diabetes received
50 mg of vanadium sulfate two times per day for four weeks. The abstract of this
study notes that the vanadium was well-tolerated and resulted in modest
reductions of blood sugar and hepatic insulin resistance. (Metabolism 45, no. 9 (September 1996): 1,130-5.)
In another small trial, six
patients with Type II diabetes were given vanadium. The authors note that after
three weeks, insulin sensitivity was improved (J Clin Invest 95, no. 6 (June 1995): 2,501-9). In another trial, the
effects of vanadium were compared in moderately obese nondiabetic and Type II
diabetic subjects. The authors note in their abstract that “In conclusion,
small oral doses of vanadyl sulfate do not alter insulin sensitivity in
nondiabetic subjects, but it does improve both hepatic and skeletal muscle
insulin sensitivity in NIDDM [Type II] subjects in part by enhancing insulin’s
inhibitory effect on the breaking down of fats. These data suggest that vanadyl
sulfate [vanadium] may improve a defect in insulin signaling specific to NIDDM.”
(Diabetes 45, no. 5 (May 1996):
Bitter melon grows in
tropical areas, including parts of the Amazon, East Africa, Asia, the Caribbean,
and throughout South America. It is used as a food as well as a medicine.
Bitter melon does much the
same as chromium: it improves the body’s ability to use blood sugar and
improves glucose tolerance—that is, the body’s ability to get the blood
sugar into the cells.
In one small study, using 100
ml of bitter melon juice was found to improve glucose tolerance by 73 percent in
a standard glucose tolerance test. (J
Ethnopharmacology 17 (1986): 277-82). In another small study, an aqueous
extract of bitter melon fruit was found to decrease blood sugar levels by 54
percent. (Phytotherapy Res 7, no. 4
It also has an important
additional benefit: at least one animal study has noted that bitter melon fruit
juice results in an increase in the number of beta cells—the cells that
produce insulin—in the pancreas of diabetic rats when compared with untreated
diabetic rats. The authors of the study suggest that bitter melon may cause a
renewal and recovery of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. (Diabetes
Res Clin Pract 40, no. 3 (June 1998): 145-51.)
Like chromium and vanadium, Gymnema
sylvestre works to help increase glucose tolerance. Like bitter melon, it
may help the pancreas produce insulin.
Gymnema has been used with
patients suffering from both Type I and Type II diabetes. In one study with 27
Type I diabetic patients, the Gymnema
extract reduced the insulin requirements and lowered the fasting blood glucose
levels. The abstract notes that gymnema
extract enhances the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin, possibly by
regeneration/revitalization of the residual beta cells in Type I diabetes. (J
Ethnopharmacol 30 (1990): 281-94.)
An animal study supports
this. In diabetic rat pancreas, extracts of Gymnema
were able to double the islet number (clumps of pancreatic cells) and beta cell
number (insulin-producing cells). These results show that Gymnema may improve the health of the pancreas. (J
Ethnopharmacol 30 (1990): 265-79.)
As far as Type II diabetes
goes, in one study, Gymnema extract
was administered for 18 to 20 months to 22 Type II diabetic patients taking
conventional medication. All the patients showed a significant reduction in
blood sugar levels, and five of the 22 diabetic patients were able to maintain
their blood sugar levels without conventional drugs. Similar to the above
studies, the results also showed higher levels of insulin in the blood,
indicating that the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas may be
regenerated/repaired in Type II diabetic patients on Gymnema supplementation. (J
Ethnopharmacol 30 (1990): 295-300.)