Ortho Glucose II 90 capsules - chromium, cinnamon, Gymnema, bitter melon, R-ALA | AOR
AOR's Ortho Glucose II contains ingredients that provide support for healthy glucose metabolism.
• nutrients and herbal extracts that support healthy blood sugar levels
• increases insulin sensitivity
• improves cellular glucose utilization
• reduces risk of diabetic complications
• AOR's premium blood sugar balance formula
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a syndrome characterized by abnormally elevated sugar levels in the blood. There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. The incidence of diabetes is rapidly increasing and in 2005, 7% of the United States population had diabetes. Diabetes is linked to a number of serious health complications including cardiovascular disease, retinal damage, blindness, hypertension, neuropathy and many others. Ortho•Glucose II helps maintain a healthy blood sugar balance and reduces the risk of complications linked to abnormal blood sugar levels, all in one formula.
Regulating Blood Sugar Levels
Many natural ingredients have been shown to help encourage healthy glucose metabolism and blood sugar levels. Cinnamon, chromium and the herbs bitter melon and Gymnema sylvestre all lower blood sugar levels. Many of these, including cinnamon and chromium, act by improving insulin sensitivity – allowing cells to respond normally to the hormone insulin.
Reducing the Risk of Complications
The ingredients in Ortho•Glucose II™ also act to help prevent certain complications of diabetes. Elevated cholesterol levels are one common complication. Cinnamon and chromium have been shown to help support healthy cholesterol levels. R(+)-lipoic acid has been shown to be an effective support in diabetic neuropathy, the damage that can occur to nerves in diabetic patients.
Diabetes – A Silent Killer
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels. Type I diabetes results when the body attacks the cells that produce insulin – a key hormone that controls the entry of glucose into the cells and regulates blood glucose levels. Type II diabetes usually develops later in life and comprises 90% of diabetic patients. The prevalence of this type of diabetes is on the rise. Type II diabetes is primarily a result of increased insulin resistance, meaning that the cells no longer respond to normal levels of insulin. When cells are insulin resistant glucose will not enter the cells and blood glucose levels rise.
High blood sugar levels have astoundingly damaging effects on the body. Diabetics are at an increased risk of developing a large number of serious complications. For example, they are twice as likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and are five times more likely to experience a heart attack. Other complications include high cholesterol levels, retinal damage, blindness, hypertension, neuropathy and many others.
Clinical trials have revealed that cinnamon has insulin-like activity and improves glucose uptake. Cinnamon has also been shown to reduce blood glucose levels after eating, lower fasting plasma glucose levels by 10-29%, and even help to balance high cholesterol levels.
Micronutrients found in the extract of the fruit Momordica charantia (bitter melon) have been shown to have hypoglycemic effects – reducing blood sugar levels by as much as 54% in one trial. This is accomplished through increased glucose utilization by the liver, inhibition of glucose production, and improved glucose oxidation.
Gymnema sylvestre is an Ayurvedic herb known for its hypoglycemic effects. In clinical trials this herb has effectively reduced blood glucose levels in Type I and Type II diabetics. It appears that Gymnema enhances the body’s insulin production, possibly by regenerating or repairing beta cells which produce insulin.
Minerals can also play a role in glucose metabolism. Chromium, for example, is an essential trace mineral for the metabolism of carbohydrates. It increases the sensitivity of insulin receptors, increasing cellular transport of glucose and reducing blood sugar levels. It may also help regulate abnormal lipid levels associated with diabetes.
R(+)-Lipoic acid (ALA) is another promising treatment for diabetes and its related complications such as diabetic neuropathy, a treatment for which lipoic acid is approved in Germany. ALA improves insulin sensitivity allowing glucose to enter the cell more easily. A meta-analysis including 1258 diabetic patients found that R(+)-lipoic acid was beneficial for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. The analysis revealed that supplementation for 4-7 months reduced neuropathic deficits and improved cardiac neuropathy.
A Natural Formula for Blood Sugar Support
Ortho•Glucose II™ contains nutrients and plant extracts that are supported by clinical research in diabetic subjects. Ortho•Glucose II™ can be used to reduce elevations in blood sugar levels, potentiate the action of insulin and to improve the cellular utilization of glucose. Ortho•Glucose II™ is the ideal choice for those trying to regain normal carbohydrate metabolism and striving to achieve normal blood glucose levels.
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Balancing your blood sugar level
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Take 1 capsule daily, half an hour before a meal, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
chromium (picolinate) 167 mcg
R-alpha lipoic acid 100mg
cinnamon extract 33mg
Gymnema sylvestre extract (20:1) 66.5mg
bitter melon extract (Momordica charantia) 85mg
- also contains sodium 10mg
active ingredients (R-alpha lipoic acid, bitter melon extract, Gymnema sylvestre extract, cinnamon extract, chromium picolinate), filler (microcrystalline cellulose, maltodextrin), anti-coagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hypromellose)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
keep out of reach of young children
Do not use if you are hypersensitive or allergic to cinnamon or Peruvian balsam, if you have acid reflux, stomach or intestinal ulcers, liver disease, alcoholism, or are taking acetaminophen.
Discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia including feelings of anxiety, dizziness, tremor, sweating, nausiea or headache.
May cause irritation of the gastric mucous membranes and reflux. Hypersensitivity e.g. allergy, may occur in which case discontinue use.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have a kidney diorder and/or diabetes, or for use beyond 6 months. This product is not suitable for children.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans