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How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with 

Natural Medicine

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By

Michael Murray, N.D.

 

 

AGENDA

u     Challenges, Solutions, & Inspiration

u      Diabetes: A 21st Century Epidemic

u      Diagnosis, Etiology, Prevention

u      Treatment goals

u      Nutritional Supplementation

u      Botanical Medicines

u      Questions and Answers

 

Current and Future Challenges

ØIncreased pressure from the media, drug companies, and FDA

ØContinued “negative studies” and advances in conventional medicine

ØContinued marketing of bogus and overly hyped products

ØLack of tools to help consumers distinguish what is fact and what is quality in natural products

 

A Closer Look at Some of Our Shortcomings

n Impotent vs. IMPORTANT information in our stores and on infomercials

n Manufacturer profits often go into pockets instead of research

n The seduction of a quick buck vs. a sustainable business

n Credibility. How do YOU establish credibility?

v Care, Listen, Educate, Inspire

 

Characteristics of a Successful Retailer

n Credible

n Passionate

n Educated

n Dedicated

n Positive and adaptable

n Effective communicator

 

Solutions to Our Challenges!!

n More responsible marketing by manufacturers

n Focus on what works instead of what has more hype

n Effective educational materials and tools

n Development of successful partnerships between retailers and quality manufacturers

 

Characteristics of a Quality Manufacturer

n      HIGH VALUES!!

vEthics, integrity, TRUE GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)

n Dedicated to our industry

n Committed to the success of the retailer

n Mission and Vision

vWhat does the company really want?

n Opportunity for successful partnership

 

Why is the Future Bright?

n Growing need

v Aging population

v Continued rise in diet related diseases

n Truth will prevail

v Women’s Health Initiative, for example

n New and exciting products

vBest from nature is yet to come

n Effective consumer education

vContinued development of information age

 

Diabetes Mellitus in the US: Health Impact of the Disease

 

Table 1. Major Complications of Diabetes:

¨       Heart disease and stroke - Adults with diabetes have death rates from cardiovascular disease about 2 to 4 times higher than normal

¨       High blood pressure - 75% of adults with diabetes have high blood pressure

¨       Blindness - Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults

¨       Kidney disease - Diabetes is the leading reason why people need dialysis

¨       Nervous system disease - About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage

¨       Amputations - More than 60% of lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes

¨       Periodontal disease - Almost one third of people with diabetes have severe periodontal (gum) disease

¨       Pain – Many diabetics fall victim to chronic pain due to conditions such as arthritis, neuropathy, circulatory insufficiency or muscle pain

¨       Depression – Is a common accompaniment of diabetes. Clinical depression can often begin to occur even years before diabetes is fully evident. As well, depression is difficult to treat in poorly controlled diabetics

¨       Autoimmune disorders – thyroid disease, inflammatory arthritis and other diseases of the immune system commonly add to the suffering of diabetes

                       

CLASSIFICATIONS OF DIABETES

l       Type 1 diabetes* (b-cell destruction, usually leading to absolute insulin deficiency) - immune mediated - affects over 1 million Americans

l       Type 2 diabetes* (may range from predominantly insulin resistance with relative insulin deficiency to a predominantly secretory defect with insulin resistance) - affects over 17 million Americans

        Adult onset most common, juvenile onset rising

        Linked to obesity

l        Impaired glucose tolerance (a.k.a. “pre-diabetes”) - thought to affect over 16 million Americans

l       Gestational diabetes

 

Type 1 Diabetes

Etiological factors:

n        Genetics – Concordance rate 23-38%

n        Autoimmunity - 75% have beta-cell antibodies

n        Defect in gut immune system

n       Infectious trigger – Enteroviruses

n        Bovine albumin peptide - 1.5 greater risk with early introduction of cow’s milk or breast-feeding less than 3 months

n        Nitrates from water, smoked or cured meats – Significant oxidative stress on the beta-cells

 

Type 1 Diabetes Prevention

Avoiding risk factors - Bifidobacteria very important in reducing risk for enterovirus

n       Breastfeeding and avoidance of allergens

n        Vitamin D supplementation - children who regularly took cod liver oil had an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes while those that had vitamin D deficiency actually had a 300% increased risk

n       Omega-3 fatty acids – preliminary findings encouraging

 

Niacinamide in IDDM (Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus):
A Meta-Analysis of the Evidence

Since 1987, 10 randomized (5 of which were placebo) controlled trials have evaluated niacinamide therapy in recent-onset IDDM patients for a total of 211 nicotinamide-treated patients. Meta-analysis demonstrates a therapeutic effect of niacinamide in preserving residual beta-cell function when given at IDDM diagnosis in addition to insulin. Adverse effects were negligible. The European Nicotinamide Diabetes Intervention Trial (ENDIT) is currently in progress.

 

Type 2 diabetes

Etiological factors linked to insulin insensitivity:

n       Family history of diabetes (i.e., parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes) - 70 to 90% concordance rate

n       Interesting factoid:

        Arizona Pima 70% obese; 22% type 2

        Mexican Pima 10% obese; <1% type 2

n       Obesity and low adiponectin levels

n       Increased waist to hip circumference

n       Age – increasing age is associated with increased risk beginning at age 45 years

n       Race/ethnicity (e.g., African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander)

n       Sedentary lifestyle – the Amish example

n       Hypertension (blood pressure > 140/90 mm Hg)

n      Triglyceride level >250 mg/dl

n       Polycystic ovary syndrome

n       History of gestational diabetes or delivery of baby over 9 lbs

n       High glycemic diet – Also associated with increased risk for heart disease and cancer

n       Dietary fat - High saturated fat, low omega-3 and monounsaturated fat

n       Chromium deficiency – Other nutrients may also play a role

n       Prenatal nutrition - Over consumption of calories during pregnancy linked to NIDDM (Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus) in offspring

n       Low antioxidant status - Low vitamin E levels linked to 3.9 times greater risk of developing NIIDM

 

Adipocytes: an endocrine organ?

Examples of hormonal factors secreted by fat cells:

n       Adiponectin – improves insulin sensitivity

n       Resistan – reduces insulin sensitivity

n       Leptin – reduces appetite, increases metabolic rate

n       Free fatty acids – reduces insulin and leptin sensitivity

 

Lifestyle vs. drugs in prevention of type 2 diabetes

3,234 subjects with impaired glucose tolerance were randomly assigned to be in a group receiving a placebo, or metformin (850 mg twice daily), or a lifestyle-modification program with the goals of at least a 7 percent weight loss and at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. The average follow-up was 2.8 years. The lifestyle intervention reduced the incidence by 58% and metformin by 31%.

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES
Management Goals

ØEliminate symptoms and improve well-being

ØPrevent and retard microvascular complications and macrovascular events

n        Optimize glycemic control

n        Maximize nutritional status

n        Improve rheology

n        Prevent hyperlipidemia

n        Target blood pressure levels

 

Metabolic Targets

Parameter                                                                   Target Value

Fasting blood glucose                                                 80-120 mg/dL

HbA1C (Hemoglobin A1c test – see reference [1])   Optimal <6%

Goal <7%

                                                                                    Action level >8%

Total cholesterol                                                        <200 mg/dL

LDL-C                                                                        Optimal <100 mg/dL

                                                                                    Initiate treatment >130 mg/dL

HDL-C                                                                        >45 mg/dL

Triglycerides                                                              < 200 mg/dL

 

Key Dietary Strategies

nFollow a low glycemic diet

nEat a “rainbow” assortment of fruits and vegetables

nReduce exposure to pesticides, and eat to enhance detoxification reactions and elimination

nReduce the intake of saturated fats and trans fatty acids

nIncrease the intake of the right types of fats (monounsaturated)

nAvoid high-calorie, low nutrient foods

nKeep salt intake low, potassium intake high

 

Glycemic Load (GL) vs. Glycemic Index (GI)

nGlycemic index refers to the rise in blood sugar after ingesting a serving of a food that provides 50g of carbohydrate

nGlycemic load is calculated by multiplying the GI as a decimal times the amount of carbohydrate in the actual serving of food - Should be less than 20 for 1  meal (or less than 15 for those with uncontrolled diabetes) - Decreased GL lessens the chance of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer

 

Examples of GI, GL, and insulin stress scores of selected foods:

 

Food                                        GI        GL

Carrots, cooked, ½ cup          49        1.5

Peach, fresh, 1 large               42        3

Watermelon, ½ cup                 72        4

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice    69        9.6

Baked potato, medium           93        14

Brown rice, cooked, 1 cup     50        16

Banana, 1 medium                  55        18

Spaghetti, 1 cup                      41        23

White rice, 1 cup                    72        26

Grape Nuts™, ½ cup              71        33

Soft drinks, 375 ml                 68        35

 

Foundation Supplement Program

n     High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral (e.g. WellBetX™ MultiStart™ [2] & Complete Multi [3]

n     Additional Antioxidants

v      Vitamin C: 500 to 1,500 mg daily

v      Vitamin E: 400 to 800 IU daily

n     Greens Drink Product or Flavonoid-rich Extract

n     Pharmaceutical grade fish oil product

v 600 mg EPA/DHA daily

 

Key Advantages of MultiStart™

nProvides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals along with key phytochemicals

nComplete formula that reduces the number of pills taken each day

nConvenience and value

nEach formula contains at least one herb at “therapeutic” levels

nNo window dressing!!!

nNo offending odor, easy to swallow

nManufactured to the highest standards

 

Enriching Greens™ [4]

n      Key components:

v   Greens (barley & wheat grass juice; spirulina, chlorella)

v   Phytosomes (Milk Thistle, Ginkgo, Grapeseed)

v   Standardized plant extracts (beet, artichoke, Siberian ginseng, etc.)

v   Soy lecithin, pectin, bee pollen, etc.

 

Findings in a clinical study at the University of Alberta:

nIncreased blood antioxidant capacity by 11%

nTotal cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were reduced by 6%

nHDL cholesterol was increased by 8%

nReports of better bowel function and higher energy levels

nMixes well and tastes great!!

 

RxOmega-3 Factors™ [5]
Pharmaceutical Grade EPA/DHA

n     High concentration (600 mg) of long-chain fatty acids per 1000 mg capsule

n     Ideal ratio of EPA to DHA – 400 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA per capsule!!!!!!

n     Strict quality control standards insures no:

v   Heavy metals

v   Dioxan, PCBs, and other pesticides/herbicides

v   Lipid peroxides and damaged fats

 

What is “pharmaceutical grade?”

Proposed criteria:

nManufactured in a certified GMP facility approved for pharmaceutical products

nManufactured according to pharmaceutical standards that include quality control steps to insure purity and potency

nMust provide at least a 60% concentration of the most active long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA)

nRatio of omega-3 fatty acids to arachidonic acid must be greater than 50:1

 

Key Nutrients in Diabetes:

n       Chromium - Low levels may lead to insulin insensitivity

n       Vitamins C and E - Increased requirements

n       Magnesium - Increased requirements, improves all aspects

n       Biotin - Activates glucokinase, promotes glucose utilization

n       Vitamin B6 - Prevents and improves neuropathy

n       Folic acid and B12 - Prevents/improves neuropathy

n       Zinc, manganese, vanadyl - Improve insulin action

n       Alpha-lipoic acid - Prevents/improves neuropathy

n       Omega-3 Fatty acids - Improves cell membrane and blood lipid levels

 

Magnesium Supplementation
Reasons to supplement in diabetics:

Ø     Magnesium deficiency common in diabetics (RBC vs. serum)

Ø     Improves insulin response and actions

Ø     Improves glucose tolerance

Ø     Improves cell membrane fluidity

Ø     Magnesium levels are inversely correlated with diabetic retinopathy and vascular disease

 

Alpha-lipoic Acid

n      Natural “vitamin-like” compound involved in energy production

n      Used in Germany for over 30 years

n      Unique antioxidant effects

n      Improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control

n      Prevents or improves neuropathy

n      Dosage: 300 to 600 mg (Normal = 200-400 mg and 400-600 mg if neuropathy)

 

Bitter Melon (Momardica charantia): Clinical Study in Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetic patients were given either 5g of dried bitter melon powder 3 times daily or 100 ml of an aqueous extract of bitter melon as a single dose in the morning. After 3 weeks, patients receiving the dried powder (n=5) experienced a drop of 25% in blood sugar levels. The patient (n=7) receiving the aqueous extract experienced a statistically significant drop of 54% after 3 weeks and a drop in glycosylated hemoglobin from 8.37 to 6.95 after 7 weeks.

 

Fenugreek seed powder: Clinical Study in Type II Diabetes

60 patients with NIIDM followed a prescribed diet with or without 25 grams of fenugreek seed powder divided into two equal portions taken during lunch and dinner. Fasting blood sugar measurements decreased by 25% in the fenugreek supplemented group after 24 weeks and glycosylated hemoglobin levels dropped 12.2% from 9.6 to 8.4%. Also, TC declined 14%, LDL 16% and Trigs 15%; HDL increased by 10%.

 

Flavonoid-rich Extracts:
Beneficial Effects in Diabetes

n      Antioxidant

n      Increase intracellular vitamin C concentrations

n      Inhibit aldose reductase

n      Improve rheology

n      Improve microvascular integrity

 

Flavonoid-rich Extracts:

Tissue Specific Antioxidants

Examples:

vQuercetin – Mast cells; best for allergies and eczema.

vBilberry extract (anthocyanosides) – Retina; best for eyes.

vGrapeseed extract (procyanidolic oligomers) – LDL cholesterol, retina, vascular lining, lungs; best overall antioxidant

vMilk thistle extract (silymarin) - Liver

vHawthorn (procyanidins) – Heart, aorta, arteries; best for heart disease

v Green tea (polyphenols) – LDL cholesterol, gastrointestinal tract; best for cancer prevention

v Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo flavonglycosides) – brain, vascular lining; best for people over 50 years of age

 

Garlic
TAP™ > 4,000 mcg per day of allicin

Clinical Applications:

n      Atherosclerosis treatment and prevention

n      Elevated blood lipids

n      High blood pressure

 

Dosage:

Dosage is based on allicin potential: daily dose should provide at least 8 mg alliin or a total allicin potential of 4,000 mcg.

 

Garlic Factors™ [6]

Key Advantages:

ØGuaranteed 6,150 mcg of deliverable allicin per tablet

ØIn compliance with U.S.P. method 724A guidelines for dissolution

 

A major problem exposed (part one)

The failure of five recent clinical trials to show significant reduction in serum cholesterol by Kwai® is due to poor release of allicin. Prior to 1995, tablets were more resistant to acid-disintegration and released three times as much allicin (44% vs. 15 % of their potential) as the newer lots. A second brand of tablets used in a recent negative trial released no detectable amount of allicin, while a third set of tablets with high allicin release was used in a trial with positive effects. Planta Med 2001; 67(1): 13-8

 

A major problem exposed (part two)

When 24 brands of enteric-coated garlic were analyzed for tablet dissolution using an approved method (USP dissolution method 724A) only one brand released the amount of claimed allicin. The second best brand released only 44% of label claim and 75% of the brands released less than 10% of label claim. Failure to deliver an effective dosage of allicin will most assuredly lead to failure to lower cholesterol or blood pressure. Forsch Kmpl 7:45, 2000

 

WellBetX™
natural products to support blood sugar control

GOALS:

n      Reduce after meal elevations in blood sugar levels

n      Provide optimal nutrient status

n      Improve insulin function and sensitivity

n      Prevent nutritional and oxidative stress

 

WellBetX™
 Products:

Ø WellBetX™ Complete Multi

Ø PGX™ (with Mulberry Extract)

Ø Weight Loss Shake with PGX™

Ø Glucose Balance Herbal Formula

Ø WellBetX™ Daily Packets for Glucose Balance

vEach packet contains:

uWellBetX™ Complete Multi (2 tablets)

uGlucose Balance Herbal Formula (1 tablet)

uVitamin E (400 IU)

uRxOmega-3 Factors™ (1 capsule)

uAlpha-lipoic acid (200 mg capsule)

 

WellBetX™
Glucose Balance Herbal Formula
[7]

Each 2 tablets contain:

Gymnema sylvestre Extract   200 mg.

American ginseng extract      150 mg.

Bitter Melon Extract              150 mg.

Fenugreek Seed Extract        150 mg.

Milk thistle extract                100 mg.

Green tea extract                   100 mg.

Yacon extract                           50 mg.

 

PGX™ [8]
(PolyGlycopleX)

Benefits:

n Proprietary soluble fiber complex with exceptional viscosity

n Enhanced physical and physiological effects of soluble fiber

n Binds more than 600 times its weight in water

n Produces clinical results at practical dosages

n Proprietary soluble fiber complex with exceptional viscosity

 

If you need more information, please consult HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT DIABETES WITH NATURAL MEDICINE. Also, please visit Dr. Murray’s website: www.doctormurray.com

 

These are the lecture notes from the April 19, 2004 presentation on diabetes given by

Michael Murray in Lakewood Colorado.

 

References:

 

1. HbA1c Test - The HbA1c test (hemoglobin A1c test, glycosylated hemoglobin A1c test, glycohemoglobin A1c test, or A1c test) is a lab test, which reveals average blood glucose over a period of two to three months. Specifically, it measures the number of glucose molecules attached to hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells. The test takes advantage of the lifecycle of red blood cells. Although constantly replaced, individual cells live for about four months. So by measuring attached glucose in a current blood sample, average blood sugar levels over the previous two to three months can be determined. HbA1c test results are expressed as a percentage, with 4 to 6 % considered normal. The HbA1c "big picture" complements the day-to-day "snapshots" obtained from the self-monitoring of blood glucose (mg/dl), and the two tests can be equated as in the chart below.

 

HbA1c Test Results (%) & Their Plasma Blood Glucose Equivalents (mg/dl)

 

HbA1c

4.0

4.1

4.2

4.3

4.4

4.5

4.6

4.7

4.8

4.9

Glucose

65

69

72

76

79

83

86

90

93

97

HbA1c

5.0

5.1

5.2

5.3

5.4

5.5

5.6

5.7

5.8

5.9

Glucose

101

104

108

111

115

118

122

126

129

133

HbA1c

6.0

6.1

6.2

6.3

6.4

6.5

6.6

6.7

6.8

6.9

Glucose

136

140

143

147

151

154

158

161

165

168

HbA1c

7.0

7.1

7.2

7.3

7.4

7.5

7.6

7.7

7.8

7.9

Glucose

172

175

179

183

186

190

193

197

200

204

HbA1c

8.0

8.1

8.2

8.3

8.4

8.5

8.6

8.7

8.8

8.9

Glucose

207

211

215

218

222

225

229

232

236

240

HbA1c

9.0

9.1

9.2

9.3

9.4

9.5

9.6

9.7

9.8

9.9

Glucose

243

247

250

254

257

261

264

268

272

275

HbA1c

10.0

10.1

10.2

10.3

10.4

10.5

10.6

10.7

10.8

10.9

Glucose

279

282

286

289

293

297

300

304

307

311

HbA1c

11.0

11.1

11.2

11.3

11.4

11.5

11.6

11.7

11.8

11.9

Glucose

314

318

321

325

329

332

336

339

343

346

HbA1c

12.0

12.1

12.2

12.3

12.4

12.5

12.6

12.7

12.8

12.9

Glucose

350

353

357

361

364

368

371

375

378

382

HbA1c

13.0

13.1

13.2

13.3

13.4

13.5

13.6

13.7

13.8

13.9

Glucose

386

389

393

396

400

403

407

410

414

418

 

Desirable

 

When interpreting your hemoglobin test you should keep in mind that results differ depending on the test method used.  Some labs measure hemoglobin A1 (which is different hemoglobin A1c). Also, realize that HbA1c results may reflect the averaging of a period of high glucose with a period of low glucose, as opposed to the consistent readings required for good control. To best understand your HbA1c results always consult your healthcare professional.

 

2. WellBetX™ MultiStart

For anyone who prefers a Multi in a capsule, this MultiStart contains a good balance of basic nutrients plus a balance of the B vitamins in nature's own ratio. MultiStart reflects a whole new way of thinking about taking a daily multi vitamin/mineral supplement.

MultiStart Capsules represent a whole new way of thinking. In the past, many 'improved' vitamin/mineral supplements by making them more potent. For some people that was a beneficial improvement. However little thought was given to 'natural balance,' the relationship between the nutrients as they are found in nature's most nutrient dense foods. MultiStart capsules are designed to reflect that balance. So when the amount of one nutrient is at a certain beneficial level, others might be higher or lower, depending on how they are found in nature. A novel concept indeed. These ratios achieve the best synergy. So don't be alarmed if one nutrient appears low in comparison with others. The natural balance will make the multi far more beneficial for your body. You'll probably begin to feel the difference.

New capsules, new thinking - smaller amounts more often. This concept provides two benefits: First, the nutrients are better utilized when spread throughout the day (taking MultiStart capsules in the morning and in the evening is ideal). Second, smaller amounts make its use more versatile. For example older children and youth may take one or two capsules a day, while adults or those with chronic illnesses may want to take 3 or 4 capsules (or more) a day. Pregnant and lactating women can also adjust the amounts they take to meet their special needs. MultiStart capsules can be opened and the contents mixed in with food or drink. Ideal for young and old especially those with swallowing difficulties.

MultiStart capsules group the nutrients for greater effect. Notice the minerals that work together to regulate how the body handles sugar? Zinc, chromium, manganese, vanadium and molybdenum help individually but together they maximize the benefits. Heart health Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid work together to lower homocysteine levels and promote cardiac health. Basic bone health Vitamin D, silica, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients promote skeletal health, helping to maintain strong bones and teeth. As well, combinations of vitamins and minerals that work together increase their individual benefits. For example, selenium works with vitamin E, increasing the value of vitamin E by an estimated 4 to 10 percent. Vitamin B6 and zinc work together as do many other nutrient combinations. Antioxidant protection Notice the antioxidant profile of MultiStart capsules? Each has an important role. Green tea extract helps protect against some cancers and helps the cardiovascular system; the carotenoid, lutein, protects the eyes and lungs; grapeseed extract protects the veins and capillaries for added cardiovascular benefits.

 

 Men’s MultiStart

·         Multivitamin for Men

·         Dr. Michael Murray Formulated

·         Dietary Supplement

 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 4 Tablets
                                                            Amount Per Serving               %DV
Calories                                                            15
Total Carbohydrates                                         2 g                   <1% **
Vitamin A
    (as beta carotene and Vitamin A-palmitate)   10,000 IU        200%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)                             500 mg             830%
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)                            100 IU             25%
Vitamin E
    (as d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate)           200 IU             670%
Vitamin K (as phytonadione)                             60 mcg             80%
Thiamin (as thiamin hydrochloride)                    60 mg               4000%
Riboflavin                                                         30 mg               1760%
Niacin
    (as inositol Hexanicotinate and niacinamide)   45 mg               230%
Vitamin B6
    (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)                        30 mg               1500%
Folic Acid                                                        400 mcg           100%
Vitamin B12
    (as cyanocobalamin)                                     400 mcg           6670%
Biotin                                                               600 mcg           200%
Pantothenic Acid
    (as calcium pantothenate)                              100 mg             1000%
Calcium
    (as calcium carbonate and calcium citrate)     400 mg             35%
Iodine (from kelp)                                             300 mcg           200%
Magnesium (as magnesium citrate)                    250 mg             60%
Zinc (as zinc citrate)                                          30 mg               200%
Selenium (as selenium chelate)                           100 mcg           140%
Copper (as copper gluconate)                           1.5 mg              80%
Manganese (as manganese citrate)                    15 mg               750%
Chromium (as chromium picolinate)                   200 mcg           170%
Molybdenum (as molybdenum citrate)               25 mcg             35%
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Boron (as boron citrate)                                    1 mg                
Saw Palmetto,
    powdered extract 5:1 (fruit)                          100 mg            
Ginger, powdered extract 4:1 (root)                  100 mg            
Panax Ginseng Phytosome™                            50 mg              
Alfalfa juice,
    powdered extract 8:1 (leaf)                           50 mg              
Spirulina algae
    (Spirulina plantesis), powdered                     50 mg              
Wheat Grass Juice
    (Triticum asticum), powdered extract (root)   50 mg              
Curcumin (from Turmeric)                                 100 mg            
RNA Powder                                                   50 mg              
Bee Pollen, powdered                                      50 mg              
Lutein
    (from Marigold flowers, Tagetes ercta)          1 mg                
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** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Other ingredients: Cellulose, vegetable oil, magnesium stearate (vegetable grade), croscarmellose sodium. Contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners, no dairy or yeast. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For freshness store in a cool, dry place.

Expiration Date: Approx. 1 year after the date of purchase.

Suggested Usage: 4 tablets per day or as directed by a health professional. Keep out of reach of children.

All Natural Factors products are manufactured according to Canadian Health Protection Branch Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world. Purity and Potency, Guaranteed.

Brand: Natural Factors, A Product of Canada.

Description: MultiStart for Men is the perfect foundation supplement for men developed by Michael T. Murray, N.D. Contains optimal levels of essential vitamins and minerals in their proper ratios. MultiStart for Men also contains concentrated sources of powerful ‘phytochemicals’: curcumin, lycopene, and lutein for additional antioxidant support, energy promoters like Bee Pollen, wheat grass juice concentrate, spirulina, and Panax ginseng Phytosome®. MultiStart is designed to support and enhance proper functioning of all body systems.

Men's MultiStart™ Formula provides a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, lipotropic factors and herbs to support men's various life changes. This nutrient rich formula includes protective antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium), immune systems boost (zinc, bee pollen) and energy enhancement (B Vitamins, ginseng). Saw Palmetto maintains prostate health while zinc supports the production of male hormones. This special supplement is ideal for men dealing with the stress of busy, modern lives.

 

Women's MultiStart

·         Multivitamin for Women

·         Dr. Michael Murray Formulated

·         Dietary Supplement

 

Women's MultiStart™ Formula is specially formulated with a complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals and herbs to meet a woman's nutritional needs. This all-in-one, nutrient-rich combination offers antioxidant protection, maintains heart health, supports bones and helps regulate hormones. Fortifying your diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

All Natural Factors products are manufactured according to Canadian Health Protection Branch Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world.

Suggested Usage: 6 tablets per day or as directed by a health care professional. Keep out of reach of children. Purity and Potency, Guaranteed.

 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 6 Tablets

                                                            Amount Per Serving               %DV
Calories                                                50
Total Carbohydrate                              4 g                               1%**
Vitamin A (as beta carotene and

     Vitamin A-palmitate)                        10,000 IU                      200%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)                  600 mg                         1000%
Vitamin D
    (as cholecalciferol)                            400 IU                          100%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl
    acid succinate)                                  200 IU                          670%
Vitamin K (as phytonadione)                  60 mcg                         80%
Thiamin (as thiamin hydrochloride)         60 mg                           4000%
Riboflavin                                             30 mg                           1760%
Niacin (as niacin and niacinamide)          60 mg                           300%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine
    hydrochloride)                                   60 mg                           3000%
Folic Acid                                             800 mcg                        200%
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)          800 mcg                        13300%
Biotin                                                    600 mcg                        200%
Pantothenic Acid (as calcium
    pantothenate)                                    100 mg                         1000%
Calcium (as calcium carbonate
    and calcium citrate)                           1000 mg                        80%
Iron (as ferrous fumarate)                      18 mg                           100%
Iodine (from kelp)                                  300 mcg                        200%
Magnesium
    (as magnesium citrate)                       300 mg                         80%
Zinc (as zinc citrate)                              15 mg                           100%
Selenium (as selenium chelate)               100 mcg                        140%
Copper (as copper gluconate)                 1.5 mg                          80%
Manganese (as manganese citrate)         15 mg                           750%
Chromium (as chromium picolinate)        200 mcg                        170%
Molybdenum (as molybdenum citrate)     25 mcg                         35%
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Boron (as born citrate)                           1 mg                            
Silicon (from Horsetail)                          1 mg                             † 
Vanadium (from vanadium citrate)         80 mcg                        
Choline Bitartrate                                  100 mg                        
Inositol                                                  100 mg                        
Ginger, powdered extract 4:1 (root)        100 mg                        
Green Tea Phytosome™                       80 mg                          
Alfalfa juice,
    powdered extract 8:1 (leaf)                50 mg                          
Spirulina algae
    (Spirulina platensis), powdered           50 mg                          
Wheat Grass Juice
    (Triticum aestivum), powdered

     extract (leaf)                                    50 mg                          
Citrus Bioflavonoids
    (powdered extract 4:1)                       100 mg                        
Lutein (from Marigold flowers,
    Tagetes erecta)                                 1 mg                            
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** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Other ingredients: Cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetable grade), croscarmellose sodium, vegetable oil.

Contains no artificial color or sweeteners; no dairy or yeast.

Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For freshness store in a cool, dry place.

Phytosome™ is a trademark of Indena S.P.A.

Expiration Date: Approx. 1 year after the date of purchase.

Brand: Natural Factors, A Product of Canada

 

3. WellBetX™ Complete Multi
    • For Glucose Balance
    • Glucose Management System
    • Dietary Supplement

 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 2 Tablets
                                                Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories                                                      10
Total Carbohydrates                                    2 g                          1% 
Vitamin A (as beta carotene)                 5000 IU                        100% 
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid)                  250 mg                         420% 
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)                200 IU                          50%
Vitamin E
    (as d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate) 100 IU                          335% 
Thiamine (as thiamine hydrochloride)      30 mg                           2000%   
Riboflavin                                             5 mg                             290%     
Niacin (as niacinamide)                          50 mg                           250%        
Vitamin B6
    (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)              25 mg                           1250% 
Folic Acid                                             400 mcg                        100%
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)          200 mcg                        3330%
Biotin                                                    250 mcg                        80%
Pantothenic Acid
    (as calcium pantothenate)                  50 mg                           500%
Calcium
    (as calcium citrate & carbonate)        200 mg                         20%
Iodine (as kelp)                                     150 mcg                        100%
Magnesium
    (as magnesium citrate & oxide)          200 mg                         50%
Zinc (as zinc citrate)                              15 mg                           100%
Selenium (as selenium chelate)               50 mcg                         70%
Copper (as copper gluconate)                 0.75 mg                        35%
Manganese (as manganese chelate)       1.5 mg                          80%
Chromium (as chromium chelate)           200 mcg                        170%             
Molybdenum (as molybdenum citrate)     12.5 mcg                       15%
Vanadium (as vanadium citrate)             37.5 mcg                       †   
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Alfalfa juice concentrate                        25 mg                           †   
Bee pollen                                             25 mg                           †   
Spirulina                                                25 mg                           †   
Wheat grass juice concentrate                25 mg                          
Green tea                                              15 mg                          
Curcumin                                              12.5 mg                       
Ginger extract                                       12.5 mg                        †   
Grape seed Phytosome                          5 mg                             †   
Lutein                                                   250 mcg                        †   
Lycopene                                              250 mcg                        †   
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** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Phytosome is a trademark of Indena S.P.A.
Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate (vegetable grade). Contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; no dairy. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For freshness store in a cool, dry place.

Expiration Date: Approx. 2 years after the date of purchase.

Suggested Usage: 1 tablet, 2 times per day or as directed by a health professional. Keep out of the reach of children.
WellBetX Complete Multi contains a spectrum of nutrients, herbs & antioxidants in the ideal ratio and dosage specifically formulated for good health. All Natural Factors products are manufactured according to Canadian Health Protection Branch Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world.

Brand: Natural Factors, A Product of Canada.

 

4. Enriching Greens™ with Herbal Phytosome
    • Energizing Green Food Formula
    • Rich in Nutrients for Good Health
    • Dietary Supplement

 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 3 tsp (0.3 oz)
Servings Per Container 35
                                                           Amount Per Serving   %DV
Calories                                                            40
    Calories from Fat                                          15
Total Fat                                                           2 g                    3%**
    Saturated Fat                                                0.5 g                 2%**
    Polyunsaturated Fat                                       1.5 g                
Sodium                                                             35 mg              
Total Carbohydrate                                            3 g                    1%**
    Dietary Fiber                                                 2 g                    7%**
    Sugars                                                          <1 g                 
Protein                                                              2 g                    4%**
Vitamin A (100% as beta carotene)                    434 IU              8%
Calcium                                                            116 mg             10%
Iron                                                                  3 mg                 20%
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Greens (organic)                                               3179 mg           
    Alfalfa juice, powdered extract (leaf) 8:1        2116 mg           
    Barley grass juice, powdered extract (leaf)     765 mg            
    Wheat grass juice
        (Triticum asvitum) powdered extract          298 mg            
    Carrot juice,

        powdered extract 5:1 (root)  (organic)         680 mg            
    Hawaiian Spirulina algae
        (Spirulina platensis), powdered (organic)     425 mg            
    Apple Pectin, powdered                                 425 mg            
    Chlorella algae                                             
        (Chlorella pyrenodosa), powdered               235 mg            
    Bee Pollen, powdered                                    200 mg            
    Stevia, powdered (leaf)                                  101 mg            
    Mango (Mangifera indica), powdered (fruit)    100 mg            
    Kelp (Ascphlium nodsum),                                

        powdered extract 4:1 (whole plant)             85 mg              
    Bilberry, powdered extract 5:1 (fruit)              10 mg              
    Black Currant, powdered extract (fruit)          5 mg                
    Cranberry (Vaccinium macroarpan),
        powdered extract 18:1 (fruit)                      5 mg                
    Rosehips, powdered extract 4:1 (fruit)             4 mg                
Standardized Ingredients
Soy Lecithin                                                      2363 mg           
    Phosphatidylcholine                                       473 mg            
    Phoisphatidylinositol                                       284 mg            
Probiotic culture

    (L. rhamnosus, L. acidophilus - 5 billion/g)       200 mg            
Dandelion, powdered extract 4:1 (root)               128 mg            
    Inulin                                                            32 mg              
Beet, powdered extract 5:1 (root)                       120 mg            
    Betanin                                                         0.4 mg             
Siberian Ginseng, powdered extract 10:1 (root)    85 mg              
    Eleuthrosides                                                 0.7 mg             
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus),
        powdered extract (leaf)                             40 mg              
    Cynarin                                                         0.8 mg             
Soybean, powdered extract                                17 mg              
    Isoflavones                                                   1.7 mg             
Bromelain 1000 GDU (from whole pineapple)     5 mg                
Tomato, powdered extract                                 3 mg                
    Lycopene                                                      0.4 mg             
Phytosomes
 (standardized extracts bound to phosphatidylcholine from lecithin)
Milk Thistle Phytosome®                                   50 mg              
    Silybin                                                           2.5 mg             
Ginkgo Biloba Phytosome™                               10 mg              
    Ginkgo Flavonglycosides                                0.8 mg             
    Terpene Lactones                                         0.2 mg             
Grape Seed Phytosome™                                  5 mg                
    Polyphenol Flavonoids
        (including Leucoantocyanidins)                   1.6 mg             
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** Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
‡ Contains less than the 2% of the Daily Value of this nutrient.

Contains no artificial preservatives, color, or sweeteners.  Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For optimum freshness, refrigerate.

Expiration Date: Approx. 2 years after the date of purchase.

Suggested Usage: Shake or stir 3 teaspoons of powder in one-cup juice or water. For a meal, blend with 1 cup of apple juice, 1/2 banana, and ice to cool. Keep out of reach of children. All Natural Factors products are manufactured according to Canadian Health Protection Branch Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among standards in the world. Purity and Potency, Guaranteed.

Caution: Contains bee pollen.

Brand: Natural Factors, A Product of Canada. Available in 10.6 oz. powder or capsules.

Description: Natural Factors Enriching Greens with Phytosome™ easy-to-mix powder is a potent source of real food nutrients. Packed with super nutrition from green foods, herbal extracts, sun energized fruits and more, this all-in-one blend is powerful dietary "insurance" for anyone wanting to enhance their diet. This formula is designed to provide a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes and other nutritional factors. Scientists have proven that many of these essential elements play an important role in a preventive health program, while boosting energy and supporting the body's systems. Enriching Greens makes an energizing difference that you can feel - we guarantee it!

 

5. RxOmega-3 Factors™
    • Dr. Michael Murray Recommended
    • Pharmaceutical Grade
    • EPA 400 mg / DHA 200 mg
    • Helps maintain Cardiovascular Function & a Healthy Circulatory System
    • Dietary Supplement

 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Softgel
                                               Amount Per Serving   %DV
Calories                                                            10
    Calories from Fat                                          10
Total Fat                                                           1 g        2% **
    Saturated Fat                                                0 g        0% **
    Polyunsaturated Fat                                       1 g       
    Monounsaturated Fat                                     0 g        0% **
Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)                           3 IU     10% **
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Fish Oil Concentrate
    (anchovy, sardine, mackerel)                    1065 mg     
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids                              630 mg      
        EPA (Eicopentaenoic Acid)                 400 mg      
        DHA (Docosahexaneioic Acid)            200 mg      
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** Percent Daily Value is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Other ingredients: Softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, purified water). Contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; no dairy, starch, wheat or yeast. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For freshness store in a cool, dry place.

Expiration Date: Approx. 2 years after the date of purchase.

Suggested Usage: 1 softgel, 1-3 times per day before each meal, or as directed by a health care professional. Keep out of the reach of children. All Natural Factors products are manufactured according to Canadian Health Protection Branch Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world.

Brand: Natural Factors, A Product of Canada. Purity and Potency, Guaranteed.

Description: RxOmega-3 Factors contains a pharmaceutical grade marine lipid concentrate that provides a high potency and perfect balance of EPA and DHA for maximum effectiveness. Detailed quality control ensures that it is free from toxic environmental contaminants and heavy metals like mercury.

 

#1 best selling product because it is:
    • Pharmaceutical Grade
    • Priced right
    • Endorsed by Dr. Murray
    • And most important, it works
    • Positively the best value in the world for fish oil!

 

Formulated by Dr. Murray. Pharmaceutical Grade. A recent article, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that there was a clear relationship between dietary intake of fish and omega-3 fatty acids and reduced risk for coronary heart disease. RxOmega-3 Factors from Natural Factors is an example of a new generation of fish oil products, “long chain fatty acids” from marine lipid concentrates, that are revolutionizing nutritional medicine. RxOmega-3 contains more than twice the EPA and DHA per capsule contained in other brands - 400mg EPA and 200mg DHA. A 2:1 ratio of EPA and DHA, as in RxOmega-3 Factors, has been the primary ratio proven in scientific studies reporting clinical benefits from the use of pharmaceutical-grade fish oil products.

 

6. Garlic Factors™
• One Per Day
• 6150 mcg Allicin 
• Odor-Controlled
• Enteric Coated
• Supports Heart & Cardiovascular Health
• Dietary Supplement

 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 Tablet
                                                            Amount Per Serving            %DV
Total Carbohydrate                                            <1 g                  <1% **
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Garlic Factors™ garlic                                       615 mg            
    Allicin                                                           6,150 mcg         †
    Allicin                                                           14,145 mcg      
    Total thiosulfinates                                         6,150 mcg        
    Gamma Glutamylcysteines                             4,800 mcg        
    Total Sulfur                                                   3,998 mcg        
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** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Other ingredients: Cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, enteric coating, magnesium stearate (vegetable grade).

Expiration Date: Approx. 2 years after the date of purchase.

Suggested Usage: 1 tablet per day or as directed by a health care professional. Keep out of the reach of children. Contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners, no corn, dairy, soy, starch, wheat or yeast. All Natural Factors products are manufactured according to Canadian Health Protection Branch Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among standards in the world. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For freshness, store in a cool, dry place. Purity and Potency, Guaranteed.

Description: Garlic Factors™ odor controlled enteric coated tablets help maintain healthy cholesterol levels & support a healthy heart. Formulated for maximum bioavailability, Garlic Factors delays the breakdown of Allicin until the tablet reaches the small intestine.

 

7. WellBetXComplete Multi for Glucose Balance:

A Must-Have Supplement for Diabetes, Hypoglycemia and Weight Loss By Michael Murray

 

The WellBetXline of natural supplements was developed by researchers at Natural Factors in conjunction with the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine, to stabilize blood sugar and promote weight loss, providing unprecedented benefits for three difficult health challenges: diabetes (both types 1 and 2), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and successful weight loss. WellBetX™ carries the Natural Factors guarantee of quality.

 

The WellBetXTM Complete Multi for Glucose Balance is a first. It is the only multi vitamin specifically formulated for all blood sugar disorders, including high blood sugar (diabetes), low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) insulin resistance and syndrome X. It is the ideal multivitamin for any weight loss program or diet whether one is trying to control caloric intake or carbohydrates. It is the only multi vitamin that contains all the daily vitamins and minerals in the right balance required for blood sugar maintenance and control, reducing complications such as infections while boosting immune function.

 

For diabetics this multi vitamin is an absolute must, providing blood sugar control while reducing the development of diabetic complications. This requires the right nutrients in the right amounts.

 

Only the WellBetXTM  Complete Multi for Glucose Balance provides the meaningful amounts of nutrients to nourish and protect. Let ’s examine the unique features of this unique multivitamin, starting with the vital minerals and their role in the body ’s sugar metabolism.

 

Chromium

Chromium is vital to proper blood sugar control, as it functions in the body as a key constituent in the glucose tolerance factor. Chromium works closely with insulin in facilitating the uptake of glucose into cells. Without chromium, insulin ’s action is blocked and glucose levels are elevated. There is evidence that marginal chromium deficiency is quite common in North America. A chromium deficiency may be an underlying contributing factor to the tremendous number of persons that have diabetes and hypoglycemia and are obese.

 

There have been more than 20 clinical studies of chromium supplementation in diabetes. In some of these studies, supplementing the diet with chromium in type 2 diabetes has been shown to decrease fasting glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance, lower insulin levels, and decrease total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while increasing HDL cholesterol levels.

 

Although other studies have not shown chromium to exert much effect in improving glucose tolerance in diabetes, there is no argument that chromium is an important mineral in blood sugar metabolism. At this time, however, it appears that chromium supplementation is likely to produce meaningful improvement in glycemic control only in people who are deficient in this essential trace element. Although there is no RDA for chromium, it appears anyone with a sugar imbalance or diabetes could benefit from supplementing with 400-600 mcg per day.

 

Magnesium

Like chromium, magnesium is also involved in glucose metabolism. There is considerable evidence that diabetics should take supplemental magnesium: More than half of all people with diabetes show evidence of magnesium deficiency, and magnesium may prevent some complications of diabetes such as retinopathy and neuropathy. Clinical studies have shown that magnesium supplementation (usually 400 to 500 mg per day) improves insulin response and action, glucose tolerance and the fluidity of the red blood cell membrane in patients with diabetes. Use 900 mg to help increase nerve function.

 

The best dietary sources of magnesium are tofu, legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. In addition to eating a diet rich in magnesium, diabetics should supplement their diet with 300 to 500mg of magnesium daily.

For best results, a highly absorbable form of magnesium, such as magnesium citrate or aspartate, should be taken. Also diabetics need to get at least 25 mg of vitamin B6 per day as the level of vitamin B6 is intricately connected to magnesium content. Without vitamin B6 (and vitamin E) magnesium will not get inside the cell and will, therefore, be useless.

 

Zinc

Zinc is involved in virtually all aspects of insulin metabolism: synthesis, secretion, and utilization. Zinc also protects against beta cell destruction and has well-known antiviral effects. Diabetics typically excrete too much zinc in the urine and therefore require supplementation. Diabetics should take at least 30 mg of zinc per day.

 

Manganese

Manganese is a cofactor for certain enzymes involved in the intermediary metabolism of carbohydrates. In addition, the concentration of manganese in the pancreas is approximately ten times higher than in other organs. Deficiencies can impair glucose utilization while intra-uterine deficiency produced islet cell atrophy. In guinea pigs, manganese deficiency results in diabetes and the frequent birth of offspring who develop pancreatic abnormalities or no pancreas at all. Diabetics have been shown to have only half the manganese of normal individuals. A good daily dose of manganese for a diabetic is 3 to 5 mg.

 

Copper

Copper is involved with insulin binding, and copper deficiency in mammals may be reflected in increased glucosylated hemoglobin, indicative of chronically raised blood sugar levels.

 

Vanadium

Vanadium seems to help improve blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, a persistent health problem that affects many people. Often as people age, their cell receptor sites are not as responsive to their own production of insulin, causing a dangerous rise in blood sugar. Preliminary studies have confirmed that vanadium has a blood-sugar lowering effect in non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

 

Molybdenum

Molybdenum is a vital part of the aldehyde oxidase enzyme system, which helps in the oxidation of carbohydrates.

 

Extra Iron?

The WellBetXTM Complete Multi for Glucose Balance does not contain additional iron. Persons with blood sugar problems don ’t generally need extra iron (they likely get enough just in regular foods or meal replacements) because iron can accumulate in the pancreas causing tissue damage. Excess iron in relation to copper results in increased lipid peroxidation.

 

Vitamin C

Since the transport of vitamin C into cells is enhanced by insulin, many people with diabetes suffer from a relative deficiency of vitamin C inside their cells even if they consume an adequate amount of vitamin C in their diet. As a result, people with diabetes need to take extra vitamin C. In addition to its role as an antioxidant, vitamin C is required in immune functions and the manufacture of collagen, the main protein substance of the human body.

 

Since collagen is such an important protein for the structures that hold our body together (connective tissue, cartilage, tendons, etc.), vitamin C is vital for wound repair, healthy gums, and the prevention of easy bruising. A chronic, latent vitamin C deficiency leads to a number of problems for the diabetic, including an increased tendency to bleed (increased capillary permeability), poor wound healing, elevations in cholesterol levels, and a depressed immune system. Vitamin C supplementation has shown to exert a mild effect in improving glucose control as evident by slightly lower A1C in the vitamin C group (8.5 percent) compared to a placebo (9.3 percent) in one double-blind study. Probably more important than any significant effect on blood sugar control is the fact that vitamin C supplementation has been shown to reduce the formation of compounds linked to the development of diabetic complications.

 

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

Diabetics tend to have low serum thiamin levels. Experts feel that thiamin deficiency may be related to the development of diabetic neuropathy.

 

Niacinamide

Supplementing the diet with vitamin B3 in the form of niacinamide has been shown to exert many favorable effects. Foremost is its possible application in reversing recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes.

 

Vitamin B6

Not only is vitamin B6 extremely important to the formation of body proteins, red blood cells and prostaglandins, it also appears to offer significant protection against the development of diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy). Diabetics with neuropathy have been shown to be deficient in vitamin B6 and to benefit from supplementation. Individuals with long- standing diabetes or who are developing signs of peripheral nerve abnormalities should definitely supplement their diets with vitamin B6.Vitamin B6 is also important in preventing other diabetic complications.

 

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in insulin-dependent diabetes and may result in pernicious anemia.

 

The Fat-Soluble Vitamins

The fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D also play an important role. In moderate amounts, vitamins A and D stimulate insulin release from the pancreas. Vitamin D is low in most forms of diabetes and plays a synergistic role with calcium, copper, parathyroid hormone, estrogen and insulin.

 

Other Protection

Diabetes and other blood sugar disorders often lead to progressive blood vessel damage due to the high amounts of circulating blood sugars and/or insulin. This in turn, leads to nerve, eye, kidney and cardiovascular damage, often resulting in amputations and even death. Simply taking extra vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid (such as found in this formula) can also prevent high homocysteine levels, another high risk factor for blood vessel damage. Many of the vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and selenium also act as antioxidants, protecting delicate cellular membranes from damaging free radicals.

 

The WellBetXTM Complete Multi for Glucose Balance is also enhanced with extra herbs and antioxidants including alfalfa, spirulina, wheat grass juice concentrate, green tea, grapeseed phytosome, curcumin, ginger extract, lutein, lycopene and bee pollen.

 

Dosage

Note that WellBetXTM Complete Multi for Glucose Balance dosage is 2 tablets, twice daily to provide the diabetic with the optimal amounts of essential nutrients required.

 

Giving Your Body the Tools it Needs

For optimum health, a high quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement is an absolute necessity. A high-quality multiple such as WellBetXTM Complete Multi for Glucose Balance Formula provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals, building blocks your body needs in order to build health.

 

Note to diabetics:

We want to stress that when WellBetXTM supplements are used to improve blood sugar control, insulin and/or drug dosages will be altered. Work closely with your prescribing doctor. An excellent source of information to share with your doctor is the highly acclaimed new book: How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with Natural Medicine.2003.Riverhead

Books by Michael Murray, N.D. and Michael Lyon, M.D.

 

8. WellBetX, PGX

    • Proprietary Soluble Fiber Complex & Sugar Blocker
    • Glucose Management System.   

 

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
                                                Amount Per Serving                   %DV

Total Carbohydrate                                1.4 g                             <1%**
Dietary Fiber                                         1.3 g                             5 %
Sodium                                                 23 mg                           <1%
Calcium                                                6 mg                             <1%

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PGX Proprietary Blend                          1000 mg                       
    Konjac (Amorphophallus konjac K. Koch) root extract           
    Sodium Alginate                                                                   
    Xanthan Gum                                                                       
Mulberry (Morus Alba),

     powdered extract (leaf)                    50 mg
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** Percent Daily Value based on 2,000 calorie diet
  Daily Values not established.

Other Ingredients: Gelatin capsule, (gelatin, purified water), rice powder, magnesium stearate (vegetable grade).

Expiration Date: Approx. 2 years from date of purchase.

Suggested Usage: 2-4 capsules, taken with 8-16 oz of water, 5 to 10 minutes before meals or as directed by a health practitioner. Keep out of reach of children. Contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners: no corn, dairy, wheat or yeast. Sealed for your protection. Do not use if seal on cap is broken. For freshness, store in cool, dry place.

All Natural Factors Products are manufactured in accordance with the Government of Canada's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world. Purity and Potency, Guaranteed.

Brand: Natural Factors, A Product of Canada.

Description: PGX (Polyglycoplex) is a unique, proprietary blend of highly viscous, non-absorbable soluble plant fiber developed through extensive research at the University of Toronto and the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine. PGX reduces appetite by promoting a feeling of fullness. Can reduce the rise in blood sugar 20-40% after each meal. Also, can reduce cholesterol 15-20%. Because insulin insensitivity can lead to increased weight gain, this product can help you lose weight. Mulberry extract helps decrease the absorption of glucose.

Warning: Drink at least 4 oz of water per capsule when taking this product. Taking this product without adequate fluid may cause it to swell and block your throat or esophagus and may cause choking. Do not take this product if you have difficulty in swallowing. If you experience chest pain, vomiting, or difficulty in swallowing or breathing after taking this product, seek immediate medical attention. Take this product away from other medicines.

Please Note: This is the first PGX product in the U.S. market, and the one recommended by Dr. Murray!