I bring up the product, “Slender FX Sweet Eze” here because a lot of people ask about supplements that might be able to help them manage their Type 2 Diabetes. Understandably so! You’ll see below that I actually first heard about Slender FX on a WebMD article.
IDEALLY you are already beginning to make the move towards a more plant-based diet in order to get the nutrients into those hurting cells of yours… Right? 🙂
Ideally, you are beginning to feel hopeful about your future, and empowered to make positive change!
As you start incorporating better eating and lifestyle habits into your daily life, you are probably beginning to also think about the TYPES of vitamins and minerals that might be helpful to someone with Type 2 Diabetes.
This is where some different types of ingredients or supplements may come in…
Now, have you heard of these before? If you cook Indian food at all, you might have cooked with Fenugreek seed. I use it frequently in some of my own cooking. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, fenugreek has numerous”purported” uses, and, among them, being used as a dietary supplement to help treat diabetes (they mention a contraindication, that people with “hormonal-sensitive cancers should avoid this product”) To read more, visit the source – which can also point you to the studies that have been conducted on Fennugreek with regard to diabetes: http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/fenugreek
I’ve read, however, that Fenugreek might not be safe to use if you take certain medications. Also it is reported that perhaps it could cause certain problems with sciatic nerves. See this Healthline report for more.
QUICK NOTE: Why I Cite “Regular” or “Mainstream” Medical Sources So Often When These Folks are Typically NOT into Alternative, Natural or Holistic Health…
I just want to make a quick note as to why I cite sources like the American Diabetes Association, Mayo Clinic or Memorial Sloan-Kettering on this website. It is because they are typically written by people well-versed in various medical conditions, or they have access to certain academic papers and research that someone like me may not be privvy to.
Even though many of these experts are not interested in alternative ways to treat dis-ease and illness – or are perhaps just too immersed in Big Pharma to give it much of a glance, I still respect the knowledge that they do have. I enjoy research, and I research ingredients a lot before I take supplements.
For example, if I were pregnant, I’d sure want to know if something I was about to take might be harmful to the baby! And a tiny, one-page website about an herb may not always have that information, whereas a more in-depth research site may.
Bitter Melon and Evening Primrose Oil
Bitter Melon is also discussed at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering site (http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/bitter-melon) where it states: “Bitter melon can have additive effects when combined with insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents.” They mention that the seed can be toxic – so it makes sense that most of the supplements I’ve been seeing seem to state Bitter Melon FRUIT extract as the ingredient used.
You can also read about Evening Primrose Oil at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering site (http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/evening-primrose-oil) as well.
One contraindication noted at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering site about both Evening Primrose Oil AND Bitter Melon is that they should not be used by pregnant women. Same with Gymnema, even though Sloan-Kettering doesn’t talk about Gymnema…
Interesting tid bit: Bitter Melon is one of the ingredients in a very interesting supplement that goes by the name of Slender FX Sweet Eze. This supplement was cited in this WebMD article about a guy named Jeff Cottingham claimed to reverse his diabetes naturally.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is also reviewed at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering site (http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/alpha-lipoic-acid) I was pleasantly surprised to read about all the reported benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid! They are saying that it not only is helpful in treating diabetes and diabetic neuropathy (which is the nerve damage so often talked about in relation to diabetes), but it is also a great antioxidant! It also reports being helpful in treating liver disease.
Now, I was unable to find anything about Gymnema at the Sloan-Kettering site, but I began my research at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnema_sylvestre, and saw some references to the leaf being noted as something that may help reduce sugar cravings. I found that very interesting!
They also refer to some in vitro data indicating that “extracts derived from Gymnema sylvestre may be useful as therapeutic agents for the stimulation of insulin secretion in individuals with type 2 diabetes…” (reference cited: Asare-Anane, H; Huang, GC; Amiel, SA; Jones, PM; Persaud, SJ (2005). “Stimulation of insulin secretion by an aqueous extract of Gymnema sylvestre: role of intracellular calcium”. Endocrine Abstracts 10: DP1. http://www.endocrine-abstracts.org/ea/0010/ea0010dp1.htm.)
The Wikipedia article does mention that Gymnema cannot be used in place of insulin.
This ingredient is also present in the Slender FX Sweet Eze product. See it here on Amazon.
Garcinia (Garcinia cambogia) (fruit)
The information I was able to find on Garcinia cambogia is that it appears to be a fruit used in weight managment. At the Wikipedia site, I didn’t find anything specific to diabetes; only to its relation to Indian traditional medicine for treating “edema, delayed menstruation, constipation and intestinal parasites.” They did mention that “(liver toxicity) from weight loss supplements which contain extracts of Garcinia cambogia has been reported.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcinia_cambogia) Obviously, you need to keep this in mind.
Interestingly, however, at the Livestrong website, they talk about Garcinia cambogia as being looked at as improving glucose metabolism. They say that this is still theoretical, and needs further study, but it’s interesting nonetheless. They cite a 2005 study in the American Journal of Physiology as saying that it “may improve glucose metabolism by delaying and reducing intestinal glucose absorption after meals.” Sounds like something we may be hearing more about…
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/457338-garcinia-cambogia-and-diabetes/#ixzz23MJYLNbN
Vanadium (as Vanadium Amino Acid Chelate)
I was pleased to note that one of my favorite alternative doctors, Dr. Gabriel Cousens touts the benefits of Vanadium in his book, There Is A Cure For Diabetes. He explains that it is an important mineral when it comes to working to reverse diabetes naturally, and that it appears to have numerous benefits.
Among them Dr. Cousens states that “It seems to keep blood sugar from rising too high…At the Tree of Life, we use vanadium frequently to help withinsulin resistivity and Type-2 diabetes.
Vanadium has been found to be helpful in protecting against diabetic cataracts and neuropathy…” (Dr. Gabriel Cousens, There Is A Cure For Diabetes [Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2008], page 219 referenced)
Vanadium is also in the Slender FX Sweet Eze formula.
Another ingredient in Slender FX Sweet Eze is Jambolin Seed Extract.
I confess I had never heard of Jambolin Seed Extract. But, according to this abstract that I located at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), there was a study in New Zealand that indicates some promise for this extract (although they spell is “jambolan”). Check out this quote:
Oral administration of jambolan seed (1 g/kg) in casein diet significantly lowered the elevated postmeal (1 1/2 hr after) values of blood sugar, cholesterol, FFA and triglyceride down to levels comparable to phenformin…
Interesting! I need to read up a little more about Jambolan seed!
A few other ingredients in that formula include Chromium, Cinnamon Bark, and L-Aspartic Acid.
So there we have it folks… a few ways for people who want to incorporate more natural ways of managing or even help reverse diabetes.