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Sugar Crush: Blood Sugar Too High?
My husband and sister have problems with glucose levels. I have been reading online about something called "Sugar Crush" that is supposed to help lower glucose levels. Do you have any comments about its effectiveness?
Answer (Published 12/12/2011)
The product you mention contains sage, cinnamon, hibiscus and fenugreek. The manufacturer claims that this formulation can reduce blood sugar levels by up to 40 percent in 30 days. I haven’t seen any independent research validating those claims, and the "Sugar Crush" formula contains nothing that has been proven to be as effective as the better-studied supplements described below:
It is safe to experiment with blueberry leaf tea and the three herbal supplements I’ve listed above, but if you’re taking prescription drugs to reduce blood sugar be sure to tell your physician that you’re considering trying them. The dosage of your medication may have to be adjusted.
For those being treated for diabetes, I recommend supplementing with 1,000 mcg a day of GTF (glucose tolerance factor) chromium, a form that’s well used by the body. Chromium helps stabilize blood sugar levels and can be beneficial in type 2 diabetes. I also recommend a daily dose of 400 mg of magnesium.
Another useful supplement is alpha-lipoic acid, which may help improve insulin sensitivity. The starting dose is 100 mg per day, and 200-400 mg is a commonly used daily dose.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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