When I first heard the news about the clinical results of Jon Barron's Glucotor formula, I was ecstatic. Having interviewed Jon Barron several times and recommended many of his products, I know that Barron is a genuine pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine. He's always ahead of the curve, formulating products that are often years ahead of many in the nutritional supplements industry.
Now, Jon Barron's Glucotor formula for blood sugar control has gone through clinical testing and emerged as a proven product for lowering blood sugar (with obvious implications for diabetics). Clinical trial participants showed a remarkable 54.5 point drop in blood sugar levels in six weeks of taking the supplement. It also showed an impressive 52 percent increase in blood sugar utilization, meaning that the body's biochemistry is improving its handling of dietary carbohydrates.
These results are equal to or better than diabetes prescription drugs, yet without the sky-high cost and the risk of extreme side effects that go along with such drugs. Many diabetes drugs severely harm the liver. Look up the history of Rezulin if you want to see how dangerous these drugs can be. That one drug, which was reluctantly pulled off the market years ago after being prescribed to millions, probably killed 10,000 or more Americans and permanently damaged the livers of one hundred thousand people. Diabetes drugs are extremely risky, so diabetics have long sought safer, more natural solutions.
This Glucotor product appears to be one such solution. Made with ingredients backed by a large number of scientific studies (as well as literally thousands of years of medicinal use), Glucotor contains the extracts of herbs like nopal cactus (prickly pear cactus), gymnema sylvestre, fenugreek, cinnamon, banaba and bitter melon. It's like an all-star roundup of blood sugar medicines from nature.
Knowing the integrity and intelligence of Jon Barron, I have no hesitation whatsoever in giving Glucotor my recommendation for anyone suffering from blood sugar disorders, including type 2 diabetics. As always, I have absolutely no financial stake in this recommendation, and I earn nothing from the sales of this product. This is not an advertisement; it's simply great news from cutting edge natural medicine. I share it because that's my mission: To educate and empower consumers with information that can enhance their lives. And if you suffer from blood sugar disorders, Glucotor should be at the top of your list of things to investigate for enhancing your own life.
Keep in mind that you should always work with your health practitioner before taking any supplements, including this one. Ideally, you see a naturopath instead of an M.D. Also, you'll hopefully be making positive changes to your diet (eliminating processed foods, refined grains and all dietary sugars) and exercise habits. Those positive changes will further accelerate your progress on Glucotor, but it's worth noting that the remarkable blood sugar improvements experienced by trial participants here did not alter their diet in any way.
Type 2 diabetes can be utterly cured in just a few weeks, by the way. The diabetes industry doesn't want you to know that, but a study conducted at UCLA by Christian K. Roberts and published in the Dec. 15, 2005 edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology showed that making simple changes in the diet, combined with moderate exercise, actually cures type 2 diabetes in more than 50 percent of patients. These changes also significantly improved cholesterol and blood lipid profiles in study participants.
A supplement like Glucotor, when combined with healthy dietary and lifestyle changes, can significantly accelerate your reversal of type 2 diabetes in my opinion. For most people, I believe, you can ultimately eliminate any need for insulin whatsoever, and return to a relatively normal lifestyle, free of blood sugar testing strips and insulin needles. (Much to the horror of diabetic supply companies and insulin drug producers who depend on continued disease in order to sell their products.)
You can order Glucotor at the Baseline Nutritionals website.
By the way, I also strongly recommend these following Jon Barron products:
Metal Magic for removing heavy metals from your body (works on mercury, lead, cadmium, etc). Great for consuming after eating fish or seafood that may be contaminated with heavy metals.
Super ViraGon is the ultimate anti-viral formula that people are stocking up in preparation for bird flu or other infectious disease outbreaks. It's probably the most potent garlic tincture on the market. I've purchased quite a bit of this myself.
Accelerator is a superfood blend containing rice bran and other high-density nutrition ingredients. It's great for blending into smoothies. I use it daily for sustained energy.
Private Reserve Superfood is a flax-based superfood meal replacement powder that's loaded with phytonutrients and healthy oils. At first, I found the taste a bit strong on the flax, but I got used to it in a couple of weeks and now I frankly enjoy it. Definitely not cheap stuff, but worth every penny. Only for those who want the very best for their bodies.
Read an interview with Jon Barron about the new Glucotor formula
Also, I'm including Jon Barron's description of the clinical trial below. The following is written by Barron and used with permission.
Glucotor v.2 -- Clinically Proven
by Jon Barron
Although not everyone who used it [during the trial] benefited, we found the overall numbers to be extraordinarily high and wanted to verify exactly how high they were. And the results are now in, and we were not disappointed. Fenestra Research Labs has just completed Phase I human clinical trials (sponsored by Baseline Nutritionals) on Glucotor v.2. Researchers documented that significant changes to blood sugar balance, carbohydrate metabolism, and overall well-being were seen in all subjects in this six week study without any changes in diet.
- Glucometer blood draws showed an average 54.48 point improvement.
- Blood Sugar balance measured an average 52% improvement for blood sugar utilization and optimization as indicated by urine analysis using the Optimal Wellness Test.
- Carb metabolism showed an average 39% improvement as indicated by the Optimal Wellness Test.
The lead researcher and president of Fenestra Research, Melonie Montgomery, offered that, "You can be very proud of these numbers, I have never heard of any natural product that could lower BS numbers more than 8-15% at the most."
The study actually monitored a number of wellness factors, but certainly blood sugar reduction was a key item. The results are so stunning, I want you to see the actual sugar numbers for all 50 subjects over the 6 weeks of the trial:
Study subject 1 decreased from 235 to 184 with a net reduction of 51
Study subject 2 decreased from 301 to 251 with a net reduction of 50
Study subject 3 decreased from 190 to 143 with a net reduction of 47
Study subject 4 decreased from 208 to 160 with a net reduction of 48
Study subject 5 decreased from 199 to 152 with a net reduction of 47
Study subject 6 decreased from 220 to 168 with a net reduction of 52
Study subject 7 decreased from 210 to 163 with a net reduction of 47
Study subject 8 decreased from 265 to 159 with a net reduction of 106
Study subject 9 decreased from 275 to 194 with a net reduction of 81
Study subject 10 decreased from 250 to 202 with a net reduction of 48
Study subject 11 decreased from 310 to 246 with a net reduction of 64
Study subject 12 decreased from 285 to 233 with a net reduction of 52
Study subject 13 decreased from 290 to 235 with a net reduction of 55
Study subject 14 decreased from 210 to 164 with a net reduction of 46
Study subject 15 decreased from 198 to 152 with a net reduction of 46
Study subject 16 decreased from 270 to 211 with a net reduction of 59
Study subject 17 decreased from 260 to 211 with a net reduction of 49
Study subject 18 decreased from 275 to 222 with a net reduction of 53
Study subject 19 decreased from 245 to 190 with a net reduction of 55
Study subject 20 decreased from 230 to 183 with a net reduction of 47
Study subject 21 decreased from 290 to 224 with a net reduction of 66
Study subject 22 decreased from 245 to 194 with a net reduction of 51
Study subject 23 decreased from 280 to 233 with a net reduction of 47
Study subject 24 decreased from 195 to 153 with a net reduction of 42
Study subject 25 decreased from 230 to 177 with a net reduction of 53
Study subject 26 decreased from 255 to 213 with a net reduction of 42
Study subject 27 decreased from 285 to 230 with a net reduction of 55
Study subject 28 decreased from 290 to 230 with a net reduction of 60
Study subject 29 decreased from 205 to 160 with a net reduction of 45
Study subject 30 decreased from 199 to 147 with a net reduction of 52
Study subject 31 decreased from 235 to 185 with a net reduction of 50
Study subject 32 decreased from 275 to 221 with a net reduction of 54
Study subject 33 decreased from 280 to 213 with a net reduction of 67
Study subject 34 decreased from 305 to 242 with a net reduction of 63
Study subject 35 decreased from 310 to 256 with a net reduction of 54
Study subject 36 decreased from 295 to 237 with a net reduction of 58
Study subject 37 decreased from 255 to 204 with a net reduction of 51
Study subject 38 decreased from 235 to 189 with a net reduction of 46
Study subject 39 decreased from 260 to 206 with a net reduction of 54
Study subject 40 decreased from 285 to 236 with a net reduction of 49
Study subject 41 decreased from 260 to 199 with a net reduction of 61
Study subject 42 decreased from 295 to 230 with a net reduction of 65
Study subject 43 decreased from 255 to 196 with a net reduction of 59
Study subject 44 decreased from 285 to 237 with a net reduction of 48
Study subject 45 decreased from 300 to 241 with a net reduction of 59
Study subject 46 decreased from 305 to 233 with a net reduction of 72
Study subject 47 decreased from 290 to 235 with a net reduction of 55
Study subject 48 decreased from 255 to 207 with a net reduction of 48
Study subject 49 decreased from 260 to 209 with a net reduction of 51
Study subject 50 decreased from 195 to 151 with a net reduction of 44
To give you a reference for the significance of these changes, let's take a look at non-fasting, random blood sugar levels -- measured without considering the last time you ate a meal, snack or beverage containing calories -- as defined on MayoClinic.com's blood sugar tests webpage:
- Less than 100mg/dL (5.55 mmol/L) Normal
- 101 -- 199 suggests prediabetes
- 200 + suggests either type 1 or type 2 diabetes
Understand, that the significance of these numbers not only lies in validation of the Glucotor formula, it lies in the power it gives you to regain control of your blood sugar level or prevent it from becoming a problem in the first place -- or for that matter, just slowing down the aging process.
Blood Sugar, Carbs, and Natural Energy Production
In a perfect world, all food choices would be healthy, convenient, nature-based ways of fueling your body. That being said, the world isn't perfect, and even the best intentions and efforts to live a health conscious lifestyle are hindered because mass distribution food markets have traded nature-based foods for convenience and quick cash. And the world is suffering -- long time consumption of high sugar foods and foods that quickly turn into sugars is affecting just about everyone.
Consider that in the United States, per capita sugar consumption now averages a mind-blowing 152 pounds per person per year. This is hardly surprising, though, when you consider that virtually every packaged food contains several kinds of sugar disguised in ingredient lists as sucrose, corn syrup, fructose, and even caramel color.
As you may, or may not, know, all foods must be converted into glucose before they can be used as fuel. You have a safety mechanism to ensure that your glucose level remains relatively balanced. It works like this.
- If your levels fall too low, then your brain triggers you to feel hungry, so you eat food that is turned into glucose.
- If your levels rise too high, then your brain tells your pancreas to release insulin, which enters your bloodstream to clean up excess glucose.
If you are constantly eating foods that create high levels of glucose, then your body reacts by producing too much insulin (insulin over-production). Over time your body stops using insulin effectively (insulin-insensitivity), leaving behind excess glucose in the bloodstream. (By the way this turns to fat!) Plus, your pancreas begins to overcompensate by working harder and releasing even more insulin. In other words, super-refined carb-foods are converted into glucose very quickly - too quickly for health. As a result, your blood-glucose shoots up (called a "sugar-spike"). This fools your body into releasing too much insulin. In turn, the extra insulin mops up too much glucose and your level falls so low that the brain makes you feel hungry again! It's easy to see that if you eat every time your brain triggers hunger, weight gain is inevitable -- an unhealthy and exhausting cycle that can lead not only to obesity but disease.
The combination of insulin-insensitivity and insulin over-production can lead to one of two health problems:
- Either, you exhaust your pancreas and you develop type 2 diabetes (previously called adult onset diabetes, obesity related diabetes, or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus), which is characterized by body tissue resistance to insulin action, though decreased secretion of insulin can also occur. Type 2 is by far the most common form, especially in developed countries.
- Or you don't develop diabetes but, instead, develop hyperinsulinism (abnormally high levels of insulin in the blood). This can cause health problems including hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and chronic obesity, as well as high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol, heart disease, and possibly some cancers.
The bottom-line is that we need to balance our blood sugar levels and increase carbohydrate metabolism. And this is just what Glucotor does for you. Let's look at some more of the study results.
Fifty subjects 18 and over with various beginning wellness levels, exercise levels, and health levels were first tested with clean bodies (they consumed no prescription drugs, no supplements, and no special diets for 1 week prior to this first intake). For each subject:
Beginning Glucometer blood sugar readings were at least 45 points away from the average recommended range for normal healthy adults.
Beginning blood sugar balance level was in the red zone meaning that it was at least 35% out of balance according to the Optimal Wellness Test.
The Optimal Wellness Analyzer is an analytical system that uses cutting edge science to evaluate health at the cellular level. Objective testing procedures are the basis for this analysis, so there is no subjective input from the tester. A computer-based software program provides printouts with cellular imbalances brought to light. The Optimal Wellness Test runs a combination of 45+ tests run on non-fasting urine and non-fasting saliva.
Beginning carbohydrate metabolism indicators were in the red zone meaning that they were at least 45% out of balance for standard wellness. (More on this later.)
This study was a randomized, actively controlled clinical trial involving six weeks of supplementation. The product used exclusively was Glucotor v.2 at the recommended dosage of 2 capsules, 10 minutes before each meal. Evaluation of blood sugar levels was performed at baseline, at the end of two weeks, at the end of four weeks, and at the end of six weeks.
Week 2 -- A Change in Protocol
One of the purposes of the study was to identify any changes in usage protocol that would enhance the efficacy of the Glucotor. After one week, 42% of the test subjects demonstrated less than expected results; so researchers backed up and looked for a significant difference -- and they found one. It turned out that the subjects who were not responding to the Glucotor had a long history of insulin compromising their systems. The biochemistry of these subjects revealed potential deficits in organ functioning (i.e. a pancreas only operating at 10-15% or weak stomach acid) that reduced the subject's ability to effectively break down the capsules and utilize the Glucotor. This information provided a key to better understanding how to use Glucotor.
Thinking Outside of the Capsule
As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, for Glucotor, the timing of the capsule breakdown is very important. The capsule has to break down before it enters your intestines, or the special fibers in the Glucotor will not block the receptor sites before the carbohydrates reach those sites in order to slow down their absorption. In other words, if the capsules don't break down in time, you will lose much of the benefit. It was agreed that the delivery method needed to be modified for those not responding.
Two optional delivery methods were implemented in order to see if it was possible to offset slow capsule breakdown in those subjects not getting optimum results.
One group removed the Glucotor from its capsules and drank it down mixed in a little water so that no capsule breakdown was required.
Another group took Hydrochloric acid (HCL) capsules along with their Glucotor capsules to aid in breaking down the capsule. (Hydrochloric acid, the component of gastric acid.)
For those already responding well, the standard protocol of 2 capsules 5-10 minutes before eating was continued.
After implementing these changes in delivery methods, a 100% response rate was achieved. Researchers pointed out that, "after we got a handle on what was slowing many of the participants down, the changes came quickly," further stating that they saw significant changes to blood sugar balance in all subjects in this six-week study. Again:
Overall blood sugar levels as measured by the Glucometer dropped an average 53.3 points.
Optimal Wellness Test Blood Sugar improvement averaged 52%.
It was also noted that no subjects had side effects or allergic reactions.
Beyond Blood Sugar Balance
You have no doubt heard a lot about carbs in the news, but most people actually know very little about them. Of all the foods you eat, carbohydrates are the most easily converted into glucose -- your body's preferred source of energy, and your brain's essential source of energy. The controlling mechanisms for this energy exchange are insulin and a critical molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
Your cells have insulin receptors strategically located so that insulin can easily bind to them, enabling glucose to enter and be used by your cells. Once inside your cells, glucose is burned to produce heat and ATP. ATP intelligently stores and releases energy as required by your cells.
The carb metabolism numbers from the study that we looked at earlier represent a look at the ability of the ATP cycle to produce energy from the above carbohydrate mechanisms. Again, the Optimal Wellness Testing indicators for utilization and assimilation of carbohydrate metabolism indicated an overall positive Wellness improvement of 39%.
The bottom line is that this study showed that Glucotor optimizes carbohydrate metabolism so you burn fuel more efficiently and offset stored fat.
In fact: remember when I mentioned that the color zone indicators for carbohydrate metabolism at the start of the study were all in the red zone, meaning they were at least 33% out of Wellness range. At the end of the sixth week testing period all subjects had moved into the yellow and some even into the green zone of Wellness numbers. Researchers point out that these are very powerful indicators for measuring and evaluating the body's ability to burn more carbohydrates for energy instead of storing them, providing the person with more energy and less fat storage.
With this in mind, consider that at week 6 of this study there was a surprising, but not entirely unexpected result -- weight loss. 21 subjects reported at least 10 pounds of weight loss during this study. Researchers also had several reports of chocolate craving being significantly reduced and the effects of chocolate being reduced.
Managing blood sugar levels goes a long way toward preventing the exhaustion your entire system experiences when on the roller coaster of high and low glycemic swings. The extreme stress of repeated sugar spikes exhausts and ages your body at a much faster than normal rate. Being able to balance glucose levels helps stop this damaging cycle. Interestingly enough, lowering plasma insulin levels also tends to lower body temperature and increase DHEA levels (both anti-aging markers), indicating that lowering the insulin response (which Glucotor is now proven to do) may be a prime factor in slowing down the aging process.
Optimizing carbohydrate metabolism helps to offset aging in a way similar to a low calorie diet. Caloric Restriction is the only known dietary measure capable of extending maximum lifespan, as opposed to average lifespan. Put simply, when you can eliminate stress and damage related to food intake, you live longer.
While Glucotor can benefit virtually everyone, achieving blood sugar control can be a life-altering phenomenon for the millions and millions of diabetics around the world -- and let's not forget the millions more who are hypoglycemic and/or borderline diabetic. According to the Center for Disease Control's 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet
, studies in the United States and abroad have found that improved glycemic control benefits people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. In general, every percentage point drop in A1c blood levels reduces the risk of microvascular complications (eye, kidney, and nerve diseases) by 40%.
According to the CDC's 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet:
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 years.
- Diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of new cases in 2002.
- About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage. The results of such damage include impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other nerve problems.
- Almost 30% of people with diabetes aged 40 years or older have impaired sensation in the feet (i.e., at least one area that lacks feeling).
- Severe forms of diabetic nerve disease are a major contributing cause of lower-extremity amputations, in fact more than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
It goes without saying that for diabetics a shift in blood sugar numbers bringing them closer to normal range is not only life changing but can in fact be lifesaving -- again, the CDC's 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet states that:
- Heart disease and stroke account for about 65% of deaths in people with diabetes.
- Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
- The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
Don't get me wrong; I am in no way saying that Glucotor is a cure for diabetes -- merely that Phase I clinical results indicate that the precise combination of natural ingredients found in Glucotor appear worthy of closer examination.
The Formula at a Glance
For those of you that are not familiar with the Glucotor v.2, here are the ingredients:
High galactomannan fenugreek extract (galactomannan content of 60-80%)
1% Corisolic Acid from Banaba Leaf
Bitter Melon (Momordica Charantia)
For even more information on how the formula was developed and what role the individual ingredients play, see www.jonbarron.org/documents/brdiabetes.htm.
This study was designed to determine the effectiveness of Glucotor in enhancing sugar metabolism without making any changes in diet or lifestyle or incorporating any other elements of the Baseline of Health program. With that said, the results were nevertheless highly encouraging and potentially life changing. The 52% average drop in blood sugar numbers
is comparable to that experienced when using the prescription drug, metformin -- approximately double that seen with other "all natural" alternatives.
According to Fenestra Research Labs, this study on Glucotor v.2 has provided solid proof that using this all natural formula can help individuals gain control over any blood sugar problems they may be experiencing, or prevent them from happening in the first place.
The bottom line is that when used as directed (either in the capsule, mixed in a small glass of water, or taken with an HCL tablet) the formula may very well:
- Drop dangerous blood sugar levels closer to the normal range.
- Help eliminate excessive glycemic swings in those who are hypoglycemic.
- Support your body's ability to burn more carbohydrates for energy instead of storing them -- providing you with more energy and less fat storage.
- Prevent wear and tear on your body and potentially maximize life span in those who are healthy.