Sfera Bio Nutrition GlycaemiCare 60s
An all-natural blend of Mushrooms and Ayurvedic herbs this complex will help maintain blood sugar complaints such as maintaining healthy Blood sugar levels and metabolic Syndrome.
60 Vegetarian Capsules
Ingredients and benefits:
One vegetarian capsule provides:
Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) 60mg
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) 60mg
Maitake (Grifola frondosa) 60mg
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) 60mg
Momordicin® Bitter Melon 60mg
GS4 PLUS® (Gymnema sylvestre extract) 50mg
(providing 75% Gymnemic acids)
Amla (Saberry®) (Emblica officinalis) 70mg
Silbinol® (Pterocarpus marsupium) 50mg
(providing 5% Pterostilbene)
Tulsi Extract – (Ocimum sanctum extract) 80mg
Vegetarian Capsule Shell
In addition to being a food ingredient, bitter melon has also long been used as a herbal remedy for a range of ailments, including type 2 diabetes.
The fruit contains at least three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p.
These substances either work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels.
It is also known that bitter melon contains a lectin that reduces blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite – similar to the effects of insulin in the brain.
This lectin is thought to be a major factor behind the hypoglycaemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon.
Gymnema has played an important role in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Its use has been confined primarily to the management of diabetes and similar conditions of altered blood sugar. As early as 1930, these effects of the plant were investigated. The leaves also have been used for stomach ailments, constipation, water retention, and liver disease. The flowers, leaves, and fruits have been used in the treatment of alterations of blood pressure and heart rhythms. Chewing the leaves destroys the ability to identify the sweet taste, giving it the common Hindi name of gurmar, or “sugar destroyer.” The plant has become available in a number of commercial over-the-counter herbal products.
The plant has been used in traditional medicine, most notably to control blood sugar. Use of gymnema as a lipid-lowering agent, for weight loss, and to prevent cavities has also been investigated, primarily in rat or mouse studies. However, little to no clinical information is available to support the use of gymnema for any indication.
The health benefits of Indian Gooseberry, also known as Amla, can be partially attributed to its high vitamin C content. Amla enhances food absorption, balances stomach acids, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, and supports the heart. It also strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin quality, and promotes healthier hair. This fruit acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, aids in vision care, improves muscle tone, and acts as an antioxidant.
Gooseberry contains chromium, which has a therapeutic value for diabetic patients. Indian gooseberry stimulates the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin, thereby reducing blood sugar in diabetic patients and keeping their body balanced and healthy. When blood sugar is reduced, glucose is also being used by the cells as functional energy, thus, the metabolism is stronger and you have more energy, without the plunges and spikes in blood sugar that are dangerous for diabetics. Chromium also enhances the effect of beta-blockers, which are used for heart health, by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body.
The blood sugar lowering effects of Silbinol were well known in India long before pharmacological studies of the tree were undertaken. Diabetics in the rural areas of Chatisgarh (region of Madhya Pradesh) would drink water from tumblers carved from the wood of P. marsupium or drink water in which a piece of the wood had been immersed, and they were said to feel better. Aqueous and alcoholic extracts of the bark and heartwood have been administered with success to diabetic animal models; and tablets, granules decoctions, and other preparations containing P. marsupium (heartwood identified as plant part utilized in some articles), alone or as a multi-ingredient formulation, have also been successful in reducing the blood sugar of diabetic humans.
The leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. Collectively these substances help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) function properly. This in turn helps increase sensitivity to insulin. Lowering one’s blood sugar and treating diabetes effectively. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill effects of oxidative stress.
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
Common Names: Shiitake, Xiang Gu, Black Forest Mushroom
Shiitake is used as an anti-cancer drug in Japan and sanctioned for this purpose by their FDA.
It has many health benefits, such as its ability to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. It possesses powerful antioxidant properties that help the body fight the damage of free radicals. It is also known to reduce inflammation. It also has many beneficial vitamins and minerals.
This mushroom contains Lentinan. Lentinan is used by some to treat cancer of the bowel, liver, lung and stomach. It increases the production of beneficial killer cells. It may also be helpful in the treatment of AIDS. Shiitake may treat and prevent thrombosis (blood clots that decrease blood flow). It some tests an Nihon University in Japan, Shiitake mushroom oil was shown to decrease platelet aggregation due to this mushroom’s lanthionine content. Shiitake is loaded with powerful antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, D and E, selenium and uric acid. Though more research is needed, it appears that Shiitake may be able to lower high blood pressure. This mushroom can lower cholesterol levels and boots production of interferon, which exhibits an anti-viral effect. Some studies suggest that this may be a possible treatment for hepatitis. The substance in Shiitake called polysaccharides is what gives this mushroom it’s powerful immune enhancing effects.
Adverse Reactions / Interactions:
May cause temporary diarrhoea and abdominal bloating in high dosages.
Allergic reactions are rare, but when they occur, they produce a characteristic whorl, similar to hives (‘shiitake dermatitis), on skin exposed to sunlight.
People with bladder cancer should not use raw shiitake.
Cordyceps (Cordyceps Sinensis)
Common names: Caterpillar Fungus, Tochukaso, Dong Chong Xia Cao
One of the many benefits of Cordyceps is the fact that it dilates the lung’s airways, providing more oxygen to the blood.Every cell is enriched by this process, enhancing energy levels and causing the body’s cells to work better. It has been shown to improve the functioning of the respiratory system and is beneficial for people suffering from cough, asthma and bronchitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its action of relaxing the bronchial walls. It has been used in the past to strengthen the immune system by increasing the amount of the body’s natural killer cells. These defend the body against bacteria and viruses. It benefits the entire vascular system by regulating blood pressure, strengthening the muscles of the heart and improving circulation. It protects the kidney and liver by improving blood flow to these two organs and others. This helps them to better defend against diseases such as Hepatitis. This herb is very popular with athletes as it can help build muscle and improve performance. The Chinese Olympic athletes are known to consume it while training and competing. It is said to noticeably increase the physical strength and stamina of anyone who consumes it.
Since this herb contains powerful antioxidants, it is often taken for its anti-aging properties. It also has sedative properties and can help promote deeper sleep.
Adverse Reactions / Interactions:
Do not use if on anticoagulant drugs, asthma inhalers, or immunosuppressant drugs for lupus, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. (Cordyceps stimulates the immune system).
Avoid using cordyceps for hormone-sensitive disorders such as breast cancer or prostate cancer.
Cordyceps are for the use of adults only.
Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum)
Common Names: Reishi, Ling Zhi, or Ling Chi, Varnished Conk
Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma Lucidum) is a medicinal mushroom that can be helpful in combating many different health conditions.
A well-known benefit of consuming Reishi is its beneficial effect on the immune system. It promotes a strong immunity to disease. While some pharmaceutical medicines lose their effectiveness after a time, Reishi does not. It can be taken daily with no build-up of tolerance.
Reishi enhances the immune system, helping the body fend off sickness. This alone makes this mushroom very valuable as a health tonic. It’s also known to normalize the organs of the body, as it’s classified as an adaptogen. It improves the functioning of the body in many ways. It is a great stress reducer, possessing the ability to help boost energy or help one get to sleep depending on the needs of the body.
Reishi fights fatigue and restores the body’s natural energy levels while reducing high blood pressure and lowering triglycerides. It is very beneficial to the respiratory system and helps a person suffering from colds and coughs. It is probably best known for its ability to help the liver function properly and is used by patients undergoing cancer treatment like chemotherapy.
A recent study of Reishi extract showed that 92% of 355 patients with hepatitis showed great health improvements after treatment with this mushroom.
Cancer patients often take an extract of Reishi mushroom while undergoing chemotherapy. It reduced the side effects of the treatment, such as hair loss and fatigue. Reishi is also taken as a preventive and a treatment for cancerous tumors. This herb has been taken by people after transplant surgery to reduce the risk of organ rejection. There is a special protein called Ling Zhi-8 in the mushroom that is believed to be responsible for this effect. Taking Reishi mushroom is believed to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). It helps to keep it from building up on the walls of the arteries. This may also prove helpful in reducing the risk of heart attacks. Besides just treating many health problems, Reishi is also used as an effective preventive to disease. It is said to prevent most common diseases. While more research needs to be done, it does seem to keep people healthier when taken on a regular basis.
Adverse Reactions / Interactions:
Adverse reactions are extremely rare, but using Reishi for three to six months continuous my result in dryness of the mouth, throat and nasal passages; stomach upset; or nosebleed. These complications appear so seldom that their exact causes are not known.
If taking blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, use Reishi only under a doctor’s supervision.
Reishi might have hypotensive activity, so avoid using with antihypertensive medication.
Common Names: Maitake, Kumotake (Cloud Mushroom), Mushikusa Hen-of-the-woods.
“Maitake” means dancing mushroom in Japanese. The mushroom is said to have gotten its name after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild, such are its incredible healing properties.
This mushroom is a type of adaptogen. Adaptogens assist the body in fighting against any type of mental or physical difficulty. They also work to regulate systems of the body that have become unbalanced. While this mushroom can be used in recipes for taste alone, it’s considered to be a medicinal mushroom. The mushroom grows wild in parts of Japan, China, and North America. It grows at the bottom of Oak, Elm, and Maple trees. It can be cultivated and even grown at home, though it typically won’t grow as well as it does in the wild. You can usually find the mushroom during the autumn months. Although maitake mushroom has been used in Japan and China for thousands of years, it has only gained popularity in the United States over the last twenty years. People are praising this mushroom for its promises of health, vitality, and longevity.
Adverse Reactions / Interactions:
Maitake might lower blood glucose levels and might have an additive effect when used with other supplements / medication that also lower blood sugar levels. Monitor blood glucose levels closely.
This information is provided for educational purposes only. All medical conditions must be diagnosed and treated by a qualified health professional. No medical claims are made.