Vitamins For Diabetics
L-Carnitine is a vitamin-like nutrient that is synthesized in the body, using the amino acids lysine and methionine as precursors. Because the body produces L-Carnitine on its own, it cannot be classified as a vitamin, even though it has functions similar to B vitamins. Fumarate is also a natural compound found in the body. Fumarate serves as an intermediate in the Krebs cycle, a key cellular energy-producing process. L-Carnitine and Fumarate both play important roles in energy metabolism.Best L-Carnitine contains BIOSINT™ L-Carnitine Fumarate, which is made in Italy by Sigma Tau Health Science. It is derived from a base of pharmaceutical-grade L-Carnitine manufactured using an FDA-approved process that fully complies with international monograph standards for carnitine production. No biotechnology or genetically modified organisms are involved. L-Carnitine Fumarate is certified GMO free, BSE safe, pesticide free and Kosher. It is also ISO 9002 certified and NNFA GMP certified. L-Carnitine Fumarate is highly stable and bioavailable.Known as a global leader in L-Carnitine research, Sigma Tau holds numerous patents for production of L-Carnitine, and its L-Carnitine derivatives are used in clinical trials. Sigma Tau Health Science has the only FDA-approved (1984) pharmaceutical batch process system for consistent L-Carnitine quality, and has been manufacturing L-Carnitine derivatives for 30 years.BenefitsHelps the body burn fat for energy.L-Carnitine promotes energy production in cells by transporting fatty acids into the mitochondrion. Its primary function is to transfer long-chain fatty acids across the inner mitochondrial membrane. Fatty acid molecules are activated to coenzyme A (CoA) esters in the cytoplasm of the cell, and then esterified to L-Carnitine. The combination of a fatty acid molecule and L-Carnitine is called "acyl-carnitine." Much of the body's L-Carnitine content is stored in the form of acyl-carnitine.The mitochondrion is the cell's energy-generating furnace. Called an "organelle," the mitochondrion is a self-contained structure inside the cell. Like all cellular structures, the mitochondrion is surrounded by a membrane. This membrane is an impenetrable barrier to acyl-CoA esters; passage across the membrane requires L-Carnitine as a transporter. On the inside of the mitochondrial membrane, the acyl-CoA esters are made available to be metabolized through the process of beta oxidation. One of the key metabolic byproducts of this process is acetyl-CoA, also called "active acetate," which enters the Krebs cycle (also known as the "citric acid cycle") to supply fuel for production of ATP, the cell's primary energy "currency." L-Carnitine shuttles excess fatty acid residues out of the mitochondrion, and in this role is essential for preventing toxic buildup of fatty acids inside the mitochondrion.Evidence suggests that L-Carnitine and short chain acyl-carnitine esters can protect the mitochondrion from adverse effects of drugs and toxic chemicals. L-Carnitine has been shown to protect animals form cardiotoxins and decrease mortality rate in animals with diphtheria, due to this cardioprotective effect.Helps maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.Muscle tissue contains a high concentration of L-Carnitine. With its constant energy needs, heart muscle tissue is especially rich in L-Carnitine. If the body's ability to biosynthesize L-Carnitine is compromised, energy production in muscle tissue is impaired, and a toxic buildup of fatty acids can occur. Defective production of L-Carnitine by the body can result from a variety of factors, including kidney or liver malfunction, increased catabolism or the inability of tissues to extract and retain L-Carnitine from the blood.Along with glucose and lactate, fatty acids are the primary oxidation fuel for the heart. A considerable amount of scientific data from animal experiments indicates that L-Carnitine protects the heart under conditions of hypoxia, or low oxygen. In addition to the oxidation of fat for energy in the cell, L-Carnitine is involved in the metabolism of glucose. Evidence of L-Carnitine's role in glucose metabolism was uncovered in a small trial on 9 diabetic individuals. Given intravenously, L-Carnitine improved insulin-mediated glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity.Depletion of the body's L-Carnitine supply is linked to various abnormal states, especially of the heart muscle. The effect of L-Carnitine on hypoxic (oxygen-starved) isolated heart muscle tissue has been studied. At high concentrations, L-Carnitine demonstrates a clear-cut ability to potentiate the contractility of isolated heart muscle tissue, indicating the L-Carnitine has a strengthening effect on the heart. L-Carnitine has been shown to improve the performance of rats subjected to fatigue test.Research has revealed that in animals and humans with defective heart muscle, the amount of free L-Carnitine (not bound to fatty acids) is reduced. Administration of L-Carnitine to hamsters prevents damage to the heart muscle. Given to humans with angina, L-Carnitine was found to improve exercise tolerance. In a small study, patients with congestive heart failure showed gains in heart function with oral consumption of L-Carnitine, reportedly by restoring normal oxidation of fatty acids. In heart valve replacement patients, L-Carnitine has been shown to increase the valve tissue levels of ATP, pyruvate and creatine phosphate, which are key cellular energy substrates. In a controlled study, L-Carnitine was administered to 38 patients prior to open heart surgery. Prior to surgery, heart circulatory function, as assessed by measurements of hemodynamics, was "good" in all 38. While there was evidence of a "preserving" effect of L-Carnitine on heart cells, no differences in cardiac performance were observed. These results suggest that noticeable improvements in heart muscle performance with L-Carnitine are most likely to occur in people with compromised hearts.It has been suggested that L-Carnitine favorably influences blood lipids. Preliminary evidence of this was seen in a small open trial on 26 patients who took 3 grams of L-Carnitine daily for 40 days. Blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides dropped substantially, while the ratio of total to HDL cholesterol-- a known marker of cardiovascular health--markedly improved.While L-Carnitine is not a treatment for heart disease, (nor should it be used as a substitute for medical treatment) the results of these and other studies suggest that oral consumption of L-Carnitine has a beneficial influence on maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
Ultima Replenisher is a re-hydration sports drink which contains no sugars, artificial sweeteners or other artificial ingredients and contains only 35 to 40 calories per 20 ounce serving. The Ultima Replenisher formula, consisting of 30 essential minerals, electrolytes, vitamins, antioxidants, and complex carbohydrates, was designed and tested to optimize: 1) the rapid absorption of fluids and nutrients, 2) the supply of sustainable energy, and 3) recovery from exertion. Our product is designed to appeal to the health conscious consumer and committed athlete at all levels of sport.Ester CEster C is a naturally chelated (combined with a metallic ion to form a chelate, a substance absorbed better by the small intestine) mineral form of vitamin C. Ester C is absorbed fast and is pH balanced so that it will not to upset the stomach. White blood cell ascorbate levels are four times greater with ester C compared to the typical vitamin C. Ester C also enters the bloodstream and tissues four times faster than typical vitamin C. Essential to the formation of collagen, vitamin C protects against bruising, promotes the healing of wounds and the production of anti-stress hormones. It is an anti-oxidant required for tissue growth and repair, and adrenal gland function. Ester C protects against infection and against the harmful effects of pollution, and it may play a role in preventing cancer. It also aids in interferon production and is needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine, and phenylalanine.Pantothenic AcidAlso called pantothenate, pantothenic acid belongs to the B complex of water-soluble vitamins that have multiple roles in energy metabolism. It forms part of the important coenzyme A and part of the protein found in the enzyme fatty acid synthetase. It is necessary for the production of glucose and fatty acids, the main fuels of the body. It is also essential for making steroid hormones and brain neurotransmitters.NiacinamideNiacinamide aids the function of the nervous system, promotes metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, and the production of hydrochloric acid used by the digestive system. Niacinamide is essential to proper blood circulation.Vitamin B6Vitamin B6 is involved in more bodily functions than any other single nutrient. It affects both physical and mental health. This vitamin is necessary in the production of hydrochloric acid and in the absorption of fats and protein. It also aids in maintaining sodium and potassium balance, and promotes red blood cell formation. Vitamin B6 activates many enzymes, aids in B12 absorption, aids immune system function, and anti-body production. It inhibits the formation of a toxic chemical called homocysteine, which attacks the heart muscle and allows the deposition of cholesterol around the heart muscle.Vitamin B12Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent anemia. It aids in cell formation and cellular longevity. This vitamin is required for proper digestion, absorption of foods, protein synthesis, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.Folic AcidConsidered brain food, folic acid is needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells. Functioning as a coenzyme in DNA synthesis, it is important for healthy cell division and replication, especially the rapid replication of muscle and blood cells needed for performance and recovery.BiotinBiotin aids in cell growth, in fatty acid production, in metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and in the utilization of B-complex vitamins. Biotin forms part of two enzymes essential for glucose and fatty acid synthesis.MaltodextrinMaltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that digests uniformly to supply energy consistently to the body over time without creating a “yo-yo” effect common with the digestion of simple sugars.Lo Han GuoLo Han Guo contains a natural sweetening agent called Mogroside, which is derived from the Lo Han Guo fruit and processed into a fine powder. This extract is easily soluble in water without any sediment. It is a stable, non-fermentable extract which is ideal for diabetics.SteviaStevia is a natural plant extract considered to have a beneficial effect in controlling blood sugar levels.Sugar MattersNot only is the inclusion of certain ingredients important to the formula's success but the exclusion of sugar, abundant in competitive formulas, is just as important. The consumption of large amounts of simple sugar actually diminishes athletic performance. Sugar can cause what physiologists call the "yo-yo effect." This refers to the dramatic rise in blood sugar levels shortly after sugar consumption, followed by a steep decline in blood sugar to a level below where it was before consumption occurred. It is at this point that athletic performance flattens or crashes.Instead, Ultima Replenisher provides easily digested complex carbohydrate energy. Complex carbohydrates provide a longer lasting, smoother delivery of energy compared to sugar. Complex carbohydrates do not interfere with the body's conversion of fat to energy during periods of endurance and high performance. Ultima Replenisher contains only complex carbohydrate energy to eliminate the risk of high and low sugar levels that detract from performance.Ultima Replenisher is rapidly digested and passes quickly to the small intestine for absorption, typically in less than 20 minutes. The digestion of sugar (along with thickeners, and other no essential ingredients) can take up to 45 minutes. When simple sugar is consumed, the pancreas produces insulin to digest it. When the insulin is introduced, the liver becomes occupied breaking down the insulin and therefore is not available to convert fat to glycogen for the muscles to burn, a function essential to performance during training or competition. This is why the consumption of simple sugar before or during training or competition can prove detrimental to athletic performance.
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Benfotiamine (S-benzyolthiamine-O-monophosphate) is a synthetic derivative of thiamin, belonging to the family of compounds known as "allithiamines." Benfotiamine is fat-soluble and thus more bioavailable and physiologically active than thiamin. Characteristic of the allithiamines is an open thiazole ring within the chemical structure of these thiamine-related compounds, making them fat (lipid) soluble. In contrast, thiamine, which is water soluble, has a closed thiazole ring. The lipid solubility of benfotiamine, conferred by this open ring, increases its bioavailablity. Benfotiamine is readily absorbed at higher doses, in contrast to absorption of water-soluble thiamin salts, which decreases at higher doses, due to saturation of absorption sites in the intestines. In a double-blind, cross-over trial, comparing bioavailability of benfotiamine to that of thiamine in 12 subjects, benfotiamine caused an average 5-fold greater increase in blood thiamine levels than thiamin mononitrate, with a concomitant greater thiamine concentration in erythrocytes (red blood cells). Benfotiamine readily passes through intestinal mucosal cells, where it is converted into physiologically active thiamine. Benfotiamine inceases blood levels of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), the primary thiamin co-enzyme.BenefitsBenfotiamine raises the blood level of thiamine pyrophosphate (TPP), the biologically active co-enzyme of thiamine.Thiamine and its Co-enzyme, TPPThiamine (vitamin B1) plays an essential part in the metabolism of glucose, through actions of it co-enzyme TPP (thiamine pyrophosphate). TPP is formed by the enzymatically-catalyzed addition of two phosphate groups donated by ATP to thiamine. TPP also goes by the name "thiamine diphosphate." In the cytoplasm of the cell, glucose, a 6-carbon sugar, is metabolized to pyruvic acid, which is converted into acetyl-CoA, otherwise known as "active acetate." Acetyl CoA enters the mitochondrion, where it serves as the starting substrate in the Krebs cycle (citric acid cycle). The Krebs cycle is the primary source of cellular metabolic energy. TPP, along with other co-enzymes, is essential for the removal of CO2 from pyruvic acid, which in turn is a key step in the conversion of pyruvic acid to acetyl CoA. CO2 removal from pyruvic acid is called "oxidative decarboxylation," and for this reason, TPP was originally referred to as "cocarboxylase." TPP is thus vital to the cell's energy supply. Benfotiamine helps maintain healthy cells in the presence of blood glucose. Acting as a biochemical "super-thiamin," it does this through several different cellular mechanisms, as discussed below.Benfotiamine and Glucose MetabolismBenfotiamine normalizes cellular processes fueled by glucose metabolites.As long as glucose remains at normal levels, excess glucose metabolites do not accumulate within the cell. The bulk of the cell's glucose supply is converted to pyruvic acid, which serves as substrate for production of acetyl CoA, the primary fuel for the Krebs cycle. Of the total amount of metabolic energy (inthe form of ATP) released from food, the Krebs cycle generates about 90 percent. In the presence of elevated glucose levels, the electron transport chain, the final ATP-generating system in the mitochondrion, produces larger than normal amounts of the oxygen free radical "superoxide." This excess superoxide inhibits glyceraldehyde phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), as key enzyme in the conversion of glucose to pyruvic acid, resulting in an excess of intermediate metabolites known as "triosephosphates." Increase triosephophate levels trigger several cellular mechanisms that result in potential damage to vascular tissue. Cells particularly vulnerable to this biochemical dysfunction are found in the retina, kidneys and nerves.Benfotiamine has been shown to block three of these mechanisms: the hexosamine pathway, the diaglycerol-protein kinease C pathway and the formation of Advanced Glycation End-poducts. As discussed below, benfotiamine does this by activating transketolase, a key thiamin-dependent enzyme.Benfotiamine stimulates tranketolase, a cellular enzyme essential for maintenance of normal glucose metabolic pathways. Transketolase diverts the excess fructose-6-phosphate and glyceraldehydes-3-phosphate, (formed by the inhibition of GAPDH, as mentioned above), into production of pentose-5-phosphates and erythrose-4-phosphate and away from the damaging pathways. Benfotiamine activates transketolase activity in bovine aortic endothelial cells incubated in glucose. To test benfotiamine's ability to counteract these metabolic abnormalities caused by elevated blood glucose, studies have been done in diabetic rats. Benfotiamine increases transketolase activity in the retinas of diabetic rats, while concomitantly decreasing hexosamine pathway activity, protein kinase C activity and AGE formation.Benfotiamine and Protein GlycationBenfotiamine controls formation of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).AGEs have an affinity for proteins such as collagen, the major structural protein in connective tissue. AGEs are formed through abnormal linkages between proteins and glucose. This occurs via a non-enzymatic glycosylation reaction similar to the "browning reaction" that takes place in stored food. At high glucose concentrations, glucose attaches to lysine, forming a Schiff base, which in turn forms "early glycosylation products." Once blood glucose levels return to normal levels, the amount of these early glycosylation products decreases, and they are not particularly harmful to most tissue proteins. On long-lived proteins such as collagen, however, early glycosylation products are chemically rearranged into the damaging Advanced Glycation End-products.AGE formation on the collagen in coronary arteries causes increased vascular permeability. This vessel "leakiness" allows for abnormal cross-linking between plasma proteins and other proteins in the vessel wall, comprising vascular function and potentially occluding the vessel lumen. A number of other potentially harmful events may also occur, including production of cytokines that further increase vascular permeability. Endothelin-1, a strong vasoconstrictor, is over produced, increasing the possibility of thrombosis and generation of oxygen free radicals is stimulated.It is vitally important to support normal glucose metabolic pathways so that formation of AGEs is minimized. Benfotiamine, in the test tube (in vitro) prevents AGE formation in endothelial cells cultured in high glucose by decreasing the glucose metabolites that produce AGEs. Endothelial cells make up the membranes that line the inner walls of organs and blood vessels. In a rat study comparing the effects of Benfotiamine with water-soluble thiamin, Benfotiamine inhibited AGE formation in diabetic rats while completely preventing formation of "glycooxidation products," which are toxic by products of chronic elevated blood glucose. AGE levels were not significantly altered by thiamin. Benfotiamine also normalized nerve function in the animals. After three months of administration, "nerve conduction velocity (NCV)," a measure of nerve function, was increased by both benfotiamine and thiamin; at six months, NCV was normalized by benfotiamine, whereas thiamin produced no further increases in this parameter.Dysfunctional glucose metabolic pathways leading to AGE formation occurs in endothelial cells of the kidneys. In a recent animal study, benfotiamine was administered to rats with elevated glucose levels. Benfotiamine increased transketolase activity in the kidney filtration system of these rats, while at the same time shifting triosephophates into the pentose pathway and preventing protein leakage.
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Inflammation - fire within our tissues - is the body's first defense against infection. But inflammation can also run like a wildfire out of control, and chronic inflammation can lead to life-threatening conditions: heart attack, cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes. Get a Grip on Arthritis and Other Inflammatory Disorders provides natural relief for the pain, swelling and destruction that inflammation causes in the body.Conventional pain and anti-inflammatory medications have serious side effects, including bleeding ulcers, digestive complaints and joint destruction. Within these pages you will discover what combinations of foods, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements will prevent further damage, treat your existing condition and heal damaged tissues - all while relieving the pain associated with inflammation. Discover Mother Nature's potent painkillers and natural anti-inflammatoriesLorna R. Vanderhaeghe is a medical journalist who has been researching and writing on nutritional medicine for over 20 years. She is currently an associate editor for Total Health Magazine in the United States. Lorna believes in empowering people with health knowledge so they can achieve optimal wellness.
Diabetics need a specific set of vitamins to help them counter the effects of their condition. Most of these vitamins are also recommended for people without diabetes but for those afflicted with it, these vitamins have very concrete effects on their bodies. Antioxidants, which get rid of free radicals in our bodies, are very important in a diabetic’s diet since free radicals are produced when you have diabetes. The presence of glucose in your blood goes through a chain reaction from the oxidation of the proteins and into formation of free radicals. Vitamins such as Vitamin E help stop that process. This is why Vitamin E is also the anti-stress drug.
Folic acid is said to act upon homocysteine levels in the body. Homocysteine is a substance normally metabolized into amino acids by the body but in high levels it can cause vascular problems and heart disease.B vitamins, including folic acid, are known to counter the bad effects of high homocysteine levels, and folic acid has also been named as a homocysteine fighter.
Magnesium is also another mineral that is largely absent from a normal diabetic’s diet, which helps you build stronger bones and healthier muscles. Magnesium is present in nuts and shrimps, but it also comes in pills form, along with other multivitamins and minerals.
There are other vitamins and minerals that help reduce the presence of anti-oxidants in the body – alpha-lipolic acid and grapeseed extract. Gamma-linolenic acid helps your body recover from nerve damage brought by old age and in some cases, diabetes. 200 to 500 mg of gamma-linolenic acid is recommended for those suffering from diabetes.