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Nutritional supplements do not go through the same FDA approval process as pharmaceutical drugs. However, the FDA mandates that nutritional supplements be made according to current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), and reviews ingredient and health claims to ensure that no unsafe products reach the market. There are companies that try to cheat the system (and consumers), and it is because of such companies that certain dietary supplements have been pulled from the market. We at Ubiotic hold your trust with high regard - all of our products are manufactured in Colorado under good manufacturing practices, and every batch undergoes third party testing for microbial and heavy metal contamination as well as ingredient and dose validation.
You can purchase at home test kits to measure blood glucose (glucometers) as well as hemoglobin A1c (a marker of how well you manage blood sugar over a three month time period) before and after you start taking Ubiotic Gluc Support.
The short answer is no, it is highly unlikely you would experience side effects when taking our product at the suggested dosage. For the long answer, we'd like to emphasize and explain a key word: "specificity." Most pharmaceutical drugs are man-made (synthetic) molecules that are designed to target one specific metabolic pathway, often just one enzyme in a given pathway. As a result, the function of that pathway is acutely and significantly altered when the drug is administered. For instance, statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) inhibit the major enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, causing a sharp decline in blood cholesterol. However, the enzyme inhibited by statins is also critical to the production of coenzyme Q10 and other compounds required for protein modification, which is why statins cause several undesirable side effects. Essentially, side effects are often a result of a drug's high specificity. Ubiotic Gluc-Support contains a combination of essential nutrients, plant extracts, and other naturally-occurring compounds that have broad-spectrum activity and affect multiple physiological pathways simultaneously. Because of this more generalized activity (or low specificity), our products will not produce drug-like side effects. There are circumstances where drugs are needed to correct potentially harmful defects in certain metabolic pathways, regardless of side effects. Under these and any other circumstances, supplements should not be considered replacements for pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by a qualified healthcare practitioner.
We recommend that you speak with your qualified healthcare practitioner prior to taking this product if you are already taking medication for blood sugar issues, or if you are pregnant, nursing, or plan on becoming pregnant.
No. Ubiotic Gluc Support contains 11 bioactive ingredients, including vitamins and minerals (vitamin D, magnesium, and chromium), alpha-lipoic acid (a compound that is already present in your body, being required for glucose metabolism), sunflower lecithin (a naturally-occurring lipid), and several plant extracts including barberry, turmeric, bitter melon, milk thistle, ginger, and gymnema. The only “other ingredients” in Ubiotic Gluc-Support are rice bran (a natural flow agent used to prevent the ingredients from caking up in the manufacturing process), non-GMO-derived maltodextrin as a flow agent, and cellulose, which makes up the capsule. We use no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, binders, or fillers.
At Ubiotic, not only do we strive to identify the most well-researched ingredients to support your health, we also aim to make them optimally effective and bioavailable (read more about bioavailability in our blog). Essentially, bioavailability is the percentage of a compound (nutrients, for example) consumed orally that is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and transported to the tissue(s) where it is utilized in its active form. Absorption is one of the major factors affecting bioavailability, and we have formulated Gluc-Support so that the bioactive ingredients are optimally absorbed. Here’s how: Lecithin, along with bile salts, promotes the micellization (making soluble) and absorption of lipophilic (fat-soluble) compounds (e.g. curcumin and silymarin) in the small intestine. Silymarin (one of the major active constituents of milk thistle) has been shown to improve the bioavailability of berberine (the major active constituent of barberry). Ginger has shown broad-spectrum bioenhancing activity (and has specifically shown to improve the bioavailability of curcumin and silymarin). We use the pure, biologically active form (stereoisomer) of alpha-lipoic acid (the (R) form), as opposed to a racemic mixture (which contains the (R) and (S) forms). Think of it this way: your right hand doesn't fit well into you left glove. Your body requires the (R) "hand" of alpha-lipoic acid, and can't use the (S) "hand," even though they are mirror images of each other. We use standardized botanical extracts rather than herb powders or extracts with unspecified potency.