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  • Did You Know... IG Sensitizer

    by Shawn Freedman, Product Development Manager

    Did you know that traditionally Ayurvedic practitioners would give their diabetic patients water that had sat overnight in a cup made from the heartwood of pterocarpus marsupium as a remedy?

    Pterocarpus marsupium has a rich history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. The heartwood, leaves and flowers have been utilized in the treatment of a variety of illnesses over the centuries. The heart wood in particular is renowned for its blood sugar lowering effects.

    The heartwood and bark of Pterocarpus contains an array of polyphenolic compounds attributed to its therapeutic properties including one of particular interest, pterostilbene. Like resveratrol, pterostilbene is a natural compound produced by a few species of plants that acts as a defense mechanism (phytoalexin) against attack from pathogens such as bacteria and fungus.

    Pterostilbene is sometimes referred to as methylated resveratrol, and as the name might suggest, it does share many pharmacological similarities with its better known chemical cousin. They both posses the ability to inhibit inflammation, are anti-oxidative, and romote longevity, to name a few common benefits.

    Pterostilbene also possesses some distinct advantages over resveratrol, particularly in the area of blood sugar support. Modern research has confirmed its anti-diabetic effect in both animal and human studies. Researchers theorize that Pterocarpus extract reduces the absorption of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to improved insulin levels in the blood. Pterostilbene is also the only compound, synthetic or natural, known to regenerate pancreatic beta islet cells.

    Synthetic versus Naturally Derived
    Natura’s IG Sensitizer and CV-Res-Q both feature Silbinol®, a patented extract of Pterocarpus marsupium bark and heartwood. The majority of the research to date on Pterocarpus has been conducted with botanical derived extracts, not the synthetic “nature identical” form that is commonly found in dietary supplements. Thus we have chosen to utilize this state of the art botanical extract to ensure direct correlation with the clinical research as well as its extensive traditional usage.

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    Visit these product pages:   IG Sensitizer      CV-Res-Q

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