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Hintonia latiflora Bark Extract Reduces Blood Sugar


The CDC reports that about 84 million Americans have pre-diabetes – high blood sugar but not quite type 2 diabetes. That’s in addition to the almost 30 million Americans who do have type 2 diabetes – almost 24 percent of whom don’t know it yet.

While the best way to control blood sugar is with regular exercise and a sensible diet of healthy proteins, fats, vegetables, and fruits, even those interventions – plus conventional medications – aren’t always enough.

Fortunately, clinical studies using the bark extract of Hintonia latiflora show great promise in stopping the overwhelming tide of type 2 diabetes.

Hintonia grows in Mexico and Central America. It survives harsh growing conditions, which actually help the plant create the powerful compounds that can reduce high blood sugar. And this is the reason that Hintonia has been clinically studied in Europe for over 60 years to help people with type 2 diabetes.

One clinical study of 177 individuals with either type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes tested a Hintonia extract combined with additional nutrients, including vitamins B1, B6, B12, folic acid, chromium, zinc, and vitamins C and E for eight months.

The study tested a number of parameters: fasting and postprandial glucose levels, physical symptoms of diabetes (including the “pins and needles” sensation brought on by neuropathy), and HbA1C levels (commonly referred to as “A1C.”

Testing A1C levels is especially important for charting the severity of diabetes. The numbers gathered from those tests show average blood sugar levels over time. These levels indicate what percentage of hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells, is “glycated” or “coated” with sugar.

By the end of the study, the results of A1C tests – and others – were impressive. The participants’ A1C levels improved by an average of 10.4 percent (which is quite significant), and fasting and postprandial glucose improved by an average of 23.3 percent and 24.9 percent, respectively.

Throughout the duration of the study, individuals taking anti-diabetic prescription drugs, simply stayed on their medication, adding the Hintonia and nutrient combination to their existing regimen. By the end of the study, of the 114 patients using antidiabetic drugs at the beginning of the study, 35 reduced their medication and 10 participants stopped using medication entirely because it was no longer necessary. 

 

Abstract:

Schmidt M, Hladikova M. Hintonia concentrate - for the dietary treatment of increased blood sugar values: Results of a multicentric, prospective, non-interventional study with a defined dry concentrate of hintonia latiflora. Naturheilpraxis. Feb. 2014. (Translated).

 

Background: Preparations from the bark of Hintonia latiflora are used to regulate the blood sugar levels. The objective of this study was to prove the nutritional benefit within the framework of a dietary treatment of increased blood sugar values with pre-diabetes and slight diabetes type 2 as well as the assessment of the tolerance and application safety.

Method: In an open, prospective, multicentric and non-interventional application study, the effects of a dry concentrate from the bark of Hintonia latiflora in the form of capsules were examined for the laboratory parameters of the blood sugar levels (HbA1c, fasting and postprandial glucose) as well as for the development of diabetic accompanying symptoms (sweating, gastrointestinal symptoms, paraesthesia, itching and neuropathies). Particular attention was also given to the tolerance and (if available) further clinical (laboratory) parameters (blood pressure, liver values and blood lipids). An eight-month treatment was documented in 178 test persons with type 2 diabetes / pre-diabetes, who were treated with oral antidiabetics and / or insulin or only with a diet.

Results: At the end of the study, 177 data records were available. The HbA1c values improved over the course of the study with a high level of clinical relevance and significance from 7.2 ± 0.4% to 6.4 ± 0.5%, in accordance with a relative improvement by 10.4% (p < 0.0001). In parallel, the values of fasting and postprandial glucose also improved by an average of 23.3 ± 12.5% (from 152.1 ± 27.4 mmol/l to 114.4 ± 18.2 mmol/l) and 24.9 ± 11.4% (from 189.5 ± 34.1 mmol/l to 140.1 ± 22.3 mmol/l). The sum score of the diabetic accompanying symptoms improved from initially 4.8 points to 1.3 points at the end of the study. Improvements were also determined in blood pressure, blood fats and liver values. The tolerance was excellent, no unwanted effects occurred, in particular no hypoglycemic episodes. In 55 of 114 patients with antidiabetic medication (39.5%), the substance could be reduced (n = 45) or stopped entirely (n = 10).

Conclusions: The study confirms the positive effects of the dry concentrate from the bark of Hintonia latiflora on the main parameters of the blood sugar levels and the diabetic accompanying symptoms. In the event of pre-diabetes or minor cases of type 2 diabetes mellitus, this can contribute towards stabilizing the blood sugar homeostasis in particular, achieving a lower load from accompanying medication and deferring the necessity of using oral antidiabetic drugs and /or insulin.

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