Wild Bitter Melon Extract 60 tablets from Glycostat | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas Wild Bitter Melon is a clinically tested, patent pending, proprietary extract of wild bitter melon shown to be superior in published research. Bitter melon has been used traditionally to support cardiovascular and metabolic functions.
Certain wild genotypes, including Glycostat®, may positively influence the body's nitric oxide and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) systems.
Glycostat® supports blood pressure and blood sugar already in the normal range.
Wild bitter melon benefits those seeking herbal support of blood pressure and blood sugar already in the normal range, and support for liver function.
Glycostat Wild Bitter Melon Extract is a clinically tested, patent-pending, proprietary extract of wild bitter melon that has been shown in published research to be superior to other extracts. Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is used traditionally in Asia, Africa and the West Indies to support cardiovascular and metabolic functions. Emerging science suggests that certain wild genotypes, including Glycostat® , from wild bitter melon extract, may positively influence the body’s nitric oxide and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) systems. Glycostat® supports blood pressure and blood sugar already in the normal range.
An Ancient Vegetable
Bitter melon is an ancient vegetable and a culinary treat throughout the tropical and subtropical areas of the East Africa, Asia, India, South America and the Caribbean. The vegetable is used traditionally as both food and herbal remedies in all of these areas.
Momordica charantia goes by many names and is known as bitter melon, bitter gourd, balsam pear, karela, and pare. Most Westerners will identify bitter melon as looking like a pale green or green cucumber with warts. Indian varieties may be whitish to gray-green, as well. Commercial cultivars can range up to a foot or more in length, whereas wild bitter melon varieties may measure only an inch or so, more than making up for their small size with greater bitterness and intense flavor. The gourd becomes more bitter as it ripens. As a food, unripe bitter melon is used fresh in salads, cooked into soups and curries, employed as a flavoring for eggs, meat and so forth.
Almost every part of the Momordica charantia plant has been used in traditional medical practices, including not just the fruit, but also the leaves, vines, seeds and roots.
Folk and traditional healing systems often suggest bitter melon. In South Asia, among other uses, bitter melon is recommended to support immune health.
Animal studies have demonstrated that bitter melon can reduce insulin resistance caused by a high-fat diet. Similarly, bitter melon may be protective against many damaging results of high fructose diets.
Traditional uses and preclinical research provide a very positive picture of bitter melon. Human trials have confirmed many of these findings. In clinical trials, the fresh fruit, its freshly squeezed juice and the homogenized suspension of bitter melon have led to significant support for both fasting and postprandial blood glucose.
Sometimes Wild Is Better!
With many grains, fruits and vegetables, wild genotypes retain healthful qualities that have been bred out of cultivated varieties. Wild bitter melon is a case in point. There are literally hundreds of different forms of bitter melon found in China and India. In many ways, the most interesting of these nutritionally are the “wild” forms found in India.
Recently, a comparative trial in animals looked specifically at the differences among commercial herbal extracts of bitter melon of Chinese, Indian and Indian wild genotype origin. The goal was to establish benefits with regard to blood sugar and insulin regulation and also parameters linked to blood pressure. Very little work has been performed with wild genotypes of bitter melon, even though there are a great many of these in India alone.
Most information available tends to cover topics such as the effect of the wild forms on inflammatory immune responses. Hints in the literature suggest that the blood sugar effects of some of these wild genotypes could be more potent than in the cultivars commonly used for extraction.
For instance, it has been found that extracts of bitter gourd activate cellular machinery to regulate energy production (technically, AMP- activated protein kinase) and the way that fats are handled by the liver. These components can account for as much as 7.1 g/kg of the dried wild material.
In the published comparative trial mentioned above, over a period of 60 days the effect of an extract from the wild genotype of bitter melon offered commercially under the name Glycostat® proved to be more efficacious than the varietals typically used in Chinese and Indian preparations and certainly more consistent in influencing all the health parameters tested, including the Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT), all without raising insulin levels.
Other interesting findings included the wild extract’s significant influence on the nitric oxide system (influencing whether the blood vessels can dilate), a system that controls blood fluid volume known as the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and the closely related angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity.
These three systems and activities influence blood pressure and cardiovascular health and in each of them, wild bitter melon either was the only extract that exhibited significant activity or it was more active compared to the Chinese and Indian extracts. A pilot clinical trial at a famous Indian Ayurvedic hospital has confirmed the animal findings with regard to blood sugar.
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Take 2 tablets (one in the AM and one in the PM), preferably 30 minutes before meals or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (2 tablets)
Glycostat wild bitter melon ( Momordica charantia) 1500mg †
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredients (wild bitter melon extract), filler (ellulose, calcium phosphate, stearic acid (vegetable source), silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate (vegetable source)), flavour (natural French vanilla), coating (food grade)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
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Individuals with a medical condition (especially hyper- or hypotension), who are pregnant, lactating, or trying to conceive, are under the age of 18, or are taking medications (especially for blood pressure control) should consult a healthcare professional before using this product.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans