Carbohyrate-blockers, or starch blockers, are amylase inhibitors that prevent the enzyme amylase (found in saliva and pancreas) from facilitating the digestion of complex carbohydrates into simple carbohydrates. Stopping this first step in the carbohydrate digestion process causes most of these complex carbohydrates to pass through the gastro-intestinal tract undigested, and thus preventing it from being broken down into its simplest forms to be absorbed from being acted on by insulin and turned into glycogen and fat, or more importantly – weight loss through fat loss.
Dietrine is FDA approved for safety and effectiveness
Like any other drug that gets released into the market in the United States, carb-blockers are subject to scrutiny and testing by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) – and Dietrine makes the approval list. Its main active ingredient that facilitates amylase inhibition, Phase 2® white kidney bean extract, has been proven to be safe and effective to a “reasonable certainty”, at correct dosage of 10g a day per person (GRAS Notice No.434, June 2012, see Figure 1 below). This has been further proven in extensive clinical trials.
Dietrine is made up of 200 mcg (microgrammes) of chromium dinicotinate glycinate, 1000mg Phase 2® white kidney bean extract, and vanadium amino acid chelate – all of which are FDA approved.
Chromium is known for its role in maintaining proper Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), which is important in maximizing insulin response of insulin-sensitive tissue. An Impaired Glucose Factor (IGT) is likely to be an early sign of diabetes. It leads to a state of hyperglycemia – associated with insulin-resistance cardiovascular disease – which is potentially fatal. Chromium intake has also been proven to aid in protein-calorie uptake and in treating kwashiorkor disease. Vanadium on the other hand inhibits the formation of fatty acids and cholesterol, and in the strengthening bones and teeth.
Dietrine has also been noted to in its ability to prevent after-meal blood sugarspikes, which increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity. High sugar levels has also been linked to age-related macular degeneration, ovulatory infertility and colorectal cancer.
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No Magic Pill
(Read this first) Like any other supplement or medication, always consult a doctor before embarking on a supplement. This is particular important for individuals with known medical complications. Mixing carb-blockers with any medication that already lowers blood sugar like diabetic medicine can cause blood sugar levels to drop to dangerous levels. Pregnant women should also avoid carb-blockers. Carb-blockers are also known to cause a few side-effects like gas, stomach cramps (due to undigested carbs that find its way to the large intestine to be broken down by symbiotic gut bacteria), diarrhea, and bloating, or allergic reactions.
While supplements can help in weight loss programme and control there is no substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Adding fibre to your diet is a natural way to reduce blood sugar levels, as well as incorporating foods that are low on the glycemic index, including whole grains, most types of fruit, legumes and leafy vegetables.