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  • Sugar Destroyer - has anyone tried this?

    IN the ongoing attempt to combat sugar cravings, I came across this:

    Sugar Destroyer is a formula that has been used for thousands of years to support healthy blood sugar. Gymnema sylvestre, which is in the Sugar Destroyer formula, dulls the ability of the taste buds to recognize the sweet taste, which may naturally decrease the desire for sweets.* It also dulls the intestinal tract from absorbing simple sugars, which may encourage the body to use fat instead of sugar as a fuel supply.* Sugar Destroyer also supports pancreatic health.*

    Available in several formats, including capsules! Sugar Destroyer Capsules

    And tea! Sugar Destroyer Tea

    Obviously I'm skeptical (but I'm also desperate ). Does anyone know if this works?

    YB
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
    IN the ongoing attempt to combat sugar cravings, I came across this:

    Sugar Destroyer is a formula that has been used for thousands of years to support healthy blood sugar. Gymnema sylvestre, which is in the Sugar Destroyer formula, dulls the ability of the taste buds to recognize the sweet taste, which may naturally decrease the desire for sweets.* It also dulls the intestinal tract from absorbing simple sugars, which may encourage the body to use fat instead of sugar as a fuel supply.* Sugar Destroyer also supports pancreatic health.*

    Available in several formats, including capsules! Sugar Destroyer Capsules

    And tea! Sugar Destroyer Tea

    Obviously I'm skeptical (but I'm also desperate ). Does anyone know if this works?

    YB
    Gymnema works very well. It is a standard in all natural diabetes formulas. Gymnema contains gymnemic acid, which blocks sugar receptors on the tongue and in the intestines for about 2 hours. It does not block the absorption of glucose from the intestines 100%, but will block an average of around 70-80%. Gymnema has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and help stimulate regeneration of pancreatic islet cells.

    When coming in to contact the tongue the blocking of the sugar receptors also prevents you from tasting any sweet in foods for several hours.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info James. Do you know how a substance like this would affect someone with hypoglycemia?
      "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

      In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

      - Ray Peat

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      • #4
        Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
        Thanks for the info James. Do you know how a substance like this would affect someone with hypoglycemia?
        It does not actually drop blood sugar like some herbs used for diabetes. So it would not be an issue in that way.

        If you want to address the hypoglycemia you need to first determine what form of hypoglycemia you have so you know how to best address it:

        Types of hypoglycemia

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        • #5
          Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
          IN the ongoing attempt to combat sugar cravings, I came across this:

          Sugar Destroyer is a formula that has been used for thousands of years to support healthy blood sugar. Gymnema sylvestre, which is in the Sugar Destroyer formula, dulls the ability of the taste buds to recognize the sweet taste, which may naturally decrease the desire for sweets.* It also dulls the intestinal tract from absorbing simple sugars, which may encourage the body to use fat instead of sugar as a fuel supply.* Sugar Destroyer also supports pancreatic health.*

          Available in several formats, including capsules! Sugar Destroyer Capsules
          That guy's face has that "I want to make money selling you things you don't need" kind of look.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JamesS View Post
            It does not actually drop blood sugar like some herbs used for diabetes. So it would not be an issue in that way.

            If you want to address the hypoglycemia you need to first determine what form of hypoglycemia you have so you know how to best address it:

            Types of hypoglycemia
            Thanks so much for that link James. I'm pretty sure I am chronic (have also been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue). Is there anything you could recommend supplement-wise for hypoglycemia?

            Originally posted by statikcat View Post
            That guy's face has that "I want to make money selling you things you don't need" kind of look.
            Hah. Totally!
            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

            - Ray Peat

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            • #7
              Or, instead of a potion to make you not taste the sugar, you could try just not eating sugar. Just sayin'............

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              • #8
                As a sister in sugar addiction, I gotta agree with Paleobird. Bandaid, or solution? At some point, your cravings will return, so you are just putting them off (or attempting to.) The only solution is to stop eating sugar for a time, and then discover what your threshold is for not triggering them. It's tough -- not gonna lie. But it's the only way to break the cycle.
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                • #9
                  Probably stupid question, but if you are craving sugar and you use this product, how does it stop the craving? If you can't taste the sweet, and your body doesn't absorb the sweet, then the craving isn't satisfied, right? So how does this help?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by statikcat View Post
                    That guy's face has that "I want to make money selling you things you don't need" kind of look.
                    You don't have to buy from this guy though. Gymnema is a very common herb. Any health food store will carry it, usually in capsules or can order the herb in bulk if they do not already have it. I have also seen it in the tea tea section over at China Town.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nady View Post
                      Probably stupid question, but if you are craving sugar and you use this product, how does it stop the craving? If you can't taste the sweet, and your body doesn't absorb the sweet, then the craving isn't satisfied, right? So how does this help?
                      I guess there could be some psychological satisfaction in knowing "I ate a cookie". But, you're right, if your tastebuds are not getting their fix, it would seem like this could easily lead to eating *several* cookies. Better to just not go there in the first place.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                        Thanks so much for that link James. I'm pretty sure I am chronic (have also been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue). Is there anything you could recommend supplement-wise for hypoglycemia?
                        Here is a link to my write up on building up the adrenals:

                        Building up the adrenals

                        Snacking on high protein foods like cheese frequently will help to maintain the blood sugar in the meantime.

                        And if you want a sweetener I recommend stevia. Stevia is non-caloric and does not raise blood sugar. The green stevia, which is the green leaf is also rich in chromium to help with reactive hypoglycemia. The white extracts come in different grades. The higher the grade the less of an aftertaste it will have. You want at least an 80% stevioside, but preferably a 90% or higher. A few companies that have the higher grades are Stevita and Wisdom of the Ancients. I have used both and like both, but use the Stevita the most only because it dissolves better in cold liquids. Both dissolve well in hot liquids.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ciavyn View Post
                          As a sister in sugar addiction, I gotta agree with Paleobird. Bandaid, or solution? At some point, your cravings will return, so you are just putting them off (or attempting to.) The only solution is to stop eating sugar for a time, and then discover what your threshold is for not triggering them. It's tough -- not gonna lie. But it's the only way to break the cycle.
                          People can get rid of sugar cravings, but they need to get down to what is causing them first. Hypoglycemia, low serotonin or whatever. Correcting what is causing the cravings can get rid of the cravings.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nady View Post
                            Probably stupid question, but if you are craving sugar and you use this product, how does it stop the craving? If you can't taste the sweet, and your body doesn't absorb the sweet, then the craving isn't satisfied, right? So how does this help?
                            There are several ways it can help. Gymnema helps to balance blood sugar levels and by blocking the taste of sweet on the tongue it can make sweet foods taste terrible. So it acts as a form of aversion therapy.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JamesS View Post
                              There are several ways it can help. Gymnema helps to balance blood sugar levels and by blocking the taste of sweet on the tongue it can make sweet foods taste terrible. So it acts as a form of aversion therapy.
                              Hmm. Let's see. I can buy my favorite sweet treat plus buy a potion that will make my favorite sweet taste awful in the name of aversion therapy or I could just eat some mascarpone cheese, stabilizing my blood sugar and, oh yeah, it tastes delicious too. Now which sounds better?

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