Insulin has frequently been referred to as the most anabolic hormone in the body. While it can help promote muscle growth, it can unfortunately promote the storage of body-fat as well. With insulin, the key isn't to have more; the key is how effectively the body can utilize even the smallest amount as efficiently as possible to maximize both muscle growth and fat loss.
GlycoPhase contains a cutting edge nutrient partitioning matrix that is designed to help the body more effectively harness the power of insulin to help maximize lean muscle growth, increase protein synthesis, and effectively clear glucose from the bloodstream in order to create a fat burning environment. (1)
A Few Simple Notes about Insulin in the Bloodstream:
- The higher the level of insulin in the bloodstream, the greater the potential for fat storage and reduced fat mobilization. (1,2)
- More Insulin = More Carbs Stored as Body-Fat. (1,2)
GlycoPhase Summary of Benefits:
- Promotes Fat Loss (2,3,4)
- Promotes Management of Blood Sugar (1, 5, 6)
- Increases the Ability to Train More Intensely, for a Longer Duration of Time (4,5,7)
- Improves Mood and Sense of Well-Being (1,12,13)
- Promotes Management of Insulin Levels (1,2,7,9)
- Increases Glucose Uptake into Muscle Cells (2,16)
- Decreases Glucose Uptake into Fat Cells (2,16)
- Decreases Sugar Cravings (5)
- Help Get Leaner Without Stimulant Based Fat Loss Products (1,2,6,9,11)
- Helps Manipulate Carbs to Work for You, Not Against You (5,6,7,8,9)
- Helps Promote Optimal Nutrient Absorption (6,9)
- Maximize Muscle Glycogen Storage in Order to Minimize Fat Storage (6,9,12,17)
- Helps Use Body-Fat for Fuel (Energy) More Efficiently (1,2,13)
No matter what your health and fitness goals are, helping harness the powerful effects of insulin can most likely help you achieve them!
For a further more in depth understanding:
Glucose and Glycogen in Laymen's Terms:
All dietary carbohydrates are broken down into glucose in the small intestine and then absorbed into the bloodstream. From there the glucose will either be used as an immediate energy source for ATP synthesis or will be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscle tissue, utilized as fuel immediately, or converted to triglycerides and stored as body-fat. Glucose is only stored as glycogen until glycogen stores (in the muscles and liver) are topped off and then the excess is converted to fat. (23)
The Role of Insulin in Laymen's Terms:
Insulin plays a crucial role in the modulation of glucose and protein synthesis, which is crucial to how the body responds to exercise, food intake and other physiological demands. (2, 3) Many people know that insulin transports glucose in the blood into various cells around the body. What is lesser known is that the body does not preferentially store glucose into muscle cells over fat cells unless there is a specific condition that encourages it. (4) The body will simply move the excess glucose out of the blood in order to prevent toxicity and any complications that may arrive from it, which means that fat cells are a target for glucose dumping as well. There are several ways that an environment can be created to ‘encourage' glucose to be moved preferentially to muscle cells, and that is through exercise, translocation of skeletal muscle Glut4, and other sensitization methods. (3, 4)
Insulin and Fat Loss:
Insulin stimulates fat storage by stimulating fat cells to take in glucose and impairs lipolysis which means that it stops the body's ability to break down stored fat for use as fuel. Ideally, you want to create an environment where you are able to assist the body's ability to clear glucose out of the blood and into muscle cells with as little insulin required as possible in order to create a fat burning environment. In a perfect scenario, muscle and liver glucose uptake is high, fat glucose intake is low, and only a small amount of insulin is required. Minimal to no fat would be stored under these circumstances. Under these conditions, a person would be referred to as ‘insulin sensitive' meaning that a small amount of insulin has a maximum effect. (1,2,3,4)
What are the Effects of Blood Glucose Levels on Fat Loss?
Increasing the body's uptake of glucose is important for people who are trying to lose fat and stay lean because they are often ‘glucose intolerant' or ‘insulin resistant' to some degree. This means that the person's body is not able to achieve normal blood sugar levels after a meal which causes them to have a high blood sugar level. High glucose levels contribute to fat storage and inability to lose weight. (3)
What are the Effects of Blood Glucose Levels on Muscle Growth?
Remember our perfect scenario above in which muscle and liver glucose intake is high, fat glucose is low, and only a small amount of insulin is required. When a person is ‘insulin sensitive', a small amount of insulin exerts a large effect. When a person is ‘insulin sensitive', glucose is more likely to be stored as glycogen in muscle tissues rather than as fat. This can help lead to a leaner, fuller, more muscular physique.
What are the Effects of Blood Glucose Levels on Energy Levels?
Blood Glucose (blood sugar) levels can have a major impact on energy levels. Helping maintain a stable blood glucose level throughout the day can help maximize energy levels. (23)
What are Glucose Disposal Agents (GDA's)?
Glucose Disposal Agents (GDA's) are a class of supplements that enhance nutrient uptake to cells by increasing the efficiency of insulin. The goal of a true GDA should be to make you more ‘insulin sensitive', thereby helping maintain stable blood glucose levels resulting in the more efficient use of body-fat and carbohydrates as a fuel source. They work with the body to optimize response to naturally produced insulin and in doing so can help contribute to a leaner, fuller, more muscular physique.
This is where GlycoPhase's cutting edge nutrient partitioning matrix doesn't just help it stand out, it helps it stand alone.
What makes GlycoPhase Different & So Effective compared to other GDA's?
Many GDA's claim to assist insulin and promote glucose transport into muscle cells, but few actually do this. Most simply block carbohydrate absorption in the intestine, but do nothing to help the body better utilize insulin and create the environment necessary for increased uptake into muscle cells.
GlycoPhase contains 9 exciting ingredients, all specifically chosen to do exactly that!
Let's Examine GlycoPhase's All-Star Cast of Ingredients:
Agmatine Sulfate is one of the few ingredients that has been shown to have the capability to increase GLUT-4 transportation and mRNA expression in skeletal muscle, making it a prime ingredient to help ensure that glucose transport to muscle cells is favored over fat cells (10). It achieves this through an indirect action on beta-endorphin secretion which, in much the same mechanism as exercise, promotes glut-4 translocation into skeletal muscle through activation of imidazoline I2A receptors. (10, 18)
Berberine HCI is one of the most effective ingredients currently available for the purpose of reducing blood sugar. While Berberine's exact method of action is still currently under investigation, it is purported that its ability to activate AMPK is a driver for the regulation of carbohydrate through AMPK's ability to promote glycogen synthesis and increase glucose uptake in insulin sensitive cells, thus removing glucose from the blood faster for immediate oxidization or stored as glycogen for later use as fuel. (19, 20)
Also, due to AMPK's ability to promote insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in a method independent of insulin itself, Berberine may have the capability to promote glucose uptake in cells that have become insulin resistant, thereby effectively clearing the blood of glucose in even the most difficult of environments. (19)
Bitter Melon has several active constituents that promote glucose from clearing the blood, with these being charantin, vicine, and polypeptide-p.(13,14) Each one of these exerts their hypoglycemic effect via different physiological modes of action, ranging from stimulation of skeletal muscle utilization to preservation islet B cells (cells integral to proper insulin functioning) thus governing most of the process that underpins blood glucose clearing and helps preserve the integrity of the process. (7, 12)
Of importance is the role of protecting Islet B cell health, whereby destruction of these cells results in a lack of insulin production. Bitter Melon protects against this down-regulating the cytokines responsible for islet cell death, namely interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor a, and nuclear factor kappa b. While the likelihood of this occurring is low, protection against it may be worthwhile as the effects are detrimental to overall health and longevity. (12)
Banaba leaf, most notably its primary active ingredient, Corsolic Acid, has been reported to decrease blood sugar levels within 60 minutes in human subjects through its ability to increase cellular uptake of glucose. However it isn't just its ability to reduce blood glucose that is of value, it is also its ability to assist with weight loss. In a study that tested a combination of Banaba, Bitter Melon, Gymnema, and Bioperine on weight loss, subjects lost an average of 6 kilograms over a 12 week period. (13)
In various other human trials, Banaba extracted for Corsolic Acid has been noted to decrease blood glucose by up to 30% in a matter of hours, even when compared to placebo. Its proposed mode of action lies within its ability to stimulate Glut 4 translocation and induce insulin receptor phosphorylation, both of which promote the clearance of glucose from the blood. (14)
Formulations that include Gymnemic Acids have been used as a useful tool in the fight against obesity. The proposed method of action is through its ability to delay glucose absorption in the blood, thus blocking the over secretion of insulin which may under normal circumstances dump glucose into adipose tissue. (5, 16) Gymnemic Acids have a very similar structure to that of glucose which enables them to compete for the same receptor locations in the intestine, effectively delaying the absorption of glucose into the blood. Gymnema is also particularly useful at curbing sugar cravings due to its ability to fill taste receptors on the tongue, thereby preventing the action of sugar molecules attempting to stimulate the same receptors. (16)
Other mechanisms by which Gymnema is proposed to work include increasing the secretion of insulin, promoting regeneration of islet cells, and increasing the utilization of glucose. (5, 16)
Alpha Lipoic Acid:
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a mitochondrial compound heavily involved in energy metabolism. It has various benefits across a myriad of biological processes, including but not limited to neuroprotection, cholinergic transmission, dopaminergic transmission, cholesterol transport, and energy expenditure. (8, 15) It also has a range of benefits pertaining to glucose uptake and AMPK activation, outlining a similar method of action to Berberine. In the murine model, Alpha Lipoic Acid is able to significantly mediate gene expression key rate limiting enzymes involved in glucose metabolism, which is able to increase the rate of glycogen production in the liver. (8, 11, 15, 17)
Na-R-ALA is the sodium version of the R isomer for Alpha Lipoic Acid which is the most stable and bioavailable form of ALA currently available. It works through the same mechanisms as Alpha Lipoic Acid, but on a much larger scale. Na-R-ALA is most commonly known for its ability to produce dramatic muscle pumps, resulting from increased glucose uptake in skeletal muscle.
Saffron is one of the most underrated glucose disposal agents currently available. It works via multiple methods to directly influence glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity in muscle cells, promoting muscle pumps, and improved blood glucose clearance on an unprecedented scale. (6, 9) It strongly increases cell insulin sensitivity through insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent pathways, and has a major role in promoting Glut-4 transport through AMPK activation. (6, 9)
Glucose transport into skeletal muscle is regulated by 2 distinct pathways. One of which is AMPK and the other is PI 3-Kinase. (2, 6, 9) The P 3-Kinase pathways include activation of Akt, which promotes glycogen synthesis and activation of key enzymes responsible for Glut-4 translocation. AMPK on the other hand plays a vital role in glucose and lipid metabolism. Both pathways increase phosphorylation of mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK) which participates in full activation of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake via GLUT-4. Saffron actives both pathways, hence its effectiveness in clearing blood glucose into skeletal muscle and, where too much glucose is shuttled, it is able to facilitate its preference to glycogen storage over adipose tissue storage. (2, 6, 9)
Chromium is an essential mineral which regulates insulin in the body and blood glucose, a mineral which roughly 25-50% of the US population is estimated to be deficient in. Because of its role in the regulation of blood sugar, a deficiency of Chromium may result in glucose intolerance, fatigue, and anxiety. (20) Chromium supplementation may also assist in the reduction of snacking behavior and binge eating. (21, 22)
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