Hintonia Latiflora—Herbal Rescue for High Blood Sugar
Submitted by Terry Naturally
Known as “copalchi” and sold in many marketplaces in Mexico and Central America, Hintonia latiflora is a tree that grows in the desert and has to withstand an intense climate to survive. Toughing out monsoon-like rainy seasons and scorching dry spells has created a powerful defense mechanism within the plant itself. The beneficial features of Hintonia are made stronger by its ability to survive and thrive in a difficult environment. While Hintonia has been traditionally recommended for diabetes and gastrointestinal complaints, it has shown some exciting clinical results on type 2 diabetes as well.
Impressive Clinical Results
In Europe, Hintonia latiflora has been clinically studied for over 60 years in relation to type 2 diabetes and has shown some impressive results. Early clinical work with the herb found that it was equal to or better than insulin in mild to moderate cases of diabetes. In later work, patients using insulin and taking Hintonia latiflora were able to dispense with using insulin altogether or switch from insulin to glibenclamide—a common drug that boosts the level of insulin produced by the pancreas. Ideally, nobody would have to be on a prescription drug, but over the years studies of Hintonia latiflora have shown that it can either replace medications or at the very least, make them much more effective.
Studies have shown Hintonia latiflora combined with key nutrients for blood sugar control can:
- Lower A1C levels by 10%
- Improve fasting and postprandial blood sugar by 23% and 24%, respectively
- Balance total cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels
- Prevent hypoglycemia— undesirable drops in blood sugar
- Reduce medication use—39% of patients reduced medication and some didn’t need it at all!
Why Does Hintonia Work?
Plants and plant extracts are complex and the reasons behind their benefits can be a challenge to unlock. However, scientists have been working diligently to discover the keys to Hintonia latiflora’s success. Hintonia bark contains compounds that help keep blood sugar levels stable. Clinical work with the ingredient has shown that it was so effective that individuals could reduce or entirely dispense with their insulin medication for type 2 diabetes. Hintonia is also an inhibitor of alpha-glucosidase, which is an enzyme that releases sugar from foods, particularly carbohydrates. Coutareagenin, a polyphenol found in the bark extracts, appears to be responsible for other blood sugar-controlling benefits. For the best results, look for an extract standardized for this compound. Hintonia is able to slow sugar metabolism, delaying the release of sugar in the bloodstream and keeping glucose levels down, rather than allowing them to spike as often seen in cases of type 2 diabetes.
What You Can Do
Aside from that, research on Hintonia shows that compounds from its leaves may help stop gastrointestinal damage and gastric ulcers. Considering the harsh effects of some drugs used for type 2 diabetes on the digestive system, this is yet another reason to consider adding Hintonia latiflora to a diabetes-fighting regimen, along with a low carb, paleo diet, or a ketogenic diet. These diets provide sufficient daily fats and proteins, but very few carbs, which means the body’s energy comes from using body fat and fats from the diet. These fats provide ketones, which are used for energy rather than glucose. When you essentially “train” your body to stop using glucose as its primary source of energy, you help break the addiction to sugars, carbs, and reduce your risk of diabetes. If you have diabetes or gastrointestinal issues and are looking for an alternative to help manage your condition, try adding a clinically studied Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen and see what this remarkable herb can do for you.
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