Consumers have options for blood sugar management beyond prescription drugs, and one of the most promising has its roots in a vine that grows in India and Sri Lanka, Salacia oblonga. S. Oblanga is a safe, nontoxic herbal extract that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for blood sugar and insulin management.
Bioactives American Corp., a specialty ingredient company that develops and sells science-based formulations for health and wellness, has harnessed the power of this plant in a branded proprietary S. oblonga extract, SALSULIN™. S. Oblonga has been shown in human clinical studies to be effective in helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Salsulin is the first and only self-affirmed GRAS ingredient, it is manufactured using cGMP requirements, water-extracted with no solvents, well documented in Ayurvedic and Indian medicine, and is a validated by sound science. Ayurvedic medicine espouses restoring balance to all human body function to maintain optimum wellness, rather than trying to cure the symptom of disease rather than the root, a flaw in modern Western medicine. Bioactives American’s Salsulin can be used as a medical food at a dose of 480 mg/60 kg body weight/day. In addition, due to the GRAS status, it can be used as a food additive in conventional foods such as teas and soups.
A randomized, double-blinded crossover study, Williams et al. (2007) evaluated the effect of an S.oblonga extract on postprandial glycemia and insulinemia in 61 patients after ingestion of a high-carbohydrate meal. In a fasted state, subjects consumed one of three meals: a standard liquid control meal, a control meal plus 240 mg S. oblonga extract, and a control meal plus 480 mg S. oblonga extract. Serum glucose and insulin samples were measured at baseline and at postprandial intervals up to 180 minutes. The results from the study showed that both doses of the S. oblonga extract significantly lowered the postprandial positive area under the glucose curve and the adjusted peak glucose response compared to the control meal, with the higher dose performing better.