SugarReg (60 count)

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A blend of herbs and minerals to support normal blood sugar levels. It also activates cell glucose transports and supports the liver as well as aiding digestion. [Glandular]

Product Description


  • Supports normal-range blood sugar levels.
  • Activates cell glucose transporters.
  • Supports the liver; aids digestion.

SugarReg [Glandular] is a formulation of eight nutrients that support proper glandular function. Specifically, this combination helps support the body’s effort to achieve balance between blood sugar and insulin.

Many of the herbs in this formula (Banaba leaf, Gymnema, Nopal and Bitter Melon) have a history of successful use in supporting the glandular system.

Bilberry provides antioxidant action and helps protect delicate eye blood vessels from the ravages of free radicals.

Nopal nourishes the liver and promotes digestion.

Chromium, a trace mineral, is essential for maintaining blood sugar levels already within the normal range.

Recommended Usage:

Take one capsule with a meal three times daily.

SIZE: 60 capsules

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount Per: 1 Capsule % Daily Value *
Chromium (amino Acid Chelate) 200 mcg 170%
Vanadium (amino Acid Chelate) 25 mcg *
Proprietary Blend 476 mg *
Cinnamon Bark Extract(Cinnamomum Cassia)
Fenugreek Seeds (Trigonella Foenum-graecum)
Bitter Melon Fruit (Momordica Charantia)
Gymnema Leaves Extract (Gymnema Sylvestre)
Nopal Leaves (Opuntia Streptacantha)
Banaba Leaf (Lagerstroemia Speciosa Corosolic Acid 18%)
*Daily Value Not Established

Other Ingredients: Gelatin And Water.


Life Can Be Sweet Again

In the United States alone, close to 1 6 million people suffer from diabetes. This debilitating condition ranks as the sixth leading cause of death by illness. Type II diabetes (also called Adult Onset Diabetes) is quite treatable but requires daily attention to good health.

NSP SugarReg provides nutrients that may help support the body’s efforts to regulate blood sugar levels.


  • Banaba Leaf, Gymnema and Bitter Melon provide nutrients that support the healthy function of the glandular system, particularly the pancreas. All three have been used extensively.
  • Fenugreek supports normal blood sugar levels and provides significant antioxidant benefits.
  • Nopal provides needed nutrients to the liver and aids in digestion. This prickly pear cactus has a well-documented history of helping the body maintain acceptable blood sugar levels.
  • Chromium, an important trace mineral, is essential for healthy blood sugar levels. It helps insulin get into the cell. A deficiency in chromium can result in high blood sugar.
  • Vanadium may help the body control blood sugar because it mimics the activity of insulin.


Only Nature’s Sunshine offers this unique nutritious combination. Our scientists worked with seasoned herbalists to create this formula that works naturally to promote healthy blood sugar levels while providing antioxidant and protective nutrients that guard against damage that is often associated with abnormal blood sugar levels. SugarReg is a result of years of research and testing.


Take 1 capsule three times daily.


Do not take this product if you are pregnant or lactating. Consult a health care professional if you are currently taking any prescription medication to treat diabetes.


SugarReg is a unique nutritional formula designed to help maintain normal blood sugar levels. SugarReg provides important trace minerals and herbs that have demonstrated therapeutic potential for reducing elevated blood glucose and improving insulin function. In addition, many of the ingredients in SugarReg have also been shown to help reduce blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Each capsule of SugarReg contains:

Chromium is a trace mineral that is essential for normal insulin functioning. Chromium deficiency is linked to both adult-onset (Type II) diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Approximately 90% of typical U.S. diets contain less than the minimum suggested daily intake for chromium. In addition, the foods most Americans consume are not only low in chromium, but also high in simple sugars and other refined products, which further enhances deficiency. Chromium supplementation has been shown to have beneficial effects with no documented side effects in individuals with varying degrees of glucose intolerance, ranging from mild glucose intolerance to overt Type II diabetes. A review of more than a dozen studies shows chromium significantly improves insulin function, reduces fasting glucose levels, improves glucose tolerance, and decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL cholesterol. A study of 180 Type II diabetics showed chromium significantly decreased fasting and 2-hour postprandial (after-eating) glucose levels, fasting and 2-hour postprandial insulin values, and plasma total cholesterol levels.1-8

Vanadium - Studies reveal a promising application for the trace mineral vanadium in the management of diabetes. Vanadium has shown therapeutic potential for its ability to mimic the effects of insulin, enhance insulin sensitivity and lower cholesterol. Its effectiveness in the treatment of diabetes has also been confirmed in clinical trials with both insulin-dependent diabetics (Type I) and non-insulin-dependent diabetics (Type II). A study of Type II diabetics found that vanadium produced significant improvements in just 6 weeks, decreasing fasting plasma glucose levels just over 20%, as well as reducing plasma total cholesterol nearly 10% and LDL cholesterol by 8.5%.9-12

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) - Preliminary clinical trials have shown that cinnamon can reduce mean fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers have identified substances in cinnamon that improve insulin sensitivity, including the mineral chromium. According to one study, cinnamon supplementation not only provides immediate effects on glycemic control and insulin sensitivity in humans, but its effects also appear to last for up to 12 hours.13-17

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) - Fenugreek has demonstrated significant antidiabetic effects in both experimental and clinical studies. Fenugreek has been shown to help reduce blood glucose levels and improve glucose tolerance in both Type I and Type II diabetics, as well as lower elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. A study of Type I diabetics showed fenugreek significantly reduced fasting glucose levels by 30% and decreased 24-hour urinary glucose excretion by 54%. Serum total cholesterol, LDL and VLDL (very low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol, as well as triglycerides were also significantly reduced. In a 3-month placebo-controlled study of patients with mild Type II diabetes, fenugreek significantly reduced both fasting and postprandial (after-eating) glucose levels. Furthermore, in a study of 60 Type II diabetics (none of whom were taking cholesterol-lowering medication), fenugreek significantly changed cholesterol levels after just 4 weeks. By the end of the 24-week study, total mean cholesterol had decreased by 14%, triglycerides decreased by as much as 17%, and LDL and VLDL cholesterol decreased by as much as 23%. Also, HDL cholesterol improved by 10%.2,3,12,18-22

Fenugreek contains various hypoglycemic compounds that may function synergistically to reduce fasting glucose. Fenugreek is also a rich source of soluble fiber, which slows carbohydrate digestion and absorption, thus preventing rapid increases in blood glucose. High fiber content may also account for fenugreek’s blood cholesterol-lowering and blood lipid-lowering actions.Although fenugreek has no known toxicities, it does contain estrogen-like compounds and should not be taken if pregnant or trying to conceive. Also, people with allergies to chickpeas (a close relative) may experience similar allergic reactions to fenugreek.2,3,18,22-24

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) - Multiple clinical studies have shown bitter melon significantly improves glucose tolerance without raising blood insulin levels; improves fasting blood glucose levels; and decreases blood and urine glucose levels. An early study showed bitter melon improved glucose tolerance in 73% of Type II diabetics. In a study of 100 moderate Type II diabetics, bitter melon significantly reduced both fasting and postprandial serum glucose levels in 86 patients, while another 5 patients exhibited decreases in fasting serum glucose only. A study involving 6 Type II diabetics showed after 3 weeks of daily bitter melon intake, fasting blood glucose levels had dropped an average of 54%. After 7 weeks, blood glucose levels of all participants were at or near normal, with no detectable urinary glucose. Bitter melon’s hypoglycemic activity appears to be the result of either an improvement in the insulin-secreting capacity of beta-cells or an improvement in the action of insulin. Bitter melon also exhibits the ability to increase HDL cholesterol and reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides.2,3,12,23,25-30

Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) is considered one of the most effective complementary therapies for managing diabetes, and is primarily used to help regulate elevated and/or fluctuating blood glucose levels in Type I and Type II diabetics. Gymnema has also been shown to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels without side effects. In a study of 27 Type I diabetics on insulin therapy, gymnema reduced insulin requirements by an average of nearly 50%, based on observed decreases in fasting glucose levels. Researchers also noted a possible regeneration or revitalization of beta-cells resulting from gymnema therapy. Likewise, 22 Type II diabetics on oral hypoglycemic drugs were also given 400mg of a standardized gymnema extract daily. After 18 to 20 months, all participants exhibited improved blood glucose control—21 of the 22 were able to considerably reduce their drug dosages, with 5 being able to discontinue medication entirely, using only gymnema to maintain blood glucose control. Study data suggested that beta-cells may have been regenerated or repaired, based on the increases in serum insulin levels following gymnema supplementation. In addition, the authors of the study considered gymnema to be superior to medication for long-term blood sugar stabilization. Although preliminary, research strongly suggests that gymnema may be capable of not only enhancing glucose metabolism and increasing insulin levels, but also regenerating the pancreas of Type I diabetics.2,23,31-35

In order for gymnema to lower blood glucose in insulin-dependent diabetics (Type I), it needs to be taken continuously for 6 to 12 months. Gymnema’s effects are gradual, requiring long treatment time; however, this helps to protect against blood glucose levels falling too low (a common experience with hypoglycemic medications). Gymnema may be combined with fenugreek—which is fast-acting—to achieve quick, yet sustainable results. No toxicity or contraindications have been reported for gymnema; however, because gymnema enhances insulin secretion, it may not be appropriate for individuals with hyperinsulinemia (chronically high levels of circulating insulin).2,12,23

Nopal (Opuntia streptacantha) is well-known throughout Latin America for its apparent hypoglycemic (reduce blood glucose) effects. A 1991 study of 14 Type II diabetics showed nopal significantly reduced serum glucose by up to 40.8 mg/dL less than initial values, 3 hours after intake. A similar study with 8 Type II diabetics again found nopal significantly decreased serum glucose by 41-46% less than the values at the start of the 6-hour test. Additional studies with Type II diabetics have further confirmed nopal’s hypoglycemic effects. In fact, one study found nopal had a hypoglycemic effect in healthy individuals with induced hyperglycemia, causing glucose levels to rise significantly less with nopal than with the control.3,23,36-38

Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa- corosolic acid 18%) - Banaba leaves have been used throughout India, Southeast Asia and the Philipines as a folk remedy for diabetes and hyperglycemia. Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies have consistently confirmed the antidiabetic activity of banaba. Researchers have found that banaba leaves contain the active ingredient corosolic acid, an antidiabetic agent that has been shown to exert insulin-like properties. Corosolic acid appears to stimulate the uptake of glucose by the cells, thus resulting in a reduction in blood glucose levels. Preliminary human studies with Type II diabetics have shown a 30% decrease in blood glucose levels.39-44

Individuals taking insulin or other hypoglycemic medications should monitor their blood sugar levels if taking SugarReg, in order to adjust dosages accordingly.3,31


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Herbs and Nutrients toBalance Blood Sugar

SugerReg was designed to promote and maintain normal-range blood sugar levels, activate cell glucose transporters, aid liver function and improve sugar metabolism. The formula combines the minerals chromium and vanadium with herbs that reduce cellular resistance to insulin and balance blood sugar levels.

When used in conjunction with dietary and lifestyle changes, SugarReg can help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics. It can also be helpful for people with high insulin levels, a condition known as metabolic syndrome or metabolic syndrome X.

Many of the ingredients in SugarReg also help to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. This means it can also be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease. Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, so this is another positive benefit of this blend.

Here are the ingredients that make this formula helpful for regulating blood sugar.

Chromium is found in many regular foods, including whole grains, spices, mushrooms, meat products, and many fruits and vegetables. However, due to the consumption of refined carbohydrates, many people are deficient in chromium, which can lead to problems regulating blood sugar. Chromium is essential to insulin and sugar metabolism, but it also helps prevent arterial plaque.

Chromium is valuable in treating diabetes, prediabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, corticosteroid-induced hyperglycemia, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels), dysthymic disorder and atypical depression. Chromium is also used to aid weight loss, increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, improve athletic performance and to increase energy.

Vanadium is next to Chromium on the periodic table. It is essential to blood sugar (glucose) metabolism and is often deficient in diabetics. This metallic element is naturally found in mushrooms, shellfish, black pepper, parsley, dill seed, grains and wine. One of Vanadiums most interesting qualities is its ability to mime insulin by initiating phsphorylation of insulin receptor proteins. Translated into understandable terms, this means it has an insulin-like effect in helping cells take up sugar. This ability makes vanadium helpful in treating both diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Vanadium may also be useful in preventing cancer and treating hyerlipidemia, heart disease, edema, tuberculosis, syphilis and one form of microcytic anemia.

Cinnamon bark comes from the inner bark of a tree and has been used as a medicine and a spice for thousands of years. The Chinese used it for treating fever, diarrhea and menstrual problems. Recent evidence has shown that cinnamon reduces insulin resistance in cells, making it useful in treating diabetes.

Fenugreek seeds: Originally from the Mediterranean and North Africa, fenugreek has been used in Egyptian medicine for hundreds of years. Fenugreek seeds act to reduce inflammation, stimulate digestion and lower blood sugar levels.

Bitter melon fruit is an old folk remedy for diabetes, in India. This melon works to normalize blood sugar levels to achieve overall normal body function. One of the constituents in bitter melon is the polypeptide gurmarin, which shows similarities to bovine insulin. Besides being helpful for diabetes, bitter melon is used to treat high cholesterol, H. pylori ulcers, intestinal gas, bloating, stomachache and intestinal parasites.

Gymnema sylvestre is found in the tropical forests of southern and central India. The plants main constituents include triterpenoid saponins called gymnemic acids. When chewed, the plant blocks the taste of sweet on the tongue, making sugar taste like sand. It is believed that gymnema also inhibits sugar absorption from the intestines, which helps keep blood sugar stable. It has been used to treat diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine in India for thousands of years and studies have shown evidence of cellular regeneration and repair with type 2 diabetics who have taken the herb.

Nopal Leaves, commonly known as prickly pear cactus, were a major food for southwestern Native Americans and are still used as a food in Mexican cuisine. The succulent leaves of the nopal cactus contain fibrous polysaccharides (including pectin), fiber, vitamin C, betanin, and indicaxanthin. These properties give nopal its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and insulin sensitizing abilities. Nopal has a glycemic index of five, which means it does not spike insulin production when eaten as a food. Used as a medicine, it not only helps balance blood sugar in diabetics, it can also be helpful for hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), obesity, alcohol-induced hangover, colitits, diarrhea and prostatic hypertrophy.

Banaba leaf, known in the United States as crepe myrtle, is an attractive plant that grows in warm climates, originating from India, the Philippines, Australia, and East Asia. The leaves main constituents include ellagic acid derivatives, tannins, lagerstroemin, flosin B, reginin A, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol and some olefins. Banaba is utilized for its abilities to lower glucose levels. This anti-diabetic ability has made banaba a folk treatment for diabetes for years and studies are showing banabas ability as a diabetes medicine today.

Recommended Use

Take one SugarReg capsule three times daily with meals.

Selected References

The Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Productsby Tree of Light Publishing
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier
The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody

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