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Hypoglycemic Formula and Digestive Aid
This four-herb formula stabilizes the body's metabolic rate by minimizing blood sugar changes. It accomplishes this effect by encouraging the proper functioning of the liver, adrenal glands, pancreas, and by helping to regulate the digestive system. HY-A has a history of use in treating hypoglycemia, anemia, fatigue and restlessness. Its effectiveness may be increased by taking it with pantothenic acid. The specific components are as follows:
Licorice is indeed 50 times sweeter than sugar, and contains the highly beneficial cortisone-like constituent glycyrrhetinic acid (GA). It stimulates the adrenal cortex and helps to maintain energy levels, stamina and endurance. Licorice root is probably one of the most important h~rbs for hypoglycemia. It not only stabilizes blood sugar levels, it also reduces sugar and caffeine cravings.
In the digestive tract, licorice root acts as a digestive tonic, increasing the body's ability to digest food and build up muscle tissue. It soothes stomach and intestinal irritation and reduces inflammation levels throughout the body.
Licorice should be used cautiously by persons with high blood pressure because excessive use can elevate blood pressure and contribute to water retention.
Safflower is probably best known as a source for the oil derived from its seeds, but the traditional herbal healing benefits of the plant are taken from the flowers, which exhibit gentle blood cleansing and diuretic effects when ingested. In folk medicine, safflowers have been used to treat various childhood diseases such as measles and chicken pox. It is thought that safflowers may also help regulate menstrual disorders and soothe the nerves. Safflowers are a good source of chromium and essential fatty acids.
The herb improves digestive function, relieving colic and gas. It also helps to neutralize waste acids in the body, reducing muscle stiffness after exercise. Its ability to help the body digest protein accounts for its presence in this formula.
Dandelion has a long history of medicinal use, the first record of which dates to the middle of the 7th century in Chinese herbal medicine. Traditionally, dandelion root extracts have been used to dissipate heat and inflammation in the body and to detoxify. In this herbal combination, the root acts as a digestive and liver tonic. The liver is very involved in the process of regulating blood sugar levels and dandelion may assist the liver in performing this job. The plant also acts as a diuretic and kidney remedy.
Horseradish root grated as a condiment often accompanies heavy meals (especially red meats) and is considered a digestive aid. The herb stimulates the stomach linings, liver, pancreas and gall bladder, and increases the production of gastric juices vital for digestion. Horseradish is a powerful stimulant when applied both internally and externally. It is one of the very best remedies for helping the body to digest heavy proteins. Hypoglycemics often need assistance in digesting protein because it helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.
HY-A (100 caps)