{"id":604634808626,"title":"Glucotrust Review: Helpful for Blood Sugar?","created_at":"2023-01-19T17:14:17-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Glucotrust Review: Helpful for Blood Sugar?\",\n \"keywords\": \"glucotrust, glucotrust review, glucotrust reviews, glucotrust amazon, glucotrust ingredients, glucotrust complaints, glucotrust scam, glucotrust customer reviews, glucotrust side effects, glucotrust reviews amazon\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Glucotrust based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective. We share our concerns about the product's manufacturer and highlight real customer reviews.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/glucotrust-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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We recommend that patients follow their doctor's guidance in regard to blood sugar management.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eG\u003c\/span\u003elucotrust is a dietary supplement used for blood sugar management. It’s sold on the brand’s website and on Amazon, and the brand claims their supplement can “help support healthy blood sugar level” and “promote healthy weight loss.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Glucotrust contain ingredients proven in medical studies to support healthy blood sugar levels? What about for weight loss? Does it have any risky or unhealthy ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Glucotrust?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Glucotrust based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to improve blood sugar levels and cause weight loss, or if it’s a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also share our concerns about the brand generally, and highlight real, unsponsored user reviews of Glucotrust.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Glucotrust_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1674166351\" alt=\"Glucotrust ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAbout half of the active ingredients in Glucotrust are a blend of vitamins and minerals, including \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ebiotin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ezinc\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emanganese\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e amongst others.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t come across any medical research suggesting that the vitamin and mineral ingredients in Glucotrust are effective for reducing blood sugar at their included doses.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs one example, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003evitamin C\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is included in Glucotrust at a dose of 52.5 milligrams (mg). A 2017 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28294172\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that vitamin C was effective in modestly reducing blood sugar levels, but the average dose used in the examined trials was around 1,000 mg, or over 19x the amount in Glucotrust.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe remaining 11 active ingredients are included in a herbal blend totalling 82.5 mg, or an average ingredient dose of 7.5 mg per ingredient. This is too low of a dose to have any effect on blood sugar in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs an example of how low a 7.5 mg average ingredient dose is, consider one of the included ingredients: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecinnamon bark powder\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. According to the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/fdc.nal.usda.gov\/fdc-app.html#\/food-details\/171320\/nutrients\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUSDA\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, one teaspoon of cinnamon has a dose of 2,600 mg. This means that one teaspoon of cinnamon powder has a dose 347x higher than the amount likely in Glucotrust.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are some ingredients in Glucotrust which have been studied for weight loss, but again we consider them to be included at too low of a dose to be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAlpha lipoic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has been clinically shown to cause weight loss, but as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/truvy-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTruvy weight loss\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article on another supplement containing this ingredient, the minimum effective dose appears to be 300 mg, or 40x the average ingredient dose in Glucotrust.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eOverall we do not consider Glucotrust likely to be effective for blood sugar support or weight loss, and we do not recommend the supplement.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e While some of its active ingredients have been shown to have favorable effects on blood sugar and weight loss, we consider them to all be significantly underdosed (in some cases by hundreds of times) and unlikely to have any positive effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eUnable to Determine Official Manufacturer of Glucotrust\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of our concerns about Glucotrust is that there are a number of supplements with different formulations sold under this name. This suggests that there is not one official manufacturer which has trademarked their product. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis increases the risk of fraudulent products in our opinion, and is a sign of a low-quality brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eIf you search “Glucotrust” on Amazon, you will note a number of products with different bottles and different ingredient lists being sold under the same name.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e The one we reviewed in the previous section appears to be sold by a brand called “Maximum Edge Nutrition,” but there’s another one from a brand called “Max-Bio” and another from a brand called “Justified Laboratories” also showing in the top 20 results.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend that consumers avoid supplements without a clear manufacturer, because it may increase the risk of being scammed and reduce any recourse or potential claims in the event of a harmful supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Concerns About ClickBank Products\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/ClickBank_Disclaimer_Optimized.png?v=1674167276\" alt=\"ClickBank disclaimer\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGlucotrust uses an affiliate marketing platform called ClickBank to help promote their products. ClickBank allows essentially anyone to get commission from selling a product without any pre-approval process.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named “connor_auld” shows how easy it is below to start promoting Glucotrust on ClickBank:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@connor_auld\/video\/7096431657019837697\" data-video-id=\"7096431657019837697\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@connor_auld\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@connor_auld?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@connor_auld\u003c\/a\u003e Follow for more side hustle ideas!🔥 \u003ca title=\"sidehustle\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/sidehustle?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#sidehustle\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"entrepreneur\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/entrepreneur?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#entrepreneur\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"hustle\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/hustle?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#hustle\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"workfromhome\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/workfromhome?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#workfromhome\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"debtfreecommunity\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/debtfreecommunity?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#debtfreecommunity\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"smallbusiness\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/smallbusiness?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#smallbusiness\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre \u0026amp; dazy\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Sunroof-7030869625311086594?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre \u0026amp; dazy\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis creates an incentive structure that is harmful to consumers in our opinion, because it allows people with zero medical or scientific qualifications to promote health products and make specific health claims that may be untrue.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe recommend that consumers be extremely wary of ClickBank products.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s how to check if a health supplement you’re considering is a ClickBank product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVisit the manufacturer’s website. You can typically do so by searching “x brand website,” so in this case “Glucotrust website” and click on one of the top links or one of the top ads. Search the page for the word “ClickBank.” It’s usually in the footer of the site. On Macs the command to search a page is holding the “command” key and the “f” key at the same time. It’s different on every device.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWill Glucotrust Cause Side Effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGlucotrust does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so it’s challenging to say for certain whether or not it will cause side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAll of the vitamins and minerals included in this supplement are safe and well-studied, and we consider the herbal ingredients to be included at too low of a dose to cause any side effects.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, taking supplemental vitamins and minerals daily without evidence of a deficiency may increase the risk of side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/focus-factor-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFocus Factor reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article, another supplement company was forced to recall several of their products from the market in early 2022 because all of the supplemental vitamins and minerals were causing toxicity in some consumers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGlucotrust provides 105% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin E which is a fat-soluble nutrient, and 68% of the DV of zinc. Taking such doses may cause blood levels of these nutrients to rise to an unsafe range over time.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Glucotrust Customer Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGlucotrust is sold on Amazon, which is a more objective resource for customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe supplement (at least the version from Maximum Edge Nutrition that we’re reviewing) has been reviewed over 70 times with an unimpressive average review rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Susan Burgess” who claims the supplement reduced their blood sugar and had weight loss effects:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“This product is working to lower blood sugar levels and also seems to be curbing my appetite.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Dee Bee” who has complaints about the supplement being ineffective and a scam:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“False advertisement it DOES NOT WORK! My sugar levels rose higher not lower. Please this is a hoax do not buy and you can't return product.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e The product it says it is made of IT IS NOT LISTED as ONE of the ingredients. Total SCAM do not spend your money or risk your HEALTH”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named Stephan Miske tried Glucotrust and found it to be ineffective:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@djdrtaylor\/video\/7188906589305179434\" data-video-id=\"7188906589305179434\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@djdrtaylor\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@djdrtaylor?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@djdrtaylor\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"glucotrust\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/glucotrust?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#glucotrust\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"type1diabetes\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/type1diabetes?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#type1diabetes\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"type2diabetes\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/type2diabetes?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#type2diabetes\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"glucotrust\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/glucotrust?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#Glucotrust\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ original sound - Stephan Miske\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7188906598571920174?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ original sound - Stephan Miske\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Blood Sugar Support Recommendations\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Green_Tea_Image.png?v=1674167406\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are food-based supplements with clinical backing for blood sugar support.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGreen tea\u003c\/strong\u003e was examined in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7350188\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eNutrition \u0026amp; Metabolism\u003c\/em\u003e journal and \"significantly reduced fasting glucose.\" The study authors analyzed data from 27 clinical trials and 2,194 patients to come to this conclusion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePique sells an \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/piquelife.sjv.io\/YgOr4j\"\u003eOrganic Matcha Tea\u003c\/a\u003e which is our top green tea pick, as matcha is the highest-quality green tea and is richer in antioxidants than regular green tea. This is a whole food product entirely free of questionable additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Pique Organic Matcha Tea \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/piquelife.sjv.io\/YgOr4j\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to its product page on the official brand website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCinnamon extract\u003c\/strong\u003e was shown in a 2006\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/16634838\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003efrom to\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e cause a 10.3% blood sugar reduction in type 2 diabetics\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, while placebo pills only caused a 3.4% reduction.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3767714\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003epublished in the\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cem\u003eAnnals of Family Medicine\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003ejournal found that cinnamon consumption reduced fasting blood sugar levels, reduced total cholesterol levels and reduced triglyceride levels.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIlluminate Labs manufactures a\u003cspan\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/ceylon-cinnamon-extract\"\u003eCeylon Cinnamon Extract Supplement\u003c\/a\u003e \u003c\/span\u003ethat's potent (standardized to minimum 8% flavonoids), free of questionable additives, and is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Ceylon Cinnamon Extract\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/ceylon-cinnamon-extract\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on our website. The subscription price is only \u003cstrong\u003e$15\u003c\/strong\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe are not suggesting that either of these products should be used to treat any specific medical condition. Rather, we are simply sharing clinical research related to their effect on healthy blood sugar levels.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGlucotrust is one of the worst blood sugar support supplements that we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health. We are unable to identify any active ingredients that we consider likely to improve blood sugar levels at their stated doses, and we recommend that consumers avoid this brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not believe that Glucotrust is likely to cause side effects, however, the supplement does contain high levels of vitamins and minerals that may be unsafe for consumers who are not deficient in these nutrients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGlucotrust is sold on ClickBank, which is an affiliate platform that allows marketers with no scientific or medical knowledge to sell health products and make commission from those sales. This can lead to a proliferation of misinformation online about these health products, and we recommend that consumers be wary of all ClickBank products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnline customer reviews of Glucotrust are relatively unimpressive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-01-19T17:46:15-05:00","updated_at":"2023-01-23T23:34:32-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Glucotrust based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to be effective. We share our concerns about the product's manufacturer and highlight real customer reviews.","template_suffix":"","handle":"glucotrust-review","tags":"_related:diabetes"}

Glucotrust Review: Helpful for Blood Sugar?

Glucotrust Review: Helpful for Blood Sugar?


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor's guidance in regard to blood sugar management.

Glucotrust is a dietary supplement used for blood sugar management. It’s sold on the brand’s website and on Amazon, and the brand claims their supplement can “help support healthy blood sugar level” and “promote healthy weight loss.”

But does Glucotrust contain ingredients proven in medical studies to support healthy blood sugar levels? What about for weight loss? Does it have any risky or unhealthy ingredients? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Glucotrust?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Glucotrust based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not the supplement is likely to improve blood sugar levels and cause weight loss, or if it’s a waste of money.

We’ll also share our concerns about the brand generally, and highlight real, unsponsored user reviews of Glucotrust.

Ingredient Analysis

Glucotrust ingredients

About half of the active ingredients in Glucotrust are a blend of vitamins and minerals, including biotin, zinc and manganese amongst others.

We haven’t come across any medical research suggesting that the vitamin and mineral ingredients in Glucotrust are effective for reducing blood sugar at their included doses.

As one example, vitamin C is included in Glucotrust at a dose of 52.5 milligrams (mg). A 2017 meta-study found that vitamin C was effective in modestly reducing blood sugar levels, but the average dose used in the examined trials was around 1,000 mg, or over 19x the amount in Glucotrust.

The remaining 11 active ingredients are included in a herbal blend totalling 82.5 mg, or an average ingredient dose of 7.5 mg per ingredient. This is too low of a dose to have any effect on blood sugar in our opinion.

As an example of how low a 7.5 mg average ingredient dose is, consider one of the included ingredients: cinnamon bark powder. According to the USDA, one teaspoon of cinnamon has a dose of 2,600 mg. This means that one teaspoon of cinnamon powder has a dose 347x higher than the amount likely in Glucotrust.

There are some ingredients in Glucotrust which have been studied for weight loss, but again we consider them to be included at too low of a dose to be effective.

Alpha lipoic acid has been clinically shown to cause weight loss, but as we documented in our Truvy weight loss article on another supplement containing this ingredient, the minimum effective dose appears to be 300 mg, or 40x the average ingredient dose in Glucotrust.

Overall we do not consider Glucotrust likely to be effective for blood sugar support or weight loss, and we do not recommend the supplement. While some of its active ingredients have been shown to have favorable effects on blood sugar and weight loss, we consider them to all be significantly underdosed (in some cases by hundreds of times) and unlikely to have any positive effects.

Unable to Determine Official Manufacturer of Glucotrust

One of our concerns about Glucotrust is that there are a number of supplements with different formulations sold under this name. This suggests that there is not one official manufacturer which has trademarked their product. 

This increases the risk of fraudulent products in our opinion, and is a sign of a low-quality brand.

If you search “Glucotrust” on Amazon, you will note a number of products with different bottles and different ingredient lists being sold under the same name. The one we reviewed in the previous section appears to be sold by a brand called “Maximum Edge Nutrition,” but there’s another one from a brand called “Max-Bio” and another from a brand called “Justified Laboratories” also showing in the top 20 results.

We recommend that consumers avoid supplements without a clear manufacturer, because it may increase the risk of being scammed and reduce any recourse or potential claims in the event of a harmful supplement.

Our Concerns About ClickBank Products

ClickBank disclaimer

Glucotrust uses an affiliate marketing platform called ClickBank to help promote their products. ClickBank allows essentially anyone to get commission from selling a product without any pre-approval process.

A TikTok user named “connor_auld” shows how easy it is below to start promoting Glucotrust on ClickBank:

@connor_auld Follow for more side hustle ideas!🔥 #sidehustle #entrepreneur #hustle #workfromhome #debtfreecommunity #smallbusiness ♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre & dazy

This creates an incentive structure that is harmful to consumers in our opinion, because it allows people with zero medical or scientific qualifications to promote health products and make specific health claims that may be untrue.

We recommend that consumers be extremely wary of ClickBank products.

Here’s how to check if a health supplement you’re considering is a ClickBank product.

Visit the manufacturer’s website. You can typically do so by searching “x brand website,” so in this case “Glucotrust website” and click on one of the top links or one of the top ads. Search the page for the word “ClickBank.” It’s usually in the footer of the site. On Macs the command to search a page is holding the “command” key and the “f” key at the same time. It’s different on every device.

Will Glucotrust Cause Side Effects?

Glucotrust does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so it’s challenging to say for certain whether or not it will cause side effects. However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.

All of the vitamins and minerals included in this supplement are safe and well-studied, and we consider the herbal ingredients to be included at too low of a dose to cause any side effects.

However, taking supplemental vitamins and minerals daily without evidence of a deficiency may increase the risk of side effects.

As we documented in our Focus Factor reviews article, another supplement company was forced to recall several of their products from the market in early 2022 because all of the supplemental vitamins and minerals were causing toxicity in some consumers.

Glucotrust provides 105% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin E which is a fat-soluble nutrient, and 68% of the DV of zinc. Taking such doses may cause blood levels of these nutrients to rise to an unsafe range over time.

Real, Unsponsored Glucotrust Customer Reviews

Glucotrust is sold on Amazon, which is a more objective resource for customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

The supplement (at least the version from Maximum Edge Nutrition that we’re reviewing) has been reviewed over 70 times with an unimpressive average review rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Susan Burgess” who claims the supplement reduced their blood sugar and had weight loss effects:

“This product is working to lower blood sugar levels and also seems to be curbing my appetite.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Dee Bee” who has complaints about the supplement being ineffective and a scam:

“False advertisement it DOES NOT WORK! My sugar levels rose higher not lower. Please this is a hoax do not buy and you can't return product. The product it says it is made of IT IS NOT LISTED as ONE of the ingredients. Total SCAM do not spend your money or risk your HEALTH”

A TikTok user named Stephan Miske tried Glucotrust and found it to be ineffective:

@djdrtaylor #glucotrust #type1diabetes #type2diabetes #Glucotrust ♬ original sound - Stephan Miske

Our Blood Sugar Support Recommendations

There are food-based supplements with clinical backing for blood sugar support.

Green tea was examined in a medical review published in the Nutrition & Metabolism journal and "significantly reduced fasting glucose." The study authors analyzed data from 27 clinical trials and 2,194 patients to come to this conclusion.

Pique sells an Organic Matcha Tea which is our top green tea pick, as matcha is the highest-quality green tea and is richer in antioxidants than regular green tea. This is a whole food product entirely free of questionable additive ingredients.

Interested consumers can check out Pique Organic Matcha Tea at this link to its product page on the official brand website.

Cinnamon extract was shown in a 2006 clinical trial from to cause a 10.3% blood sugar reduction in type 2 diabetics, while placebo pills only caused a 3.4% reduction.

A medical review published in the Annals of Family Medicine journal found that cinnamon consumption reduced fasting blood sugar levels, reduced total cholesterol levels and reduced triglyceride levels.

Illuminate Labs manufactures a Ceylon Cinnamon Extract Supplement that's potent (standardized to minimum 8% flavonoids), free of questionable additives, and is third-party tested to ensure purity and label accuracy. 

Interested consumers can check out Illuminate Labs Ceylon Cinnamon Extract at this link to the product page on our website. The subscription price is only $15.

We are not suggesting that either of these products should be used to treat any specific medical condition. Rather, we are simply sharing clinical research related to their effect on healthy blood sugar levels.

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Conclusion

Glucotrust is one of the worst blood sugar support supplements that we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health. We are unable to identify any active ingredients that we consider likely to improve blood sugar levels at their stated doses, and we recommend that consumers avoid this brand.

We do not believe that Glucotrust is likely to cause side effects, however, the supplement does contain high levels of vitamins and minerals that may be unsafe for consumers who are not deficient in these nutrients.

Glucotrust is sold on ClickBank, which is an affiliate platform that allows marketers with no scientific or medical knowledge to sell health products and make commission from those sales. This can lead to a proliferation of misinformation online about these health products, and we recommend that consumers be wary of all ClickBank products.

Online customer reviews of Glucotrust are relatively unimpressive.




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