Maintaining the correct blood sugar levels in a natural and healthy way is something that appealed to me when I heard about this product from BioTrust Nutrition. I was therefore very excited about trying it out and letting you know what I thought and how it worked. As you know, I’m normally quite a skeptic when it comes to ‘miracle cures’ and won’t ever recommend something without trying it myself first, so here is my IC-5 Review from Biotrust Nutrition.
What’s IC-5? (I Use it So I Thought I’d Show You!)
IC-5TM is a synergistic blend of 5 unique, rare ingredients which work together to help maintain blood sugar levels already with a normal, healthy range while making carbohydrates–yes, carbohydrates–your body transformation’s best friend. I know, I thought the same when I read this first – carbohydrates? Even I’ve been preaching for some time that carbs are bad, so why are they suddenly good?
How IC-5 Works
It’s true, carbohydrates are normally the WORST thing you could eat when trying to lose fat or transform your body, and for most people, that’s 100% true. However, in some cases, due to years of consuming a diet full of processed carbs, most people have grown quite insensitive to one of the most important hormones in our body—a hormone that can either be a huge asset to your body transformation goals, or a total fat loss and health-derailing nightmare, and its name is Insulin.
Insulin’s function is to help your body keep blood sugar at bay, clear it quickly from your bloodstream after a carbohydrate loaded meal, and shuttle that blood sugar to muscle tissue for energy instead of fat. That doesn’t always go to plan though. Going back to insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate tolerance, due to a diet full of processed, carbohydrates, many people can’t use insulin the way Mother Nature truly intended—which makes it even harder to lose weight.
The result of course is reduced fat burning potential and even increased fat storage. This is what should happen when you consume carbohydrates:
- Optimal insulin release. This occurs when your body is highly sensitive to insulin. When it is, only a small amount of insulin is necessary to effectively and efficiently clear glucose from your blood to its storage sites. This is great news because your body has an incredibly difficult time burning fat in the presence of insulin. The less insulin you have floating around, the better.
- Quick and efficient sugar metabolism. Again, this will occur when your body is highly sensitive to insulin.
- Maximum glycogen uptake. Glycogen is the term used for stored carbohydrate in muscle. When muscle tissue is highly sensitive to insulin, more blood glucose will be stored in muscle, not fat.
- Minimum fat storage. When you increase insulin sensitivity, especially in skeletal muscle, your body will choose to store your carbohydrate intake as energy in muscle tissue. In addition to eating right–which helps support increased insulin sensitivity–the incorporation of exercise is one of the best ways to help increase the amount of carbohydrate that gets stored as glycogen. Combined with IC-5™, that’s a three way attack on unsightly fat.
Again, your body’s ability to process the carbohydrates you eat comes down to your insulin efficiency and your body’s ability to quickly and efficiently shuttle carbohydrates to be used as fuel or stored as glycogen in muscle.
Increasing Insulin Efficiency
The first option would be to go completely low-carb for an extended period of time in an attempt to help your body optimize the metabolism of carbohydrate and optimize the effect of insulin function. However, for most of us that’s a rather painful option and even then you’d need to very slowly reintroduce carbohydrates back in to your diet to avoid massive spillover and possible fat gain.
The second option, for most of us is far more attractive, and that is to effectively boost your insulin efficiency before each carbohydrate-containing meal by absorbing 5 unique, science-backed ingredients, which is exactly what the key ingredients in IC-5 have been scientifically designed to do.
IC-5TM is a synergistic blend of 5 unique, hard-to-come-by ingredients that have been shown to support increased insulin efficiency and metabolism of blood sugar.
For instance, the first ingredient in IC-5TM is a 25:1 Cinnamon bark extract standardized to 30% polyphenols. This potent extract has been shown to assist with improved insulin efficiency.1-3
The second ingredient is a rare plant alkaloid called Berberine that has been used for centuries throughout India. Berberine works slightly differently, by improving the signaling between insulin and its associated receptors while also increasing glucose uptake by skeletal muscle.4-7
IC-5TM‘s third ingredient, Benfotiamine, is a biologically active form of vitamin B1, and basically ramps up the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates. Benfotiamine has not only shown the ability to support the body’s response to blood sugar levels, but has also shown a reduction in serum AGE (Advanced Glycation End products) levels.8 These toxic compounds have been associated with cellular aging, improper glucose function, as well as higher levels of oxidative impact on healthy cells.
One of the most unique ingredients in IC-5TM is Zychrome®, a patented form of the trace element chromium. Chromium is an essential mineral that is crucial in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.9
Lastly, the ground-breaking IC-5TM formula is completed by Naringin, which helps deactivate the enzyme that breaks down berberine. By effectively blocking this enzyme, naringin increases the bioavailability of nutrients like berberine, allowing it to make IC-5 even more effective!10
My IC-5 Review & Final Verdict
First, check out my IC-5 Review Video, then read my final verdict on IC-5 Below:
As always with BioTrust products, there is a lot of established medical science behind every product which is the main reason I’m always confident enough to give them a try. IC-5TM is no exception and after taking this for a few weeks, I was tested to confirm that my blood sugar levels were in check and I have also lost a few pounds without cutting carbs out of my diet.
If you’re eating carbs, and you should be, you should also be using IC-5TM. Just 2 capsules with any carb-containing meal and science will take care of the rest.
Pick up YOUR bottle from their official website: http://biotrust.com/shop.asp?p=ic5
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