Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum) was found to significantly lower blood sugars, HbA1c, triglycerides and total cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol when added to the diet of type 2 diabetics in a controlled study conducted in the 1990s. In a controlled study of type 1 diabetics, fenugreek reduced blood sugar, urinary sugar excretion, serum cholesterol, and triglycerides, with no change in insulin levels.
Gymnema sylvestre has been found by research to stimulate insulin secretion. Japanese studies found improved glucose tolerance in dogs and cats with diabetes. There were beneficial effects for up to two months after use was discontinued. Another study found that Gymnema increased the permeability in the pancreas, allowing more insulin to go into the blood (Persaud et al., 1999; Shanmugasundaram KR et al., 1990). Gymnema was found to go further than controlling elevated blood sugar levels. It also corrected metabolic derangements in the liver, kidney, and muscles. (Shanmugasundaram KR et al., 1983). Gymnemic acids found in Gymnema have been found to bind cholesterol so that it is excreted in the stool and to bind glucose with a common fatty acid in the intestine, reducing the intake of glucose into the blood.
Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) has been used as a traditional remedy for diabetes in the Pacific and Indian Ocean for many years. According to several clinical trials, bitter melon extract lowers blood sugar in subjects with diabetes. Medicinal effects of bitter melon may come from its concentration of gurmarin, which is a polypeptide similar to bovine insulin. Gurmarin has been shown in animal studies to regulate sugar. In a controlled clinical trial of 100 patients with diabetes significant hypoglycemic action was observed (while fasting as well as after eating) in 86% of subjects when they were given liquid bitter melon.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) combats insulin resistance so that even those pets that may become obese may be less likely to develop cat or dog diabetes. Turmeric is one of the safest, most effective and most studied of all herbs. The American Botanical Council’s HerbMedPro currently lists 275 Clinical Trials, 188 Observational Studies/Case Reports, and 69 Traditional and Folk Uses for Turmeric’s Evidence for Efficacy in addition to 859 Animal Studies for Turmeric’s Evidence of Activity.
There are no known drug interactions with any of our ingredients, but each dog and cat is unique, and blood sugar levels should be tested often while on any dog diabetes or cat diabetes therapy.
- Cats and small dogs (up to 20 lbs): 1/2 dropper twice daily
- Medium dogs (21 to 60 lbs): 1 dropper twice daily
- Large dogs (61 to 100 lbs): 2 droppers twice daily
- Giant dogs (101 lbs and up) 3 droppers twice daily
NOTE: One “dropper” equals one squeeze of the black bulb (1.0mL), which fills the pipette about half full. Refrigerate after opening.
NOTE: Primalix Blood-Sugar Balance® is not recommended for pregnant or nursing dogs or cats.
Remember, each dog and cat is different and must be tested, monitored and observed closely in order to find the right dosing regimen of Primalix Blood-Sugar Balance or any other blood glucose lowering therapy.
Primalix® Blood-Sugar Balance comes in convenient Functional Food Drops™ for wet or dry food. You may also insert dropper into your pet’s mouth and squeeze bulb to discharge. Make sure you provide plenty of fresh drinking water. Give dosage evenly throughout the day, with or after meals.
Using only Blood-Sugar Balance requires constant monitoring and can be accomplished in one of two ways. The first method (preferred) is through frequent veterinary testing and calibration of blood-sugar levels as dosing levels are adjusted. If this is not possible, the other method is through monitoring, observation and use of home insulin test strips. Even then it’s mostly guesswork and observing if and how your dog’s usual behavior varies from normal behavior.
Watch your pet for signs of both hypo- and hyperglycemia. You can increase blood sugar quickly by feeding any kind of sugar. Conversely, Gymnema Sylvestre can be found at health food stores or online and can counteract sugar’s action on the pancreas, lowering BS levels. Give 100mg per 10 lbs of body weight up to four times in a day, then stop immediately when symptoms subside. Even if behavioral changes are observed, the bigger problem is in the interpretation of these changes and avoiding over correcting. This brings us back to the vet. Some professional help should be considered even if it’s just blood testing before, during and after the transition.