Now we know that the supplement industry can be a little shady at times.
This becomes increasingly so when we start to discuss supplements that are suggested to promote weight loss.
It is not uncommon for these types of supplements to include a number of stimulants and diuretics that may stimulate short term weight loss, but may be detrimental to health in the long run.
Which is why I am personally quite excited to review a supplement that is trying to target weight loss from a slightly different perspective.
The IC5 in Biotrust IC5 stands for Advanced Insulin and Carbohydrate Management.
This supplement differs from other supplements in that it doesn’t try and boost the body’s metabolism to increase weight loss, but tries to improve the body’s sensitivity to the hormone Insulin.
Insulin is a storage hormone.
To explain it simply, when we eat food (carbohydrate dense food in particular), insulin is secreted into the bloodstream where it helps shuttle glucose from the blood into the active tissue, where it can be stored and used for energy.
Now, due to the modern diet (consisting of A LOT of processed carbohydrates) we tend to secrete a large amount of insulin into the bloodstream each and every day. As a result, it is extremely common for people to develop insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance describes a pathological condition where the cells of the body stop responding to insulin. This results in the inability of the body to shuttle glucose from the blood into the active tissue .
While first and foremost this can lead to high blood sugar, which over time can lead to weight type II diabetes, it can also contribute to weight gain.
If we have high blood sugar levels, the body responds by secreting more insulin (whether or not we are insulin resistant). If our blood sugar is always high, insulin is constantly being secreted.
As insulin is an energy storage hormone, it becomes increasingly difficult to burn energy if your body is constantly trying to store it.
This can make it increasingly difficult to lose weight, with this difficult increasing as the degree of insulin resistance increases.
As such, it makes sense that by improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin (and subsequently reducing its resistance to insulin) we can improve our ability to use stored fat and carbohydrate for energy, which can lead to an increased rate of weight loss.
Now Biotrust IC5 claims to consist of five key ingredients that can promote both fat loss and muscle gain by allowing you to ‘gain control’ of your glucose system.
Ultimately it suggests that the five key ingredients used within the formula can significantly reduce your insulin ressitance.
But does it work?
Now, in all honesty, this supplement differs significantly from most others on the market.
And while there has been significant research demonstrating the positive effects that dietary changes can have on insulin resistance, there has been little work done looking into the influence that supplements can have on insulin resistance.
As such, to gain an understanding of the effectiveness of Biotrust IC5, we are going to take an in depth look at its ingredients and the way in which they interact with the body.
While cinnamon is spice more known for its use in cooking, it does have some interesting effects on the human body that are worth mentioning
Firstly, Cinnamon contains huge number of antioxidants.
The consumption of these antioxidants have shown to significantly reduce free radicals within the body, which has shown to reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes.
These same antioxidants have also been shown to reduce inflammation within the cells of the body. This reduction in inflammation can improve cellular function, increasing their ability to use energy for fuel.
Finally, Cinnamon also contains a specific compound known as Cinnamaldehyde.
The consumption of this compound has demonstrated extremely positive effects in regards to insulin sensitivity.
Consuming this compound has demonstrated to reduce blood glucose levels following a meal, and reduce blood levels of insulin after consumption , which as we know, can contribute to a reduction in insulin resistance and potential weight loss overt time.
Berberis Aristata (also known as Tree Turmeric) is an alkaloid extracted from a number of plants that were used frequently in traditional Chinese medicine.
While traditional Chinese medicine often cops a lot of flak for its lack of scientific evidence, they were certainly onto something here.
Berberis Aristata has been shown to have a number of anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects, with its supplementation showing reductions in blood sugar comparable to pharmaceutical drugs used to treat type II diabetes (which is typified by high insulin resistance) .
As such, the supplementation of Berberis Aristata is suspected to stimulate weight loss through a significant increase in insulin sensitivity.
It is also important to note that Berberis Aristata has been shown to cause some gastrointestinal discomfort after consumption is some individuals.
Pterocarpus Marsupium (also known as the Vijaysar Tree) is again a type of tree that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine.
It has been demonstrated to significantly lower resting levels of blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood triglycerides in rats , suggesting that it may have some potential as a natural treatment of Type II diabetes in humans.
This reduction in blood glucose has been suggested to cause an indirect reduction in insulin resistance, which could contribute to weight loss in the long term, although as there is currently no human trials, this is merely speculation.
Fenugreek is a herb native to the Mediterranean, Indian, and Arabic regions of the world.
The seeds of the fenugreek have been used extensively in cooking and traditional eastern medicine where it was suggested to increase libido and masculinity.
Fenugreek supplementation has been shown to cause reduction in blood glucose after ingestion, with subsequent increases in glycaemic control . This has been suggested to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce insulin resistance, which can contribute to weight loss over time.
Furthermore, fenugreek supplementation has also been shown to cause some small reductions in fat mass irrespective of diet and exercise, suggesting it may have potential as a standalone weight loss supplement .
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is a fatty acid that is found in the mitochondria of cells, and plays a role in energy metabolism.
It has shown promise as a treatment for diabetes related symptoms, and subsequently has demonstrated minor reductions in resting blood glucose .
It has also been shown to cause minor reductions in body weight in obese individuals, suggesting potential as a weight loss supplement, although more research is needed.
Biotrust IC5 contains a lot of promise as a supplement that can truly cause reductions in insulin resistance.
Although some of the ingredients have had minimal (and in one case, zero) human research to support their claims, they have shown promise in reducing insulin resistance, which is likely to aid with weight management in the long run.
It is important to note that some people may experience gastrointestinal discomfort with this supplement, and as such should cease consumption immediately.
For those who do not experience this, Biotrust IC5 could be a fantastic supplement to aid weight loss and improve blood sugar management, which could have additional health effects.
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John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry!