Frequently Asked Question
Question: How many SUGARDOWN® tablets should I take?
Answer: 1-2 chewable tablets before meals, depending on the size of your meal.
Question: Does SUGARDOWN® block starch and sugars?
Answer: Yes. SUGARDOWN® blocks complex carbohydrates like starches and simple sugars like glucose and fructose.
Question: What is the difference between SUGARDOWN® and other carbohydrate blockers on the market?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® is made of a single polysaccharide molecule. It is non-systemic and works and stays in the intestinal tract, blocking the enzymes that digest complex carbohydrates. Other so-called carb-blockers are formulations of many ingredients and make systemic claims to increase metabolism, supporting pancreatic function and other organs with no strong efficacy or safety data.
Question: What are “high glycemic index” carbohydrate foods?
Answer: The glycemic index, (GI) provides a measure of how quickly blood sugar levels (i.e., levels of glucose in the blood) rise after eating a particular type of food. The effects that different foods have on blood sugar levels vary considerably. A low-GI food will release glucose more slowly and steadily, which leads to more suitable postprandial (after meal) blood glucose readings. A high-GI food causes a more rapid rise in blood glucose levels and is suitable for energy recovery after exercise or for a person experiencing hypoglycemia.
Question: What is SUGARDOWN®?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® is a chewable dietary supplement made from natural ingredients derived from plants. It is designed to support weight management, healthy blood glucose levels and intestinal health. SUGARDOWN® is shown in clinical studies to reduce the 2-hour post-meal glucose and insulin spike associated with eating carbohydrate foods and beverages and to reduce the Glycemic Index of sugar-added beverages.
Question: What is the main ingredient?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® is composed of a modified galactomannan polysaccharide from plant cell walls.
Question: Are mannan polysaccharides safe for human consumption?
Answer: Yes. galactomannan polysaccharides have been used for many years in the food industry and are deemed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. They are derived from a number of plants including Guar, Konjac, Fenugreek, Tara and Locust Bean. SUGARDOWN® may be taken immediately and up to 20 minutes before eating foods or beverages that contain carbohydrates.
Question: When should I take SUGARDOWN®?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® may be taken immediately and up to 30 minutes before eating foods or drinking liquids that contain carbohydrates.
Question: How does SUGARDOWN® work?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® is a carbohydrate blocker. It blocks the key enzymes that digest carbohydrates in the saliva and intestines. When taken before consuming carbohydrates, SUGARDOWN® works to block the enzymes that degrade carbohydrates into simple sugars. This action reduces the amount of glucose available for absorption into the blood through the intestine, supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Due to the broad inhibition of enzymes in the intestines, this makes SUGARDOWN® one of the most powerful carbohydrate blockers available.
Question: How can SUGARDOWN® benefit me?
Answer: The patent-pending SUGARDOWN® chewable tablet can support healthy after-meal blood sugar levels, can support a weight management program by encouraging a sense of satiety or fullness before a meal, and can help maintain beneficial intestinal flora and regularity.
Question: How should I take SUGARDOWN®?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® should be chewed thoroughly until dissolved and then swallowed prior to each meal, drink or snack that contains carbohydrates. It can be taken immediately and up to 20 minutes before consumption.
Question: How often should I take SUGARDOWN®?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® may be taken before each meal, snack or drink that contains carbohydrates.
Question: Will SUGARDOWN® reduce my blood glucose level?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® can help keep blood sugar from going up after meals, but does not reduce blood sugar already in the circulatory system, and therefore does not by itself pose risk for hypoglycemia.
Question: Can SUGARDOWN® help me lose weight?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® may reduce up to 520 calories per day based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Question: Can I take SUGARDOWN® while taking insulin or other anti-diabetic drugs?
Answer: If using anti-diabetic drugs, consult your physician to find the right balance between your prescribed drugs and SUGARDOWN®. There are no known interactions between the polysaccharide chemistry of SUGARDOWN® and any anti-diabetic drugs. SUGARDOWN® is made of a safe plant-derived polysaccharide and all ingredients of SUGARDOWN® are considered Generally Regards as Safe (GRAS) by FDA designation.
Question: What if I forget to take SUGARDOWN® before a meal?
Answer: You may also take SUGARDOWN® during or after a meal, but has only been tested in clinical studies while taken before meals. Simply resume taking SUGARDOWN® according to label instructions.
Question: Is SUGARDOWN® a drug?
Answer: No. SUGARDOWN® is a dietary supplement with ingredients deemed “Generally Regarded as Safe” by the FDA and is not a regulated drug.
Question: Do I need a prescription to purchase SUGARDOWN®?
Answer: No. SUGARDOWN® is a dietary supplement and can be purchased without a prescription at www.sugardown.com.
Question: Can SUGARDOWN® replace anti-diabetic drugs like insulin?
Answer: No. SUGARDOWN® should not be used as a replacement for insulin or any other prescribed drugs.
Question: Can I take SUGARDOWN® if I am taking oral drugs for diabetes?
Answer: SUGARDOWN® supports normal post-meal blood glucose. Consult your physician to determine if SUGARDOWN® is right for you, or to find the right balance between your prescribed drugs and SUGARDOWN®.
Question: Can I take SUGARDOWN® if I have Type 1 Diabetes?
Answer: If using anti-diabetic drugs for Type 1 diabetes, consult your physician to determine if SUGARDOWN® is right for you, or to find the right balance between your prescribed drugs and SUGARDOWN®.
Question: Can I take SUGARDOWN® if I do not have diabetes?
Answer: Yes. SUGARDOWN® can be taken by anyone, however it is not recommended for children 6 years old or younger, or by women who are pregnant. SUGARDOWN® can also encourage a sense of satiety or fullness before a meal, helping with portion control and also supports good intestinal health and regularity.