And this could be a very good thing, because resistance to insulin and unbalanced blood sugar levels can mean too much glucose can build up in the bloodstream. If that happens, the body converts all that extra energy into, you guessed it – fat.
So we thought we’d look a little closer into GlucoSANO to see whether a mushroom-based prevention of fat buildup really could be better than any kind of cure.
GlucoSANO is marketed as a diabetes health formula, even though the standard website standard disclaimer says it’s, “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”.
Moving on from there, GlucoSANO is made up of a blend of mushrooms, even if that blend is proprietary. The blend contains anti-inflammatory substances which the makers claim are specifically formulated for diabetic health by, “promoting insulin sensitivity and balanced blood sugar levels”.
So if it’s not for treating diabetes (which is classified as a disease), then what on earth is it supposed to do? And that’s one of the reasons why we’re looking into the weight loss aspect of GlucoSANO. We love a mystery.
Since we don’t know how much of any of GlucoSANO’s ingredients we’re dealing with here, we’re just going to have to say that in general there’s the potential for digestion problems, allergic reactions, changes in the immune system, and tiredness.
You can get 120 capsules per bottle (1 month’s supply) on Amazon for $39.95 and $8.39 shipping – but we looked elsewhere on Amazon and found someone else selling it for $112.42 and $4.49 shipping. We thought we’d pass on that. And hope everyone else will, too.
On the other hand, you can get GlucoSANO on the Total Neutraceutical website for $39.95 and $7.99 shipping (to the USA, at least), and you have a better chance of getting what you ordered if you order direct from the manufacturer.
There’s a small element of confusion about ErgoD2, one of the main ingredients in GlucoSANO. It’s used in other Total Nutraceuticals products as a flavor enhancer.
A little more disturbingly, ErgoD2 was also mentioned in a news release released long after GlucoSANO hit the virtual shelves as a contender in what the company charmingly calls “other disease markets”.
GlucoSANO was originally given a trademark back in 2009, on the basis that it would be sold solely as what would now be referred to as a nootropic – in other words, a brain tonic. But now they’re selling GlucoSANO as something completely different. So we’re thinking that it would be nice if Total Nutraceuticals made up their mind about precisely what ErgoD2 was really good for.
We’re not comfortable with what looks to us like their shotgun approach of “let’s blend this stuff into another product and see if the public will buy this explanation this time”.
And on the basis that it’s much more economical, financially speaking, to substitute mushrooms for meat on a regular basis, and that doing so gives you a seriously good chance of shedding that surplus poundage, we’re going to suggest you save yourself a few dollars. Overall, we do not recommend GlucoSANO as a weight loss supplement to our readers.
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We had a small uh-oh moment because of a sudden rush of blog posts in January 2013 and an even more sudden stop that month. And total blog silence after that. So we thought we’d have a little snoop around trademark websites to see when GlucoSANO was registered as a trade name, just to see how well all the dates matched up.
The trademark was registered some four years earlier in 2009 (August 6th, if you’re being really picky) when the description provided to the United States Patent and Trademark Office was – get this – “dietary and nutritional supplements consisting of natural organic specialty mushrooms solely for use in decreasing inflammatory conditions in the brain and improving memory function”.
Solely for use? Brain? Memory function?
It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to put two and two together, as in:
– As per the trademark information, GlucoSANO was originally designed to be a nootropic.
– It was not a brilliant success in that department.
– GlucoSANO kept the same formula but found itself being marketed as something completely different.
“Solely for use”, indeed.
From the website, “as a dietary supplement take 4 capsules once daily with a full glass of water or juice.”
Well, one Total Nutraceuticals source says the nutrients in GlucoSANO promote increased insulin sensitivity and balanced blood sugar levels.
Another, separate claim from Total Nutraceuticals tells us GlucoSANO maintains normal cellular metabolism.
And yet another separate claim from the same company tells us GlucoSANO promotes healthy circulation.
None of these three claims have ever been seen together with any of the others, so your guess might just be as good as ours – if not better.
A lot’s going to depend on which of the claims listed here you’re going to want to believe. None of those claims have anything to do with weight loss, which is why we started looking into GlucoSANO in the first place.
Maybe if you’ve got problems with blood sugar levels it’s possible that GlucoSANO really will stabilize them. But if you don’t, even though we can’t see any harm in trying it, you’re probably going to do better by forgetting about supplements made out of mushrooms, and eating real mushrooms instead of meat. They’re much less expensive, much healthier, and still make you feel contentedly full.
So why not do yourself and your wallet a favor one mealtime?
Simple answer: mushrooms. But in order of appearance on the GlucoSANO website, we’ve got:
Because we’re not sure how much of each ingredient GlucoSANO contains, we can’t tell how much of a chance there is of side effects.
Possibly the most obvious reason for a side effect would be an allergy to mushrooms in the first place – after all, we’re warned against using GlucoSANO if we have one.
However, Agaricus mushrooms can lower blood sugar levels, cause itching, nausea, and digestion problems. There’s also the chance of severe liver damage for those using Agaricus during cancer treatments.
ErgoD2, we’re told, can raise calcium to harmful levels because of too much vitamin D, and also bring on digestion problems, mood changes, increased thirst and urination, and unusual tiredness.
White and Brown Beech mushrooms can cause digestion problems.
Cordyceps militaris might raise immune system activity levels, which could increase the symptoms of auto-immune disease. It might also slow down blood clotting.
Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place and protect from light. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You should consult with a doctor or health care practitioner prior to using. If you have any allergies to mushrooms you should not consume this product.
Yes, but very, very few. There are none on the GlucoSANO website itself, and as for any on our usual go-to website for less-than-extremely-favorably-biased reviews (that’s Amazon), there’s just a handful of them there. If you’re counting on your fingers. Of one hand.
Here’s the one which made us wonder whether GlucoSANO had any kind of effect, on anybody – no matter what they were using it for,
The person I bought this product for had no change in in blood sugar readings while taking or after bottle was empty.
We haven’t managed to find one yet.
You can buy GlucoSANO direct from the website (and it looks like it’s possible to take out a subscription), and we’ve found it on Amazon.
As always, if you’re buying through a portal like Amazon or eBay, remember that it’s always possible to order what you think you’re going to receive, but not receive what you think you’ve ordered.
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