Years of research involving thousands of participants have shown that taking PGX with food can reduce a meal’s glycemic index by up to 50%, contributing to healthy blood sugar levels and improved insulin sensitivity. Regulating blood sugar is a key factor in many health conditions, including weight gain. Incorporating PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels into your diet can help you lose weight safely and gradually, even if you are not yet ready to make other positive diet and lifestyle changes. Naturally, the beneficial effects of PGX will be enhanced by a healthy diet and exercise, leading to incredible results.
What PGX Daily Does
Excess weight gain, fatigue, food cravings and many other non-optimum health phenomena can be the result of out -of-balance blood sugar and insulin secretion. The key to weight management - and blood sugar control - is taking charge of your appetite, and the key to handling appetite is PGX.
PGX is a non-starch polysaccharide (fibre) with a very high water-absorping capacity. When consumed with meals, PGX absorbs significant amounts of water, increasing the volume of the food you have eaten and quickly making you feel full, even when your food portions are smaller. (It is important to drink plenty of water when using PGX).
PGX also increases food viscosity (gel-like quality), slowing the rate at which food is digested and absorbed. This prolongs after-meal satiety and helps normalize blood sugar levels and insulin secretion. Leveling out sugar absorption eliminates the “blood sugar roller coaster” - when food intake causes excess insulin to be secreted, which then causes hunger due to blood sugar dropping, which then causes you to consume more food, which then causes more insulin secretion, etc. These ups and downs in blood sugar are very hard on the body and make it very difficult to lose weight.
PGX can help you:
• reduce appetite and food intake
• lower after-meal blood sugar levels
• reduce the glycemic index of meals by up to 50%
• increase insulin sensitivity
• balance blood cholesterol levels
• lose weight safely - 0.5 to 2 lbs per week
• reduce risk factors related to diabetes, pre-diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
• improve regularity
• get enough fibre
PGX is an excellent source of dietary fibre. Did you know that the average North American consumes about 13 g of dietary fibre per day (Statistics Canada, 2005), while recommended fibre intake is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men! To consume that much traditional fibre from your food every day would be VERY difficult. In contrast, PGX is an easy, convenient way to add viscous soluble fibre to your diet.
PGX and its prototype compositions have been studied for more than 15 years at the University of Toronto and the Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan and his research group. The Canadian Center for Functional Medicine has been using PGX extensively in weight loss studies and programs, and in regular medical and dietetic practice to further explore its effectiveness and applications. Research into the health effects of PGX has been done in healthy, overweight, and obese individuals as well as people with Type II diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome.
How PGX Works
PGX is not a diet. It helps with weight management by helping control appetite and calorie intake. It comes in new PGX Daily softgel capsules, in delicious powdered meal replacement mixes and in no-flavour granules that can be added to moist foods.
• Mix up a delicious PGX shake and have it for breakfast, and/or lunch each day.
• Take PGX Daily or single serving packets of PGX granules with you to the office, school or any time you’re eating out.
• Sprinkle PGX granules on any moist food (soups, sauces, even salads or pizza!) and eat as you normally would - you’ll feel full after eating less. Remember to drink PLENTY of water to ensure the PGX has enough moisture to expand.
• PGX can even be baked into muffins and breads or made into a tasty pudding.
Whatever form of PGX you choose, you can incorporate this health supporting supplement into your lifestyle easily and quickly. So start NOW to stop the cravings and reduce the hunger that are making you fat.
PolyGlycopleX is a proprietary blend of natural viscous, non-starch polysaccharides that act synergistically to develop a higher level of viscosity than other dietary viscous fibres known. This blend forms a unique gel matrix that moves slowly through the gastrointestinal tract. Unlike many fibre-containing natural health products, PGX does not lose its gel-like viscosity in the acidic environment of the stomach or the alkaline intestinal environment.
The effectiveness of fibre on reducing appetite, blood sugar, and cholesterol is well known and is directly proportionate to the amount of water the fibre is able to absorb (water holding capacity) and the degree of thickness or viscosity it develops in the stomach and intestine. For instance, oat bran lowers cholesterol and controls blood sugar better gram for gram than wheat bran because it absorbs more water. PGX combines several fibres that work synergistically to multiply each others’ effects and exert health effects equivalent to much larger quantities of any other fibres.
PGX is the most viscous and soluble fibre ever discovered. With its higher level of viscosity and extraordinary gel-forming properties, PGX is able to absorb hundreds of times its weight in water, resulting in a volume and viscosity three to five times greater than other highly soluble fibres like psyllium or oat beta glucan. A five gram serving of PGX in a meal replacement formula, or on its own, produces a volume and viscosity equal to as much as 20 g of some other fibres, or 4 bowls of oat bran! Small quantities of PGX can be added to foods or taken before meals to have an impact on appetite and blood sugar.
The Mechanical Benefits
Viscous foods move slowly through the digestive system, delaying absorption of nutrients and sugars into the blood, thereby moderating blood sugar levels.
With PGX added to your meal, glucose levels rise more slowly as nutrients are absorbed more slowly. This means that when PGX is taken before meals, it slows the rate at which the food is broken down into glucose. This eliminates the blood sugar roller-coaster effect and improves the body’s use of insulin.
In the colon, PGX is highly "prebiotic" - that means it promotes the growth of healthy bacteria and the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA); substances that are vitally important to colon health. In the intestines PGX helps increase production of bifidobacteria, while suppressing the growth of undesirable microbes, such as Candida albicans, and lowering stool pH. It may also help decrease production of cholesterol and free fatty acids. As a viscous polysaccharide, PGX also increases excretion of bile acids, an action that helps lower blood cholesterol levels.