SugarDown is a natural dietary supplement that is claimed to help “reduce after-meal blood sugar spikes” by preventing your body from turning carbohydrates into glucose. In fact, the company claims that SugarDown has been “tested in preliminary clinical studies,” and has been shown to result in a “significant reduction in after-meal sugar spike.”
SugarDown is manufactured by Boston Therapeutics based out of Manchester, NH. The company holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau, and has no complaints within the past three years. Regarding SugarDown specifically, while the URL has been registered since 2010, it appears that it wasn’t until February 2014 that the manufacturer began marketing the product in the US. As a result, there are very few online customer reviews. However, with what little there are, most appear to be positive, with very large tablet size as the most common complaint. Keep in mind, though, that the most common complaints associated with mannan-based products (or any supplement high in dietary fiber) are bloating and a general feeling of gassiness.
How SugarDown Works
According to the product’s website, more than 100 million Americans are watching their blood sugar. As a result, SugarDown claims to be able to reduce blood sugar spikes by an average of 50%, using a proprietary form of Mannan polysaccharide (named Galatcomannan). This plant-derived carbohydrate goes to work in the digestive tract and helps moderate post-meal blood glucose in three ways:
- Binds to long-chain starch polysaccharides, and to the digestive enzymes that turn these sugars into glucose.
- Temporarily coats the lumen of the small intestine to slow glucose absorption.
- Results in a sense of fullness (similar to Trim Factor and Lipozene), helping with weight control.
In layman’s terms, this means that SugarDown reduces the amount of carbohydrates that are broken down inside your body, thereby preventing them from being turned into sugar. According to the company, SugarDown has been shown to be especially effective against “high glycemic index” foods such as breads, white rice, potatoes, and even soft drinks.
Regarding clinical trials, according to the company’s website, here are the findings of a 10-week study: “The addition of up to 3 SUGARDOWN® tablets before a meal reduced the postprandial glucose responses to the white rice up to 61%. Plasma glucose responses were significantly associated with their corresponding insulin iAUC responses (r = 0.78, p = 0.0001).”
SugarDown is manufactured in the USA in a GMP facility, causes no adverse side effects, and may even be safe for diabetics. The supplement’s natural ingredients are classified as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS), and include the following:
- Mannan polysaccharides
- Natural flavors
- Carmine natural color
- Malic acid
- Magnesium stearate from plant sources
When using SugarDown, the manufacturer claims you’ll simply need to take 1-2 chewable tablets up to 30 minutes prior to a meal.
SugarDown Pricing & Refund Policy
As of the time of this writing, it appears SugarDown is only available through Amazon.com and directly through the manufacturer. If you go through Boston Pharmaceuticals, you’ll be presented with two options:
- SugarDown On the Go – 10 chewable tablets in an easily-transportable tube: $9.99
- 60-Count Bottle: $49.99
When checking out, we noticed that our internet browser wasn’t able to confirm a secure connection, so you may wish to contact the company directly to place your order. All orders shipped within the continental US include free shipping.
Like most nutritional supplements manufacturers, you can enroll in SugarDown’s Healthy Saver Program, which means that you’ll continue receiving a 30-day supply once per month, and your credit card will be charged $31.49 each time. However, it’s not made clear whether or not enrollment is automatic after placing your order.
The SugarDown website claims the supplement comes with a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee, less shipping and handling charges.
To inquire about SugarDown’s Healthy Saver Program or to place an order, you’ll need to contact customer service at (800) 278-4939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bottom Line: Is SugarDown a Scam?
While we don’t have any reason to believe SugarDown is a scam, keep the following in mind prior to placing your order:
First, like nearly all nutritional supplements, SugarDown is not approved by the FDA. However, the company claims that “structure and functional claims were submitted to the FDA in 2010.”
Second, while SugarDown appears to be able to reduce blood sugar spikes by an average of 50%, it cannot work on sugar that is already present in the blood.
Next, because it appears that SugarDown has only recently been marketed in the US, there are very few online customer reviews. However, with what little there are, most appear to be positive, with very large tablet size as the most common complaint. Keep in mind, though, that the most common complaints associated with mannan-based products (or any supplement high in dietary fiber) are bloating and a general feeling of gassiness.
Finally, if you consistently take 2 tablets with each meal (6 tablets daily), this means you’ll go through a bottle in about 10 days. Which, at a price of $49.99 each ($31.49 through the autoship program), means that it can quickly become expensive.
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