What is HL12 by Holy Land Health?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Oct 15, 2016

HL12 by Holy Land Health is a nutritional supplement that contains 12 ingredients we’ve been “instructed by God to consume,” and when combined, can help address—and even reverse—some symptoms of diabetes.

In addition to this commandment from God, Holy Land Health claims that all of HL12’s ingredients are supported by a “towering mountain of research” that was “compiled by the best universities in the world.”

For example, the company claims that the frankincense and myrrh carried by the three Wise Men have been shown to improve glucose tolerance, lower blood sugar levels, regulate insulin release, and reduce triglycerides.

We’re also told that gold is a transitional metal on the Periodic Table and that some of the metals near it—such as chromium and manganese—can decrease diabetic symptoms, as well as decrease glucose concentration and blood sugar.

All you have to do to experience these benefits is take one capsule of this “premium holy supplement” daily, preferably with a meal, which is why the company claims it’s used by more than 10,000 people across America.

Look, there’s no doubt that Holy Land Health’s claims about HL12 are intriguing. But when it comes down to it, will the supplement really provide natural, Bible-based blood sugar support? Here, we’ll help you answer this question.

What Is Diabetes and How Does It Relate to Blood Sugar?

Despite the fact that your cells need glucose (sugar) for energy, the substance can’t enter your cells directly. Instead, your body uses insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that acts as a sort of key.

Basically, insulin attaches to cells and signals that glucose can pass through the cell wall, where it can then be processed and converted into energy.

In some instances, though, the body can’t produce enough insulin, leading to a condition known as type 2 diabetes. In most instances, type 2 diabetes can be reversed though healthy eating and exercise habits.

On the other hand, type 1 diabetes occurs when an individual’s body no longer produces any insulin, making daily insulin injections a requirement to stay alive.

Why is type 1 diabetes such a potentially serious condition? Because without proper monitoring, too high blood glucose levels (known as hyperglycemia) can lead to Ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition.

How will HL12’s ingredients impact this process?

What are HL12’s Ingredients and Are They Effective?

Important note: Before diving in, we understand the subject of faith can be a sensitive one.

As a result, keep in mind that our only goal in this article is to address the company’s claims directly, using publically available information found on authority websites like WebMD.

With this said, based on the label listed on Holy Land Health’s website, HL12 contains the following ingredients:

  • Cinnamon Bark 50mg
  • Bitter Melon 50mg
  • Gymnema Sylvestre 50mg
  • Banaba 25mg
  • Guggul 50mg
  • Biotin 300mcg
  • Chromium 67mcg
  • Magnesium 125mg
  • Zinc 7.5mg
  • Manganese 1mg
  • White Mulberry Leaf 25mg
  • Vanadium 200mcg

Additional Glucose Support Blend

Note: Ram’s horn and crepe myrtle were referenced in HL12’s long-form video, which also go by Gymnema sylvestre and Banaba (referenced above), respectively.

Also, if it’s important to you, it should be noted that Pastor Adam only gives biblical references for cinnamon, bitter melon, biotin, chromium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, mulberry, and licorice.

Let’s carry this thought over to the next section.

Are These Ingredients Really Bible-Based?

Based on the Bible verses listed on the Holy Land Health website used to support the inclusion of these ingredients, it seems most of them are a bit of a stretch. In fact, in the HL12 promotional video, even Pastor Adam notes that you might think this is the case.

For example, instead of talking about the gold carried by the three Wise Men, Pastor Adam only talks about some of the other metals near gold on the Table of Elements. Obviously, none of these metals are mentioned in the Bible.

Similarly, he cites 2 Kings 19:30 to support the inclusion of licorice: “Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.”

Clearly, the word ‘root’ is being used in a different context in this verse. And even if they were referencing the literal root of a plant (which essentially every plant in existence has), it might be a pretty big leap to connect this verse specifically to licorice.

One more example before moving on: For biotin, Adam references Genesis 43:11: "Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man – a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts, and almonds."

Here again, using only the words found in this verse, some might consider it a big leap to conclude that God meant we should supplement our diet with biotin in order to reduce blood sugar.

Does this mean HL12’s ingredients are Biblically-based? We’ll let you make that decision.

But even if we were to give Pastor Adam the benefit of the doubt that assume that the Bible does tell us to consume more of these ingredients, is there any clinical evidence showing their efficacy?

Will HL12’s Ingredients Deliver Results?

WebMD indicates that 200-1,000mcg per day of chromium is “possibly effective” for lowering fasting blood sugar, lowering insulin levels, helping insulin work better in people with type 2 diabetes, and even reduce high levels of cholesterol (diabetic or otherwise).

There’s also some evidence indicating that 360mg to 2.5g of manganese per day could “slow the development of nerve problems” in type 1 diabetics, although “the effects of the ingredient for people with existing type 2 diabetes shows conflicting results.”

Finally, 600-1,200mg daily of alpha-lipoic acid by mouth may help improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and address diabetic nerve pain. At just 30mg per dose, though, HL12 doesn’t contain anywhere near enough.

Outside of this, authoritative websites noted there’s insufficient clinical evidence that any of HL12’s other ingredients can meaningfully address diabetes-related concerns.

This isn’t to say these other ingredients aren’t helpful, though.

For example, vitamin C is a powerhouse of an ingredient that might provide a range of benefits including improving iron absorption, addressing age-related vision loss, treating osteoarthritis, reducing high blood pressure, and improving physical performance in older people.

Vitamin E is another big hitter that might treat Alzheimer’s disease, bladder cancer, dementia, male infertility, Parkinson’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

What About the Clinical References?

At this point, you might be asking, “What about the 18 different clinical references listed on the Holy Land Health website? Don’t they provide some support for the company’s claims?”

Yes and no. Yes, because if you’re looking to prove a cause and effect relationship between two things (such as an ingredient and the human body), the more evidence you have that supports your theory, the better.

On the other hand, “proving” a claim requires a very large body of peer-reviewed, repeatable evidence, which—again, according to authoritative websites—is something that seems that many of HL12's ingredients don’t seem to come with.

What About HL12’s Potential Side Effects?

Overall, WebMD indicates that most of HL12’s ingredients probably won’t cause anything worse than mild digestive upset. However, for licorice, they note:

“Consuming licorice daily for several weeks or longer can cause severe side effects including high blood pressure, low potassium levels, weakness, paralysis, and occasionally brain damage in otherwise healthy people. In people who eat a lot of salt or have heart disease, kidney disease, or high blood pressure, as little as 5 grams per day can cause these problems.”

In rare instances, vanadium can cause a greenish tongue and nervous system problems, while yarrow can lead to drowsiness and increased urination.

Because of alpha lipoic acid’s ability to lower blood sugar, you’ll definitely want to consult with your doctor based on any diabetes medications you’re taking.

For some ingredients, like banaba, the long-term safety is unknown.

Effectiveness and potential side effects aside, how much will you pay for a bottle of HL12?

How Much Does HL12 by Holy Land Health Cost?

Holy Land Health has priced one bottle (30 capsules) of HL12 at $69, which includes free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States.

All HL12 purchases come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges. You won’t be required to return the bottle.

In order to request a refund, Holy Land Health’s customer service department can be reached at 855-875-7467 or support@holylandhealth.com.

Are There Any Other Supplements Like HL12 and Are They Good?

We’ve reviewed a lot of nutritional supplements over the years, including many diabetes-related ones.

Want even more options? Try typing "diabetes supplement" into your nearest search engine, and you'll quickly find that you have hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of additional choices.

Granted, most of these supplements have vastly different formulations than HL12, although several feature ingredients with more clinical evidence supporting their efficacy.

Since writing our original review, three HighYa readers provided their feedback about HL12, giving the supplement an average rating of 3.7 stars.

One customer told us the supplement worked (but didn’t provide any additional details), another claimed it helped them lose weight, and the third complained that it didn’t work.

As a company, Holy Land Health had a B+ Better Business Bureau rating (as of 1/5/17) and no closed complaints.

What’s the Bottom Line About HL12 by Holy Land Health?

Based on WebMD’s summarization of the available clinical evidence, will HL12’s ingredients cause you any harm? Other than some concerns about long-term licorice use and ALA’s ability to reduce blood sugar, probably not.

On the other hand, can you reasonably expect these ingredients to provide some kind of blood sugar support? Again, based on WebMD’s summarization, this doesn’t seem to be indicated by the available evidence.

As such, we think Holy Land Health’s claim that HL12 is an “alternative to [the pharmaceutical companies’] chemical concoctions” to be a bit misleading. And if you have type 1 diabetes, taking a supplement while forgoing your prescription medication could be downright deadly.

In the end, if you’re strongly considering HL12, the first person you should speak with is your doctor. After all, they’re most informed about your specific diagnosis and can help decide if the supplement might help improve your blood sugar levels.

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    It really works!

    • By Minerva M.,
    • San Antonio, TX,
    • Jan 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been using the HL12 product for approximately three years and the very first time I had tried it my diabetic levels were back to normal as well my high blood pressure levels remained perfectly healthy. My physician couldn't believe it, after years of treatments most of my blood work counts were displayed abnormal. Once I had learned about the HL12 product, within days not only my high blood pressure had shown normal but another change happened in my eye vision. I began to see more clearer than ever before, which my vision prior was very blurred.

    I am very pleased that I found a product that truly works! HL12 has changed my life! I will reorder again!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 22 out 23 people found this review helpful

    It works!

    I have been recently diagnosed with diabetes. My brother, who is a doctor of 25 years, took my blood sugar and it was 428. He gave me the Rx drug (I won't give the name), and a week later I had ULCERS in my genital area and a "feeling of fire" whenever I went to the bathroom. On the TV, when they are advertising this drug, ulcers was one of the side effects! I stopped the drug that instant.

    I have started taking HL12 for approx three weeks. I met with my brother, the doctor, who by the way is taking the Rx medication now for over three years (because he is a diabetic as well), and we took our fasting blood sugars that morning. His blood sugar was 168, and mine was 132! It's been just three weeks, and I can have that low of a blood glucose level. I say "YES" it works very well. Period!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Excellent product

    I only ordered one bottle. I regret not taking advantage of a special offer at that time. As someone that has tried so many "wonder potions," I decided to try just one. Well, my HgAic has gone from 7.3 to 6.3. I have not been 6 in years.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 21 people found this review helpful


    • By Roxana,
    • California,
    • Apr 14, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I hab diabetes so I was already taking medication. I start taking HL12 and I don't need to take the medication anymore. My morning numbers are 98 to 105 daily. Believe it, it really works.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 29 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Grateful for a product that works.

    • By Janet,
    • Florida,
    • Feb 5, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have ordered another two months of this product. I have had symptoms of prediabetes for years. Although I have learned to control symptoms through low carb eating, I find eating that way all the time is boring and restrictive.

    Since I have begun taking the product, I can eat whole wheat bread and other good carbs without arousing the cravings that would always drive me back for more, keeping me from weight loss. I have lost 6 lbs. since the beginning of January. This is the boost I have needed in my journey to health through diet and exercise.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 46 out 59 people found this review helpful

    The product stinks

    • By Maruon,
    • New York,
    • Dec 26, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    The product HLT12 stinks. I tried it for almost a month and my blood sugar still is running 200 and over. The doctor put me on a diet and I lost over 40 pounds but I could not get my blood sugar below 200.

    So I saw this product and tried it and it did not work for me. So I will not be reordering anymore of the HLT 12.

    Sincerely, Marion R. Carter

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 71 out 79 people found this review helpful

    It's a wonderful product.

    I have type 2 diabetes and it is so hard to loose weight. I was about to give up hope than I read about HlT12. I thought, “Jesus I am going to try just one more time to see if this is the miracle I have been waiting for”.

    Oh my goodness, it is amazing! I have lost 13 pounds in 28 days, and I am going to continue on my journey to better health.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 112 out 123 people found this review helpful

    It Works!

    After watching and listening to a video about HLl2 on Facebook I hesitatingly ordered a bottle which costs $69.00 which included shipping. My second bottle cost $64.00. I noticed a difference with the first pill and my numbers have gone down steadily. They continue to keep at 90-170. My previous numbers ran from 125 to 300. I am so happy I can hardly wait until my next 3-month check-up with the doctor. I have told 3 friends about my experience with HL12.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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