AromActive, Tea for Prediabetes

Do I have prediabetes?  What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is the state in which some but not all of the diagnostic criteria for diabetes are met. It is often described as the “gray area” between normal blood sugar and diabetic levels.

The primary test to screen for prediabetes is:

  • The glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. This blood test indicates your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It works by measuring the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells. The higher your blood sugar levels, the more hemoglobin you'll have with sugar attached. An A1C level between 5.7 and 6.4 percent suggests you have prediabetes. Normal levels are below 5.7 percent.
If the A1C test isn't available, or if you have certain conditions that can make the A1C test inaccurate — such as if you're pregnant or have an uncommon form of hemoglobin (known as a hemoglobin variant) — your doctor may use the following tests to diagnose diabetes:

Fasting blood sugar (glucose) level of:

        110 to 125 mg/dL (6.1 mM to 6.9 mM) – WHO (World Health Organization) criteria

        100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 mM to 6.9 mM) - ADA (American Diabetes Association) criteria

Two hour glucose tolerance test after ingesting the standardized 75 Gm glucose solution the blood sugar level of 140 to 199 mg/dL (7.8 to 11.0 mM)(11).  Glycated hemoglobin between 5.7 and 6.4 percent (12)

Levels above these limits would be a diagnosis for diabetes.

How to prevent diabetes if you are prediabetic? What to do if you are prediabetic?

The progression into diabetes from prediabetes is approximately 25% over three to five years (13). Intensive weight loss and lifestyle intervention, if sustained, can substantially improve glucose tolerance and prevent progression from prediabetes to diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program (14) study found a 16% reduction in diabetes risk for every kilogram of weight loss. Reducing weight by 7% through a low-fat diet and performing 150 minutes of exercise a week is the goal.  The ADA guidelines (15) recommend modest weight loss (5-10% body weight), moderate-intensity exercise (30 minutes daily), and smoking cessation.

Prediabetic diet – good food and healthy diet for prediabetes? foods to avoid if you are prediabetic?

The recommended diet for prediabetes are low-fat, low-sugar, and low-salt diet based on the lifestyle intervention guideline for preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).  Foods to avoid for prediabetes are high-fat, high-sugar, and high-salt diet.

AromActive – Healthy food for Prediabetes - Support Body's Natural Healing

AromActive is a low carb, low sugar, and low salt diet for prediabetes. The benefit effects for prediabetes likely lie in the combination of many different components in the AromActive, not due to one particular component.  Here are some well-researched effective molecules in the tea:

  1. D-chiro-inisotol (DCI) - accelerate glucose disposal, sensitize insulin action, and lower blood pressure

AromActive buckwheat flower with D-chiro-inisotol

Molecular formula:  C6H12O6


Molar mass: 180.16 g/mol


DCI is known to be an important secondary messenger in insulin signal transduction (1).  Early study demonstrated a linear relationship between its decreased urinary excretion and the degree of insulin resistance present. When tissue contents, including muscle, of type 2 diabetic subjects were assayed, they demonstrated a more general body deficiency of DCI in type 2 diabetic patients.  Administration of D-chiro-inositol to diabetic patients accelerated glucose disposal and sensitized insulin action (1)


DCI could also play a role in hunger-quenching effect for prediabetes.  If someone is insulin resistant, which leads to hungry cells, they may be sending your body a message to eat.  DCI can increase insulin sensitivity, which results in improved glucose uptake and utilization by the cells, and consequently quenching the hungry signal from the cells.

DCI is not abundant in most diets, and it can be found in significant quantities in tartary black bitter buckwheat as the major natural source of DCI.

One of the main ingredients in AromActive is tartary black bitter buckwheat (also referred as Soba in Japanese).  The metabolic benefit of buckwheat were known in ancient Mongolia, China, Russia, and India.   Buckwheat tea (or Soba Cha) drinking is a wellness tradition in many Asia countries.  Modern science has shed some lights on understanding the ancient mystery why AromActive is a good food for prediabetes.  In a large epidemiology study involving 3542 Mongolians, it was found that the prevalence rates of hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and diabetes are significantly lower in participates with lifetime consumption of buckwheat seed as a staple food compared to participants who consumed corn as a staple food (6).

  1. Rutin and flavonoids – Anti-oxidant, natural blood thinner, prevent heart attack and stroke.

AromActive buckwheat flower with rutin

Molecular formula: C27H30O16


Molar mass: 610.52 g/mol



Rutin is a strong anti-oxidant (4).  In humans, it attaches to the iron ion Fe2+, preventing it from binding to hydrogen peroxide, which would otherwise create a highly reactive free radical that may damage cells.


  1. Hunger-quenching, diet-control, and weight-control for prediabetes.

AromActive is often used as part of a weight loss plan for prediabetes.  Its high protein and mineral content helps curb appetite by making you feel fuller, longer.  Research indicates that AromActive ingredient slows down the rate of glucose absorption in the body (7), and maintains balanced blood sugar levels for a longer period of time keeps you feeling full. Salicylaldehyde (2-hydroxybenzaldehyde) was identified as a characteristic component of AromActive aroma (9).  The unique aroma makes people feel full and satisfied, and could help suppress the cravings that so often sabotage a diet. By drinking AromActive before a meal and regularly, you may end up eating less and experiencing a higher level of satisfaction.

  1. Other components and functions

The health benefits of AromActive also come from its linoleic acid, essential amino acids and vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, E, P). AromActive is also rich in the minerals chromium, copper, manganese and folic acid.  It is also a great source of magnesium. Research studies confirm that chromium can help to control blood sugar levels.  Chromium acts on insulin by binding tightly to it and causing important changes in its spatial arrangement and clumping. As a result, chromium enhances insulin activity in several ways, including: assists insulin in helping your cells take glucose in, improves the ability of your cell receptors to respond to insulin and improves glucose transport into cells (8).  Similar to DCI, by increasing cell’s sensitivity to insulin, Chromium could also help quenching the hungry signal.

AromActive is high on soluble fiber that keeps the digestive tract running smoothly, which also aids in the elimination of fat which helps decrease cholesterol and prevent arthrosclerosis. High-fiber foods also take longer to fully digest than other foods, so you will feel full for a longer period after eating.

Due to the number of B vitamins in AromActive, it is highly recommended for people who suffer from disorders of the liver and diabetes. AromActive is also low in natural sugar, which makes it perfect for people who need to monitor their sugar intake.

>> Learn more about the AromActive process on making the AromActive™ tea.


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