For those unfamiliar with the function of a product like Glycobol, this is an herbal blend designed to mimic an insulin response to aid in shuttling nutrients to the appropriate places. This optimizes the use of macronutrients in the body without letting anything sit around to accumulate in adipose tissue. In doing so, protein molecules are broken down and partitioned appropriately, carbohydrates are stored in muscle tissue instead of fat deposits, and fats are redirected to the joints, muscles, and vital organs for support.
In the past, I have used more over-the-counter/run-of-the-mill vitamin shop items like chromium picolinate and vanadyl sulfate alone. Before switching to Glycobol I was using something simply called "Glycemic factors," a blend of similar acting ingredients in a funky smelling tab (I think its the gymnema sylvestre). That had numerous vitamins, chromium picolinate, vanadyl sulfate, fenugreek, and bitter melon extract. In comparison, here's Glycobol:
Number one thing I noticed: Na-R-ALA?!?! Slick move. Use the salt form of lipoate to induce mitochondrial glucose uptake. More specifically, use the more readily biologically active form. Also a potent anti-oxidant against free oxygen radicals created during glucose metabolism in mitochondria.
No chromium here. I like that - chromium is a trace metal in the body. It's easy to over do it. And that can cause a big jump in blood pressure. At one time I was taking up to 1000mg/daily... bad idea. Vanadyl sulfate is one of those myth/legend bodybuilding tricks. It's not advisable to run it for extended periods of time. It can be harsh on the liver and cause insulin sensitivity issues. I haven't been on either for very long - I may run them along side of Glycobol after seeing how it does stand alone.
Cinnamon Bark extract - I've alwasy pushed people to add cinnamon to oatmeal, cream of wheat, sweet potatoes, etc when consuming carbs. Cinnamon contains an antioxiant known as cinnamtannin B1 which mimics insulin. Cinnamon's anti-oxidant properties are quite substantial.
Trigonella Seed Extract - basically fenugreek. Not only is it a good agent for test boost but will certainly help my body utilize nutrients to aid recovery faster. Especially that sesame seed oil I love!
Phellodendron extract - don't know much about it. What I do know is its considered an alkaloid, not an antioxidant. As of recent, I've been investigating more use of alkaloids. I started drinking Chai for one thing. Ah, Eastern wisdom wins again.
BMOV (Bis-Maltolato-Oxovanadium) - Vanadium mineral. I mentioned before I used vanadyl sulfate in the past which is a different form of vanadium. Lets see how this particular form helps keep me looking full, hard, and vascular.