L-arginine can cause the pancreas to release a hormone called glucagon. The pancreas produces glucagon as a means to increase blood sugar levels when they are too low. Glucagon makes the liver convert stored sugar (glycogen) to useable sugar (glucose) that is then released into the bloodstream. Using L-arginine along with xylitol, can keep L-arginine from stimulating the pancreas to release glucagon.
Blood glucose levels tend to increase after a meal is eaten. When blood glucose levels are increased, the pancreas reacts by releasing insulin to inhibit the production of glucagon which converts to glucose. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.
Xylitol is used in the L-arginine Plus™ formula specifically to help maintain balanced blood glucose levels. Please be aware of supplements that contain L-arginine that do not include xylitol.
Studies have shown that xylitol can cause the secretion of insulin, which acts as an inhibitor of glucagon. When l-arginine and xylitol are combined, they create a balance of insulin and glucose, avoiding spikes in each.
Xylitol has been noted for its effectiveness as an antibacterial agent. Studies have shown that xylitol can be used as an effective method to prevent cavities and tooth decay.