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Natural Ingredients of GLS

Published in Health and Wealth

In my column last month on GLS as natural blood sugar control, I received many responses and requests for more information on the natural ingredients of GLS described by those who had tried and completed the GLS 90-Day Challenge as “miracle” and “wonder” health supplement.


To answer these many inquiries, I would like to share some excerpts of my previous column entitled “Doctor of Pharmacy Shares Review of GLS' Unique Natural Ingredients and Potency Multivitamins Formulation.”


“As columnist on HEALTH & WEALTH” and founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to Stephanie Phong Tuliao, Doctor of Pharmacy, for her technical and professional review of GLS's unique and natural ingredients and high potency multivitamins formulation.


For basic information and education, I would like to share with our readers and the general public her technical and professional review on the GLS Supplement.


Diabetes is a complex condition defined as a group of metabolic diseases in which one has elevated blood sugar due to one or two reasons: either the body is unable to produce sufficient amounts of insulin, or the body is unable to adequately respond to insulin. Due to these deficiencies, it is important for people with diabetes to properly manage these conditions with appropriate treatments which may include diet, lifestyle modifications, medication and/or supplements.


Ingredients found in GLS like alpha-liponic acid, chromium, gymnema sylvestre, cinnamon extract, vanadyl sulfate, high potency vitamins may be helpful for those looking for natural alternative to aid in their diabetes management.


1. ALPHA LIPOIC ACID - Alpha Lipoic Acid taken orally seems to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose disposal in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Pharmacologically, it improves glycemic control and peripheral neuropathies associated with diabetes.


2. CHROMIUM – Chromium is an essential trace element that has been shown to play an important role in insulin function. Some studies have shown that low chromium levels are associated with impaired glucose, insulin and lipid metabolism. Because some evidence shows that not taking chromium can decrease fasting blood sugar, insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity in people with Type 2 diabetes, this may be beneficial for people with diabetes.


3. GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE - Gymnema sylvestre is an herb that has shown to have some potential benefits for lowering blood sugar. Some studies suggest that taking gymnema extract in combination with insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents can further reduce blood glucose in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by reducing intestinal absorption of glucose and stimulating pancreatic beta cell growth.


4. CINNAMON EXTRACT - Cinnamon extract has been shown in some studies to be useful in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. While cinnamon extract alone may not provide significant reduction of fasting blood glucose, taking this as a supplement alongside with diet, exercise and medication, if necessary, may exhibit additive effect on the blood sugar.


5. VANADYL SULFATE – Vanadyl sulfate has been showing to mimic the actions of insulin which may play an important role in managing diabetes. Some evidence suggests improved hepatic and peripheral insulin sensitivity in patients with Type 2 diabetes and possibly reduced blood glucose levels. Low doses of this ingredient may have benefits as a supplementation for diabetes management.


6. HIGH POTENCY MULTIVITAMINS – Multivitamins play an important role in the overall well being for people with diabetes. Often people with diabetes come up short on key nutrients, thus multivitamins help fill these nutritional gaps with essential vitamins and minerals.


For initial supply of GLS and additional information, call:. Tel (650)438-3531 or (415)584-7095 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . YOU can also request your FREE copy of the colored GLS brochure and testimonials of those who had tried and completed the GLS 90-Day Challenge.. For your FREE copy, just send a self-addressed-stamped envelop to: FITNESS FOR HUMANITY, 730 Madrid Street, San Francisco, CA 94112.



*ART GABOT MADLAING is a commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE#00635976) in California since 1981. He is accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco. Art is the founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. He is active Evangelist with the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California.

Bangko Sentral takes stronger action vs. inflation

Published in Business


BANGKO SENTRAL Gov. Nestor Espenilla Jr. and Deputy Governor Diwa Gunigundo discuss measures against inflation.


MANILA – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has affirmed its readiness to “take strong immediate action using the full range of instruments in its toolkit” to address threats generated by higher-than-expected inflation, as demonstrated by its 100 basis points increase in key rates earlier this year.


This was stressed by BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. last week, as markets continued to be affected by the surge in the rate of price increases to a multiyear high of 6.4 percent in August 2018.


“The follow-through actions will also address other threats to higher inflation, such as excessive exchange rate volatility not consistent with underlying macroeconomic fundamentals in order to ensure that inflation returns to its 2 (percent) to 4 percent target over the policy horizon,” he said.


He also said that the central bank will re-activate tolls like the Currency Risk Protection Program (CRPP), “which will be made available to eligible corporates with foreign exchange obligations based on more liberalized rules.”


“In addition, the BSP will take all actions necessary to deal with speculative activity by market participants,” he added.


On Friday, the central bank, in a statement, said it will re-activate the CRPP, which was introduced in December 1997, to be made available to eligible corporations through commercial banks. It was explained that the facility is a “non-deliverable forward hedging facility, which is aimed at alleviating demand pressures in the foreign exchange spot market from borrowers seeking to hedge their future foreign exchange exposures.”


“Under the facility, parties agree that, on maturity of the forward contract, only the net difference between the contracted forward rate and the spot rate shall be settled in pesos,” the central bank said.


BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo, in a briefing Friday, said the facility will address concerns of corporates with outstanding loans. He explained that businesses normally buy foreign exchange on spot for their future requirements.


While this practice protects corporates if the Peso, for one, depreciates in the future, this increases volatility in the foreign exchange market, he said. “But if you have this CRPP, then your corporate players will have the assurance that they will be protected regardless of the fluctuations in the foreign exchange market,” he said.


Guinigundo stressed that the current volatility in the foreign exchange market is due to the impact of external developments, such as the trade tensions between the US and China and the currency crisis in Turkey and Argentina. “So I think by these measures of the BSP, the announced measures of the BSP, we should be able to address the concerns of the foreign exchange market,” he said.


“The BSP will make sure that we would also be able to deal with speculative activity in the market,” he added.


Business sentiment declines but outlook brighter for Q4

Published in Business

MANILA – Business sentiment in the third quarter of 2018 slid to 30.1 percent, the lowest since the first quarter of 2010, from quarter-ago’s 39.3 percent due to inflation concerns, both domestic and global.


However, a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) official said the outlook is brighter in the last quarter of the year.


Aside from higher commodity prices, respondents of the Business Expectations Survey (BES) for the third quarter this year also cited the impact of the first tax reform package or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), increase in cost and lack of supply of raw materials, interruption of business activities, and lower crop production due to the rainy season, weakening peso and stiffer competition as reasons for the business sentiment.


In a briefing last week Thursday, Redentor Paolo Alegre Jr., head of the BSP's Department of Economic Statistics (DES), however, said outlook for the fourth quarter is better after the confidence index rose to 42.6 percent from 40.4 percent in the first quarter. “This suggests that growth may be sustained in the last quarter of 2018,” the report said.


Respondents attributed the brighter outlook next quarter to uptick in consumer demand due to the holidays, expansion of businesses and new products, continued rollout of the government’s infrastructure program, and opening of fishing operations in October.


The central bank report said the positive outlook for next quarter was also attributed to expectations of more favorable macroeconomic conditions, sustained foreign investment inflows, and robust inflows of money being sent home by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).


BES’ results have about 0.67 percent correlation to domestic output.


BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo, during the same briefing, said that although results of the BES showed some downtrend, the factors surrounding it should be considered.


He said seasonal factors, such as the interruption of business activities and lower crop production, along with weaker consumer demand due to the impact of the start of a new school year, should be considered when looking at the third quarter BES. “This is a signal to the business sector that spending may not necessarily be directed towards the products and services that they produce,” he said.


Guinigundo said expectations of the business community is always on the high side but also noted that despite this, monetary officials need to study the results of the survey to be able to show the public that the central bank “will continue to be vigilant.“


The survey results also showed that the respondents expect the Peso to depreciate against the US dollar and the interest and inflation rates to go up. 

Peso slids to 54 a US dollar as stocks decline

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MAKATI CITY – The peso plunged to a new 13-year low against the US dollar Tuesday, Sept. 11, and in the days that followed amid the country’s widening trade deficit and exacerbated by the current global trade war and other external developments.


The peso lost six centavos to close at 53.94 a dollar, down from 53.88 Monday. It was the local currency’s weakest finish in almost 13 years, or since it settled at 53.985 on Dec. 7, 2005. 


Last week's trading came to a close, seeing a recovery in the Philippine peso, but profit-taking got the better of the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) as investors cashed in on Thursday’s gains.


The local currency ended the week at 53.97 from 54.07 a day ago, which Landbank market economist Guian Angelo S. Dumalagan traced to sentiments that allow the local unit to “find support at 54.00 after falling to that level this week.”


It opened the day at 54.02, sideways from the 53.99 a day ago, and traded between 53.965 and 54.06, resulting in an average of 54.011.


Volume reached US$660.15, a little more than the US$658.3 million in the previous session.


Dumalagan forecasts the currency pair to trade between 53.70 and 54.20 next week.


He said he remains optimistic that the peso can still improve in the coming months and end the year at a better 53-level if inflation peaks and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) further hikes key policy rates.


The BSP has increased its key rates by a total of 100 basis points as inflation sustains its rise.


In the first eight months this year, inflation averaged at 4.8 percent, higher than the government’s 2 percent to 4 percent target band until 2020.


Last August, the rate of price increases rose to a multiyear high of 6.4 percent from month-ago’s 5.7 percent due to faster increases in the prices of fish, rice, meat and vegetables because of supply issues.


With inflation still high, the central bank’s policy-making Monetary Board (MB) is widely expected to hike rates further during the Board’s rate-setting meet on September 27.


On the other hand, PSEi contracted 1.39 percent, or 104.22 points, to 7,413.15 points as risk-off sentiment remains high.


“Philippine shares succumbed to profit-taking after yesterday’s (Thursday’s) last minute buy-up, and also with little market making developments,” Dumalagan said in a market report.


As expected, the Bank of England (BOE) and the European Central Bank (ECB) kept rates steady.


To date, BOE’s interest rate is at 0.75 percent while ECB’s primary interest rate is at -0.4 percent and the main refinancing rate is at zero percent.


BOE, meanwhile, hiked its growth projection for the country this 2018 to 0.5 percent from 0.4 percent after noting the stronger consumer spending.


With these, PSEi’s performance was mirrored by all the other indices, with the broader All Shares down by 1.02 percent, or 47.01 points, to 4,555.30 points.


Property registered the highest drop at 1.94 percent and was followed by Industrial, 1.57 percent; Holding Firms, 1.41 percent; Services, 0.63 percent; Mining and Oil, 0.58 percent; and Financials, 0.57 percent.


Volume was thin at 715.86 million shares amounting to P6 billion.


Losers continue to surpass gainers at 115 to 67 while 46 shares were unchanged. 


The Philippine peso has been moving in tandem with Asian currencies amid severe exchange rate volatility spawned by the global trade war, the Turkey-Argentina crisis and the Fed monetary normalization,” Undersecretary Gil Beltran said in an economic bulletin.


The peso ended Tuesday's session sideways against the US dollar despite the strong pull towards the 54-level but the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) declined for the fifth straight day on trade war concerns overseas and rise of domestic inflation rate.


Volume of trade reached US$434.1 million, lower than the US$434.9 million a day ago.


A trader said worries on rising domestic inflation continue to affect the local currency.


Another factor is the trade concerns between the US and China following the recent announcement that the US might slap more tariff on Chinese goods.


On the other hand, the main equities gauge fell 1.03 percent, or 78.14 points, to 7,518.01.


BDO chief strategist Jonathan Ravelas said bargain hunting was up “as there will always be markets and companies that will do better than others amid the ongoing US-China trade war and rising inflation environment.” He, however, said that investors remain cautious given the inflation uptick, which rose to 6.4 percent last August.


“Market is awaiting any leads to further rein in inflation like non-monetary measures thereof,” he said.


Beltran said year-to-date, the peso depreciated 7.39 percent, ranking third among 12 currencies of the fastest-growing Asian countries. The most depreciated currencies were Indian rupee, which dropped 11.7 percent, and Indonesian rupiah which declined 9 percent.


Other Asian currencies, which depreciated this year, were the Chinese yuan (down 4.97 percent), Korean won (down 4.46 percent) and Taiwan dollar (3.46 percent).


Beltran said that since July 31, emerging markets were the target of adverse hot money movements as contagion spread from problems in Turkey and Argentina.  Beltran said the Philippine peso depreciated by 0.82 percent since then, ranking fifth among eight Asian countries whose currencies depreciated.


He said the coefficient of variation showed that the volatility level of the Philippine peso (at 1.91 percent) year-to-date reflected the average for all 12 Asian countries. Volatility ranged from 0.14 percent for Hong Kong to 3.13 percent of China.


Beltran remained optimistic despite these developments, saying, “Maintaining good macroeconomic policies, thru manageable fiscal and BOP [balance of payments] balances, and adopting economic reforms thru tax reforms are still the best way to sustain growth and investment and, at the same time, steel the economy from external economic shocks.”


Beltran said contributing to the weakness of the peso was the Federal Reserve monetary normalization that propped up the dollar against other currencies.

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