Thursday, 10 October 2013

You don’t need eyes to dream big

Human body is wired to crave for sugar. Some studies have even suggested that consuming sugar can enhance uptake of crucial amino acid such as tryptophan from the food which is known to be indirectly associated with the feelings of well-being. But unfortunately, large number of people have to reduce consumption of sugar or give it up completely because of increase in the incidences of diabetes due to rapid urbanization and industrialization in India.
India is gradually emerging as world’s ‘Diabetes Capital’ with over 70 million diabetics reported in the year 2012 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Undoubtedly, Diabetes takes away some sweetness from the life but now a revolutionary innovation by Mr. C. K. Nandagopalan (Nandu) can certainly help restore it. Nandu, although visually challenged, is a prolific inventor and is credited for making ‘natural cane sugar diabetic friendly’ for the first time in the world. 
In the year 1987, Nandu established a research foundation called ‘Revolution’ with the aim to study classical Tamil sciences, especially aspects regarding Physiology, Pathology, Medicine and Food & Nutrition. He is also extensively researching on identifying new medicines from traditional knowledge system against auto-immune diseases. After exhaustive and systematic research, Nandu is now successful in making natural cane sugar diabetic friendly by blending it with a unique formulation of herbal extracts. 

According to Nandu, the genesis of diabetic friendly cane sugar is attributed to hassled parents of a young diabetic. Nandu explains, “I was approached by a grieving parent who had difficulty in controlling their child’s blood sugar levels as the child constantly yearned to eat sweets. Although, the parents could strictly monitor and control the child’s diet and glucose intake at home, while away, the child had easy access to candy, ice-cream, and other high sugar food items. Denying access to sweets was also straining the physical and emotional health of the child and the parents were perceived by him as his enemies. I had to do something for the family”. Nandu researched ancient medical system and applied his knowledge to develop a unique formulation of extracts from herbs and spices like Fenugreek, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Dried Ginger, Cinnamon, Gooseberry, Pomegranate, etc. to blend with natural cane sugar for making it diabetic friendly. As per Nandu’s hypothesis, the herbal additive allows glucose present in the blood stream to be effectively absorbed by the body at the cellular level.  

Although, there are other commercially available sugar substitutes like Aspartame, sucrolose, saccharine, etc. they have a bitter after-taste and cause  side-effects like enlarged liver and kidneys, reduced growth rate, decreased Red Blood Cell (RBC) count, etc. These sugar substitutes also have limited usage as they are heat sensitive. On the contrary, herbal treated cane sugar does not have bitter aftertaste and has no side effects. Moreover, this sugar can be used with any type of food and the heat sensitivity is at par with conventional cane sugar.

Nandu has branded his diabetic friendly cane sugar as ‘DiaBliss’ which is currently available in large metros. Nandu adds, “As herbal extract for making DiaBliss is derived from several herbs and spices using water (and no other chemical), the extract is colorless, odorless and tasteless and thereby restores the original taste of cane sugar & derivative products. By blending the herbal solution with sugar as well as carbohydrates and fruit pulp, we are able to provide a complete and integrated system for carbohydrate and fructose management for the first time in the world. Moreover during the preparation of herbal solution, potassium, calcium and antioxidants are extracted without altering the potency. We have also found that DiaBliss sugar addresses typical symptoms of diabetics which include low energy levels, lethargy, itchiness, craving for food and sweets by allowing enhanced absorption and better body metabolism”.
Manufacturing DiaBliss is a bit expensive process but by scaling-up the production, Nandu is successful in catering to big chunk of diabetics at an affordable price. He emphatically says, “Feedback for DiaBliss has been more than phenomenal; we have received hundreds of testimonies that boast about DiaBliss as a revolutionary sugar.”
Now Nandu and his team have developed a complete line of products using DiaBliss Sugar which include Sweets, Chocolate, Coffee & Tea Mixes, Multi Grain Porridges, Jams, Ketchup, Milk Shakes, Ice Cream Mixes, etc. Nandu’s DiaBliss, world’s first diabetic-friendly natural cane sugar, has global application and will enable diabetics to consume unlimited choice of foods without compromising on health.

As Nandu is a serial innovator, apart from DiaBliss, he has developed multiple other products such as ‘Heritage Sanjeevi’, ‘Nanneer’, etc. Heritage Sanjeevi is a novel topical medicine and claims to have highest wound healing capabilities. He claims that it can even heal radiation burns.
Another of Nandu’s innovations that is generating excitement is NANNEER which means “Pure water”. NANNEER is an herbal additive and Nandu claims that it has innumerable application in water management and agriculture. The concept of NANNEER is extremely cost efficient and any poor nation in this world can afford to produce NANNEER for a better environment and balance ecology for all the living species survival on land and water. Nandu also claims that NANNEER has proved its worth in handling polluted industrial effluents. NANNEER treated water promises to increase agricultural yield too.

Many ailing older patrons have often blessed Nandu though they say “Had you been a bit older than me I would have touched your feet”. This, as per Nandu is his greatest achievement.