Supplements can be very beneficial to your general health and controlling your blood sugar can significantly improve your health. You should check with your doctor however before starting supplements, especially if you have not used them before, you are maintaining a strict diabetic diet, you are planning to take several different supplements, or if you have a condition like diabetes, a heart condition, issues with your kidneys, or any other major health concern. Your doctor has records of what your blood work looks like, your medical history, and about health concerns that are specific to you. Supplements need to be pharmaceutical grade and they need to have been tested for quality. Your doctor may be able to make recommendations about which supplements to look for and where to find them. Even though a product may be listed as natural does not guarantee that it is safe for you. Some supplements may not work well with medications you are taking, or if your diet is already producing enough of whatever kind of supplement you may be interested in taking, you could cause unexpected problems for your health.
We Don’t Know It All
Diabetes affects every system and most organs in your body. The medical profession is still learning new things about diabetes and the best treatments for it every year. Pharmaceutical companies are continually producing new ways to treat type two diabetes. Diabetes can cause some unusual problems for your nutrition and the way that your body absorbs the minerals and vitamins that you eat. Supplements may be the best way to go but you should get most of your nutrients from food sources by eating healthy choices and eating regularly. These supplements can aid your body in regulating your blood sugar and help you keep your A1C down. Research has shown that people with type 2 diabetes can benefit from taking supplements. The fact is that type two diabetes can be controlled or even reversed simply by controlling what you eat, portion sizes, and regular exercise. While you work towards that very important goal lets look at the best supplements for where you are right now.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is said to be an antioxidant that can help sugar get into the cells they are designed for and prevent them from attaching to protein cells. ALA also contributes to the health of your eyes and is used in the prevention or treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Start with a small daily dose of ALA and slowly increase it over time if necessary, because it could lower your blood sugar too much. Natural sources of ALA are Liver, spinach, and broccoli.
Ask your doctor about a safe dose to start with.
Most diabetics struggle with having enough magnesium in their bodies. Magnesium helps with blood pressure and a healthy heart rate. A lack of magnesium can cause your pancreas to produce less insulin or possibly stop producing any insulin. If that happens, you will become insulin-dependent. Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea. Natural sources for magnesium are sunflower seeds, tuna, spinach, and oat bran.
Follow the suggested dose on the bottle.
Bitter melon is a vegetable that seems to have glucose reducing properties. It is grown in sub-tropical areas of Asia, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean, so this food source may not be available to you.
Start with 900mg daily.
Chromium is a necessary mineral that your body can easily absorb. It helps increase insulin activity and because of that, it can lower the amount of sugar in the blood. Natural sources for chromium Picolinate are broccoli and cinnamon.
600 mg daily.
Cinnamon can help insulin receptors in beta cells to respond better. It can help insulins signals to your body, improve how sugar moves through your body, and help glycogen storage. Cinnamon helps lower fasting blood sugar levels, for most people, that means overnight. You need to be aware that this is happening if your sugars become too low in the mornings. Moderation may be the key. Cinnamon will lower cholesterol and is an anti-inflammatory. Remember, supplements are to go with your diet, not replace food, so try sprinkling some unsweetened ground cinnamon powder in some different recipes or even in your tea or coffee.
2teaspoons a day.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil (Fish Oil)
This fish oil is high in Omega 3s which can increase the level of adiponectin in your blood. Adiponectin is a hormone that helps your metabolic processes like regulating sugars and decreasing inflammation. Omega 3s help insulin functions.
1,000mg a day.
Vitamin B-1 Or Thiamine
Thiamine, also called vitamin B-1, is commonly low in people with diabetes and that deficiency is believed to be contributing to some of the complications related to diabetes. A lack of this vitamin has been linked to heart disease as well, and damage to blood vessels.
Follow the dosage recommendations on the bottle.
Adding these supplements to a carefully designed diet could help you maintain your glucose levels and the three-month averages of your blood sugars (A1C). You should not come off of any medication for Diabetes without your doctors’ orders. All of these supplements could drop your blood sugars, so you may want to start them one at the time and allow your body to adjust before adding another. Always be aware of what your fasting sugars are first thing in the morning because they will reflect your diet, in general, better than at any other time of the day. If the numbers start getting too low, stop or lower the dose of the supplements, do not stop or change your diabetes medications until after you talk to your doctor.