Supplements Lower Blood Sugar

 

Do supplements lower blood sugar?  Is diet helpful or harmful with diabetes?  Based on new information that is coming forth, yes is the answer to both questions.  According to an article recently in Nature Medicine, Type 2 Diabetes is being looked at as an autoimmune disease; not simply a metabolic disorder.

That being said, I thought it would be good to do a little research on just what supplements for diabetes really have been shown to be helpful.  In other words, which supplements lower blood sugar.  Here’s what I found after I did a little digging:

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Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is very common in people with diabetes.  This can actually create greater insulin resistance, leading to higher blood sugar levels.   It would be best to have your magnesium levels checked before beginning any therapy.  Once checked, a dosage of 250-350 mg once daily is recommended.

Evening Primrose Oil

Gamma Linolenic Acid, or GLA, is the primary reason for evening primrose oil’s usefulness with diabetes.  Research has shown it to be helpful for diabetic neuropathy.

Chromium

If you are chromium deficient, dosage would start at 200 micrograms 3 times per day, then reduced as levels improve.  Chromium helps to normalize blood sugar.  It aids in fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism and it enhances insulin function.  The Journal of the American College of Nutrition noted at least 25 studies showing chromium benefits for diabetics in an article from 1998.

Fenugreek Seed

Fenugreek seed is known to decrease blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity and to reduce cholesterol.  Studies as far back as 1990 show significantly lowered blood sugar levels in patients who use fenugreek.  Dosage would be 5.30 grams with meals.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

ALA, for short, has been shown to relieve nerve pain, numbness and burning caused by diabetic neuropathy.  It is know to neutralize free radicals which are caused by diabetes (among other factors) which can lead to neuropathy.

Ginsengginseng

 

Ginseng slows carbohydrate absorption and improves the ability of the body to use glucose.  It also decreases insulin secretion from the pancreas.  Several studies have actually shown blood sugar drops of 15-20% with ginseng usage.  1-3 grams per day is the normal dosage.

Lecithin

Lecithin is actually an emulsifier.  It keeps fats and cholesterol from becoming solid as they travel through your bloodstream to the liver.  That helps to prevent plaque formation in the arteries and other cardiac disease.  Diabetics appear to have a higher rate of cardiovascular disease.  Lecithin also helps to lower triglyceride levels which, in turn, helps to lower bad cholesterol levels.

CinnamonCinnamon

It is believed that cinnamon increases insulin action.  500 mg taken twice a day can actually improve A1C levels in patients with levels higher than 7 percent.  Taking cinnamon in capsule form is far better than just using it in your food – the quality is better.

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 This very common weed is chock full of vitamins  and minerals. Dandelion root has been used in  herbal medicine for centuries. It is known as a liver  purifier.  It can help to stabilize blood sugar levels  and also to improve good cholesterol levels.  

Garlic

I cannot say enough about garlic!  It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and an anti-oxidant. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.  It helps increase insulin and improves glucose tolerance.  It also helps to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre has been used in India for centuries.  Research is showing it promotes regeneration of beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.  It is actually reported to be useful for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Here is a link to order it – I have not found this one locally.  Click this link http://amzn.to/1LYZ1uU

 

Milk Thistle

 

Last, but certainly not least is milk thistle, or silybum marianum, which happens to be one of my favorite herbs.  You can click on Milk Thistle under the picture to order.   Milk Thistle has been prescribed as another liver-cleansing herb as far back as the time of Pliny the Elder.  It has anti-oxidant properties and does protect the liver from toxicity.  Research shows lowered blood sugar levels in patients without liver disease when taking 200 mg 3 times daily for a period of 4 months;  some as much as 15%.  These patients also have less of the blood sugar spikes diabetics tend to experience about 4 hours after a meal.  Yet another wonderful herb in the list of which supplements lower blood sugar.  

Please feel free to share this information with friends and family.  As always, leave me a comment and let me know if this list of which supplements lower blood sugar has helped you or your loved ones.

Blessings,

Debby

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28 comments

  1. Sheree says:

    Thank you so much Debby.
    When I saw you topic “Supplements Lower Blood Sugar”, I was thinking capsules or pills. But I’m happy you provided natural herbs to help with lowering blood sugar levels. I always like to go the natural way.

    I don’t have diabetes, but I do have a friend that does. I will be passing this information on to her. I will also be using some of these herbs to help with controlling my blood sugar levels to control my food cravings.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for taking the time to review this post Sheree and for your comments. I, too, would much rather rely on herbs and supplements wherever I possibly can for minor things. Also, I have seen proof that Type II Diabetes can be brought under control with proper diet and supplements.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  2. Dave says:

    When heavily in the weight loss business – type 2 diabetics were no longer diabetic on a ketogenic diet – they were not diabetic at all – they just ate WAY past the bodes ability to produce enough natural insulin for the the “crap” they ate. It made the regular doctors “mad” when we cured it along with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. As you know so much can be done by eating healthy and balance and eliminating white flout and sugar and salt..you have a great information site here…so many people need what you are talking about…

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thank you for your comments Dave. Yes, many of today’s “so-called” illnesses are really just a byproduct of what we put into our bodies. Herbs and other alternative treatments can be very helpful, but the better way is to eat healthy and stay as healthy as you can.

      Blessings,
      Debby

  3. lynnsamuelson says:

    This is really interesting. I know that Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease but didn’t realize that Type 2 is also in the autoimmune disease family. My husband and brother have Type 1 Diabetes which I know a lot about but I’ll share this information with my sister-in-law who was recently diagnosed with Type 2. She’s also quite overweight and loves sweets which I believe is a contributing factor in many cases. I know she likes ginseng tea and cinnamon and garlic so I’m sure she’ll be happy to hear that this is helping her with her condition.
    Erica

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks so much for your comments Erica. Sugar is one of the worst destroyers of our immune system. And artificial sweeteners are even worse for our bodies than sugar! I have found that, once sugar is totally eliminated from your diet, many foods taste sweeter such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and, of course, all fruits. Type II is often found in those who are overweight. Doctors believe that diet and exercise can help in amazing ways with Type II. I hope your sister in law will take this to heart. I have an aunt with Type II diabetes. She also has a heart condition now and it is becoming increasingly difficult for her as she no longer has the energy to exercise properly because of her heart condition.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  4. Lucas says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your information on all of these supplements and their health benefits in regard to blood sugar. As of now my blood sugar is healthy, but if it ever gets too high I will have to check back to this article. I wish you well with your website.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for the comment Lucas. I hope you never have to deal with that issue. The healthier we keep our diets and other aspects of our lives, the less illness we will have to deal with in the future!

      Blessings,

      Debby

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