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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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