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Must-Have Supplements for Diabetes
Anyone who has diabetes should—at a minimum—take a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement(
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Stay away from Trans Fat. Trans fat" is found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil."Overconsumption of refined vegetable oils leads to diabetes...When polyunsaturated fats from the diet are incorporated into cellular structure, the cell's ability to bind with insulin decreases, thus lowering its ability to get glucose...These are fats that diabetics can eat without fear.Barlean's Flax Oil* Total Omega 3-6-9 Swirl
Complete B-Complex, specifically, support nerve health, which is critical for addressing conditions such as diabetic neuropathy. Biotin is another B-complex vitamin that is necessary for both metabolism and growth. Biotin is also involved in the manufacture and utilization of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Take 75 mg of B6, 150 mcg of B12, and 300 mcg of biotin daily.
Buffered Vitamin C lowers levels of sorbitol, the sugar that can collect in and damage cells in the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. I recommend at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily.
Lack of vitamin D is associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 2 diabetes generally have low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D improves insulin sensitivity.
Vitamin D Council recommended amounts
Based on the body's indicated daily vitamin D usage, the Vitamin D Council recommends the following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in the absence of proper sun exposure.
- Healthy infants - 1,000 IU/day
- Healthy children - 1,000 IU/day per every 25 lbs of body weight.
- Healthy adults - 5,000 IU/day
Additionally, children and adults with chronic health conditions may need as much as double these amounts.
Vitamins D turns on genes that boost production of antimicrobial peptides called cathelicidins, which destroy viruses, bacteria, and other germs. Because people with diabetes are more prone to infections due to diabetic ulcers and periodontal disease, making sure your body has optimal levels of this fat-soluble vitamin is important.
However, a companion nutrient to vitamin D is vitamin K2. It is essential that the diet include sufficient vitamin K2 for all the benefits of vitamin D to be realized. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, and vitamin K2 ensures the calcium is utilized properly.
Also, a companion nutrient to calcium is magnesium. Now that increased vitamin D in the diet is allowing the body to absorb more calcium, it is essential that the diet also include adequate magnesium. A good source of magnesium is leafy green vegetables. A good magnesium supplement is magnesium citrate, or Magnesium Citrate with Potassium .
Vitamin E is the body’s premier fat-soluble antioxidant. It improves glucose control and protects blood vessels and nerves from free radical damage, which is accelerated by the diabetes. Studies have shown that high doses of supplemental
Natural Vitamin E,
When taking vitamin E, take only the natural form of it. You can tell it’s natural if it’s listed as d-alpha-tocopherol or d-alpha-tocopheryl. Synthetic vitamin E is listed as dl-alpha-tocopherol or dl-alpha tocopheryl).
Magnesium is a mineral crucial for energy production and protein synthesis, cellular replication, and DNA production. Magnesium has also been shown to decrease insulin resistance, helping to keep blood sugar levels in check. I recommend 500–1,000 mg of magnesium daily.
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Magnesium deficiency is dangerously common, resulting in increased cardiovascular disease risk. Studies indicate that restoring healthy magnesium levels reduces the rate of cardiovascular disease by 40%, of sudden cardiac arrest by 77%, of cancer by 50%, and of all-cause mortality by 40%.
Vanadyl Sulfate, mimics insulin in the body and helps maintain normal blood sugar levels. The suggested dose is 100 mg daily.
Chromium is a trace mineral that improves the action of insulin and helps move glucose and other nutrients into the cells. Chromium doesn’t cause the body to make more insulin—it just helps insulin work better.
At least 15 well-controlled clinical trials examining the effects of supplemental
Chromium on patients with diabetes, insulin resistance, and other blood sugar abnormalities have shown that this mineral improves glucose metabolism. I recommend 200 mcg of chromium picolinate daily.
Gymnema sylvestre is an extract from the leaves of a climbing plant native to the forests of central and south India. The leaves of the plant contain gymnemic acids, which have been shown to slow the transport of glucose from the intestines to the bloodstream. This, in turn, helps to keep blood sugar levels in the healthy range. I recommend a maintenance dose of 200 mg of Gymnema sylvestre daily. For extra support, try 400 mg daily.
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What Do Essential Fatty Acids Do in Your Body?
Fatty acids are used in every cell of your body. They have several characteristics that give them the power to give your body health and a feeling of well being:
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* They absorb sunlight
* They have a negative charge
* They readily reduce lactic acid
Arteriosclerosis is one of the long term complications of diabetes. Heart disease, stroke and their complications are the leading causes of illness and death in people with diabetes. "Don't become a victim"
The majority of heart disease is related to something called atherosclerosis, the “hardening” of the arteries through chronic inflammation due to fatty deposits in the artery wall. Healthy arteries are tough while still remaining flexible and elastic. Atherosclerosis gradually destroys this crucial elasticity. When arteries harden, they can block the flow of vital oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart, brain, and other organs. Unfortunately, for a majority of men and about half of all women with atherosclerosis, the first indication that they have this condition is heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Atherosclerosis may take decades to develop, and its progression is stealthy.
[Natural Atherosclerosis Solutions]by Dr. David Williams
Atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries, is a systemic problem. In other words, it isn’t isolated to just one area of the body. Unfortunately, the problem may not be discovered until some debilitating event like angina, stroke, or a heart attack occurs.
However, there are natural substances that you can take to help combat these arterial blockages, and in some cases, even clear them altogether. The following are a few of these solutions I’ve written about over the years.
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS
Super Omegais the cornerstone of any treatment dealing with cardiovascular health. The body cannot function without these essential fatty acids.
Niacin lowers total cholesterol, LDL, which is the “bad” cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, while increasing HDL, the good cholesterol, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. High levels of LDL and low levels of HDL increase the chance of plaque accumulating in the arteries. Therefore, by decreasing the bad and increasing the good cholesterol, niacin helps keep arteries stay clear by reversing cholesterol transport.
Vitamin k removes calcium from the arteries and put it back in the bones where it is suppose to be.
Vitamins D and K with Sea-Iodine™,An avalanche of favorable studies has resulted in record numbers of Americans supplementing with vitamin D. Since it is virtually impossible to obtain adequate vitamin D from food sources, supplementation with 5,000-10,000 IU daily is required by many aging individuals.
Overlooked by almost everyone is the critical importance of vitamin K. If one is concerned enough about their health to take higher dose vitamin D, it seems absurd to miss out on the benefits of vitamin K. For instance, vitamin D facilitates calcium absorption into the bloodstream and thus plays an important role in maintaining bone density. Less recognized is the need for vitamin K to transport calcium from the bloodstream into the bone. Vitamin K is also required by calcium-regulating proteins in the arteries. Together these two vitamins help maintain youthful calcium skeletal distribution while promoting vascular health.
NATTO OR NATTOKINASE
Nattokinase is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks up blood clots before they have a chance to become dangerous, and promotes heart and vascular health. Its action reduces thrombosis that can lead to heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and stroke.
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Over ten years ago I reported on some research performed by Dr. Chauhan. I thought it was some of the most important and useful work I’d seen in decades,
Dr. Chauhan found that by increasing blood levels of L-Arginine which is converted to nitric acid, even older blood vessels will relax and dilate, dramatically increasing blood flow through them. Just a small increase in diameter translates into a huge improvement in blood flow. For example, if you double the radius of a vessel, your blood flow is four times as great.
If you want to improve elasticity in your microvascular vessels, L-arginine is the miracle substance that can do it. A dose of about 6 grams (3 grams taken twice daily) has been shown to double blood plasma levels in just a few weeks.
Lecithin Granulesjust happens to be one of a handful of natural products that can lower the levels of LDL cholesterol and, at the same time, increase HDL cholesterol. Lecithin use has been proven in dozens of studies to lower cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol absorption in the gut and, more significantly, by actually pulling harmful forms of cholesterol out of the bloodstream.
More recently, there has been a focus on trying to help prevent atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) and heart disease by lowering blood plasma levels of homocysteine. This can usually be accomplished by increasing the intake of vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid. However, the choline provided by lecithin has the same effect. Choline is metabolized into betaine, which in turn lowers homocysteine levels. (Betaine is another so-called “new” supplement recently being touted as the answer to circulation problems.)
About 15 years ago, I first reported on some research being conducted by Dr. James Cerda of the University of Florida. Dr. Cerda’s research involved the dietary use of grapefruit pectin to lower cholesterol levels and possibly retard or stop the formation of atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries).
In his initial animal work he determined grapefruit pectin, when fed concurrently with a high fat diet, could decrease the amount of plaque formation in the aorta and the small blood vessels supplying the heart. In following studies, Dr. Cerda’s research data demonstrated that adding pectin to the diet can actually reverse pre-existing atherosclerosis!
The daily dosages to achieve similar results as above would be approximately 15 grams of pectin a day. Dr. Cerda’s product, called Profibe ProFibe 454 g contains 25 percent pectin and 75 percent guar gum, and he recommends 15 grams of ProFibe per day.
Endothelial Defense? with GliSODin�, 60 vegetarian capsulesCompounds found only in pomegranates called punicalagins are shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagins are the major component responsible for pomegranate's antioxidant and health benefits. They not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away.
Recent medical research studied heart patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants' blood pressure lower by over 12 percent, but there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque. Just as astounding, participants who did not take the pomegranate juice saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9 percent
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