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General Recommendations for Individuals with Diabetes
- Biotin is associated with glucose metabolism and is useful for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Take 9 to 16 mg daily.
- An antioxidant formula supplies additional antioxidants, which usually are needed in higher amounts in people with diabetes. Take as directed on the container.
- Vitamin C reduces the complications of diabetes. Take 1,000 mg two to three times a day.
- Vitamin B12 is effective for the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Take 1,000 mcg sublingually or by injection from your doctor (1 cc twice weekly).
- B-complex vitamins take part in blood sugar metabolic process and help treat diabetic symptoms such as neuropathy. Take a 50 mg B-complex daily.
- Magnesium is associated with insulin production and utilization. Take a daily total of 500 to 750 mg. Reduce dosage if loose stools occur.
- CoQ10 is commonly low in people with diabetes. One study found that it has a blood-sugar-lowering effect. CoQ10 prevents LDL cholesterol oxidation, that is more frequent in people with diabetes.
- Vitamin E enhances glucose regulation and prevents cholesterol oxidation. Take 800 to 1,200 IU daily of a formula containing tocotrienols and tocopherols.
- Thymus (Thymus vulgaris) extract balances the immunity mechanism, which is essential for type 1 diabetes. Take 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach or as directed on the container.
- Psyllium has been proven to reduce blood-sugar levels. It’s a good source of fiber. Take up to 5 grams every day.
- Pancreas extract facilitates pancreatic function. Take 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach or as directed on the container.
- Adrenal extract supports adrenal gland function, which is also important for blood-sugar regulation. Take 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach or as directed on the container.
- DHEA is often lacking in people with diabetes. If tests indicate that you have low levels, take 5 to 25 mg daily under a doctor’s supervision.
- Banaba leaf has been shown in animal and human studies to lower blood-sugar levels. Take 16 mg 3 times daily.
- Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) has been shown in a study to help improve blood-sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Take 200 mg daily.
- Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) might help balance blood-sugar levels. Take 5 ml two times a day of the tincture form or 200 mg in a capsule form, three time daily of a standardized extract.
- Garlic (Allium sativum) is a crucial herb for the diabetic. It balances blood sugar and helps reduce your risk of heart disease as well as other circulatory disorders by improving blood flow, lowering high blood pressure, and reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol. Take 300 to 450 mg two times a day.
- Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is yet another herb that stabilizes blood sugar. Take a product with an equivalent dosage of 15 to 50 grams daily.
- Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) oil might help prevent and treat diabetic neuropathy. Take a product containing 480 mg daily of GLA (the active essential fatty acid in evening primrose).
- Teas made out of peppermint, chamomile, and passionflower all have soothing properties and encourage relaxation.
- Billberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) might help to prevent diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Take 160 mg two times a day of a product standardized to 25 percent anthocyanosides.