Diabetes Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

Helps protect the membranes of the lens of the eyes from accumulations of polyols as a result of high glucose levels.The B vitamins work best when taken together.Contains powerful antioxidants that also enhance the activity of vitamin C and strengthen connective tissue, including that of the cardiovascular system.

SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTED DOSAGE COMMENTS
Alpha-lipoic acid As directed on label. For treatment of peripheral nerve damage in diabetic patients. Helps control blood sugar levels.
Chromium picolinate 400-600 mcg daily. Improves insulin’s efficiency, which lowers blood sugar levels.
Or Diabetic Nutrition Rx from Progressive Research Labs As directed on label. A combination of chromium picolinate, vanadyl sulfate, and other vitamins and minerals that work synergistically to regulate blood sugar levels and correct deficiencies. Caution: If you have diabetes, consult with your physician before taking any supplement containing chromium
Or brewer’s yeast with added chromium As directed on label.
Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga) As directed on label. Decreases and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Enhances immunity and improves circulation.
L-carnitine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Mobilizes fat.
plus L-glutamine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Reduces the craving for sugars.
plus taurine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Aids in the release of insulin.
Quercetin (Activated Quercetin from Source Naturals) 100 mg 3 times daily.
Raw adrenal glandular As directed on label. Aids in rebuilding and nourishing these organs.
and raw pancreas glandular As directed on label.
and thyroid glandular As directed on label.
Vanadium As directed on label. Aids insulin’s ability to move glucose into the cells. Use vanadyl sulfate form.
Vitamin B complex 50 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Do not exceed 300 mg daily from all supplements.
plus extra biotin 50 mg daily. Improves the metabolism of glucose.
and inositol 50 mg daily. Important for circulation and for prevention of atherosclerosis.
Vitamin B12 plus folic acid As prescribed by physician or directed on label. Needed to prevent diabetic neuropathy. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) are best. If injections are not available, use a lozenge or sublingual form.
Zinc 50-80 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Deficiency has been associated with diabetes. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
Coenzyme Q10 80 mg daily. Improves circulation and stabilizes blood sugar.
plus Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Works well with coenzyme Q10 in protecting the cells and removing toxic substances from the body.
Magnesium 750 mg daily. Important for enzyme systems and pH balance. Protects against coronary artery spasm in arteriosclerosis. Increases energy levels. Low readings of magnesium are often found in people with diabetes, and are associated with the complications of eye disease. Those who eat a healthy diet rich in foods with magnesium such as whole grains and nuts are less likely to develop diabetes.
Manganese 5-10 mg daily. Take separately from calcium. Needed for repair of the pancreas. Also a cofactor in key enzymes of glucose metabolism. Deficiency is common in people with diabetes.
Psyllium husks As directed on label. Take with a large glass of water. Take separately from other supplements and medications. Good fiber source and fat mobilizer.
or ABC Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries
Vitamin D 400-800 I U. Helps maintain good blood flow in patients with diabetes who live in northern climates.
Vitamin A with carotenoids 15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. An important antioxidant needed to maintain the health of the eyes. Use emulsion form for best absorption.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 3,000-6,000 mg daily. Deficiency may lead to vascular problems in people with diabetes. Vitamin C may slow or prevent complications that occur in diabetes.
Vitamin E 200 IU daily. Improves circulation and prevents complications through its antioxidant properties. Use
d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Calcium 1,500 mg daily. Important for pH balance. Always take calcium with vitamin D. The combination at levels near or slightly above the DRI has been shown to prevent diabetes. Be sure to get calcium and vitamin D from foods (dairy products are the best sources of both) and supplements.
Copper complex As directed on label. Aids in protein metabolism and in many enzyme systems.
Maitake extract 1-4 gm (1,000-4,000 mg) daily. May help to normalize blood sugar levels.
Multienzyme complex As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion. Proper digestion is essential in management of diabetes.
plus proteolylic enzymes As directed on label. Take between meals.
Pantethine As directed on label. A form of pantothenic acid that reduces LDL cholesterol and helps prevent buildup in the arteries.
Pycnogenol As directed on label.
or grape seed extract As directed on label

Herbs

❑ Beanpod tea, made up of kidney, white, navy, lima, and northern beans, detoxifies the pancreas.
❑ Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), gudmar (Gymnema sylvestre), and gulvel (Tinospora cordifo) are herbal remedies used in Ayurvedic medicine to regulate blood sugar levels.
❑ Cedar berries are excellent nourishment for the pancreas.
❑ Dandelion root protects the liver, which converts nutrients into glucose.

Note: If you suffer from gallbladder problems, avoid large quantities of dandelion.

❑ Fenugreek seeds have been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. They can be purchased under the brand name Sugar-Down.
❑ Ginseng tea is believed to lower blood sugar levels.

Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ Huckleberry helps to promote insulin production.
❑ Juniper berries have been found to lower blood glucose levels.
❑ In the premier diabetes medical journal, Diabetes Care, a review summary of 108 individual studies was published on herbal use in diabetic patients. The best herbs to control blood sugar according to the study were Coccinia indica and American ginseng. Other supplements included Gymnema sylvestre, aloe vera, vanadium, Momordica charantia, and nopal.

Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ Silymarin (200 mg per day) taken with a regular diabetes medication (glibenclamide) resulted in a reduction in fasting blood sugars as well as postprandial glucose levels. In addition, the patients lost weight and had improvements in the hemoglobin A1c.
❑ Other herbs that may be beneficial for diabetes include bilberry, buchu, goldenseal, and uva ursi.

Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.