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31.7.08

Nutritional Supplementation for Diabetics


Supplements are part of my holistic strategies to manage diabetes.these may be taken separately or combined in specially formulated products :-

1-Alpha lipoic acid (150 to 300 mg daily )
-As a powerful antioxidant, lipoic acid positively affects important aspects of diabetes, including blood sugar control and the development of long-term complications such as disease of the heart, kidneys, and small blood vessels

2-Biotin (part of B complex vitamins)
-enhances insulin sensitivity and increases the activity of glucokinase, the enzyme responsible for the first step in the utilization of glucose by the liver

3-Carnitine (500 to 1000 mg twice daily)
- increases insulin sensitivity and glucose storage, and optimizes fat and carbohydrate metabolism

4-Chromium (500 to 1000 mcg daily)
-improves metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.

5-Coenzyme Q10(CoQ10) (100 to 300 mg daily)
-improves blood sugar control, lowers blood pressure, and prevents oxidative damage caused by disease

6-N-acetylcysteine (500 to 1000 mg daily)
-a powerful antioxidant to prevent diabetic complications

7-Magnesium ((preferably magnesium citrate)—160 mg up to three times daily)
-people with diabetes are often deficient in magnesium, which is depleted both by medications and by the disease process

8-Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
-required for the proper function of more than 50 enzymes. Without it, the body is not able to release energy or make fats from carbohydrates

9-Vitamin C (1000 mg daily)
-mainly as antioxidants to prevent diabetic complications

10-Vitamin E (400 IU daily
-enhances sensitivity to insulin in type 2 diabetics & also a good antioxidant

11-Omega 3 fatty acids (1400 mg EPA and 1000 mg DHA daily)
- lower blood triglyceride levels, contribute to “thinning” the blood, and also decrease inflammation

12-Fibre (30 gm daily)
-prevent rapid spikes of glucose and helps to reduce cholesterol

Reference:http://www.lef.org/protocols/metabolic_health/diabetes_01.htm


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