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Here is some basic information about supplements in diabetes. You should, however talk to your doctor, dietician about which product will suit you better. You may have a particular need for one or the other supplement depending on your health. Or you might need to avoid certain ingredient or minerals which might interfere with your medicines or health.
You need to monitor your blood glucose when changing diet or taking supplements. Let’s take a look at some basic nutrients.
You might have heard a lot about the many benefits of various antioxidants and high-antioxidant foods – fighting inflammation, helping beat cancer or heart disease, warding off depression and cognitive decline and so much more.
Antioxidants scavenges free radicals. We also make a small amount of ALA on their own. ALA is unique in the senses that is both water-soluble and fat-soluble, unlike other nutrients.
It seems to help improve insulin sensitivity and protect against metabolic syndrome. It helps in reliving complications and symptoms of diabetes caused by nerve damage, eye related, pain and swelling. people with peripheral neuropathy can find relief from pain, burning, itching, tingling and numbness using ALA.
Dosage recommendations differ depending on who you ask, but below are some general guidelines that are within the safe range:
50–100 milligrams for antioxidant purposes in generally healthy adults
600–800 milligrams for patients with diabetes (divided into two doses, usually tablets are 30–50 milligrams each)
600–1,800 milligrams for patients with neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy (dosages this high should only be taken with supervision from a doctor)
Other supplements that can help in Insulin Resistance and Hyperinsulinism
EPA, DHA, CLA, Fiber, Manganese, Taurine, Vitamin B7, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc to name a few.
HERBS As Medicines
Herbs and spices are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Research has shown that when eaten, they decrease inflammation and eliminate the free radicals tat hurt your cells. Herbs are perfect for healing and added benefit comes in the form of taste and zest to your meals. For millions of years we have coevolved with plants. Nature has grown herb for every illness.
* Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – also known as Indian Ginseng, is an Indian herbs used for its calming effect. It is a natural adaptogen, helping in relieving stress levels. It lowers blood sugar levels and is good for diabetic patients. Being Night shed, it should not be taken by auto immune patients.
Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing. It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels, and improve concentration.
It can boost brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol levels, and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression. Many of its health benefits are attributed to its high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation and tumor growth. Some studies recently have shown promising effects in Corona Covid-19 virus also.
* Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – Did you know licorice root is a widely used home-remedy for cold and cough, also helps in controlling the blood sugar level? Yes, you read it right! Licorice, apart from lot of other hormone balancing benefits, helps in controlling diabetes.
Licorice has a powerful ingredient that has anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties called amorfrutins. This helps in reversing and controlling the high sugar level in the blood. Licorice is also a good source of antioxidants and therefore helps in preventing various diabetes related diseases. According to some researches, licorice helps in controlling the constant sugar cravings.
Include it in your daily diet in the form of Herbal teas. Liquorice contains natural sugar in them, therefore it can be used a natural sweetener for various desserts or savouries or teas. All you need is to make a powder out of the root and add it to your favourite food items. Or try our herbal tea having Ashwagandha and Licorice here.
* Ocimum basilicum– Tulsi or holy Basil, this plant is known for its medicinal properties since ancient times. Modern research has proved that it has a lipid-lowering effect that is a beneficial property in preventing cardiovascular disease in diabetes.
* Zingiber officinale– Ginger is one of the most admired spices in the world. Ginger consumption can have a favourable impact on measurements of glucose and lipids in patients with diabetes. Also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
* Terminalia chebula – Commonly called as Haritaki is the king of medicinal plants, because of its holistic healing properties in illness. It decreases blood sugar by increasing insulin production from beta cells of pancreas and also prevents breakdown of starch to glucose.
* Pterocorpus marsupium– Also known as Vijaysar has been used since ancient times to control blood sugar levels and to lower cholesterol levels.
* Aegle marmelos- It regulates the production of insulin from the cells into the blood stream and low glycemic index of this, maintains the blood sugar level.