Poorly regulated blood sugar has been implicated as a major factor in the worldwide obesity epidemic. Insulin resistance and hormone imbalances can make it very difficult to lose weight and keep it off, and can reduce your overall sense of health and well-being. The good news is that for many who have not yet progressed to full Type 2 diabetes, there is a way to reverse these negative trends, through diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements.
In Doctor Mark Hyman’s book The Blood Sugar Solution, he advocates for treating Type II Diabetes and Pre-diabetes with a carefully planned diet, and nutritional supplements. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, check with your doctor before following this or any other nutritional plan. Some of the supplements most often recommended for establishing and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels include:
Magnesium – Magnesium is an important mineral needed for the regulation of many bodily functions, including maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans consume less than the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. To boost your magnesium intake, consider taking a daily vitamin with magnesium.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – Alpha lipoic acid is an anti-oxidant, which helps convert glucose to energy. Although your body should make enough of its own alpha lipoic acid, some studies have found that supplementation with additional alpha lipoic acid can reduce diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other symptoms of diabetes. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, diabetics may benefit from 800 mg per day* of an Alpha Lipoic Acid supplement such as BioSynergy’s R-Alpha Lipoic Acid. *Because Alpha Lipoic Acid can lower blood sugar and may interact with other blood pressure lowering medications and supplements, diabetics should always check with their doctor before choosing an ALA supplement.
Chromium –Chromium is a mineral that assists glucose metabolism by boosting the effects of insulin. Some studies have shown that chromium supplementation may improve glucose utilization. Chromium may interact with other nutritional supplements and medications. Check with your doctor before trying a chromium supplement.
Biotin – Biotin is a water soluble vitamin that is required by all living organisms. Biotin deficiency has been found to lower glucose utilization resulting in high blood sugar. Some studies have shown that biotin supplementation may lower blood sugar levels, particularly when taken in combination with chromium. Biotin may interact with some medications, check with your doctor before trying a biotin supplement.
Although these and other supplements may contribute to a healthier blood sugar level, the ultimate solution to insulin resistance and other metabolic disorders is the maintenance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. A daily blood sugar support supplement such as Biosynergy’s Complete Daily Multivitamin Formula with Glucose Control & Vitamin D can be an effective companion to good nutrition and daily exercise. For more information, browse our complete selection of blood sugar support supplements.