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Antioxidants and other Nutritional Supplements for Diabetics*

If you are diabetic, you may have a greater than normal need for certain diabetes nutritional supplements in addition to a healthy diet. Diabetics often have less effective vitamin C metabolism than people who are not diabetic. Since insulin transports the antioxidant vitamin C into cells, you can see that impaired insulin use and production by your body can cause problems.

Vitamin C and Diabetes Type 2

Since vitamin C is such an important diabetes nutritional supplement, it's recommended that you take additional vitamin C. In particular, we recommend mineral ascorbates such as EmergenC (made by Alacer, the brand), rather than ascorbic acid for your vitamin C supplement. Another excellent brand is New Chapter which makes a naturally derived form of this nutrient.

It is also good to eat foods rich in antioxidants and vitamin C such as citrus (oranges, grapefruit, lemon, lime), kiwi, cabbage and berries.

Chromium for Diabetes

A very important diabetes nutritional supplement is chromium. Insulin insensitivity may be a result of lowered levels of chromium in the body. This nutrient is best taken in the form of niacin bound GTF chromium (Chromemate) for best absorption and use by your body. In addition, vitamin B6 and biotin may help to prevent neuropathy if you are already a diabetic.

Does Vitamin D Help Diabetics?

Vitamin D may reduce insulin resistance as well as protecting diabetics against cataracts.

Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant which helps to reduce the risk of peripheral nerve damage and may help to balance blood sugar.

New research shows that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and coenzyme Q10 are helpful for the diabetic.

Digestive enzymes help the body break down and absorb nutrients from food and supplements. A multi-B vitamin helps with energy and many other processes in the body.

Here are several diabetes Vitamins and Minerals with dosages recommended by Dr. Michael Murray. He is a well-known naturopathic doctor and university teacher who has written a number of books on alternative health and healing. Before adding supplements to your diet, consult your physician. *

  • Chromium (200-400 mcg/daily) - Low levels may lead to insulin insensitivity, New Chapter is an excellent brand or look for GTF chromium (Chromemate).

  • Vitamin C (500-1,500 mg/daily) Serves as an antioxidant.  The diabetic has increased requirements.

  • Vitamin E (800-1,200/daily) Useful as an antioxidant. People with diabetes have increased requirements. Make sure to buy "natural" E rather than the synthetic form.  The natural form is called D Alpha tocopherol rather than the synthetic DL Alpha, be sure to get mixed tocopherols included in your "E" supplement such as gamma, beta and delta.

  • Magnesium (250-750 mg/daily) Diabetics have increased requirements.

  • Vitamin B6 (30-90 mg/daily) Prevents/improves neuropathy.

  • Vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg) - Prevents/improves neuropathy.

  • Zinc (30-45 mg/daily) and Vanadyl Sulfate (10-100 mg/daily) - Improve insulin action

Before starting your diabetes nutritional supplement program, be sure to consult with your physician.

* The dosages mentioned in this article are those recommended by Dr. Michael Murray and should be approved by your physician.


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