What are the Different Types of Diabetes Supplements?

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Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and selective kinase response modulators (SKRM) are among the different types of diabetes supplements. Although many diabetes supplements can be effective, it may take several months before results are seen. These diabetes supplements are generally considered safe and side effects are limited. Those who want to add a diabetes supplement to their treatment regimen may want to consult a healthcare provider prior to beginning.

Vitamin B6 and B12, for example, are essential for normal metabolism of homocysteine. High homocysteine levels are a good indicator of heart disease. Keeping levels within normal range is vitally important for diabetics. Vitamin B6 may help prevent diabetic complications as well as improve glucose tolerance. B12 is needed for nerve cells to function correctly. Consuming the recommended amounts of B12 may prevent peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, which is a common diabetic complication.

Vitamin C is another of the diabetes supplements from the natural treatment toolbox. This vitamin protects the kidneys, eyes, and nerves from the sorbitol that builds up in these organs when blood sugar levels become too high. In fact, one trial showed that vitamin C was better at preventing sorbitol build-up than prescription medication.


Research shows that people with a deficiency in vitamin E may be at greater risk of developing diabetes. Prediabetics may be able to keep themselves from becoming diabetic by supplementing with vitamin E. For those who already have type 2 diabetes, vitamin E may improve control of blood sugar levels. Degeneration of the kidneys and other vulnerable organs may be slowed or prevented simply by getting enough vitamin E.

Chromium and vanadium are two minerals that have been shown to support insulin function and glucose metabolism. Specifically, chromium picolinate reduces fasting insulin, blood glucose, and lipid levels. The insulin sensitivity of cells is improved by taking vanadium. Magnesium also plays a huge role in diabetes prevention. Simply having enough of this mineral in the body decreases a the risk of getting type 2 diabetes despite any other risk factors.

Gymnema sylvestre is an herb that is said to be one of the most powerful herbal diabetes supplements. Indian doctors refer to this herb as a sugar buster. Ginseng, dandelion, kidney beans, bitter melon, bilberry, and fenugreek are other herbs that may be useful. These herbs are available individually or in herbal combinations created to fight diabeties. They come in extract, tincture, syrup, tablets, or capsules.

Rho-iso-alpha acid and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acid, commonly referred to as RIAA and THIAA, respectively, are SKRMs. These particular SKRMs may lower inflammation levels and improve metabolic function. Rosemary, hops, and Acacia are three plants known to help correct inflammatory and metabolic problems in the cells. Organic fruits and vegetables are also filled with these alpha acids. Dietary supplements containing these compounds are also available.

Some of these diabetes supplements may have mild side effects, such as gastrointestinal discomfort. In addition, pregnant or nursing women should consult with a physician before consuming any herbal preparation. It is unclear whether or not these herbs pose a danger for a baby.



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