Top 5 Supplements For Balancing Blood Sugar
Chromium Picolinate is an essential mineral that we need in small amounts. It is well known for helping people control sugar cravings and this is likely because it helps enhance the action of insulin and boosts metabolism of nutrients.
Overall, for diabetes it helps improve insulin sensitivity and glucose control. Broccoli is one of the highest vegetable sources of chromium. Cinnamon, mentioned below, is also a good natural food source of chromium.
When it comes to supplements, chromium picolinate, is the most bioavailable form – meaning your body can absorb it more readily.
The polyphenols found in cinnamon have been proposed to help the insulin receptors in beta cells respond more efficiently, enhance insulin signaling, and improve glucose transport and glycogen storage.
Overall studies have shown several benefits of consuming cinnamon including:
- Decreased oxidative stress
- Improved blood lipids (cholesterol)
- Improved blood glucose
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Directly targets insulin resistance
Found in high dosage in fish oils, omega-3s raise levels of adiponectin in the bloodstream. Adiponectin is an important hormone that has beneficial effects on metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Alpha lipoic acid According to Dr. Weil, “ALA is an antioxidant and can enhance the uptake of glucose into cells and help inhibit glycosylation (the abnormal attachment of sugar to proteins, which hinders their normal functioning). It also helps promote and maintain eye health, and perhaps prevent and treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy.”
Quite simply as Dr Axe says: “Fiber from vegetables and seeds can control blood glucose.”
Without a doubt, many studies show this to be true. Dietary fiber is incredibly beneficial for many different reasons and most people simply don’t eat enough fiber. The current recommendations for us are around 30 g day, but majority of people don’t get anywhere near that amount, most people eating under 15 g per day!