One of the interesting characteristics of flavonoids, therapeutic components of plants, is that most stimulate insulin function, thereby improving glucose entry into cells and overcoming insulin resistance that underlies diabetes.
In addition, most also reduce inflammation and are powerful antioxidants, and these characteristics reduce complications of diabetes, such as blindness, strokes, heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease, and nerve damage.
Natural supplements work best when following a good diet and a regular exercise program. While there are a number of flavonoid supplements that can help diabetes, these are the safest and most reliable.
Cinnamon Extract: A relative of the turmeric plant, cinnamon has been shown to significantly improve insulin function and lower elevated blood sugar. It also reduces inflammation.
What to do: It is important to use a pure cinnamon extract and not cinnamon bark. For benefits, the dose varies widely, from 1,000 to 6,000 mg a day.
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R-Lipoic Acid: This extract is a natural substance found in all cells and tissues and is one of the most important and powerful antioxidants. It also lowers elevated blood sugar and improves insulin resistance. It is a form of alpha-lipoic acid, but the R form is much more powerful.
What to do: Take between 300 and 600 mg with each meal.
Curcumin: A recent study found curcumin can not only prevent diabetes from occurring, but can also greatly improve elevated blood sugar and correct insulin resistance.
In addition, it can prevent, to a large extent, the atherosclerosis buildup associated with diabetes. The best form to take is CurcumaSorb, made by Pure Encapsulations, which contains 250 mg per capsule and is a well absorbed product.
What to do: Two capsules, which contain 500 mg, with each meal will have a maximum effect. Safety for much higher doses of curcumin has been established.
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Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement: Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D., author of the book, "Dr. Blaylock's Prescriptions for Natural Health: 70 Remedies for Common Conditions," recommends a well-balanced multivitamin and mineral supplement. The B vitamins, when possible, should be in their most functional form. Specifically, folic acid or folate should be in the form of MTHF, short for 5-methyltetrahydrofolate; vitamin B6 should be in the form of pyridoxal 5-phosphate; and riboflavin (vitamin B2) in the form of riboflavin 5'-phosphate. Basic Nutrients V, made by Thorne Research, is an example of such a product.
What to do: Take a multivitamin with the recommended forms of B vitamins, per product directions.
Information for this article is from the book, "Dr. Blaylock's Prescriptions for Natural Health" by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
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