Best Supplements for Diabetics

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

There are many fads, facts and real supplements in internet land. Which will really help the hurting diabetic who needs relief now not 6 months from now? Are these supplements scams or the real thing? Why are these supplements so expensive? Are these companies looking out for the diabetic’s welfare or are they just out to increase their profit margin? What about the people or medical professionals that are pushing these diabetic supplements can they be trusted? It is wise to investigate the sources before you put any money into these diabetic supplements. There are a lot of them on the market and you just don’t know which ones will really work and which ones just look good and taste good  and will do nothing to help the diabetes. You can read testimonials and reviews on the various diabetic supplements and see if they are really helping other people to overcome their diabetes. Your health could be at stake and the last thing you want to do is to get a supplement that isn’t going to work. Thousands of pills later and millions of dollars down the road and you are no better off. Who needs this? Let’s scope out some diabetic supplements.

Chromium Picolinate is this the way to Go

Oh that’s just great now you want us to put white metals into our bodies. We thought this article was supposed to help us find diabetic supplements to help cure the diabetes not make it worse. Just hold on a second this supplement may just do the job. This supplement was compared to Placebo in a study conducted by the “Human Nutrition Research Center U.S. Department of Agriculture”. The results were quite impressive because there were two groups of individuals treated (who had type 2 diabetes) over a 4 month period. The group who took the Chromium Picolinate along with the Placebo group were told to keep taking their regular medications and not to change their eating habits. The Chromium group had much lower insulin and cholesterol levels than the Placebo group. Keep in mind this study was conducted over a 4 month period and the participants were told to not change their medicine or eating routines. The conditions were monitored and controlled to allow for very little variance.

Cinnamon

We thought cinnamon was just good for making cinnamon rolls but there is a little more to cinnamon than just making foods taste good. Cinnamon is a good source for helping to cure diabetes. Cinnamon has been known to lower blood sugar levels and improve the sensitivity to the hormone insulin. These are two key factors in improving diabetes in people who suffer from this harmful disease. Insulin is critical in keeping blood sugar levels down in people suffering with diabetes. Take one teaspoon of cinnamon in the morning and one teaspoon at lunch or dinner. There will be improvement in blood sugar levels with cinnamon.

Catch some Fish Oil   

Fish oil supplements help reduce inflammation and combatting diabetes. A study published in “Brain Research” showed that fish oil will have a dramatic impact on diabetes. Importantly, fish oil will help diabetics from developing cognitive deficiencies because it helps to protect the hippocampus cells (A ridge in each of the ventricles of the brain which consists mainly of gray matter and directs the memory processes.) from being destroyed. These cells are important in the memory processes of the brain. If they are eliminated then the person’s memory will begin to fail. People with diabetes often have high triglyceride and low HDL levels but omega-3 fatty acids from cinnamon, can help lower triglycerides and apoproteins which are markers of diabetes. It will also help raise HDL levels. This wonderful oil also helps to to reduce oxidative stress which helps play a major role in diabetes complications, both microvascular and cardiovascular. These are some major benefits in helping to fight diabetes.

Another benefit of fish oil is that it can cut eye-diabetes complications. Researchers tracked the seafood complications of 3600 diabetic men and women men and women between the ages of 55 to 80 for about 5 years. The researchers discovered that those who consumed 300 milligrams of fish oil omega-3 fatty acid (equal to two servings of fatty fish per week) were 48 percent less likely to develop diabetic retinopathy than those who consumed less.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid   

Alpha-Lipoic-Acid or ALA is found in many omega-3 foods and work with the pancreas to naturally fight diabetes. University of Maryland Medical Center study suggests ALA helps lower blood sugar levels. Alpha-Lipoic-Acid has the ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Researchers think Alpha-Lipoic-Acid may help improve insulin sensitivity.

Magnesium Explosion   

A magnesium supplement may also lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes because magnesium plays a role in glucose metabolism. In a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine an increase of 100 milligrams of magnesium was found to reduce the risk of diabetes by 15 percent in a meta-analysis of the data.

Two Essential Oils

Two essential oils cinnamon and coriander may help with diabetes. Coriander works with the liver to balance out blood sugar levels, and cinnamon oil works with the pancreas. Both organs are vital to balancing out blood glucose levels. Take a couple drops of coriander and a couple drops of cinnamon oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil and rub them on the bottom of your feet. You can even make your own homemade body butter or body lotion with those ingredients which will help in maintaining healthy glucose blood levels.

Bust those Stress Levels

A supplement of a different sort can help with fighting diabetes as well. This unconventional supplement is removing stress from your life. If you have diabetes then you need to keep stress levels low because high stress levels will affect your hormones and cortisol which will ultimately will poison your insulin levels. You can bust stress levels by applying detox bath recipes at night. You can also use the coriander oil and lavender oil with epsom salts ad mix them in your bath water so you can soak in the tub at night. It is also advisable while at work to take ten minute walks sporadically to reduce stress. Get outside and take deep breaths and go earthing. (This is known as walking barefoot and connecting your feet with the earth. This is supposedly a new movement to sweep the holistic movement.) These methods will also help you to lower the stress levels.

Exercise  

Very importantly exercise will help to naturally reverse diabetes. Burst training exercise is the best type of exercise to use but you can use any form of exercise such as weightlifting or cardio are specifically good types of exercise to help cure diabetes. If exercising can actually completely alleviate diabetes.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

This supplement is sketchy at best for helping diabetes. Omega-3 fatty acids are in foods such as as fish, some vegetable oils (canola and soybean), walnuts, and wheat germ. You can also get omega-3 fatty acids in supplement form. They lower triglycerides as some studies have suggested. But the drawbacks to this supplement are that they don’t affect blood glucose control, total cholesterol, or HDL (good) cholesterol in people with diabetes. In some studies, omega-3 fatty acids also raised LDL (bad) cholesterol. Fish oil can interfere with blood-thinning and blood-pressure drugs. Omega-3 fatty acids are being studied to see if they can help people with diabetes who also suffer from heart disease. These will have to be studies conducted over the long term and the results may not be available for quite a while.

A Newcomer Ginseng

A Newcomer Ginseng

This supplement is known as American ginseng and quite frankly there isn’t a whole lot of information concerning this diabetic supplement. What is known about it is limited art best. A small study suggested that taking 3 grams of American ginseng 40 minutes before a meal helped to reduce post meal blood sugar levels. The inherent weakness of this supplement is that it can be used in the short-term. It has long-term side effects including itching, insomnia, and nervousness. People with insomnia or a hormone-sensitive condition are advised not to use American ginseng. One of the side effects of this supplement is insomnia so people who suffer from insomnia will just multiply this health condition if they take American ginseng.

There has to be more studies conducted on American ginseng to see if it will really help treat diabetes in the short-term. Long-term considerations of this supplement helping to treat diabetes aren’t even in the picture at this point in time. There is just to little clinical knowledge available to say whether this supplement can really be beneficial in treating diabetes or not.

Vanadium another Metal     

Vanadium is a trace metal like Chromium, and studies conducted in the 1980’s suggested it could lower sugar  blood levels. Weiner was quoted as saying, “”Vanadium, along with its heavier cousins, molybedenum and tungsten, can mimic insulin,In research done with cells, these minerals have been able to replace insulin.”  This was stated from results of the research conducted in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, few studies since then have supported its effectiveness in treating diabetes. There needs to be  more research done to verify that this supplement will help in the fight against diabetes. Finally, there is no definite evidence that the trace mineral Vanadium will help improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. There may be some potential for this supplement to treat diabetes. There just has to be more conclusive clinical research performed. Currently this supplement cannot be ruled out as a diabetic fighting agent.  

Unknown  Glucosamine

Where have we heard of this ingredient before? “But there is no research that confirms that glucosamine will help in the treatment of diabetes”, Weiner says. All the evidence that supports that glucosamine will help treat diabetes is anecdotal (evidence based on personal accounts but isn’t verified by research) that people have said it helped them feel better. Weiner also said, “Glucosamine is important for the repair and maintenance of healthy cartilage in joints, but taking it in an oral form may not get it to where it needs to be in an amount that will do any real good.” Again, research has to be conducted from the ground floor up to even see if this supplement will help in treating diabetes.

Bitter Melon a new Cure  

It has been reported that bitter melon a vegetable can also be found in supplement for. Bitter melon, a botanical, (a substance obtained from a plant and is used as an additive in a cosmetic or in gin) may have glucose-lowering abilities. Chen likes bitter melon because she feels it is safe for most people to consume. She advises to start with 900 milligrams and then adjusting from there if it even helps you. There is no known studies that have been conducted to verify if bitter melon will help to lower glucose levels or not.

Herbal Supplements may be the Answer

Let’s start out by saying that certain researchers have found some risks but no benefits of using cinnamon as a treatment for diabetes. (Please read the above section about cinnamon where this particular health professional says that cinnamon will help to reverse diabetes.)  A 2012 systematic review of  10 randomized controlled trials suggests that cinnamon cannot help to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Remember these were random trials that really cannot authenticate that cinnamon is useless in treating diabetes. Another trial of 59 people with type 2 diabetes found that a combination of cinnamon, calcium, and zinc didn’t improve their blood pressure. There was not a lot of evidence to support this particular trial finding.

Researchers tested samples of  the common spice cassia, sold in European stores. Supposedly, they found samples contained coumarin, a substance that may cause or worsen liver disease in people who are sensitive. It is speculated that this is referring to people who are at risk for diabetes. “Also, eating large amounts of cinnamon containing coumarin may be especially risky for people taking blood-thinning drugs; the interaction of coumarin and blood thinners can increase the likelihood of bleeding.”  There is no solid evidence to support this hypothesis. It has been reported that researchers are studying  whether Asian and American ginseng will help to control glucose levels. But according to this particular source there isn’t enough proof to say with certainty that these supplements will reduce glucose blood levels.

Other herbal supplements studied for diabetes include aloe vera, bitter melon, Chinese herbal medicines, fenugreek, garlic, Gymnema sylvestre, milk thistle, nettle, prickly pear cactus, and sweet potato. None have been proven to be effective. Most likely there needs to be more studies conducted to say that these above mentioned herbal supplements will not work. There isn’t ample evidence to support these conclusions.

What else but Vitamins

What else but Vitamins

These have to be some awful powerful vitamin supplements to be able to help treat diabetes. Studies claim (including a 2010 research review and 2009 clinical trial) that there is no conclusive evidence that consuming vitamin C will be helpful to fight diabetes. There were no statistical evidence given to support this fact. It has been asserted that studies involving vitamin D and calcium in treating diabetes are inconclusive.  It is advised here that more studies need to be done to confirm this statement. There is no solid clinical evidence to support that vitamin D and calcium will not help in reversing diabetes. According to a 2007 systematic review and meta analysis, supplementing with vitamin D may help to lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These findings aren’t conclusive and further study is suggested.

A 2008 clinical trial involving 33,951 post-menstrual women over 7 years, suggests that  calcium plus vitamin D did no better than Placebo in reducing the risk of developing diabetes. This could be valid based on the length of time involved in the study and the number of women involved in this study. Supposedly a 2012 meta-analysis (A subset of systematic reviews; a method for systematically combining pertinent qualitative and quantitative study data from several selected studies to develop a single conclusion that has greater statistical power.) concluded that the lower risk for developing diabetes in some people is because they consumed more calcium and magnesium. This is a general conclusion that may need further investigation. There were no studies systematically referenced to support the conclusions of this 2012 meta-analysis.

Grand Conclusion

It is our sincere desire that we have given people hope ,in this article, who suffer from the harmful effects of diabetes that there are supplements out here that can help them fight diabetes. There are conflicting views referenced above to show that  health professionals and researchers don’t uniformly  agree on whether  these diabetic supplements will help to treat diabetes or not. The positive conclusions seem to outweigh the negative conclusions in regards to the effectiveness of these supplements in helping to fight diabetes. It must be remembered that different supplements will affect people in different ways. If you think these supplements will benefit you in the fight against diabetes please give them a try. You really have nothing to lose.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.