Nutritional supplements for diabetics are essential for a couple of reasons. First of all, elevated glucose levels act like a diuretic and cause substantial loss of nutrients in the urine. Unless these are replaced, people with type 2 diabetes are likely to be deficient in important water-soluble vitamins and minerals.
Secondly, nutrients that support your body’s ability to use insulin can help keep your blood sugar at healthy levels. Anyone who has diabetes should AT LEAST take a high-quality vitamin and mineral supplement every day. Research has shown that taking a potent daily multivitamin dramatically reduces the incidence of infection and the number of sick days taken by patients with type 2 diabetes.
I’m personally not a fan of synthetic multiple vitamin-mineral supplements and prefer to get concentrated nutrients from herbs, super foods (like Chlorella) and micro-greens. With diabetes, though, you want to make certain you are getting vitamins C, E, D3 and B Complex, and the mineral Magnesium. If you prefer a multi, choose capsules over tablets (difficult to break down and absorb) and avoid One-a-Day and other cheap brands.
Daily recommended dose: from 1,000 to 6,000 mg. If taking the powder, no more than 1 tsp/day
Daily recommended dose: 400 mg/day
Many individuals have been able to discontinue their use of oral diabetic medications taking this supplement alone.
Daily recommended dose: 600 mg taken twice daily
Daily recommended dose: 900 to 2,000 mg, taken in divided doses 2 to 3 times a day
Vitamin D turns on genes that boost production of antimicrobial peptides called cathelicidins, which destroy viruses, bacteria and other germs. Because people with diabetes are more prone to infections due to diabetic ulcers and periodontal disease, making sure your body has optimal levels of this fat-soluble vitamin is important.
Daily recommended dose: At least 2,000 IU of supplemental vitamin D (as cholecalciferol or D3)
Daily recommended dose: at least 1,000 mg/day. If more is taken, divide doses.
Daily recommended dose: at least 200 IU
I prefer to get my vitamin E from the following foods as many of the supplements contain soybean oil and may be rancid:
Daily recommended dose: 100 mg daily
One of the most important nutrients with any disease. Most people are deficient in magnesium due to food grown in mineral depleted soil. Take 350-400 mg of the supplement in addition to the following foods: spinach, almonds, broccoli and lentils, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Magnesium citrate is well absorbed, but magnesium glycinate has less of a laxative effect.
Dosage: 350-400 mg once or twice a day.
This trace element plays a role in blood sugar regulation by working with insulin to help transport glucose into cells. Helps with sugar cravings. Be sure you get the GTF type of chromium.
Suggested dose: Up to 1,000 micrograms daily
Always check with your health care practitioner before beginning any new dietary or supplement program.