5 Life Changing Supplements for Diabetics

5 Life Changing Supplements for Diabetics

You will always run across medical doctors who will tell you that you don’t need nutritional supplements. Legally, a medical doctor may not be able to tell you about these supplements, if they are not trained in nutrition.

If you’re taking statins, you need a specific supplement to counteract the problems from the statins. If you’re shrinking in height as you go through time, you need more than just calcium.

Find out the basics about supplements for diabetics that you need to know here.

1. Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency causes inflammation throughout the entire body, including in the arteries. If you have inflammation inside your arteries, it’s easy to develop hardening of the arteries once the inflammation is there. And you know how easy it is for diabetics to get heart disease!

You may not realize it but magnesium deficiency affects your colon and causes constipation. It also contributes to deafness. This is a relatively new finding that hit the medical journals in the last decade.

Magnesium is a one a day supplement – only 400 to 500 mg is needed.

2. Calcium Mineral Complex

As you age, it’s more likely that your bones are going to suffer and begin to thin. Having enough calcium and other minerals such as boron, magnesium, phosphorus as well as vitamin D is critical for you to have good strong bone density. Without it, you’ll be more susceptible to falls, feel weak and your posture will be poor. If you notice shrinkage of your height, this is a sure sign that you need more minerals.

Here are the proper ratios of the minerals you’ll need in this supplement: 500 mg calcium, 250 mg magnesium, 250 mg phosphorus, 2000 IU or more of vitamin D3, and 1 mg to 2 mg boron.

You might also opt for a supplement a little more potent than the previous one:  600 mg calcium, 300 mg magnesium, 300 mg phosphorus, and 1000 mg vitamin D3.

Most of these supplements are in either a one or two capsule dose so make sure you read the label carefully.

How many of them to take is the big question. One dosage will help most people but if you already have signs of osteoporosis or osteopenia (thinning bones), you’ll want to check with your nutritionist on the dosage you need for your body.

3. B Complex Vitamins

Your B vitamins are especially important for your moods and carbohydrate metabolism. One way to tell if you are getting enough is to look at the color of your urine. If it’s bright yellow, your body is getting enough riboflavin, one of the B vitamins. Your body naturally eliminates excess riboflavin in the urine. Another way to tell if you’re a bit low is to assess your ability to handle stress. If you’re flying off the handle easily, taking a B complex will help a lot.

Most people benefit from a 10 mg B complex supplement once daily. Take it in the morning. The 10 mg complex means that vitamin B1, B2, and B6 are at levels of 10 mg.

4. Coenzyme Q10

Especially if you’re on statin drugs, you will always want to make sure you have CoQ10 in your supplement regimen. Statin drugs deplete the body of coenzyme Q10, and this is part of the reason why you feel fatigued when you really aren’t doing anything differently in your life. A CoQ10 deficiency depletes the whole mitochondrial system of the cells. It’s the mitochondria that are responsible for the final production of energy in the body.

If you have any muscle aches and pains, some of them could be due to a CoQ10 deficiency if you’re taking statins. This is another symptom of your CoQ10 being depleted. 100 mg CoQ10 once daily is all you need.

5. Cat’s Claw

When it comes to making sure you don’t end up with a raging infection, cat’s claw is the best herb for this purpose. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory agent and also has the power to boost the body’s immunity by 33% within 2 hours. This is accomplished by increasing both the activity and the number of the white blood cells.

Only a small amount is needed daily – 2 caps 500 mg each, twice daily.

By adding supplements to your normal diet, you can begin to notice a big difference right away. Try it and see.