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Your body runs on hormones.
They are the “chemical messengers” that make things happen.
They each have their function: controlling your body temperature, your moods, your sex drive, your sleep patterns, and your immunity against disease.
Most people think of insulin as the hormone associated with diabetes.
But what many people don’t understand is that by keeping insulin functioning properly in the body, and preventing or controlling diabetes, you’re also preventing a “chain reaction” of other conditions and diseases that are just as deadly.
I’ve already told you about recent research showing that Alzheimer’s disease may be nothing more than late-stage type 2 diabetes.
And we also know that elevated blood sugar can contribute to cancer.
But insulin is the driving force behind causing, or preventing, a syndrome — or cluster of conditions — that may be the deadliest of them all…
It all starts with insulin
Also known as insulin resistance syndrome, metabolic syndrome is the start of that deadly chain reaction that sets you on the road to heart disease and stroke, cancer, even Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.
Here’s how it works:
If your eating habits make you take in more sugar than your body needs, you end up with an excess amount of glucose.
Your body produces more and more insulin in an attempt to get the glucose out of your blood and into your cells, where it can be used.
As this pattern continues, you produce so much insulin that your body stops responding to it, and you are officially insulin resistant.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity (especially before 50) follow, leading you down that deadly path of disease.
Nature’s way to control blood sugar
Of course, you know there are ways to stop this pattern before it starts: eat a clean, whole-foods diet rich in fruits and vegetables, get regular exercise, watch your weight, and don’t smoke.
But what if you’re doing all those things, and you’re still not bringing your blood sugar under control as quickly as you or your doctor would like?
That’s where natural supplements can help.
Here are eight herbs, vitamins, and minerals that can help get your blood sugar under control.
Bitter melon. Also called wild cucumber, this Asian fruit has properties that act like insulin. It has been known to lower blood sugar levels almost as well as metformin.
Bitter melon is also rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Because of its bitter taste, it is most easily used in tea or supplement form.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon can help reduce post-meal blood sugar. It also relaxes blood vessels and guards against inflammation.
Fenugreek. This herb is a traditional Asian diabetes remedy. A study by researchers in India, where diabetes is a major health problem, found that simply adding fenugreek seeds to the daily diet when paired with diet and exercise, controlled fasting blood glucose levels.
Vitamin D. There is a body of research to suggest that a vitamin D deficiency can be connected with greater risk of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) in people with and without diabetes.
Vitamin K. There are two forms of this vitamin. K1 is commonly found in leafy greens, while K2 is found in fermented foods. It’s vitamin K2 that supports the pancreas (which produces insulin) and helps maintain insulin sensitivity.
B vitamins. Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B7 (biotin) and vitamin B12 are involved in glucose metabolism. A deficiency in any of these can impair the body’s ability to produce insulin.
Chromium. There has been a great deal of research on how chromium affects insulin. While the exact amount needed is not clear, it has been shown that one form, in particular, chromium picolinate, reduces insulin resistance and helps prevent diabetes and heart disease.
Magnesium. There is good evidence that magnesium supplements can keep insulin resistance from progressing to full-blown type 2 diabetes.
Finally, Dr. Michael Cutler offers more than a dozen additional supplements that can help you win the fight against diabetes.
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- Hypoglycemic effect of bitter melon compared with metformin in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients — Journal of Ethnopharmacology
- The potential of cinnamon to reduce blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance — Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
- A simple dietary addition of fenugreek seed leads to the reduction in blood glucose levels: A parallel group, randomized single-blind trial — AYU (An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda)
- Effect of vitamin K2 on type 2 diabetes mellitus: A review — Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
- Magnesium and disturbances in carbohydrate metabolism — Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism