Sunflowers are my favourite flower so I just thought I'd share a lovely picture to brighten your day before we get on to blood sugar! 🌻😊👆
I often get questions on whether supplements can help lower blood sugar. So here's my two cents worth!
Instead of simply treating the symptoms, improving your nutrition and lifestyle addresses the underlying imbalances that lead to high blood sugar levels. This gets to the real root cause and is the most powerful thing you can do for improved health and well-being.
And to safeguard your future!
The following supplements are also shown to lower blood sugar levels and support your goals further.
❣️It's important to note that if you have underlying health issues, are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, have uncontrolled blood sugar levels, or are taking prescribed medication be sure to seek advice before starting a supplement regime. 👍🧡
🍃 Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA): ALA is a powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress and improves insulin sensitivity. Studies have shown that ALA supplementation can lead to a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar levels and haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), making it invaluable in diabetes and insulin resistance.
🌷Berberine: Berberine is a potent natural compound for managing blood sugar levels shown to be just as effective as metformin. It works by activating an enzyme involved in regulating glucose uptake and energy metabolism called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Berberine has also been shown to enhance insulin sensitivity and promote glucose uptake in skeletal muscle cells.
💐Cinnamon: As well as being delicious sprinkled on pancakes, chickpeas, yoghurt or in smoothies, Cinnamon contains bioactive compounds that mimic insulin facilitating glucose uptake by cells and lowering blood sugar levels. Incorporating cinnamon whether through supplementation or in your diet, is shown to be beneficial in managing diabetes and improving metabolic health.
🍂Chromium: Chromium is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism. By enhancing the activity of insulin receptors and facilitating insulin signalling, chromium supplementation can help improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance. Moreover, chromium contributes to the maintenance of stable blood sugar levels.
🌱Magnesium: Magnesium deficiency is prevalent among individuals with diabetes and is associated with impaired glucose metabolism and insulin resistance. Supplementation with magnesium is shown to have beneficial effects on blood sugar control. Magnesium plays a vital role in insulin secretion and action, thereby enhancing glucose uptake by cells and promoting glycemic regulation.
🍀 Fibre Supplements: Dietary fibre plays a role in modulating blood sugar levels by slowing down the absorption of glucose and improving insulin sensitivity. Incorporating fibre supplements such as psyllium husk, glucomannan or flaxseed into your daily routine can help stabilise blood sugar levels and promote satiety, thereby aiding in weight management and metabolic health.
🍁Vitamin D: Emerging evidence suggests a link between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of diabetes and insulin resistance. Supplementing with vitamin D can help mitigate this risk by improving insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function. (insulin-releasing cells in your pancreas). Vitamin D also plays a crucial role in immune regulation and inflammation, addressing underlying factors contributing to metabolic dysfunction.
So, yes I do think supplementation can help you lower blood sugar levels!
Alongside nutrition and lifestyle, supplementation such as the above are shown to reduce your blood sugar levels and can help you tackle poor underlying health and metabolic function ultimately improving your health and wellbeing and safeguarding your future! There are always so many things we can do to help you get your health to the next level.
If you have any questions, need any advice or want help improving your health don't hesitate to get in touch below.
I would love to hear from you! 😊
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