Supplements to Lower Blood Sugar: 4 Nutrients That Work
Getting your blood glucose levels under control has immediate health benefits – you will feel better, find it easier to maintain a healthier weight, have more energy, put less strain on your joints, and maintain healthier cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Exercising, adopting healthier food choices and losing weight are the first steps in controlling your glucose levels.
Natural supplements can be a powerful ally in helping you get your blood sugar levels in balance, and keeping them there. And they help you avoid some of the unhealthy side effects that can come with traditional remedies.
4 Supplements for Lower Blood Sugar
There are four ingredients that work together to balance your blood sugar. Not only does each nutrient contribute a unique health benefit for blood sugar control, but there is a formula that includes the most scientifically advanced forms of these nutrients, in the dosages that research has shown provides the most definitive blood sugar control.
Zychrome is a next generation, patent-pending “super” chromium containing 9% elemental chromium, niacin, and L-cysteine. In research studies, Zychrome outperformed other chromium compounds in all of the areas that are most critical for people with blood sugar concerns — improving glucose metabolism, helping balance inflammation, and enhancing antioxidant status. For instance, it reduced fasting insulin levels 33% better than chromium picolinate alone, and it was twice as effective as chromium at reducing insulin resistance.
This nutrient is a hard-to-find natural plant alkaloid derived from herbs like goldenseal. It attacks blood sugar from several different directions—helping insulin do its job better, helping usher glucose into your cells, and helping to maintain a normal inflammatory response, something that can easily get out of balance when your blood sugar levels are elevated. The result is that Berberine has an impressive record for helping control blood glucose levels—both before and after meals. In one study, subjects who took berberine saw a 35% decrease in fasting blood glucose and a 44% decrease in after-meal blood glucose.
3. Gymnema Sylvestre
This an ancient herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2,000 years to help balance blood sugar by helping glucose get reabsorbed into the blood. Gymnema has another unique benefit in that it may help regenerate or repair beta cells, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. These are the cells that produce and secrete insulin, and not many substances are capable of supporting beta cell health in this way.
4. Alpha Lipoic Acid
This is a potent antioxidant that helps to maintain normal insulin sensitivity, helps to reduce fasting blood glucose and post-meal blood glucose already in the normal range, and promotes healthy insulin function. Alpha lipoic acid also helps maintain the health of the peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, a common concern of people with blood sugar issues.
A good combination of these nutrients can help you:
- Support healthy blood glucose levels, both before and after meals
- Promote healthy hemoglobin A1C levels
- Support healthy glucose disposal and metabolism
- Promote healthy insulin function
- Support healthy insulin sensitivity
- Manage insulin function twice as effectively as regular chromium picolinate
- Help maintain healthy cholesterol levels
- Help support healthy detoxification function
Complete Glucose Support is a supplement I have personally researched and developed that combines all four of the above nutrients that I use to help the patients at my clinic to conquer their blood sugar imbalances. My unique blood sugar-balancing supplement helps you get your blood sugar in control by supporting healthy glucose levels both before and after eating.
If tingly hands and feet are preventing you from being as active as you should be, I recommend you try it. It can help your hands and feet feel better, so you can get up and move again!
Last Updated: April 8, 2020
Originally Published: December 20, 2013