Preliminary research suggests yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) tea may improve measures of blood glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes.
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Small amounts of niacin (a form of vitamin B3) may help some people with type 2 diabetes.
Vanadyl sulfate, a form of vanadium, may improve glucose control in people with type 2 diabetes.
Supplementing with taurine may affect insulin secretion and action, and may help protect the eyes and nerves from diabetic complications.
Reishi may have some beneficial action in people with diabetes.
Quercetin may be helpful for its ability to reduce levels of sorbitol a sugar that accumulates in cells and damages the nerves, kidneys, and eyes of people with diabetes.
Olive leaf extracts have been used experimentally to lower high blood sugar in diabetic animals.
Mistletoe extract has been shown to stimulate insulin release from pancreas cells, and it may reduce diabetes symptoms.
Medium-chain triglycerides have been found to lower blood sugar levels and may be useful in treating type 3 diabetes.
People with diabetes may have low manganese levels, which can contribute to glucose intolerance. Supplementing with the mineral may help.
Supplementing with inositol may improve diabetic neuropathy.
Hibiscus is a traditional remedy in India for diabetes, and is supported by preliminary research.
Drinking either regular or decaffeinated coffee has been associated with reduced type 2 diabetes risk in several preliminary human studies.
1 gram per day of berberine for two months. Preliminary research with berberine (an active compound in goldenseal) for two months lowered blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Ginkgo may help prevent and treat early-stage diabetic neuropathy.
Supplementing with fish oil may improve glucose tolerance and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and nephropathy
4 grams daily. Supplementing with evening primrose oil has been found to improve nerve function and to relieve pain symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Amylase inhibitors, when given with a starchy meal, can reduce the usual rise in blood sugar levels of people with diabetes.
15 to 25 mg per day. People with type 2 diabetes tend to be zinc deficient, supplementing with zinc may help restore levels.
1,332 IU daily. Vitamin D is needed to maintain adequate insulin levels, and supplementing with it may improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.
500 mg twice per day. Supplementing with vitamin C may benefit people with type 2 diabetes in several ways, including by reducing sorbitol levels, urinary protein loss, and glycosylation.
1,800 mg pyridoxine alpha-ketoglutarate daily or 50 mg daily pyridoxine daily. People with diabetes often have low vitamin B6 levels. Supplementing with the vitamin may restore levels and improve glucose tolerance.
100 to 150 mg per day. Preliminary research has suggested that Pycnogenol might help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes and slow progression of complications such as retinopathy.
20 grams fresh onion three times per day. Large amounts of onion have been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, possibly by blocking the breakdown of insulin in the liver.
200 mg per day of silymarin. Supplementing with silymarin (a component of milk thistle) may help lower blood sugar levels.
0.25 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight. Supplementing with L-carnitine may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with diabetes.
1,000 to 2,500 mg daily. Taking holy basil may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels.
800 mg daily of an herbal extract standardized for 25% gymnemic acids. Gymnema may stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin and may help normalize blood sugar control in people with diabetes.
A meta-analysis of several studies found that green tea consumption may improve blood glucose control and insulin sensitivity.
120 mg daily of a standardized herbal extract. Supplementing with CoQ10 may improve blood sugar metabolism.
1 to 6 grams daily. Cinnamon may improve glucose utilization in people with type 2 diabetes.
50 to 100 ml of juice daily or 5 grams three times daily of powdered fruit. Whole, fried slices, water extracts, and juice of bitter melon may improve blood-sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.
9 to 16 mg daily. Biotin may improve glucose levels and reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage.
160 mg twice per day of an herbal extract containing 25% anthocyanosides. Bilberry may lower the risk of some diabetic complications, such as diabetic cataracts and retinopathy.
200 mg of herbal extract containing approximately 5 to 7% ginsenosides daily. Asian ginseng is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes.
3 grams with or following meals. Supplementing with American ginseng may help improve blood sugar control.
1 Tbsp (15 ml) of gel daily. Aloe, either alone or in combination with the oral hypoglycemic drug glibenclamide, has been shown to effectively lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
5.1 grams daily with meals. Supplementing with psyllium has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated way to improve control of blood glucose and cholesterol.
200 to 600 mg daily. People with type 2 diabetes tend to have low magnesium levels, supplementing with the mineral may restore levels and improve insulin production.
500 to 700 mg per 100 calories in the diet. Glucomannan delays stomach emptying, leading to more gradual sugar absorption and lower blood sugar levels after meals.
Talk to your doctor. Taking fiber supplements may help to stabilize your blood sugar.
2.5 to 15 grams daily. Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.
200 to 1,000 mcg daily. Chromium has been shown to be useful in treating type 2 diabetes in several ways, including by improving glucose tolerance.
600 to 1,200 mg a day. Taking alpha lipoic acid may improve insulin sensitivity and help protect against diabetic complications such as nerve damage.
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