7 Natural Supplements That Can Lower Blood Sugar

7 Natural Supplements That Can Lower Blood Sugar

August 6, 2019 8 By William Morgan


Insulin is a natural hormone produced by your
body that helps to transport sugar through
your bloodstream to be absorbed by your body’s
cells.
However, while your body does have a use for
sugar, having a blood sugar level that is
too high can potentially lead to some unwanted
side effects on your system, particularly
where insulin is concerned.
When your blood sugar spikes, your body develops
an increased resistance to insulin, which
in turn makes it harder for the hormone to
do its job properly.
If your body’s insulin isn’t working as
intended, this can result in the onset of
type 2 diabetes.
Luckily, there are a few supplements available
that you can use to keep your blood sugar
levels under control; here’s just a few
of them.
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Cinnamon
When we think of cinnamon, we usually think
of it as a tasty, dessert friendly spice that
lends itself well to glazed buns, donuts,
cookies, cakes and more.
What you might not have known is that despite
its frequent appearance in a number of beloved
but unhealthy desserts, cinnamon may also
be useful when it comes to keeping your blood
sugar in check.
Research from some studies has suggested that
supplements made either from whole cinnamon
powder or from a cinnamon extract can potentially
help not only reduce blood sugar levels in
supplement users but also help people manage
and control their diabetes.
This is because cinnamon may potentially help
your body by increasing its sensitivity to
insulin, allowing the hormone to work more
effectively when it comes to delivering sugar
to your body’s cells.
Before you ask: no, this does not mean that
cinnamon buns are considered healthy now,
but still, wishful thinking, right?
2.
Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a very important ingredient for
healthy living due to the number of benefits
it provides for the human body.
Among other things, studies have suggested
that vitamin D deficiency may in fact be a
gateway that can potentially lead to type
2 diabetes.
The good news is that this means taking a
regular vitamin D supplement might help you
to reduce your body’s blood sugar levels,
and by extension reduce the risk of diabetes
as well.
This is because vitamin D can help improve
the function of cells in your pancreas that
are responsible for producing insulin, allowing
for improved insulin production which, in
turn, leads to sugar being transported to
your cells much more efficiently.
What a vitamin D-lightful way to keep your
health and blood sugar levels in check, am
I right?
3.
Aloe Vera
You may know aloe vera as a plant which produces
a gel that many people use to soothe sunburns
and other uncomfortable skin conditions.
As it turns out, aloe vera has other uses
as well, including the ability to help manage
and regulate your blood sugar levels.
For people with type 2 diabetes or even prediabetes,
supplements or juice made from the aloe vera
plant has been shown to lower fasting blood
sugar in regular users.
Animal studies using mice as participants
have noted that aloe appears to stimulate
the cells in your pancreas responsible for
creating insulin, much like the vitamin D
supplements we mentioned earlier.
However, researchers are still unsure as this
has yet to be confirmed, meaning that more
research will be required before we can say
with absolute certainty how effective aloe
vera is at regulating your body’s blood
sugar in supplement form.
4.
Ginseng
While you might be more familiar with it as
an ingredient for tea, ginseng, specifically
American ginseng, is also particularly potent
when it comes to lowering blood sugar, especially
after a meal.
According to research into the subject, American
ginseng has been shown to reduce post meal
blood sugar by as much as a whopping 20 percent,
both in healthy individuals as well as those
who already struggle with type 2 diabetes.
The way this works is that American ginseng
helps improve your body’s response to the
hormone insulin by increasing levels of sensitivity,
allowing the hormone to do its job of distributing
sugar to your cells without any pesky insulin
resistance getting in the way.
We were going to follow up this fact with
a pun about how this is the “tea” on diabetes
prevention, but hey, even we have our limits
when it comes to cheesy wordplay.
5.
Magnesium
As the fourth most abundant mineral found
within your body, you can probably get at
least a general sense of how important magnesium
is when it comes to keeping your body firing
on all cylinders.
Case in point, magnesium may also be able
to help you increase your blood sugar at healthy
and manageable levels when taken in supplement
form.
According to research, low blood levels in
magnesium have been observed in somewhere
between 25 to 38 percent of people with type
2 diabetes, implying that there is potentially
a correlation between the two.
Studies also appear to indicate that magnesium
is a key component when it comes to you body’s
ability to produce insulin as well as the
insulin’s ability to act within your body’s
tissues.
If you’re struggling with blood sugar spikes,
magnesium may potentially be a magnanimous
addition to your supplement routine.
6.
Probiotics
While you may not realize it, your gut is
actually an entire ecosystem for several varieties
of beneficial bacteria which aid in your body’s
digestion.
According to research, damage to your gut
microbiome, such as by taking antibiotics,
can potentially harm your body by increasing
the risk factors for certain diseases.
Type 2 diabetes is just one of the illnesses
that can potentially develop if your gut bacteria
aren’t in proper alignment.
Fortunately, you can help get things back
on track through the use of probiotic supplements
in order to give your gut bacteria a beneficial
boost.
Taking probiotic supplements may in fact increase
your body’s ability to efficiently handle
carbohydrates, as well as reduce inflammation
and help protect your pancreatic cells responsible
for producing insulin.
7.
Chromium
Despite its intimidating sounding name, chromium
is actually very beneficial to your body and
an important component to managing blood sugar.
If your body is currently dealing with a chromium
deficiency, this will negatively impact your
body’s ability to convert carbohydrates
into energy.
This, in turn, raises your body’s insulin
needs and can potentially result in increased
insulin sensitivity.
According to a review of 25 different studies,
chromium supplements were able to decrease
fasting blood sugar by a significant margin
compared to the use of a placebo, and chromium
has been shown to help enhance the effects
of insulin in the body as well as support
the activity of the cells in your pancreas
that are responsible for producing it.
What are some other methods that you know
of that are effective at keeping someone’s
blood sugar levels under control?
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