To protect against neuropathy, take 100 to 200 mg. of alpha-lipoic acid twice daily, 500 to 1000 mcg. of vitamin B12 and 50 mg. of vitamin B6 per day, 2 to 4 mg. of folic acid taken every morning for 90 days, then reduce to 800 micrograms, 1000 mg. of fish oil three times per day (with meals) and one cup of huckleberry leaf tea per day.
The amino acid taurine protects the retina, lens and nerves in the eye. Take 80 to 160 mg. standardized extract of bilberry with 25 percent anthocyanosides, along with lycopene.
To prevent kidney damage associated with diabetes, take 500 mg. of taurine twice daily, 1 to 3 mg. of melatonin at bedtime, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice daily (for proathocyanidins).
The amino acid L-arginine improves insulin sensitivity and opens up blood vessels, improving blood circulation and energy. Taking 500 to 1000 mg. of L-carnitine protects muscles, improves oxygen and blood flow and reduces risk of heart failure. One cup of hawthorn tea daily may also protect the heart.
Medicinal Foods for Diabetes
– Fish should be consumed regularly.
– Cinnamon contains a chemical that mimics insulin and increases insulin sensitivity. One-half teaspoon of cinnamon per day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels.
– Leafy greens, such as chard, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens and spinach, along with celery and broccoli, are good sources of chlorophyll, which has been found to help lower blood sugar levels.
– Oat bran has been found to reduce insulin needs.
– Garlic has potassium (counters acidity), zinc (for insulin), manganese (rids excess blood sugar) and sulfur (for insulin). In studies, garlic and onions lowered glucose levels and improved glucose tolerance 7 to 18 percent.
– A calcium-to-magnesium ratio higher than 10-to-1 impairs carbohydrate metabolism, while excess magnesium to calcium depresses insulin action.
Fiber is Important. Eat only whole grains. Make sure “whole grain” is the first ingredient, rather than “whole wheat flour” or “bleached flour”. Always eat brown or long grain rice instead of white rice and eat fresh fruits and vegetables with the skin on. Dried beans and peas are a good source of fiber. Soak them overnight in a bowl of water to break down the complex sugars, then cook in fresh water.
Natural Remedies for Diabetes
– GTF chromium is an important supplement for diabetics.
– Vanadium sulfate, taken with calcium, has reversed diabetes in laboratory animals.
– Fresh cornsilk (soaked in water overnight) and fenugreek tea.
– Alfalfa and yucca tea help to lower blood sugar and maintain healthy body weight.
– Aloe vera juice may normalize insulin and lower blood sugar in Type II diabetics who produce some insulin.
– Some research suggest that the herb yarrow may rid diabetes.
– Soy protein has been found to reduce blood glucose levels and contains soluble fiber.
Low Glycemic Snack Ideas
– An apple with the skin (not “red delicious” variety)
– Whole wheat, oat, rice bran or rye crackers with nut butter. Fiber helps reduce blood sugar surges.
– Baby carrots and low-fat sour cream
– A small handful of almonds or walnuts.
– Low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit or bran cereal. Berries are flavorful and help stabilize blood sugar.
– Whole wheat pita (toasted) with bean dip
– Soybeans (slightly salted). Unsweetened soy milk is also low glycemic.
– Air-popped popcorn
– Dried apricots (1/3 cup or less)
– One hard-boiled egg
Drugs that Raise Blood Sugar
Several types of drugs are known to raise blood sugar levels, including diuretics, blood pressure medications, steroids (for asthma, arthritis and allergies), anti-depressants, estrogen and HIV medications.
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