Controlling Blood Sugar II


Garlic

Don’t laugh – garlic is more than a tasty and pungent spice. It's also a very serious medicine. It contains sulfur rich compounds that are probably responsible for it’s therapeutic effects. The Allicin and Allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) and other flavanoids increase free insulin levels in the blood which can lower blood sugar levels and at the same time lower total cholesterol. The FDA had designated Garlic as GRAS (generally recognized as safe).

Other names:                  Ajo, Allium sativum
Best form to take:           Aged form is best
Usual dosage:                300-900mg per day
Approximate cost:          Less than $10 per month
Other effects:                  Reduced total cholesterol 12%, lowered LDL,
                                         triglycerides and raised HDL
Possible side effects:    Mild reduction in blood pressure

Garlic’s ability to lower cholesterol levels is now being questioned as recent studies have not found it to be effective.



Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema sylvestre is another old folk remedy from Africa and India. It enhances insulin production and also inactivates the taste buds that are sensitive to sweetness. It interferes with the normal absorption of sugar. It reduces blood sugar levels, glycoslated hemoglobin and insulin levels also. Gymnemic acid seems to be the active component.

Other names:                  Gymnema, Gymnema melicida, Gurmar
Best form to take:           “GS4 Extract”
Usual dosage:                400 mg per day (GS4)
Approximate cost:          Less than $10 per month
Other effects:                   Reduces total cholesterol and triglycerides
Possible side effects:    Non GS4 forms can reduce iron absorption

May reduce insulin requirements up to 50%. Some studies have actually found that Gymnema Sylvestre increased the number of insulin producing cells in the pancreas as a result. In one very interesting study the pancreas weight actually increased a whopping 30%!


Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in many different areas of the body including the metabolism of sugar. Many Americans are slightly or moderately deficient in Magnesium (which may be contributing to the current epidemic of diabetes). Magnesium protects the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. It also increases the number and efficiency of insulin receptors in muscle tissue. This means that increasing your intake of magnesium may help reduce excessive blood sugar levels. Also, some studies have shown that Diabetes may actually cause a magnesium deficiency.

Other names:                  Magnesium oxide
Best form to take:           Magnesium Gluconate
Usual dosage:                500mg per day
Approximate cost:          Less than $8 per month
Other effects:                  Far too numerous to list here
Possible side effects:    Diarrhea especially if magnesium oxide is used

Avoid taking Magnesium Oxide. Though it’s less expensive, it’s poorly absorbed and can cause toxic side effects in some people. Instead take Magnesium Gluconate. In studies animals fed a magnesium deficient diet experienced increased blood sugar levels.


Quercetin

Quercetin is a Bioflavanoid that can increase insulin production within the pancreas.

Other names:                  Meletin, Sophretin
Best form to take:           Mixed Bioflavanoid capsules with Quercetin
Usual dosage:                500mg once or twice per day for 1 month
Approximate cost:          Less than $10 per month
Other effects:                  Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory
Possible side effects:    Some minor stomach acidity if not taken with food.
                                         May help protect against diabetic cataracts
Possible side effects:    Headache, tingling in the hands and feet (rare)
Other comments:            Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant


Vitamin B-6

Insulin resistance increased an average of 31% and blood sugar levels rose 13% in subjects fed a vitamin B-6 deficient diet.

Other names:                  Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal
Best form to take:           Pyridoxine
Usual dosage:                Avoid doses over 75mg/day
Approximate cost:          Less than $8 per month
Other effects:                  Fights heart disease as Vitamin B-6 acts with folic
                                         acid and vitamin B-12 to reduce the level of
                                         heart-disease promoting Homocysteine in the
                                         blood.
Possible side effects:    Very large doses can cause nerve damage

Doses over 200mg per day may be very dangerous


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