Vitamins for Diabetics

What are the best vitamins for diabetics? There are many vitamins for diabetics. Unfortunately, 99% of these are fake vitamins (synthetics) and minerals. Synthetic vitamins could make your diabetes and it complications worse, not better. The majority of vitamins sold at retail in the big box stores are synthetic vitamins.

As a diabetic you do not need any more toxins in your system. For a vitamin or mineral to enter our cells it must be recognized by the body. Fake vitamins are not recognized but are seen as invaders and toxins to be removed by our immune system. Removing these synthetic vitamins ties up our immune system. Our immune system could be doing better things like protecting us from cancer and other diseases.

There have been multiple studies done comparing synthetic and whole vitamin E. In the studies it was found that whole vitamins were retained better in the blood while the synthetics were not. You’ll notice soon after taking synthetic vitamins that your urine changes to a bright green, yellow or orange color. This is your body excreting those fake vitamins out of your system.

The best vitamins for diabetics are whole natural vitamins from food. Supplements may be used where food cannot give the levels needed, but synthetic vitamins are to be avoided. Always buy your vitamins from a vendor with a satisfaction or your money back guarantee, as you may be asking for it back.

One of the popular fads today are liquid nutrition drinks with 9 to 19 fruit juices or extracts in a bottle. Many of these use reconstituted fruit concentrates with water for a really expensive juice with very little real vitamins. The problem with most of these juices is they are homogenized, not raw. The heat destroys many of the nutrients. After homogenizing the juice will be acid, not alkaline. You should be drinking alkaline juices. If you want a healthy alkaline juice, make your own with green foods.

Omega 3 - Omega 3 essential fatty acids are is one of the essential vitamins for diabetics to take as a supplement. Best source is omega 3 fish oil supplements. Most of us are in an out of balance state with our Omegas. We get too many omega 6 essential fatty acids from vegetable oils, meats and baked goods. We don’t get enough Omega 3’s like are found in deep salt water water fish or fish oil supplements.

Vitamin C - is another one of the essential vitamins for diabetics. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps fight off the damages free radicals can cause. Unfortunately most vitamin C is ascorbic acid a synthetic form of vitamin C. See our article on synthetic vitamins which details the dangers of synthetics. Always buy real vitamin C not synthetic.

B-12 and B Vitamins - B vitamins are one of the essential vitamins for diabetics. Something like 65% of the population is B-12 deficient. Many diabetics are low on B-12. Most (nearly 99%) of the B-12 supplements are synthetic junk. B-12 is important as it helps maintain the sheath that surrounds our nerves, helps synthesize DNA and red blood cells. Low levels of B-12 have been implicated as contributing to depression, diabetic neuropathy and other diseases. B-6 is also deficient in those with diabetic neuropathy. Deficiencies are common in elderly people.

Incidences of B-12 deficiencies have been identified as being caused by diabetic medication. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 162, February 25, 2002, pp. 484-85 B-12 is only one of the B vitamins that are part of the complex of B vitamins. B vitamins are found in meats, fishes, dairy, green vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and walnuts.

Chromium - Chromium is an essential mineral for diabetics. It is though to help regulate blood sugar levels. It is also helpful in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Chromium Picolinate is a synthetic form of chromium to be avoided. Real chromium is found in brewers yeast, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

Maganese - Manganese is a key enzyme in glucose metabolism. Deficiencies of maganese were proven to cause diabetes in guinea pigs as well as pancreatic abnormality. Pineapple, green leafy veggies, and beans are natural sources of maganese.

Magnesium - Magnesium is one of the essential vitamins for diabetics. Magnesium is low in some diabetics. Those with severe Diabetic Retinopathy are usually low also. Magnesium is also helpful in regulating blood sugar. Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and relaxes blood vessels. Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium. Those at risk of osteoarthritis may find magnesium helpful.

The majority of those in Western countries are magnesium deficient according to Dr. Mildred Seelig, author of The Magnesium Factor. She also states Most modern heart disease is caused by magnesium deficiency. Good food sources of magnesium are spinach, dark green veggies, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Refined grains are deficient in magnesium as the bran and germ are removed in processing.

Potassium - Potassium is one of the essential vitamins for diabetics. Potassium is necessary for carrying electrical impulse in our bodies as it is an electrolyte. Potassium also helps regulate our heartbeat. Potassium excretion losses from high blood pressure medication may lead to diabetes. Potassium improves pancreatic function. Good food sources of potassium are sweet potatoes, tomatoes, white beans, tuna, winter squash, melons, spinach, lima beans, and bananas.

Probiotics - Probiotics are simply cultures of friendly bacteria. We need a good level of friendly bacteria to stay healthy. For more on Probiotics and what they do see: Antibiotics and Probiotics.

Zinc - Zinc deficiencies are contributory to diabetes. Type 1 diabetics tend to be zinc deficient. Type 2 diabetics usually are low in zinc due to losing it through excess urination. Zinc is a necessary mineral for insulin metabolism. Zinc Picolinate is a synthetic mineral. Foods highest in zinc are meats. Other foods containing zinc are dairy products, whole grains, beans, and pumpkin seeds.

Coenzyme Q10 and Q Enzymes - Coenzyme Q10 was beneficial in lowering blood sugars substantially for some diabetics in one trial. It is an antioxidant and helpful for cardiovascular health as well as diabetes.

ALA and GLA Acid - Alpha-lipoic acid is used for energy production. ALA is a fatty acid found in every cell of the body. It also helps convert glucose into energy. ALA helps increase production of glutathione which dissolves toxins in the liver. ALA is made by the body although small amounts are found in flax seed oil, spinach, brussels sprouts, peas, and Brewers Yeast. Best bet is to take fish oil supplements and not ALA. Gamma-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid found in plant based oils. GLA is helpful for those with diabetic nerve damage. GLA supplementation in Evening Primrose oil has been known to improve damaged nerve function.

Carnitine ( L-Carnitine) - Carnitine is used by the body to help turn fatty acids into energy. Carnitine stimulates the burning of tryglycerides as fuel. Carnitine is produced by the liver and kidneys. L-Carnitine is used by bodybuilders as it is thought to help burn body fat. Healthy people usually do not need additional carnitine. Best food source is beef, followed by milk and chicken.

Taurine (L-Taurine) - Taurine is an non-essential amino acid. So named because it is produced by the body. It’s found in protein rich foods. Taurine has been found to help with type 1 diabetes, hepatitis, and heart disease. Type 1 diabetics tend to have low taurine levels leading to thicker blood and risk of heart disease. Taurine is a helpful supplement for cardiac arrhythmias. It is also thought to improve athletic performance and is used in some bodybuilding supplements.

L-arginine - L-arginine is also a non-essential amino acid as it is produced by the body. L-arginine is helpful for the impotence or erectile dysfunction caused by diabetes. It’s converted to nitric oxide which aids in blood vessel relaxation and circulation to extremities.

A study was done with L-arginine and Pycnogenol supplementation of men 25-40 with erectile dysfunction. The study had an 80% success rate. L-arginine helps remove excess ammonia, detoxes the liver and helps with healing wounds. L-arginine is found naturally in walnuts, brazil nuts, coconut, wheat, oats, meats, and seafood.

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Vitamins for Diabetics Updated 12/24/2010

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