A new review reports Chromium Picolinate when used as a nutritional supplement for Diabetics does have a significantly positive effect on Cholesterol, Insulin and Blood Sugar levels.
Researchers reviewed data from 15 studies (14 focused specifically on Type 2 Diabetes) involving almost 1700 participants, 1500 of whom were receiving Chromium Picolinate. Chromium Picolinate dosages ranged from between 200 mcg and 1000 micrograms daily. Study periods ranged from between 1 week to 9 months.
Overall researchers found that in 13 of the 15 studies reviewed significant improvements were seen in at least one outcome of glycemic control. Additionally in 6 of 10 studies which measured fasting glucose levels, significant improvements of 15.3% were seen with Chromium Picolinate supplementation with an 18.9% improvement in postprandial glucose levels. Fasting insulin levels measured in 4 of the studies reviewed, improved by 29.8% while postprandial insulin improved by 15% from baseline due to Chromium Picolinate supplementation.
Chromium is a trace mineral which occurs naturally in certain foods (cereals, whole grain bread, pork kidney, cheese, lean meat and brewer’s yeast) but in small amounts. Chromium is poorly absorbed in the body but this mineral plays an important role in the metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Over 39,000,000 are affected by diabetes in the United States.
Researchers believe that individuals with Type 2 Diabetes may require higher doses of Chromium Picolinate than individuals who do not have this disease. Future studies are needed to build on the results of these studies.
Here are some other natural products that may provide nutritional support for individuals who need additional gycemic support:
Vitamin E: Research has shown that plasma vitamin E levels are significantly lower in subjects with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, and in subjects with type 2 diabetes complicated with coronary heart disease, and in elderly type 2 diabetics.
Magnesium: Higher dietary magnesium intake is associated with lower fasting insulin concentrations in adults and obese children and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Lagerstroemia speciosa: Due to its ability to help promote normal blood glucose metabolism, Lagerstroemia speciosa is refered to as a “phytoinsulin” that is a plant extract with insulin-like effects. Specifically, it has been shown to help maintain normal transport of blood glucose into the cells.
Bitter Melon: By improving glucose uptake by muscle cells and improving glycogen accumulation in both the liver and muscle, Bitter Melon has been shown to promote healthy blood sugar and improve glucose tolerance.
Gymnema sylvestre: This herb, from the forests of India, may be one of the most important alternative remedies available. It is thought to promote the production of insulin. Because the molecular arrangement of a constituent of this plant resembles glucose, it can fill the receptor locations in the absorptive layers of the intestine, thereby reducing the total dietary sugar entering the system.
Fenugreek Seeds: An extract of this herb has been shown to exert general sugar control. It seems to improve insulin response, postprandial (after eating) glucose, and fasting blood sugar.
Alpha lipoic acid: Alpha lipoic acid is what we call a metabolic antioxidant. It appears to reduce the oxidative stress suffered by diabetics. Research suggests that it stimulates insulin activity, reduces insulin resistance, and enhances the burning of glucose.
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