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Vitamins and Minerals for Prediabetes

Vitamins for Prediabetes: Part 2 of 2 – Vitamins and Minerals for Prediabetes

Doctors know your body is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals if you have Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance. Learn about the vitamins and minerals that can help you prevent diabetes (and why) in this Vitamins and Minerals for Prediabetes post.

We all know that if we eat healthier we get more vitamins and minerals. And research shows that when we are sick with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance certain vitamins and minerals are deficient.

While eating healthier is a great idea (and I highly recommend it). you can jumpstart your recovery by supplementing with quality vitamins and minerals.

And since Prediabetes can quickly progress to Type 2 Diabetes, getting help from vitamins and minerals for prediabetes is a super smart idea!

I’ve already shared with you the Best Option Combo of Vitamins for Prediabetes in my last post. If you take the combo, you only need four products. (These are NOT my products…they are all formulated by real vitamin companies who depend on independent research to design their products.)

In my last post I also shared with you a supplement called MetaGlycemX™ (by Metagenics)  that has been specifically formulated with a combination of many of the vitamins and minerals for prediabetes that are recognized to:

  • Help restore blood sugar
  • Help restore insulin sensitivity and
  • Help you lose weight

The MetaGlycemX™ (by Metagenics) is a great way to get a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals for Prediabetes in one bottle rather than piecing together a supplement plan with bottles and bottles of stuff.

Vitamins and Minerals For Prediabetes – Summary

In this post I review all the vitamins and minerals, one by one, that have been proven by real independent research to help with blood sugar control, insulin sensitivity AND to help you lose weight.

If you want to piece together your own supplement package and get your vitamins and minerals for Prediabetes separately rather than in a combo, I’ve given you my preferred brands along with my recommended daily dosage below.

Magnesium Citrate (Webber Naturals): 300 – 450 mg/day (3 tablets a day, 1 with each meal)

  • Improves blood sugar control
  • Increases insulin sensitivity
  • Helps to promote a restful sleep (disrupted sleep is a Diabetes risk factor)

Magnesium Ciitrate

 

Manganese (Biotics Research Corp.): 15-50 mg/day (1 with each meal)

  • Helps restore proper carbohydrate metabolism
  • Improves blood sugar control

Biotics Research Mn Zyme Manganese

Vitamin D-3 (Now Foods): 1000-2000 IU/day (1 with breakfast, 1 with supper)

  • Stabilizes mood and reduces stress (stress is a Diabetes risk factor)
  • Helps to control appetite and reduce cravings
  • Helps to bring blood pressure back to normal levels (high blood pressure is a Diabetes risk factor)
  • Improves insulin sensitivity

Now Foods Vitamin D3

B – Multi (Metagenics Glycogenics®): (1 with breakfast, 1 with lunch. Don’t take B vitamins at night, you’ll have active dreams if you do)

  • Helps to regulate energy production and metabolism, which promotes better blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity
  • Helps to reduce stress (a huge risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes)

Glycogenics Metagenics

Chromium Picolinate (Now Foods): 400 – 1000 mcg (1 with each meal, and 1 before bed)

  • Helps improves blood sugar control
  • Helps restore fasting glucose to normal levels
  • Helps to decrease insulin levels
  • Helps to restore cholesterol/triglyceride levels to normal
  • A more natural and well-tolerated approach than metformin (and no nasty digestive side effects like with metformin)

Now Foods Chromium Picolinate

NOTE: if you take metformin, your dose may need to be reduced if you take Chromium Picolinate

You can learn more about how low Chromium causes Insulin Resistance in my blog post – Chromium, Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes: Why You Have To Take Chromium

Calcium Butyrate (Biotics Research Corp.):  1 with Breakfast, 1 with Supper

  • Helps restore fasting glucose to normal levels
  • Encourages friendly bacteria to reside in the gut, which improves insulin sensitivity
  • Reduces intestinal permeability (helpful for IBS, digestion issues, proper absorption of nutrients)
  • A more natural and well-tolerated approach than metformin (and no nasty digestive side effects like with metformin)

Biotics Research Cal Mag Butyric Acid

NOTE: If you take metformin, your dose may need to be reduced if you take Calcium Butyrate

Probiotic, Multi Strain [25 billion] (Jarrows):  2 with each meal, and 2 at bedtime

  • Helps to restore friendly gut microbes, which help you lose weight, reduce cravings and improve insulin sensitivity
  • Helps restore fasting glucose to normal levels
  • Helps restore A1C to normal levels

Jarrows Probiotics 25 billion

 

PCOS Support: Glucosmart: 1 with breakfast, and 1 at bedtime

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is very common with Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes. Taking birth control pills or other synthetic hormones will NOT fix the PCOS. Glucosmart will.

Glucosmart:

  • Makes weight loss easier
  • Helps restore blood sugar control
  • Reduces belly fat
  • Reduces sugar cravings
  • Halts the PCOS syndrome
  • Improves fertility, restoring egg quality
  • Restores regular periods
  • Reduces facial hair growth
  • Reduces acne problems

Glucosmart Lorna Vanderhaeghe Inositol_

So these are the vitamins and minerals for Prediabetes!

Don’t Be Duped Into Buying Useless Supplements

You’ll notice I didn’t talk about weird fruits and roots from the jungles of South America. That’s because my recommendations are always based on science, not glitzy talk shows or websites trying to sell you their unproven supplements.

Or even worse, distributors (who call themselves health coaches) trying to sell you smoothie powders, colored drinks and other equally useless supplements. If you ever have to buy a membership in order to get supplements, run away!

Save your money and stick with the science and take vitamins and minerals for Prediabetes (all mentioned above) that actually work and are proven in real independent scientific research.

If you are taking any medication you should always speak to your doctor before taking any non-prescription based supplements.

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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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