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Looking for supplements for insulin sensitivity

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 05, 2013 at 5:29 AM

Im already attacking this problem the best i can with diet & exercise, but im looking to give myself any boost i can with non-prescription supplements. I already have a list of supplements that im currently looking through peer reviewed lit for some results but im also looking for any other supplements i haven't mentioned or info on supplements i have mentioned.

Supplements for insulin sensitivity: Minerals: Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Chromium, Potassium, Vanadium (not interested in vanadium)

Vitamins: B7, D3, K

Amino acids: L-Arginine, Taurine, L-Carnitine

Others: Omega 3 fatty acids (particularly DHA and EPA), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, Glutathione

I know its quite the laundry list. Any input is appreciated, especially supplements i've missed that have had promising experimental results.

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on July 15, 2013
at 05:04 PM

I'll look into that. Thanks for the information!

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on July 15, 2013
at 03:14 AM

Tim Ferriss, in the book "The 4 Hour Body", implanted a 24 hour glucose meter into his abdomen. He tested different types of cinnamon and found that Vietnamese cinnamon worked the best to lower blood sugar.

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on July 14, 2013
at 09:39 PM

What makes Vietnamese cinnamon more effective?

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on July 14, 2013
at 07:17 PM

For maximum effect, use Vietnamese cinnamon.

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on January 12, 2013
at 01:24 AM

thanks for the answer. found several good studies on it.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 05, 2013
at 04:04 PM

Cinnamon helps with insulin sensitivity. It is sold in capsules or you can mix it in with foods.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 14, 2013
at 09:39 PM

What makes Vietnamese cinnamon more effective?

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on July 14, 2013
at 07:17 PM

For maximum effect, use Vietnamese cinnamon.

D396b126240f584bc358e6e4fd84e9e3

(455)

on July 15, 2013
at 03:14 AM

Tim Ferriss, in the book "The 4 Hour Body", implanted a 24 hour glucose meter into his abdomen. He tested different types of cinnamon and found that Vietnamese cinnamon worked the best to lower blood sugar.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 15, 2013
at 05:04 PM

I'll look into that. Thanks for the information!

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on July 14, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Berberine is one of the best. The research is pretty good.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:31 PM

Try Myo-inositol (or D-chiro-inositol). It's been shown in several good medical studies to improve insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. A lot of people with IR or Type II diabetes use it instead of Metformin to manage their condition.

C0423cb62a37eb6abbc4878d277b846f

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on January 12, 2013
at 01:24 AM

thanks for the answer. found several good studies on it.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:05 PM

Ferriss' PAGG stack works primarily through insulin manipulation... IF you believe him. The components also are conveniently harmless, which would allow folks to use them without implicating any liability on his part. His science pretty much appears to be 'bro science', although I haven't really looked any further.

Maybe there is research to support?

Policosinol

Alpha Lipoic Acid (already mentioned)

EGCG

Full spectrum garlic

I'm not even sure if his claims are going in the direction you're looking for. Your question just reminded me of this... thought I'd throw it out there.

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on January 05, 2013
at 06:12 AM

Chlorophyll is another great one for healthy blood. I use "phurify" drops and chlorophyll available at phmiracleliving.com 5 drops of phurify to one dropperful of chlorophyll/liter of distilled or ph water. Their L-Arginine and Q10,etc are very good, too. I also use their phour salts/one scoop/1 liter distilled or ph water/ a great source for magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate and calcium. I alternate the bottles of chlorophyll and puriphy with the bottles of phour salts throughout the day. He has also written a book "PH Miracle for Diabetes" which also mentions insulin sensitivity. He believes in a veggie diet while healing. I used that to begin with and now do lots of soup broths and eat meat and healthy fats as well as the veggies, veggie juices and veggie shakes that I learned from the Ph Miracle books. Also, I have done a lot of research on vitamins. There is a liquid vitamin plus minerals and amino acids that has everything necessary to let the body absorb the vitamins. It is high quality--Pana-C-315 available on Amazon and other places. That book on Diabetes has a whole laundry list of what to do. My neighbor is full blown diabetic and no longer requires daily insulin shots. Your situation is a little different but might be worth reading.

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