Can supplements help with diabetes AND weight loss?
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Which supplements ACTUALLY WORK to improve your health, your blood sugar, and your weight control?
1) Milk Thistle is a powerful herb which grows in Asia, Europe, Africa, and certain Pacific countries, and its known to carry anti-inflammatory properties. The main compound in milk-thistle is called SILIBININ, which has been shown to reduce enzymes associated with liver disease, help reduce weight gain, and it may even lower blood sugar levels.
2) Taraxacum, or dandelion, contains a number of beneficial compounds, including chicoric acid, chlorogenic acid, and sesquiterpene lactones. Chlorogenic acid carries many anti-diabetes benefits, including its ability to eliminate pathogens in the gastrointestinal tract. This acid within taraxacum also works to improve mineral absorption, reduce obesity related oxidative stress and inflammation, and it has also been found to aid blood sugar balance.
3) Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginseng may reduce inflammation, aid brain function, and it may even provide anti-cancer effects. But it’s also been found to aid in the management of diabetes. In fact, a recent study found that diabetic participants who supplemented their usual medications with 6 grams of Korean red ginseng had an average 11% decrease in blood sugar levels, a 33% increase in insulin sensitivity, and a 38% drop in fasting insulin.
4) Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound, naturally found in berries, grapes, and peanuts, and can now be taken in supplemental form, and a recent meta-analysis found that regular resveratrol intake can significantly reduce weight and BMI. Research has also linked resveratrol to other anti-diabetes benefits, including its ability to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, lower blood pressure, and reduce harmful LDL cholesterol.
5) Citrus pectin, a type of fiber found in certain fruits, has been shown to slow the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. It’s also been found to reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines, which aids weight management. Other studies have shown both natural and modified versions of pectin can help normalize cholesterol levels in those with high LDL cholesterol.
6) Studies have shown that green tea extract has the ability to improve blood sugar control in type 2 diabetics, reduce inflammation in the body, and it can also help with weight management. Green tea contains catechins, specifically epigallocatechin gallate, and it has been shown to modulate cellular lipids and proteins, which helps reduce inflammation, decrease insulin resistance, and aid weight-loss.
7) Fucoxanthin is an antioxidant carotenoid found in brown seaweed, and research shows that it has powerful anti-obesity and anti-diabetes properties. A recent clinical trial found that obese adults who consumed 3 milligrams of fucoxanthin daily experienced significant reductions in BMI, visceral fat, waist circumference and thigh circumference.
8) The major active component of black pepper is piperine, an alkaloid compound which gives black pepper its signature flavor, and you can now find it as a supplement. Piperine may reverse symptoms of obesity-related fatty liver disease and insulin resistance, and it has been shown to increase the bioavailability of other foods you eat.