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Dave Foreman

Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old man’s concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, can’t sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Building a strong foundation is critical for your health-and antioxidants are a critical element in the structure of your health regimen. When selecting antioxidants, it is important to focus on those that are targeted to a specific health issue that you are either trying to treat or prevent, rather than just taking a general antioxidant. The following refresher might be redundant for some readers but when something is important, reading it over can be very helpful. It's a little like reading certain passages in the Bible: important but familiar thoughts resonate and new ones come to the surface.

Free radicals that antioxidants help combat are mutant oxygen molecules that destroy the body's cells inside and out. Metabolism is the most common way free radicals get introduced into the body, although there are several other routes. Look at our bodies like cars: we take in fuel, burn it, get energy and create exhaust. That exhaust is like the free radicals: if it isn't neutralized or vented, the car/body will start to sputter and perform poorly or stop working altogether.

We humans are also regularly exposed to free radicals through our environment. Environmental sources of free radicals include exposure to radiation like that in x-rays or sun exposure, cigarette smoke, unsaturated fats, alcohol, ozone, automobile exhaust, heavy metals and many other sources found in our air, water and foods. You almost can't escape exposure and if you don't take a proactive approach to protecting yourself from them, you will likely end up with one or more of the health conditions linked to free radical damage-like Diabetes. Antioxidants combat Diabetes in two ways, supporting the pancreas and regulating blood sugar and insulin levels.

The best approach is a two-pronged one involving diet and supplements. First: eat foods high in antioxidants such as fruits (especially berries), vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans. Second, support that diet with antioxidant supplements. Find out first what antioxidants are good for your particular health needs then take four or five of them together. Here is a thumbnail reference list of supplements for those with blood sugar control issues: Alpha lipoic acid: a very powerful antioxidant shown to improve insulin sensitivity and improve/protect against organ damage caused by blood glucose imbalance. The suggested amount is a minimum of 600mg per day but some people take 1200mg per day. Acetyl-l-carnitine: known to improve or prevent symptoms of neuropathy that causes numbness or weakness of some peripheral nerves. 1000mg three times daily is the recommended dose.

Bilberry: One of my favorite herbal antioxidants, it helps with many aspects of diabetes and collateral health issues. Best start by taking 160mg of a standardized extract two times a day.

Reishi: An amazing medicinal mushroom, it is often thought of as the "universal" mushroom and is part of my daily program. Dose depends on the brand you purchase. CoQ10 or Ubiquinol: This is one of my top 5 antioxidants for universal health needs that is particularly helpful with blood sugar metabolism. Consider using 100mg twice a day although I take 400-500mg per day as a protection against free radical damage. Milk Thistle: This is the mother of all antioxidants for liver support as well as a great supplement for blood sugar issues. Use a standardized extract containing around 200mg of silymarin three times daily.

Pycnogenol: Another one of my Top 5 antioxidants for the way it helps control blood sugar and therefore protects against possible organ damage caused by elevated blood sugar levels. I suggest 150-300mg per day.

Grape seed: See pycnogenol

C, E, zinc, and selenium: Key vitamin/mineral antioxidants, each of which possesses different benefits for those concerned with diabetes. Recommended doses are outside what is contained in a multivitamin: C=250-500mg two times daily; E= 400-800iu (mixed tocopherols preferred); Zinc= 25-50mg per day and Selenium= 200mg. You will need to take higher than normal doses of four or five of these to get what I would consider the ideal benefit. Note that this may not be the complete list of antioxidants available for achieving or maintaining optimum blood sugar levels but once your concerns about the condition are minimized, you will be able to cut back the number of supplements and the doses. In my view, great health is not about sticking a toe in the water but jumping in up to your neck.

 
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