Vitamins and Hypoglycemia: the connection

Nutritional Supplements: In many cases, nutritional supplements may help regulate your blood sugar levels, although more extensive scientific research may be required to support the use of some nutritional supplements for this condition. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, commonly used supplements in treating or preventing hypoglycemia include probiotics, chromium, magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, a daily multivitamin, holy basil and green tea. Fenugreek and brewer’s yeast may also be helpful in balancing your blood sugar levels.

Vitamin B-6: Vitamin B-6 is a water-soluble vitamin that your body cannot store. It helps keep your blood sugar level within normal ranges. According to a report by clinical nutritionist Henry Osiecki published in the December 1998 issue of “The Hypoglycemic Health Association Newsletter,” vitamin B-6 can prevent brain damage and brain death caused by glucose deprivation.

 Chromium: Chromium is a mineral that is known to enhance the action of insulin. A clinical study published in the April 1993 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition” reported that chromium improved the efficiency of insulin in 12 out of 15 controlled studies. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends 250 to 800 mcg of chromium daily for blood sugar regulation.

 Niacin: Niacin, or vitamin B-3, has been shown to increase blood sugar. The September 2000 issue of “The Journal of the American Medical Association” reported the results of a clinical study in which niacin use increased glucose levels in participants with and without diabetes. Consult with your doctor about the correct dosage for you.

 Magnesium: Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in your body and it is important for more than 300 biochemical reactions, including regulating your blood sugar. The July 2004 issue of “Diabetic Medicine” published the results of a study that found oral magnesium supplementation to improve insulin sensitivity and secretion in diabetic patients. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends 250 to 750 mg of magnesium per day.

Considerations: Discuss the use of dietary supplements for this condition with your doctor before self-treating with supplements. A licensed health care professional who specialises in clinical nutrition can provide you with accurate and valuable information about the supplements that may be best for you and your condition.

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