There is a myriad of supplements available in your nearest drugstore claiming that they’re diabetes-friendly, but the question is, should you take these? More than 50 percent of people with diabetes say they’ve used dietary supplements, according to one 2011 study—and at least one in four has given herbal remedies a try.
Some studies have been done on consumption of specific supplements, like omega-3 and probiotic, as a treatment for diabetes and risk reduction, respectfully. Vitamin D, omega-3, magnesium, psyllium, cinnamon, and alpha-lipoic acid, may have some potential benefits for diabetics according to an article published by Reader’s Digest. They also added that fenugreek, chromium, and bitter melon should be avoided.
In consulting the latest research as well as supplement experts for this report on the best-studied and most widely used supplements, we found that some popular pills—chromium, we’re talking about you—aren’t living up to their reputations. Others, such as vitamin D or psyllium, may be more promising. Still others should be avoided because they make false claims (supplements that promote weight loss tend to be a red flag).
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