Antioxidants have been shown to greatly affect blood sugar. And in type 2 diabetes this is good news.
We all know that antioxidants neutralize free radicals that we have in our bodies. And as a result, antioxidants have been said to have protective properties from many diseases and conditions such as cancer, aging, vision and heart disease. But not many people are talking about how antioxidants can help with type 2 diabetes.
I can remember sharing this information with one doctor on how drinking teas high in antioxidants, like organic green tea can lower blood sugar. This physician reported back to me that she had great results with this.
Antioxidants – Diabetes Natural Cure…Or Not
Clinical studies have found that people with type 2 diabetes had higher rates of blindness, kidney failure and early death was found when they had lower levels of antioxidants in their blood compared to people with higher levels of antioxidants. This is a good case for adding more to your diet.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are chemical or substances that prevent oxidation. Oxidation is the process that creates particles called free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for creating chain reactions that damage and destroy cells in your body.
A list of the common antioxidants would be beta-carotene and other related carotenoids, and minerals like selenium and manganese. With vitamin E, and vitamin C being two powerful ones.
Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are powerful for several reasons.
First, vitamin E improves insulin sensitivity by improving the action of insulin and helps to prevent many of the long-term complications of type 2 diabetes. Most type 2 diabetics are sorely lacking in vitamin E. It is important that you use a natural vitamin E with all the tocophenals and tocotrienals factors.
Others worth noting, would be manganese, which is shown to improve blood sugar control and type 2 diabetics have half the manganese levels to those of non-diabetics. The recommended dosage of manganese is no more than 30 mg per day.
Vitamin C is important for the immune system and type 2 diabetics tend to have a weakened immune system. The reason for this is diabetes damages immune system cell function when it is not controlled. Foods high in vitamin C include broccoli, red peppers, brussels sprouts, kale, and spinach.
Research has also found that type 2 diabetics should keep their antioxidant levels up around the recommended dosage of 500 mg of Vitamin C, and 800 mg of vitamin E. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are amazing antioxidants.
Perhaps the most potent antioxidant of them all…
Alpha lipoic acid or commonly called lipoic acid or LA is probably the most potent of all antioxidants. It has been studied more widely for its effects on widely diabetes and diabetic neuropathy than any other condition that it is effective at improving. Its powerful antioxidant effects were realized when it was shown to prevent symptoms from deficiencies in Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
The thing that makes lipoic acid so special is that it acts similar to insulin in the muscle and fat cells. It helps sugar get into the cells. A process that in type 2 diabetes is defective. Other studies have shown that LA is very effective at improving nerve damage in diabetes as well. It is generally recommended that people with type 2 diabetes supplement lipoic acid into their diet at 200 mg twice per day.
Prior to using any of this dietary advice, please consult with your doctor. There are many situations and conditions out there, and no one diet is perfect for everyone.