Best and Worst Dietary Supplements for a Diabetic Diet

Are your favorite natural remedies for treating diabetes effective, or even safe? Read our guide on the best dietary supplements for a diabetic diet before you head to the vitamin aisle.

By Sari Harrar from Reverse Diabetes

Consider this: Omega-3s

The good fats found in fish oil capsules (as well as in algal oil, supplements made from algae) and fish like salmon, trout, herring, and sardines have long been touted as heart healthy. That’s important for people with diabetes, who are at high risk for heart disease. Omega-3s may reduce inflammation, decrease off-rhythm heartbeats, and discourage artery clogging. In one review of 18 studies, people with diabetes who took fish oil supplements lowered levels of triglycerides (an unhealthy blood fat) significantly.

The verdict: The American Heart Association recommends that most people get their omega-3s from two or more weekly servings of fish. If you’re not a fish fan, aim for about 2,200 mg weekly of EPA and DHA (the two types of omega-3s) from supplements. People with heart disease should go for 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA daily from fish or a supplement, the AHA recommends. Don’t take higher doses on your own, because these can actually raise fasting blood sugar slightly and bump up levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol, Dutch researchers report.

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