What are the best vitamins for diabetes?

If you are wondering how to choose the best vitamins to take for diabetics, here are 3 main tips to consider on your next visit to the health food store. First, come prepared with a list of vitamins that you have already researched and want to see in your personal vitamins for diabetes. Second, look closely at the way in which the vitamins are delivered – tablets versus capsules are only one aspect of a supplement. Third, balance the reputation of the manufacturer for purity and quality as well as cost in making your decision.

Let’s look at each tip in more detail.

1. What are the best vitamins for diabetes? Find some choices among good brands that have multivitamins/multiminerals at levels above the recommended daily allowance. This is because the minimum amounts protect you from deficiency, but don’t necessarily give you the most benefit. And, many people have absorption problems from their gastrointestinal tract, which means you never even get the vitamins and minerals absorbed properly.

Research has shown that a good multivitamin can reduce your risk as a diabetic of getting viral infections like colds or flu. Vitamins that can help with that goal would include vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, and vitamin D (D3 is the best form to take, and you may need around 5,000 IU per day to get your blood level in the middle of the normal range). Of course, you also need all of the B complex vitamins and trace minerals that regulate blood sugar, including thiamine liquid vitamin b12, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, and vitamin B12, along with zinc (important for immune function and wound healing), copper, selenium and chromium (to improve glucose uptake from your blood into your cells).

2. How is the vitamin delivered? By that, you have to consider your own situation from several different angles. Are you someone who can swallow tablets or capsules at all? If not, you will need a chewable, liquid or powdered form that you can put into water to take. Do you need a smaller size, but you can swallow them? Do you have a gastrointestinal problem that might cut down your ability to absorb nutrients from your gut? If so, look for chelated forms and forms tested for better than average absorption. Certain special formulations, like liposomes may make it easier to get the vitamins into your system and into your cells from the bloodstream.

3. What should you use in choosing between brands? Here you may find that the manufacturers’ websites and product labels may guide you. Also ask the health food store clerk. How long has the manufacturer been in business? Do they show a pride in their products by taking the extra step to invest in getting them properly manufactured with good manufacturing practices and then tested for purity (lack of contaminants or additives) and presence of what they claim is in the supplement.

When independent labs look at different vitamin and herb brands, they sometimes discover that the amount claimed on the bottle is not what is actually there on laboratory testing. If certain forms of vitamins are preferred, does the product contain those, e.g., vitamin D3 or cholecholcalciferol is better than D2 or ergocalciferol.


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