Antioxidants low-cost way to lower blood sugar

Doctors said there is a link between insulin resistance—when the body doesn’t metabolize sugar efficiently—and oxidative stress, and wanted to see if lowering oxidation might help normalize blood sugar.

In this study, 104 vegetarians with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance who were taking oral diabetic drugs for at least six months took 300 mg of alpha lipoic acid per day, 180 mg of EPA with 120 mg of DHA per day, 400 IU of vitamin E per day, or a placebo.

After 90 days, all of the supplements lowered fasting and long-term average blood sugar levels more than placebo. Long-term blood glucose levels improved most with the omega-3s, but vitamin E was the most cost effective solution.

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