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Are Multivitamins Suitable For Diabetics?

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Under perfect conditions, a person with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes would receive exactly what their body needs by eating just the right balance of fruits, vegetables, lean meat and whole grains. Unfortunately, the number who do only make up a very small percentage of diabetics.

That's where a high-potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula is an absolute must for people with diabetes. Taking a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement has also been shown to boost immune function and reduce infections in people with diabetes. They are designed to pick up the slack left behind by a less than perfect eating plan.

But which multivitamins are the best ones for anyone diagnosed with diabetes? Specific examples of nutrients a person with diabetes needs more of, include chromium, vitamin C, vitamin E, certain vitamin B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

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The best way to approach a multivitamin choice is to focus on what a typical diabetic is deficient in. Since high blood sugar depletes certain key vitamins, such as vitamin C, then people with diabetes need to take extra vitamin C.

Since the transport of vitamin C into cells is enhanced by insulin, many people with Type 2 diabetes suffer from a relative deficiency of vitamin C in their cells, even if they consume an adequate amount of vitamin C in their diet. Often 1,000 mg. twice a day is recommended. Too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea... if this is the case, simply reduce the dose.

Vitamin A is another essential vitamin. It promotes:

  • heart health,
  • fights cancer,
  • aids in digestion,
  • improves circulation and blood vessel strength, and
  • promotes good eye health.

Vitamin A helps out your body in a number of other facets also. But you have to be careful as too much vitamin A can actually be toxic to your body.

When choosing multivitamins, you will see the selection of multivitamins on the market can be quite extensive, so choose wisely. It's best to not gravitate to a particular brand based on price alone. You have to take a closer look at what it is actually providing.

The preferred multivitamin will contain at least half of the recommended daily allowance of your essential vitamins and nutrients. Some will contain more, up to 150 percent or more of these components. While the excess is often harmless to the body and is mainly expelled in the urine, there are some vitamins, such as vitamin A, which should not be mass-consumed. That's why you have to look at the label.

Look for brands that contain:

  • calcium,
  • chromium,
  • copper,
  • iron,
  • magnesium,
  • selenium,
  • zinc, and
  • the essential vitamins (A, all of the B-complexes, C, D, E and K).

There should also be sufficient levels of folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.

It should be noted multivitamins are not in any way meant to replace a healthy diet. It is not feasible to eat whatever you desire, including junk food, and expect to make up the difference in a multivitamin. Multivitamins are meant as a supplement only, hence their name.

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How do you start to create a healthy lifestyle today so you can avoid being deficient in the essential key nutrients?

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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