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Which supplements and foods can help lower or control blood sugar?
Many different supplements and foods may help lower or control blood sugar in people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes who experience hyperglycemia (when blood glucose rises higher than normal).
There are also supplements and foods that may worsen blood sugar control.
Sign in for the full answer, covering alpha-lipoic acid, amla, apple cider vinegar, berberine, black seed oil, chromium, cinnamon, CLA, collagen, CoQ10, curcumin, D-ribose, digestive enzymes, fenugreek, ginseng, Gymnema sylvestre, krill oil, magnesium, melatonin, milk thistle, prebiotics, reishi and oyster mushrooms, spirulina, vitamin C, vitamin D, whey protein, and white mulberry leaf, as well as cocoa and dark chocolate, coffee, extra virgin olive oil, fiber, whole fruits (including apples, bananas, and citrus), and peanuts. Also, find out if the order in which you eat your food can help control blood sugar.
Due to the seriousness of hyperglycemia, it is important to consult with your physician regarding use of the approaches described in this article.
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