SUP­PLE­MENTS TO CURB Sugar Ad­dic­tion

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Cut­ting down on sugar is no easy task—es­pe­cially when your crav­ing for sweets is driven by hid­den im­bal­ances and nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies. Ac­cord­ing to Ja­cob Teit­el­baum, MD, au­thor of “There are a num­ber of tried and true herbs and sup­ple­ments that can keep your sweet tooth un­der con­trol by sup­port­ing adrenal func­tion and de­creas­ing low blood sugar, two of the chief health con­cerns com­mon to sugar ad­dicts.”

Here’s what Dr. T rec­om­mends.

Gin­seng “Both Amer­i­can and Asian gin­seng can help if you crave sweets when you are un­der stress and are es­pe­cially help­ful in curb­ing emo­tional overeat­ing and keep­ing blood sugar lev­els sta­ble. Some stud­ies have shown that Asian gin­seng may lower blood glu­cose, while other stud­ies in­di­cate pos­si­ble ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on im­mune func­tion. Asian gin­seng is pre­ferred, un­less you have high blood pres­sure, in which case choose Amer­i­can Gin­seng.” DOSE: 100 mg two times a day

Chromium “Chromium has been shown to be help­ful in atyp­i­cal (ir­ri­ta­ble) de­pres­sion by help­ing with in­sulin re­sis­tance and low­er­ing el­e­vated blood sugar: In di­a­betes, although the blood sugar is high, the sugar just can­not get into the cells. This leaves them es­sen­tially sugar-starved (no mat­ter how much sugar you eat) and leaves you crav­ing sweets. This herb helps keep blood sugar lev­els sta­ble, thus de­creas­ing both ir­ri­tabil­ity and sugar crav­ings.” DOSE: 200 mcg per day in a good mul­ti­vi­ta­min

Berber­ine “This herb comes from gold­enseal and is also help­ful in di­a­betes and for treat­ing gut can­dida and other in­fec­tions.” DOSE: 250 mg three times a day, up to 500 mg three times a day if it does not cause up­set stom­ach

Cin­na­mon “This has a mod­est ef­fect on blood sugar, but when added to foods like ce­re­als and cof­fee, it adds fla­vor in a way that de­creases the need for adding sugar.” DOSE: As de­sired to var­i­ous foods and drinks

Vi­ta­min D “Re­search shows that when vi­ta­min D lev­els are low in the body, the hor­mone that helps turn off your ap­petite doesn’t func­tion and you feel hun­gry, no mat­ter how much you eat. In 2009, re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Min­ne­sota found that those who have enough vi­ta­min D tend to lose more weight than those with low lev­els. Low vi­ta­min D is also as­so­ci­ated with in­creased di­a­betes risk.” DOSE: 400 to 2000 IU daily as part of a good mul­ti­vi­ta­min

Omega-3s “Found in cold-wa­ter fish like cod and salmon, omega-3 fatty acids are not only good for healthy brain func­tion and mood, but are also good for glu­cose con­trol. In a study con­ducted by re­searchers from the Univer­sity of South Aus­tralia and pub­lished in the med­i­cal jour­nal Pub­lic Health Nu­tri­tion, a higher in­take of omega-3 fatty acids can help re­duce in­sulin re­sis­tance, in turn low­er­ing the risk of type 2 di­a­betes.” DOSE: Eat 2 to 3 serv­ings of oily fish (such as salmon or tuna) per week, or take a qual­ity sup­ple­ment—Dr. T likes Vec­tomega by EuroPharma. (One Vec­tomega daily re­places up to 10 fish oil caps!)

Vi­ta­min Pow­der “Get­ting op­ti­mal nu­tri­tional sup­port is im­por­tant for over­all health in gen­eral, but ev­ery sugar ad­dict can ben­e­fit from a good pow­dered mul­ti­vi­ta­min. That’s be­cause in­ad­e­quate lev­els of nu­tri­ents will trig­ger food crav­ings in gen­eral and sugar crav­ings in par­tic­u­lar, as your body in­stinc­tu­ally seeks to get the nu­tri­tion it needs. Be­cause hu­man be­ings need more than 50 key nu­tri­ents, you’ll find that us­ing vi­ta­min pow­ders makes sense.” DOSE: One drink can re­place at least 35 tablets of sup­ple­ments—for this, Dr. T rec­om­mends The En­ergy Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Sys­tem from En­zy­matic Ther­apy.

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