There are many supplements out there claiming to help regulate your blood sugar or to help increase metabolism. Many come in proprietary blends that include 5 or 6 different herbs or vitamins. My advice would be to take caution and read the labels carefully. Even though it may contain the right ingredients you may not be taking the right amount in order for it to be effective.
For instance, there has been great evidence-based research showing the benefits of chromium. The function of chromium is to improve your insulin receptor sites and is needed for carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. The benefits of chromium vary widely based on dosage. With stress, some experience sugar cravings, which is okay on a rare indulgence but can be detrimental in the long term. Taking 300 mcg of chromium daily has been shown to reduce sugar cravings. For those patients with elevated fasting blood glucose or fasting insulin, a more appropriate dose would be 600 to 1200 mcg daily in divided doses. Make sure you are taking the most effective dose to achieve optimal results. If you have any questions about optimal dosing, please ask us at your next appointment.
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