Author's Perspective: Nutritional supplementation is important but only if you eat healthy meals and if you use whole-food based supplements. Taking supplements in lieu of eating healthy foods just doesn't work. There's a reason why they're called "supplements" ...
The Importance of Nutritional Supplementation
Most of us are aware that vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutrients are critical to our health. But, most of us are not aware that many of those supplements sold in grocery stores, drugstores, health-food stores, and on the Internet are synthetic and have very little nutritional value.
When you think of a "vitamin", what picture pops into your head?
For most of us, we picture a pill -- because we've been conditioned by television to believe that "vitamins" come in pills. For example: One-A-Day, Centrum.
But, these colored tablets are nothing more than compressed rocks containing synthetic minerals, additives, and fillers.
So, should we avoid taking supplements? Yes, if you're going to take synthetic supplements. No, if you're going to take whole food-based supplements.
And, since more than 60% of the U.S. population takes some form of a nutritional supplement and more than 65% have some type of illness, it would suggest that some nutritional supplements are not working.
So, if you choose to use nutritional supplements, it's important to recognize the key criteria to look for when purchasing a quality supplement -- so that you can reap the benefits of supplements without risking your health and wasting your money.
So, you should stop wasting your money on the supplements you're currently buying. Most people believe the supplements they're taking are okay, but 97% of our clients are shocked to discover that they were wasting their hard-earned money on chemicals packaged as vitamins!
You basically have 2 choices:
1. Continue to waste your money and hope for the best.
2. Learn where to purchase better quality supplements, plus learn how to spend less money and get more for your money!
You can save yourself a lot of money, improve your health, and learn the following plus more from our Nutritional Supplements ebook:
- What is the one single most important vitamin for all of us?
- What are the 5 most important vitamins/minerals for all of us?
- What is the one thing to do to ensure maximum absorption of a supplement?
- What are the key criteria to look for when buying a supplement?
- What is the single most important vitamin for diabetics?
- What are the 5 most important vitamins/minerals for diabetics?
- What is the one thing that a diabetic must do to ensure maximum absorption of a supplement?
- Where are the best places to buy herbs? vitamins? minerals? multivitamins?
- What vitamin supplements should I avoid?
- What are the best food sources for each of the critical vitamins and minerals?
- What are the key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for cell nourishment and repair?
- What are the key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for blood glucose control and balance?
- What are the key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for cell protection and for strengthening the immune system?
- What are the key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for cleanse/detox?
- What are the key herbs and nutrients for blood glucose control and balance?
But, no matter what you do, don't forget to eat the top super foods, follow a well-balanced diet, and exercise on a daily basis.
Should We Take Nutritional Supplements?
An estimated 40 percent of the U.S. population uses nutritional and dietary supplements on a regular basis while 70 per cent uses supplements occasionally. Vitamin E and Vitamin C are among the most commonly used supplements.
So, are nutritional supplements really necessary?
In today’s fast-paced, hectic world, it is very difficult to eat nutritiously all day long every day. So, the short answer is “yes”. If you are relatively healthy and you are eating four to six super meals/snacks with primarily raw organic foods and superfoods every day, you may not need any nutritional supplementation until you get older.
On the other hand, if you are ill with a disease like diabetes, this should tell you that you are not consuming and absorbing enough of the proper nutrients. Because your body is very depleted in terms of nutrients, you need to supplement the super foods that you’ve begun to consume with some food-based nutritional supplements to help accelerate the body’s healing process.
You may find it difficult to obtain all the necessary nutrients from the food you eat due to the loss of soil quality, water quality, picking vegetables/fruits in unripened state, and how animals are fed and raised. But, as long as you are predominantly eating the “live” (raw) foods instead of the “dead” (processed) foods, you will be successful.
If finances are not an issue, you can buy organic food to ensure you are receiving the best quality foods, but for the most part this is not necessary. I did not eat organic food during my recovery. The reduction and elimination of eating the “dead” processed foods will have a more dramatic positive effect on your health, more so than any other single factor.
Because it may be difficult to eat four to six super meals consistently each day due to your work life, family, or lifestyle, some type of nutritional supplementation is necessary. In fact, medical institutions, such as the American Medical Association (AMA), agree that nutritional supplementation is necessary today.
Concerning what supplements to take, it depends on 3 factors:
1. What foods you're eating on a daily basis
2. How long you've been diabetic
3. Your specific health problems beyond the diabetes
For example, if you're not eating wild salmon or sardines for the Omega-3s, then, you should take a high-quality Omega-3 supplement (not a fish oil supplement). And, if you take an Omega-3 supplement, make sure that you eat some nuts and seeds daily or add a gamma Vitamin E supplement to protect the Omega-3 fats against oxidation.
Another example: If you have other health problems, such as high blood pressure, then, make sure that you eat magnesium and potassium-rich foods and take one or more supplements such as ginger, garlic, natto, or turmeric (Ref: DTD Book, Chapter 15, Pages 312-316).
Some of the key supplements for diabetics include:
-- Alpha lipoic acid
-- Omega-3 EFAs
-- Vitamin D3
-- Gymnema sylvestre
-- Gamma linolenic acid
However, there are other supplements you could take, depending on what you're eating, how long you've been diabetic, your nutritional-gap analysis, and what other health issues you have.
The Top 3 Mistakes People Make When Purchasing Supplements
Nutritional supplements are provided and packaged in many different ways, e.g. vitamin pills, multi-vitamin/mineral pills, tablets, capsules, herbs, herbal tinctures, powders, liquids, etc.
Nutritional supplements can provide some key nutrients that are difficult to get from food but we need to maintain good health, e.g. CoQ10, Vitamin D3, alpha lipoic acid, l-carnosine.
Unfortunately, we have discovered that many people are wasting their hard-earned money when it comes to buying supplements for several reasons, e.g. quality, cost, packaging, source, etc.
Please be aware that most supplements are synthetic (unless you know where to buy them). Also, all synthetic supplements contain lead and other heavy metals, fillers, additives, dyes, etc.
FYI: The 3 most common mistakes that people make with supplements include:
1. Buying and taking the wrong supplements, e.g. synthetic.
2. Buying a supplement that is cheaper (or overly expensive).
3. Relying on supplements too much and not eating the right foods.
The following is a more detailed list of some of the common mistakes that we make when it comes to buying nutritional supplements:
- We waste our money on synthetic vitamin pills ("rocks") such as One-A-Day, Centrum, etc.
- We buy supplements from health food stores, drug stores and grocery chains such as GNC, Rite-Aid, Fay Drugs, VitaminWorld, and Walmart because we assume these people know what they''re talking about and we assume that they sell good supplements.
- We assume that "natural" means that the supplements are authentic and come from natural sources. (Did you know that coal tar and oil are natural substances that are used to make supplements?).
- We take supplements to compensate for our poor eating habits.
- We take the wrong kind of multivitamin.
- We take inferior forms of Omega-3 supplements.
- We take inferior forms of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and B-Complex.
- We take supplements that contain low levels of arsenic, cadmium, and other heavy metals that can damage our liver or kidneys.
- We waste our money by buying less expensive synthetic supplements instead of using the same amount of money to buy wholefood-based authentic supplements.
- We fail to recognize the 3 signs of synthetic pills.
- We don't know how to recognize authentic, wholefood-based supplements (The 7 Criteria).
- We take some supplements at the wrong time of day or with the wrong foods.
- We don't know what supplements we really need (i..e. nutritional gap analysis).
- We are unaware of where to purchase quality supplements at discount.
- We are unaware of the differences, benefits and drawbacks of the various physical forms of supplements, i.e. tablet, capsule, liquid, tincture, powder, injection, transdermal, etc.
- We are unaware of which supplements are not absorbed into the cells when we have insulin resistance or diabetes.
- We are unaware of how drugs may be impacted by supplements and vice-versa.
- We are unaware of the top 3 foods and supplements for diabetes.
- We are unaware of the top 3 foods and supplements for heart disease.
- We are unaware of the top 3 foods and supplements for high blood pressure (or high cholesterol).
- We are unaware of the top 3 foods and supplements for other major diseases and health conditions.
- We buy supplements from so-called wellness consultants who are selling over-priced supplements from multi-level marketing (MLM) companies.
But, the good news is that with some basic knowledge about nutritional supplements and how they are actually made, you can make better decisions with your money.
Key Vitamins and Minerals
The following is a list of the key vitamins and minerals that a diabetic needs to successfully fight their diabetes. Since most diabetics are lacking these key vitamins and minerals, it is imperative that they eat whole foods that contain these vitamins and minerals. Then, add supplements to fill in the gaps of your meal plan.
Foods that contain calcium, including some nuts, and green vegetables. Also, include some iron in your daily diet by eating organic eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish, and leafy green vegetables.
Foods rich in Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12 including vegetables, fruits, organic whole grains, meat, and dairy.
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is found in liver, fortified breads and cereals, pasta, peas, soy foods, fish, beans and oranges.
- Benfotiamine (a fat-soluble version of thiamin) is found in garlic, onions and leeks.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is present in dairy products, nuts, legumes, rice, mushrooms, and leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) is found in chicken, beans, peanuts, tuna, salmon, ground beef, peanut butter, pasta, mango, peaches, carrots, fortified hot and cold cereals, nuts and dairy products.
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is found in liver, red meats, whole grain cereals, chicken, fish, cheese, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, avocados and beans.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is found in meat, potatoes, bananas, poultry, fish, spinach peanuts and beans.
- Vitamin B7 (biotin) is found in clams, eggs, bread, egg yolk, fish, mushrooms, oatmeal, bananas, soy and milk.
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid) is found in leafy green vegetables, oranges, Brussels sprouts, turnips, salmon, orange juice, avocados, poultry, liver, and beans such as soybeans and Lima beans.
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is found in red meat, milk, eggs, soy milk, liver, salmon, trout, clams, tuna, pork, ham, cheese and yogurt.
Foods rich in Vitamin C including oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, honeydew, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, tomatoes and mustard greens.
Foods with Vitamin D including wild salmon, sardines, tuna, oysters, mackerel, organic eggs, cod liver oil, and shiitake and button mushrooms. And, don't forget about sunlight!
Foods rich in Vitamin E including wheat germ oil, ev olive oil, ev coconut oil, avocado, almonds, olives, papaya, kale, mustard greens, and red bell peppers.
Foods with folic acid, including dark green leafy vegetables, veal, legumes (lima beans, black beans, black-eyed peas and chickpeas), fruits, and fortified grain products.
Foods rich in magnesium, including artichokes black beans, barley, spinach, okra, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, and halibut.
Foods with zinc, including oysters, crab, venison, pumpkin seeds, free-range chicken, and turkey.
Foods rich in potassium, including avocados, bananas, Brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, lima beans, honeydew melons, potatoes (baked), raisins, spinach, tomato canned sauce, and winter squash.
One serving of a food with true Vitamin A (retinol) every day, such as beef liver or unprocessed cod liver oil.
Two servings of foods with Mixed Carotenoids, such as carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, water squash, turnip greens, beet greens, apricots or cantaloupe; or, unprocessed cod liver oil.
Healthy fats such as the monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and Omega-3 fats in nuts, avocados, ev olive oil, and other plant oils, and, also fish.
Foods high in fiber such as vegetables, beans, whole fruits, organic brown rice, green smoothies.
6 cups (or 48 ounces) of liquids, but, the majority of your liquids should be properly filtered or distilled water. Other beverages may include herbal tea (without the caffeine), low-sodium V-8 juice, vegetable juice. Definitely avoid soda, diet soda, bottled fruit juices, milkshakes, coffee, etc.
Side Effects of Supplements
There are 4 things that can go wrong when you take any supplement:
- Allergic reaction, i.e. redness, itching, hives, a skin rash, swelling of the face and mouth
- Side effect interactions with various drugs/medications.
- Over-stimulation of the immune system.
- Absorption of toxins, heavy metals, and other chemicals in the supplements
Consequently, make certain that you are buying high quality, organic, non-synthetic, and non-toxic supplements. And, don't assume that just because the manufacture says that their supplement is 100% natural that it's safe! High fructose corn syrup and coal tar are considered "natural"!
What are Diabetic Vitamins?
Be wary of so-called "diabetic vitamins"! There's no such thing as "diabetic vitamins"! It's just a marketing ploy to get your money.
There are foods sold in the grocery store as "diabetic foods" (e.g. Glucerna), but these foods are full of chemicals and additives that are not good for your diabetes! Save your money and stay away from these "dead" foods.
Similarly, stay away from "diabetic vitamins" or "diabetic supplements". These supplements are synthetic and contain additives and fillers that don't help your diabetes. Also, these supplements don't even contain the critical nutrients that your body needs to control and fight your diabetes!
Key Nutritional Supplements for Reversing Diabetes Naturally
Some of the key nutritional/herbal supplements for Type 2 diabetes include:
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Asian ginseng
- Bitter melon
- Cod liver oil (unprocessed)
- Enzymes (systemic, digestive)
- Evening primrose oil
- Gymnema sylvestre
- Ivy gourd (Coccinia indica)
- Omega-3 EFAs
- Pycnogenol (Pine bark)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B-Complex, especially Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
For more details, refer to the Top 10 Supplements web page.
Supplements such as gymnema sylvestre, bitter melon, cinnamon, CoQ10, ALA, Omega-3 EFAs, folate, EPO, and Vitamin E are important for Type 2 diabetics, but supplements alone cannot stop the complications of diabetes such as blindness, amputation, kidney dialysis, heart attack or stroke.
Supplements alone cannot overcome the impact of diabetes on your organs and tissues. In addition, supplements cannot overcome the damage caused by the drugs that you may be taking.
Long-term use of diabetic drugs can gradually lead to problems with the kidneys and liver.
If you are really serious about getting off the drugs, you need to do 4 things:
- Educate yourself about the damaging effects of the drugs that are harming your body -- before the damage becomes irreversible.
- Stop poisoning your body with the processed foods and other "dead" foods that you're putting in your body.
- Nourish your body with superior nutrients and super foods that are designed to defeat the diabetes.
- Develop a strong mindset to stop being a victim of the disease and the drugs, and become a victor of wellness.
Key Point: Various vitamins, minerals, and other supplements such as magnesium, chromium, CoQ10, gymnema bitter melon, and cinnamon* may help to control your blood sugar, but the diabetes continues to rot out your body!
So, it is imperative that you implement a whole foods-based nutritional program to control, reverse and defeat your diabetes.
And, then, add supplements to complement your nutritional program -- but, only use high quality food-based supplements and organic-based supplements -- avoid the synthetic versions.
Criteria for Selecting Supplements
In order to select the best quality supplements, use the following criteria:
- Best option: Wholefood-based supplements
- Second option: 100% natural: No chemicals, heavy metals
- No additives, fillers, binders, dyes, etc.
- No "oily" smell or synthetic smell
- Delivery system, e.g. capsules, powder, liquids, liposomes, skin, patches, creams, tinctures, tablets, etc.
- Herbal, e.g. capsules, tablets, powder, tinctures
- Optimum delivery system: No hard pills (or large pills)
- Dosage levels support the clinicals
- Packaging (protection from sunlight, air, water, etc.)
- Reputable manufacturer
- Cost vs. Quality, Effectiveness
- Non-MLM (Most MLM supplements are over-priced to justify the "business")
In general, if you can afford it, use multiple delivery systems to get the nutrients into your cells. Otherwise, use the specific delivery system for each supplement that offers the maximum absorption and benefit.
For natural forms of Vitamin C supplements, look for a supplement that contains rose hips, camu camu, acerola, bioflavonoids, rutin, and other important co-enzymes. Avoid the synthetic versions that only contain ascorbic acid or calcium ascorbate.
Please Note: Ascorbic acid is not Vitamin C!
For natural forms of Vitamin E supplements, look for a supplement that contains all four tocopherols and tocotrienols: alpha, beta, delta, and gamma. Avoid the Vitamin E that contains only one of the four tocopherols, d-alpha tocopherol.
Also, avoid the Vitamin E that contains only dl-alpha tocopherol -- this is the synthetic form of d-alpha tocopherol, and has very little if any nutritional value.
Please Note: Alpha tocopherol is not Vitamin E!
For a better form of calcium supplements, look for calcium citrate.
Avoid calcium carbonate, which accumulates in the body’s joints and tissues and can eventually lead to arthritis or kidney stones.
Maybe even more important: Don't take too much calcium! The extra calcium will end up in your arteries causing calcification and leading to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease!
For natural forms of Vitamin A and the B-Complex Vitamins, look for unprocessed cod liver oil or dessicated liver from grass-fed animals.
For a better form of magnesium supplements, look for a supplement that provides a broad spectrum of the forms of magnesium (i.e. orotate, citrate, glycinate, turinate) to increase bioavailability.
For natural forms of Omega-3 EFAs, eat fatty fish such as wild salmon and sardines; or, look for a supplement with high levels of both DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid), e.g. unprocessed cod liver oil.
Another option is to look for a supplement that is molecularly-distilled and is in a natural triglyceride form, not a synthetic ethyl ester form.
Avoid Omega-3 supplements that use standard processing because these processes use heat and reduces the levels of DHA which is the most beneficial component of fish oil.
For natural forms of Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), look for a supplement that is derived from a yeast fermentation process and manufactured in Japan. Avoid the more common synthetic form that is derived from tobacco leaves.
CoQ10 is one of the most powerful antioxidants that exists in every cell of the body to provide the “spark” for cellular energy, especially in the heart, brain, lungs, liver, and kidneys – the hardest working organs in the body. CoQ10 also recycles Vitamins E.
However, due to the popularity of CoQ10, manufacturers are producing a synthetic form that is derived from tobacco leaves. Unfortunately, the synthetic form is not as powerful and beneficial to your health.
For natural forms of the antioxidant, astaxanthin, make sure that the manufacturer is using microalgae as its source along with cold-pressing. Avoid synthetic astaxanthin because it is made with oil-based petrochemical solvents!
Unlike chlorophyll and beta-carotene, which are both found in terrestrial plants, astaxanthin is found predominantly in marine life. A form of microalgae, astaxanthin is consumed by many different types of aquatic life, and its intense red pigmentation results in these animals having red or pink flesh, or outer shells.
Because of this, one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin, other than H. pluvialis (the truest form of the microalgae and what fish eat), is found in Wild Pacific sockeye salmon. This pigment is what gives the fish's flesh its signature deep red hue, and incredible health-benefitting antioxidant properties.
Other natural sources of astaxanthin include lobster, arctic shrimp, crab, crawfish, red trout, algae, and krill. Red-colored birds often get their coloring by eating fish and plants that are high in astaxanthin, but they do not typically have a high concentration of the pigment in their bodies.
Key Point: If you are taking a statin cholesterol-lowering drug (and don't plan to stop), it is imperative that you take a CoQ10 supplement to counteract a negative side effect of the statin drug (which prevents your liver from producing CoQ10!)
For Vitamin D supplements, look for a wholefood-based (D3) supplement and/or a high quality form of unprocessed cod liver oil.
Most people buy Norwegian Carlson cod liver oil but the vitamins are destroyed during processing and synthetic vitamins are added back in after processing. Instead, try fermented cod liver oil (FCLO).
But, the best source of Vitamin D is that which your body produces naturally from adequate sun exposure. So, try to get at least 20-30 minutes of sunlight every day. Vitamin D from dietary sources include egg yolks, organ meats, some mushrooms, fatty fish, and unprocessed cod liver oil.
Note: Many people are worried about Vitamin D deficiency, which the Institute of Medicine says has been over-diagnosed in recent years.
Unlike other nutrients, Vitamin D isn't really a vitamin at all: It's a hormone, made by your body as you are exposed to sunlight. If you eat a well-balanced diet (such as the Death to Diabetes diet) and get some sun (about 30 minutes a day, unfiltered by sunscreen) then you are probably getting all the Vitamin D you need from these sources.
But, if you're not certain, get your blood tested to ensure you don't have a deficiency.
For the best form of lipoic acid, look for a stable form of r-lipoic acid (R-LA) or a high quality form of alpha lipoic acid. Another option is liposomal R-LA.
For the best form of glutathione, avoid most GSH supplements because they're either not absorbed or they break down to the 3 amino acids and lose their antioxidant capabilities. A better option may be liposomal or acetyl glutathione.
Note: If you select any liposomal supplement, make sure that you select a reputable company that is involved in liposomal encapsualtion technology.
For traditional multivitamins, avoid the hard rock multivitamin supplements such as One-A-Day, Centrum and GNC, which contain artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, binders, and fillers. Look for a multivitamin/mineral supplement that comes in capsule form and is 100% additive-free.
For chromium supplements, look for a wholefood version, or look for chromium picolinate. It contains picolinic acid, which helps the body to absorb the chromium. Or, just eat super foods such as broccoli and sea kelp several times a week.
For herbal supplements, such as gymnema sylvestre, bitter melon, milk thistle, and ginseng, only use herbs that are 100% organically-grown, tested for efficacy and do not conflict with your drug therapy. Also, use organic herbal tinctures for better absorption.
For a high quality form of garlic supplements, look for aged garlic. Avoid most of the traditional garlic supplements.
For cinnamon supplements, look for Ceylon cinnamon instead of Cassia cinnamon because it has less coumarin. But, more importantly, make sure that the cinnamon is fresh to ensure a higher potency.
Please Note: The active ingredient in cinnamon bark is a flavonoid (methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer or MHCP) that acts as an antioxidant and a glucose-lowering agent. According to some studies, water-soluble compounds such as MHCP are able to increase glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity of tissue cells. As a result, cinnamon is able to reduce postprandial blood glucose concentrations in people with type 2 diabetes -- especially when they follow a macronutrient-balanced nutritional program such as the Death to Diabetes Super Meal Nutritional Program.
For wheatgrass, look for an organic wheatgrass powder or flash-frozen wheatgrass.
Prenatal: Nutritional Supplementation During Pregnancy
Proper nourishment is critical for a pregnant woman and her baby. If there's one time in your life that you want to be eating healthy foods this is it!
And, if you happen to develop gestational diabetes, it is even more critical to eat properly! Avoid having to take metformin or get insulin shots while you're pregnant. Despite what your doctor says, drugs are not good for the you or the baby -- unless your baby or you are in an acute life-threatening situation.
Supplements are also important, but, it all starts with eating the right healthy foods first. Supplements are not going to work if you don't eat the right foods. That's why they're called supplements -- they supplement ...
Eating the super foods, avoiding the dead foods will help to make the pregnancy, delivery and nursing a lot easier!
Each woman’s nutritional and supplemental needs will vary, but as a general rule, a nutrient-dense diet such as the Death to Diabetes Nutrition Program is the most important factor in ensuring that you get enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients during pregnancy.
Key Super Foods
Super Carbs: Key foods include lots of green vegetables and bright-colored vegetables. Green vegetables have folate, which is important for fetal growth, and are also high in many other nutrients. They help prevent the constipation that can sometimes occur during pregnancy, and are great for making sure nursing mothers are getting enough vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water.
Super Proteins: Lots of high quality protein from high quality sources like raw nuts and seeds, spirulina, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and eggs, and wild, caught, sustainable seafood (smaller fish preferable). Organ meats from grass fed sources are also wonderful for pregnancy and nursing and can help reduce the chance of anemia.
Super Fats: Quality fats are absolutely vital for your baby’s brain development, organ and tissue growth, and good milk production for mom. Sources like grass-fed meats, virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, and raw nuts are especially good during pregnancy.
Other high nutrient foods include homemade bone broth, soups, fermented vegetables like homemade sauerkraut, fruit (especially berries) and green smoothies.
Super Liquids: Water is very important, but, avoid tap water. If possible, get yourself a water filter or distiller. Other beverages include raw juices, nut milk, coconut water, and herbal tea (decaffeinated). Avoid sodas, diet soda, fruit juices, cow's milk and coffee.
Supplements for Pregnancy
Folate is one supplement that has been extensively studied for use in pregnancy. Folate is extremely effective at preventing neural tube defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord. Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception, before many women know they are pregnant.
Because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, it's recommended that any woman who could get pregnant take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folate daily, starting before conception and continuing for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Foods containing folate include green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans, and citrus fruits.
More importantly, make sure that you avoid folic acid which is the synthetic form of folate (the natural form). Also, avoid most foods which have been fortified with folic acid.
In addition, if you take a multivitamin, check the ingredients -- most of these supplements contain folic acid!
Please Note: People who have a MTHFR gene defect will need to consult with a specialized practitioner and will probably need to take L-5-MTHF which is the methylated form of folate.
Calcium is also important for a pregnant woman. It can help prevent her from losing her own bone density as the baby uses calcium for its own bone growth.
If possible avoid cow's milk -- it's acidic and mucus-forming. It's also full of growth hormones and antibiotics. If you can find it, grass-fed, organic raw milk is a lot better. Better food sources that are rich in calcium include kale, broccoli, bok choy, okra, spinach and watercress, other greens and other vegetables. Other good sources include sardines, yogurt, kefir, almonds, and okra.
FYI: Cow's milk is also a trigger for allergies, skin rashes, and other immune system dysfunctional problems.
Iodine is critical for a woman’s healthy thyroid function during pregnancy. A deficiency in iodine can cause stunted physical growth, severe mental disability, and deafness. Not enough iodine can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth.
However, don't take iodine if you're not deficient!
Iron helps the blood in both the mother and the baby by carrying oxygen. But, avoid the synthetic forms of iron.
Magnesium is especially helpful in pregnancy. Severe magnesium deficiency can lead to poor fetal growth, preeclampsia, or even fetal death. Proper magnesium levels also help your tissue growth and recovery during pregnancy and may help your baby receive more nutrition through the placenta. It is very difficult to get enough magnesium from food sources anymore, so consider using magnesium oil on the skin, or an ionic supplement.
There is a lot of emerging research that Vitamin D can help reduce the risk of many pregnancy related complications including gestational diabetes. It is important for baby’s bone and hormone development and helps support mom’s immune system during pregnancy. Some research suggests that nursing babies may be able to obtain Vitamin D from the mother’s milk if you are getting more than 5,000 IU/day or at least 30 minutes or more of midday sun.
Note: If you take Vitamin D3, take it with Vitamin K2 to ensure proper absorption. Also, test your blood levels of vitamin D to make sure your levels don’t get too high.
Depending on your specific health issues and your nutritional program, other key vitamins/minerals may include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, selenium, zinc.
Most doctors recommend a prenatal multivitamin but keep in mind that most multivitamins are synthetic! Many prenatals contain iron, though this isn’t necessary if you are consuming red meat from healthy sources and organ meats.
If you decide to take a prenatal multivitamin, please make sure that it doesn’t contain folic acid (the synthetic form of folate). Also, if possible, try to avoid synthetic supplements because they provide very little nutrient value; plus, they contain contaminants such as fillers, preservatives, coloring dyes, sugar, other additives, etc.
Probiotics are critical, especially during pregnancy. During the birth process, babies culture their beneficial gut bacteria from what the receive from you when passing through the birth canal and from nursing in the months afterward. Unfortunately, this process doesn’t happen in the same way with cesarean deliveries, but research is finding ways to help facilitate this process.
Quality probiotics help ensure that baby will get a good dose of beneficial bacteria during a normal vaginal delivery, which can reduce risk of ear infection and illness in the first few years. Good gut health also has a tremendous impact on lifelong health, and this is one of the most important things you can do for your baby’s health. Probiotics also help you avoid illness and constipation during pregnancy, and might reduce the risk of Group B strep. Since baby’s gut bacteria continues to culture during the nursing time, it is good for you to continue to take probiotics during this time as well.
During pregnancy and nursing, take several tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and other healthy fats in smoothies or tea daily in addition to cooking with it. Virgin coconut oil is naturally immune boosting, supportive of baby’s brain development, and contains many of the components of breast milk to support nursing as well.
Refer to Chapter 7 of the Death to Diabetes book or the Super Foods web page for more details.
Cleanse & Detox
In general, you should detox, given the thousands of toxins your body is exposed to and absorbs.
Refer to Chapter 9 of the Death to Diabetes book or the Cleanse-Detox web page for more details.
What to Avoid
Avoid most dead foods, since they contain harmful chemical, toxins, etc.
Dead foods include sugar, HFCS, wheat, grains, flour, bread, pasta, rice, corn, soda, diet soda, artificial sweeteners, MSG or chemical additives, vegetable oils, trans fats, margarines, canola oil; chemicals in laundry detergent, personal care products and household cleaners; and, aluminum in cookware, deodorant, vaccines, etc.
Refer to Chapter 7 of the Death to Diabetes book or the Dead Foods web page for more details.
Top 10 Vitamin, Mineral and Nutrient Deficiencies
Believe it or not, there are at least 10 major vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies that have a dramatic effect on your health.
Most vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies cause major diseases; while some diseases, in turn, cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The critical vitamin, mineral and nutrient deficiencies include the following:
- Vitamin A -- carotenoids and mixed carotenes are not Vitamin A!
- Vitamin B12 -- not available within plants
- Vitamin C -- avoid ascorbic acid!
- Vitamin D -- make sure it's Vitamin D3
- Vitamin K2 -- take with Vitamin D3 to redirect calcium!
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) -- mostly synthetic, use R-lipoic acid, R-LA
- CoQ10 -- mostly synthetic
- Glutathione (GSH) -- unable to get into cells, instead use authentic liposomal or acetyl GSH
- Omega-3 EFAs -- supplements may be oxidized!
- Amino Acids (proline, glycine) -- not found in most protein foods
- Collagen/Gelatin -- needs Vitamin C
- Iodine -- misused! -- don't take if not deficient!
- Magnesium -- overlooked, also a problem for Type 2s
- Selenium -- avoid synthetic versions
- Zinc -- key for immune support
Of course, there are other critical nutrients (e.g. calcium, Vitamin B-Complex, Vitamin E, etc.), but, they're usually not a major vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Most of you are probably taking supplements of some kind, but, you're wasting your money and your time because most supplements are either synthetic or "natural". In fact, most supplements can make your diabetes worse!
Instead, food sources are the best option for most of these nutrients, especially Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, amino acids, collagen, gelatin, CoQ10 and R-LA.
The next best option is whole food-based supplements to ensure better absorption and no exposure to the chemicals and toxins associated with synthetic supplements.
After that, the next best option isliposomal-based supplements -- as long as the supplements are from a reputable company that is involved with liposomal encapsulation technology.
Where to Buy the Best Nutritional Supplements
Refer to Death to Diabetes Chapter 9 for a list of the 7 criteria that determines whether the supplements you purchase are not synthetic!
Also, read Chapter 15 for a complete list of all the super supplements and how they help to reduce insulin resistance, cellular inflammation, and blood sugar levels.
Make sure that you avoid the supplements that are advertised on TV such as One-a-Day, Centrum, GNC, etc. -- these supplements are synthetic, contain additives, fillers, dyes, and other chemicals.
Note: For a comprehensive list of websites, toll-free numbers and more than 200 super foods and brand name supplements, vitamin rating charts, etc. get the Nutritional Supplements & Super Foods Brand Names ebook.
Aloe vera: provides antioxidant and other healing nutrients, especially for the gastrointestinal system.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: universal antioxidant, helps to keep blood sugars in the normal range.
Arginine: amino acid that supports cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure; also, may help with erectile dysfunction when used with pycnogenol and citrulline (another amino acid found in watermelon).
Astaxanthin: powerful carotenoid and antioxidant that acts as an internal sunscreen.
Bilberry: provides antioxidant support especially for the eyes to strengthen the small blood vessels; helps to keep blood sugars in the normal range.
Note: Use organic herbal tinctures from a reputable company.
Chlorella: provides vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, antioxidants, fiber, EFAs, and high levels of chlorophyll for cleansing the bowel, liver and the blood.
Chlorella is a marine algae that happens to be a true superfood that strengthens the immune system by increasing the activity of T- and B-cells, which defend against viruses and other invading microorganisms, which destroy cancer and cellular debris.
Chlorella is a complete protein containing a full balance of essential amino acids; plus, enzymes (including pepsin for digestion), and RNA and DNA, the building blocks of life. Chlorella is comprised of a fibrous, indigestible outer shell that has been proven to bind with pesticides like PCBs and heavy metals like mercury; and, remove metabolic wastes in tissues. Use with spirulina, another marine algae.
Organic chlorella powder:
Chromium picolinate: helps to control blood sugar
Note: Use Standard Process's GTF chromium.
CoQ10: provides antioxidant and energy support to the cells; helps to keep blood sugars in the normal range.
Note: Make sure your CoQ10 is not synthetic! If you're not sure, fill out the Contact Us form and send us the brand name of your supplement -- we'll determine if iit is synthetic; and if so, we'll recommend a higher quality CoQ10.
Cod Liver Oil: provides Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Omega-3s
Note: Use unprocessed cod liver oil.
Enzymes: Systemic enzymes and eating raw foods help to support the immune and cardiovascular systems and to reduce plaque/fibrin caused by cellular inflammation. Digestive enzymes help to ensure food is properly digested so that the nutrients from the food are absorbed and utilized by the body's cells.
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO): contains GLA, which helps to support nerve health and neuropathy prevention.
Garlic (Aged): aka Aged Garlic Extract (AGE), contains antioxidant phytochemicals that prevent oxidant damage; also provides anti-cancer and cardio benefits
http://www.kyolic.com Call 1-800-421-2998 for free sample.
Gymnema sylvestre, Bitter melon: are herbs that help to control blood sugar
Herbs: can be used to help with detoxing the colon, liver, and kidneys -- especially organic herbal tinctures that are absorbed more readily into your cells.
http://www.800herbdoc.com (Dr. Schulze) http://www.newwayherbs.com/
L-carnitine: helps with energy production and fat loss
L-carnosine: provides antioxidant support, especially for the eyes
Milk thistle: helps to nourish and protect the liver
Omega-3 EFAs (DHA, EPA): provides critical fats for the brain, eyes, cardiovascular system, other organs; helps to keep blood sugars in the normal range.
Note: Only use pharmaceutical-grade Omega-3s without the mercury and fish oil taste.
Pine bark extract: antioxidant similar to grape seed extract (with anthocyanins) that helps with circulation
Plant sterols: help to reduce cholesterol -- it's safer than taking statin drugs and just as effective.
Resveratrol: provides antioxidant support; helps to keep blood sugars in the normal range
Spirulina: is a blue-green algae that provides chlorophyll, minerals, and other key nutrients, including plant protein
Super Greens: provide chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients to help nourish, cleanse, and detox the body at the cellular level.
Note: For a comprehensive list of super greens, super supplements, and super foods, get the Nutritional Supplements & Super Foods Brand Names ebook.
Turmeric: provides anti-cancer and antioxidant support
Vitamins: B-Complex, C, D3, E
Wheat grass: helps to cleanse and detoxify the body.
https://www.dynamicgreens.com/ (flash-frozen) http://www.sweetwheat.com/ (powder)
Vitamin Discount Stores
Here are some of the websites that sell vitamins and other supplements at discount. However, be careful not to purchase synthetic supplements.
www.totalhealthvitamins.net 1-800-283-28331-800-283-2833 shipping $6.95 or free for orders >$85
http://www.vitacost.com/ 1-800-381-07591-800-381-0759 $4.99 shipping
http://shop.vitadocs.com 888-747-2568888-747-2568 Free shipping for orders > $100
Other Foods, Supplements, Products for Diabetics
Salt: is critical for our overall health and the cardiovascular system, but avoid the refined (white) table salt! Ensure the salt has a brownish, sandy color (i.e. Celtic sea salt, Himalayan salt)
Tabasco Sauce: contains cayenne, which helps the cardiovascular system; use to spice up bland-tasting foods such as fish
Juicers and Blenders: help to improve the nutrient content of your meals and beverages with raw juicing and green smoothies. Refer to the Juicing web page for more details.
Water filter: helps to filter, clean and remove various contaminants from your tap water
Note: If you can afford it, consider getting a distiller such as the Waterwise 8800 (http://www.waterwise.com)
Xylitol: is an excellent substitute for Splenda and other artificial sweeteners, with less calories than sugar. Another excellent option is stevia.
Note: Xylitol is a natural substance that tastes and looks just like sugar, but without the negative health effects. It has the same sweetness, no aftertaste, and has 40% fewer calories than sugar.
Xylitol is derived from the xylan of birch and other hardwood trees, berries, almond hulls and corn cobs. Xylitol is a substance that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and in fact, is produced in small amounts (5-15 grams per day) in the human body during normal metabolism. Xylitol enjoys wide acceptance in Japan, Finland, and the Scandinavian countries. In the Soviet Union it has been used for decades as a sweetener for diabetics, and in Germany in solutions for intravenous feeding. Numerous clinical and field studies performed over the past 30 years have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of xylitol as a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Next Steps to Wellness
Get the author's Super Foods & Nutritional Supplements: Brand Names ebook. But, start with the Death to Diabetes paperback book (or expanded diabetesebook) first.
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