Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient which many people worldwide are insufficient in. Traditionally, vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin”, but nobody spends eight hours a day shirtless and outside anymore (nor should we!). For this reason, supplementation is very important for most people, and could help fight insulin resistance.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Hypovitaminosis D (low vitamin D levels) is associated with beta cell dysfunction (beta cells are the pancreatic cells which release insulin), and has been strongly correlated with increased insulin resistance. Taking a vitamin D supplement (most people need at least 2000 IU) may help your body become more insulin sensitive.[/quote]
Chromium is another nutrient which may play a role in insulin resistance, especially diet-induced insulin resistance. Studies show that in high-fat diets, chromium helps the body clear glucose from the blood faster than diets without added chromium. Chromium also helps the body clear excess free fatty acids. Both effects contribute to a lowering of insulin resistance
There are also certain herbs which help regulate blood sugar. Gymnema leaf extract has been shown to help with blood glucose homeostasis in diabetic patients. Bitter melon extract can lower blood glucose. Bilberry extract may help treat hyperlipidemia, which means too high blood lipids; use of this extract may help our body naturally lower them. All three support the body’s natural ability to regulate insulin, and may be a useful tool in the fight against insulin resistance and belly fat. All three are found in Diabenil, which also contains chromium and a few other nutrients useful for fighting insulin resistance.
Combining diet changes with the above supplements is an effective way to treat diet-related insulin resistance, which is an important step along the way to fighting belly fat and the innate insulin resistance it can cause!
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