Nutritional Supplements

Are Supplements 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.

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What Supplements Should I Take?

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).

Key Supplements for Type 2 Diabetics

Some of the key supplements for diabetics may include:

-- Alpha lipoic acid

-- Borage oil (Gamma linolenic acid)

-- CoQ10

-- Chlorella/Spirulina

-- Chromium

-- Digestive enzymes

-- Glutathione

-- Gymnema sylvestre

-- L-Carnosine

-- Magnesium

-- Milk thistle

-- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

-- Omega-3 EFAs

-- Probiotics

-- Systemic enzymes

-- Vitamin B-Complex

-- Vitamin C

-- Vitamin D3

-- Vitamin E

-- Vitamin K2

However, you should only take those few supplements that you really need -- based on your health and what you're eating. 

For example, if you're eating a lot of vegetables, you may not need to supplement with Vitamin C or magnesium.

Another example: If you're having problems with your eyes, then, you should supplement with bilberry, preferably an organic tincture because it is absorbed a lot better than a bilberry pill.

Key Point: If you decide tot take a lot of supplements to compensate for a poor diet, that won't work. Supplements by themselves are not powerful enough to fight a disease like diabetes. That's why they're called supplements. :-)


Food Sources for Most Vitamins & 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.

For Vitamin A, one serving of a food with true Vitamin A (retinol) such as beef liver or unprocessed cod liver oil should be sufficient.

For Mixed Carotenoids, two servings of foods such as the following should be sufficient: carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, water squash, turnip greens, beet greens, apricots or cantaloupe; or, unprocessed cod liver oil.

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 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 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 rich in potassium, including avocados, bananas, Brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, lima beans, honeydew melons, potatoes (baked), raisins, spinach, tomato canned sauce, and winter squash.

Foods with zinc, including oysters, crab, venison, pumpkin seeds, free-range chicken, and turkey.

For healthy fats such as the monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and Omega-3 fats, make sure that you include the following foods as part of your meal plan: nuts, avocados, ev olive oil, and other plant oils, and, also fish.

Eat foods high in fiber such as vegetables, beans, whole fruits, organic brown rice, green smoothies.

For beverages, drink 6-8 cups (or 48-64 ounces) of liquids, daily, but, the majority of your liquids should be 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.