If you have pre-diabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or just want better blood sugar control, then you should seriously consider introducing a high-quality multivitamin to your daily supplement regimen.
But not just any ol’ multi-vitamin will do. And with a vast range of brands to choose from, I can understand if it feels a bit overwhelming.
Fortunately, it’s quite simple to find one that can manage blood sugar, tamp down insulin resistance, and help you avoid type 2 diabetes… All you need is a multi that delivers a few specific nutrients. (I’ll tell you all about them in just a moment.)
Proper metabolic support isn’t in the aisle of the grocery store
More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and a staggering 86 million have the pre-diabetic condition called metabolic syndrome.
And if people with metabolic syndrome don’t take the appropriate steps to manage their blood sugar, they’re at an extremely high risk of becoming another type 2 diabetes statistic.
As Dr. Fred Pescatore points out in his Metabolic Repair Protocol, “They need help with their blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight, on top of their less pressing health concerns.”
And multi-vitamins can help you—or anyone concerned with the aforementioned health markers—get started in the right direction. But Dr. Pescatore cautions that “grocery store brands” just won’t do. Their low price tag is certainly appealing, but they’re a waste of money… Giving you only a small fraction of the key nutrients you actually need.
For this very reason, Dr. Pescatore put together a few simple guidelines you can use to ensure your multivitamin is giving you first-class metabolic support.
Pass on multis that lack these three vital nutrients
Beyond the standard nutrients you’ll find in a multivitamin supplement (such as vitamins C, D, and E), Dr. Pescatore believes that an ideal multi should include three less common, but key nutrients — each one a major player in your metabolic health.
He advises, “Look for a multivitamin with healthy doses of vanadium, chromium, or R-alpha lipoic acid (ALA). These ingredients all help metabolize glucose and increase insulin sensitivity.”
Research shows that this mineral boosts the effects of insulin.
Dr. Pescatore recommends 25 mg daily of a form of vanadium called vanadyl sulfate.
Another mineral, chromium is vital for blood sugar regulation, and metabolizing carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
Dr. Pescatore states: “Since it’s exceedingly difficult to get this nutrient from food, I recommend taking it in supplement form. My recommendation: 200 mcg of chromium three times a day.”
- R-alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
This powerful antioxidant helps support efficient blood circulation and relieves neuropathic pain and numbness in the extremities.
Dr. Pescatore recommends 100 to 300 mg of ALA daily.
An integrated approach to addressing metabolic health
Beyond blood sugar control, Dr. Pescatore includes several nutrients that support other issues essential for metabolic health.
For instance, if you’re overweight, you’ll want to address that to improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing or complicating diabetes. Dr. Pescatore says, “Carnosine and benfotiamine are both great ingredients to help fire up your metabolism and support a healthy waistline. Try to find a multi with at least 50mg of each.”
Next up: cholesterol. Even though we know that elevated cholesterol isn’t the “emergency” mainstream medicine makes it out to be, it still plays a part in your metabolic health.
Dr. Pescatore explains that keeping cholesterol in check is important in avoiding what he calls “the slippery slope” of pre-diabetes. Research links insulin resistance (a marker of pre-diabetes) to diabetic dyslipidemia — where “good” cholesterol is too low and “bad” cholesterol is too high. This can eventually lead to a hardening of the arteries and cardiovascular disease.
His advice: “I like a multivitamin with optimum levels of polyphenol compounds and choline, which have both been shown to help support healthy cholesterol levels.” Dr. Pescatore believes we need “at least” 25 mg of polyphenols and 100 mg of choline daily.
Last, but not least by a long shot, your heart needs some targeted attention — specifically, your blood pressure (BP), which must be well-controlled for heart health and metabolic health. That’s why Dr. Pescatore strongly recommends these two nutrients to help keep your BP in an ideal range:
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2) — 35 mg daily
- Magnesium — 150 mg daily
It’s all about timing
Once you’ve found a multivitamin that meets your needs, Dr. Pescatore emphasizes that you’ll get the most out of it if you take it with meals. This helps to reduce potential side effects like stomach upset, and it also increases your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients.
Specifically, he advises, “It’s best to find a multi you can take with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’ll only cost you an extra 2-3 seconds at every meal, and you’ll be ensuring you have the optimum quantities needed to meet all your health needs!”
Of course, these aren’t the only supplemental nutrients Dr. Pescatore recommends for superior metabolic support. In addition to a fully loaded multivitamin, he also suggests a daily boost of vitamin K1, L-glutamine, and more than 10 additional nutrients essential for blood sugar control.
You can find Dr. Pescatore’s complete “Supplements Master List” — as well as his personal all-in-one multivitamin recommendations — in his Metabolic Repair Protocol. Click here to learn more or enroll in this course which will teach you exactly how to prevent, treat, or reverse pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes starting today.