When you've got diabetes, it can feel like your blood sugar is taking you on a wild ride... and all you want is for the heart-pounding journey to be over.
But popping a pill to get diabetes under control can be like trading the roller coaster for the "haunted house" attraction -- with terrifying side effects around every corner.
There are no "thrills" to these "chills"!
But according to the latest research, there's a natural way to get off the scary ride of diabetes for good -- because vitamin E can get your blood sugar under control without side effects.
In the new meta-analysis, published in Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome, researchers analyzed a dozen studies that looked at the effects of various vitamins -- including B, C, D, and E -- on diabetes.
And it turned out that among the vitamins tested, vitamin E showed the strongest ability to reduce both blood sugar and "glycated hemoglobin," which is a measure of your average blood sugar over the past three months. You may know that measurement better as HbA1c.
The theory is that the powerful antioxidant properties of vitamin E can reduce the oxidative stress that damages cells in your pancreas, where insulin is made.
In fact, previous studies have shown that vitamin E deficiency is common among those in the early stages of diabetes -- which suggests that your pancreas can't function properly without enough of it!
What's more, the meta-analysis also found some evidence that combining vitamin E with vitamin C, another potent antioxidant, may help reduce diabetes complications.
And that's fantastic news, since the complications of diabetes -- from nerve pain to foot damage -- can be harder to bear than the disease itself.
Of course, the benefits of vitamin E aren't limited to diabetes. Studies have also shown that it can slow down atherosclerosis... slash your risk of age-related macular degeneration... and even protect against Alzheimer's disease.
So, whether you're struggling with diabetes or just want to prevent it, why not up your intake of this essential vitamin?
Leafy greens, avocados, nuts, and seeds are all rich in vitamin E -- and these foods are a delicious part of the high-protein, low-sugar Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet, which can help put diabetes permanently in reverse.
But since it gets harder to absorb vitamins and other nutrients from food as we age, it's also a good idea to take vitamin supplements.
Most high-quality daily multivitamins have enough E (and C) to meet your needs -- and they also contain vitamin D, which helps manage blood sugar, too.