A general high potency multivitamin and mineral supplement is recommended as a foundation to address potential nutritional deficiencies. Other supplements may be selected for their effects on insulin sensitivity and metabolism.
Magnesium Improves Insulin Resistance
Magnesium is a cofactor for many enzymatic reactions involved in the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and a deficiency of magnesium causes insulin resistance and increases blood sugar levels. Magnesium also offers protection against cardiovascular disease.
Dosage: 500 mg daily
Chromium Reduces Body Fat Levels
Chromium is depleted by consumption of refined carbohydrates and lack of exercise. It is known to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Studies have also shown that it reduces body fat levels and increases lean body mass. Taking niacin simultaneously improves the effects of chromium on increasing metabolism.
Dosage: 200mcg chromium picolinate and 30mg niacin, 2-3 times daily.
Taurine Improves Insulin Sensitivity
This amino acid improves insulin sensitivity and reduces blood lipid levels.
Dosage: 600mg, 2-3 times daily.
Selenium for Detoxification
Selenium improves liver detoxification, thyroid function and provides general antioxidant protection to counter the effects of the increased rad140 cycle levels of toxins released during fat loss.
Lipoic Acid Increases Metabolism
Improves insulin sensitivity, stimulates thermogenesis and is an important intracellular antioxidant.
Dosage: 100mg, 2-3 times daily
L-Carnitine Increases Energy and Metabolic Rate
This amino acid is involved in transporting fats into the mitochondria so that they may be utilized as an energy source. This process increases the basal metabolic rate and enhances muscle growth.
Dosage: 500-2000mg daily
Conjugated Linoleic acid (CLA) Improves Fat Metabolism
CLA is essential for the transportation of fats into body cells for energy production. It helps to maintain the optimal function of cell membranes so that fuel components can more easily enter active cells (eg.muscle) rather than being stored in fat cells.
CLA improves insulin sensitivity and studies show consistent results in promoting a reduction of body fat and an increase in lean muscle. It is also an antioxidant and is beneficial to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.