4. Get Enough Chromium
Chromium is an essential mineral that is thought to boost the effects of insulin, which your body uses to bring your glucose levels back to normal (12). You can take a chromium supplement, but your best bet is to increase chromium-rich foods such as potatoes, green beans, and broccoli into your diet (13).
5. Don’t Forget Magnesium
Like chromium, magnesium is another essential mineral that your body needs in fairly small amounts. Populations with high levels of dietary magnesium show better insulin resistance than the general population (14). In fact, boosting both chromium and magnesium levels produces the best results in regards to stabilizing blood sugar levels. Magnesium-rich food sources include brown rice, spinach, almonds, and cashews (15).
6. Consider Berberine
Berberine is actually a plant compound that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It has benefits beyond helping regulate blood sugar (including lowering cholesterol and aiding weight loss) (16). In clinical studies, berberine is just as effective as prescription medication for treating type 2 diabetes (17). Berberine is usually taken as a supplement, with the recommended dosage between 900-2000mg spread throughout the day.