Hypoglycemia is a term that describes recurrent episodes of symptomatic hypoglycemia occurring after a high carbohydrate meal, an emotional stress that can cause an insulin release or a night time low blood sugar episode that generally occurs when adrenaline levels fall and insulin levels stay elevated.
Some of the common hypoglycemia symptoms are confusion, heart palpitations or fibrillation, fatigue, light-headiness, sweating, headaches, tremors, flushing, panic attacks and numbness in extremities. An insomnia occurs due to the compensatory elevation of adrenaline level that follows low blood sugar state.
Besides discussing your hypoglycemia symptoms and treatment with a mainstream medical provider, the following supplements can help improving your body’s insulin response
- Chromium GTF 200mcg over a few months period can help to improve hypoglycemia along with increased frequency of meals but in smaller portions.
- Niacin 25-50mg daily with meals, may help alleviate sudden drops in blood sugar levels due to compensatory insulin surge.
- Vitamin B5 500mg daily in the morning or its derivative (which is more effective) Pantethine at 500mg 6 hours before bed twice a week can help to stimulate cortisone production that neutralizes excess insulin secretion and releases the extra glucose stored in the liver.
- Zinc 15mg daily, can help in regulation of insulin secretion if you are deficient. Zinc should be taken with 1-2mg of copper to keep these two minerals in balance.
A hypothyroid condition could be another cause of a reactive hypoglycemia, in which case zinc, manganese, iodine and selenium might be necessary to restore the thyroid function.