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Vanadium is a compound found in tiny amounts in plants and animals. Early studies showed that this supplement normalized blood glucose levels in animals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A recent study found that when people with diabetes were given vanadium, they developed a modest increase in insulin sensitivity and were able to decrease their insulin requirements.
Diabetes research scientists want to:
  • Understand how this supplement works in the body
  • Discover potential side effects
  • Establish safe dosages.


Garlic (Allium sativum) is an herb used to flavor food. It can also be processed and made into dietary supplements. Garlic is used for medicinal purposes in some cultures. The chemical in garlic of most interest for health purposes is allicin, which gives garlic its strong taste and odor.
One of the claims for garlic is that the rates of certain diseases are lower in countries where a great deal of garlic is consumed. However, it has not been proven that this possible diabetes supplement (and not lifestyle or some other factor) is the reason.
Research Findings on Garlic
Few rigorous studies have been conducted on allicin or garlic for type 2 diabetes. Findings so far have been mixed in the research studies that have been done. Some basic scientific studies suggest that garlic has some biological activities that are relevant to the treatment of diabetes. However, scientific evidence so far does not verify that there is any benefit from this as a supplement for diabetes.
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