chromium 200mcg per day, (aids in insulin sensitivity--even in type1's.)
biotin 5mg (may increase to 10mg), assists the chromium.
vitamin e (gamma) 400iu every day, (we've all heard this one: protects the vital organs.)
alpha lipoic acid 400 mg a day, universal antioxidant; protects organ and nerve function.
evening primrose oil 1000mg a day in the a.m (may increase to 2000mg), assists in organ, nerve, hormone and cholesterol.
whole food supplement (NOT the brand; it's a type of vitamin) 1 every day.
i continue with the chromium, biotin, gamma e, and ALA, but i have added folic acid and stopped the EPO. i found that it was upsetting my tummy and so i just continued to exclusively use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil into my diet (through cooking). i have to say, i feel great and can tell a difference when i'm not using the chromium and biotin; i really think they assist in insulin efficiency...
it's important to note that i eat a whole foods diet and that includes a lot of fiber, water, and greens at pretty much every meal; even breakfast!
as you can see, these are mostly about protection. they are also the only ones that have had the most/best studies done it appears, and that my friends, highly interests me. while i love natural medicine, case-studies are the only way we're ever going to find out the overall picture. however, i'm also one for 'gentle experimentation on oneself': if something works for you and is safe, keep it up.
i can tell you that so far, the chromium is working wonders for me. but running in the a.m helps too, because of the insulin-resistance that occurs in the morning from release of growth hormones during sleep.
i'm really ruminating on the major differences between being a type 1 woman and a type 1 man. my brother, who also now has type 1 (please see the posts regarding 'the truth sets you free' to see my theories on our 'contraction' of this disease) is still honeymooning---to the point that he only takes lantus! oh my. either his a1c's are gonna be horrendous because he really is having a post-prandial spike that would scare jesus, or his pancreas really is producing that much for right now. good for him!
but it does make me wonder about being a woman with type 1 and how often a honeymoon like his occurs in women, you know? quite rarely, i venture.