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Vinegar And Cinnamon Lower Blood Sugar

Posting Date: 10/31/2005

Q. I suffer with type 2 diabetes. My doctor prescribed Glucotrol for my blood sugar. It helped to a degree, but I have found that by adding apple cider vinegar and cinnamon to a careful diet, I can control my blood sugar even better. I know I haven?t made this up, but are there any data showing that these natural remedies work?

A. There are. High-carbohydrate meals containing white bread or rice can raise blood sugar. We would not have imagined that vinegar could counteract this effect, but there is growing evidence to support your experience.

Scientists in Sweden report that vinegar given with white bread reduces blood sugar and insulin. It also helps people feel fuller up to two hours later (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept. 2005).

Japanese researchers have found that vinegar can counteract the effect of white rice on blood sugar. And investigators at Arizona State University report that two tablespoons of vinegar before a starchy meal can significantly reduce the rise in blood glucose (Diabetes Care, Jan. 2004).

There is also research showing that one to six grams of cinnamon daily can lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels (Diabetes Care, Dec. 2003).

Q. Do you know of any vitamins or supplements for gum irritation? When I brush vigorously or floss, my gums bleed.

A. Check with your dentist to rule out a serious gum condition. If there is none, you may want to get more vitamin D. A study of more than 6,000 Americans showed that those with the highest levels of vitamin D in their bloodstream had gums that were 20 percent less likely to bleed when probed (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept. 2005). The investigators hypothesize that vitamin D helps fight inflammation.

During the winter months, many people don?t get enough sunshine to make adequate amounts of vitamin D. Experts recommend at least 400 IU daily, and some believe that recommendation is too low, especially for older people.