A quick search of the Internet will reveal hundred of supplements claiming to help Type 2 diabetics lower their blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, as you know controlling your diabetes isn’t quite as simple as taking a pill or swigging down a tonic. Even knowing this you might be tempted to believe some of the claims that sound genuine.
Botanical supplements often found in what are known as diabetes supplements include:
- aloe vera
- Gymnema, and
Cinnamon has also received a lot of attention, as Reversirol has vinegar. Vinegar lowers the glycemic index of foods and costs mere pennies per dose.
There are a few different kinds of vinegar so it’s important to clarify which ones we are talking about here. You can find distilled white vinegar at the store, balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar, too. There are other types… such as rice vinegar and even wine vinegar, but for the purpose of this article, we are talking about apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. The white vinegar should be left for cleaning, not consumption.
Apple cider vinegar is vinegar made from apple cider. It’s considered a live food and has a spectrum of helpful bacteria in it. Balsamic vinegar is a sweet tasting vinegar that can be used to marinate meats or vegetables… and cook them too… without the use of oil.
The beauty of vinegar is that it lowers the glycemic load of a meal. In other words, if you happened to eat a slice of chocolate birthday cake with gobs of frosting and added vanilla ice cream to it as well, then the glycemic index of the cake with frosting plus the ice cream would easily exceed what you really should be aiming for. When this happens, you can expect high blood sugar and also to gain weight.
Now when vinegar is taken at a meal, it lowers the overall glycemic index, almost like magic. You can usually expect about a 15% decrease in the glycemic load, and if you increase the vinegar to about a tablespoon, then about a 25% decrease is possible.
That’s a pretty substantial drop in the blood sugar level.
There is one thing you should know though: sometimes vinegar can cause a detox reaction in the body. This means you can feel as if you have the flu… muscle aches and pains and fatigue can set in.
So simply monitor your body for the level of vinegar you can consume before the detox reaction occurs. Then use the vinegar when you need to. One teaspoon is manageable for most people with Type 2 diabetes and taken with meals can reduce that post-meal blood sugar spike.