Products in the health food stores that claim they lower blood sugar

cranny
By cranny Latest Reply 2011-02-28 14:17:35 -0600
Started 2010-08-11 18:45:30 -0500

I was in the health food store the other day and there was a sign on a bottle of cinnamon that said it would lower blood sugar. Any in put on this or any others that you know about.


11 replies

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-12 07:46:22 -0500 Report

The official word is that cinnamon will do nothing for blood sugar. The unofficial word is it might do a little for some people but not for everyone. A lot of people who say it helps have made other changes at the same time so it's tough to say which ones did what. If you want, take it for a couple of months then stop for a couple of months and see what results you get.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-02-28 14:17:35 -0600 Report

For me, it doesn't make a difference. When I take it or not I struggle the same way with numbers. Now I do use it a lot because I like it, so I keep it in my diet, but I no longer pay for the pills.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-08-11 21:30:40 -0500 Report

The cinnamon is true to the test but not for all. I went back on cinnamon supplements faithfully every day. Along with adding Omega 3 with the cinnamon. I LOVE IT!!! I started initially taking this in 2005 and did real good but stopped taking right after having major surgery and everything went bad. I just started back 3 months ago and I just got my new numbers. Almost everything is right where it should be and I am almost at my A1c goal. I am a avid speaker and have FULL support from everyone on my medical team. Gabby is right though, there are supplements that are not going to be good or right for everyone. it is always best to consult your medical team before doing such things. The only reason why we added the Omega 3 to my regiment was because of a serious side effect to Statin drugs (ex: Lipitor) and the doctors wanted to try this to help lower my cholesterol and triglycerides.

There are always going to be pro's and con's out there to any vitamin and supplement. I go through the whole evaluating the vitamin and supplement thing with my younger two kids that have a life threatening genetic disease. What is said may work for some people with their disease (other medical ailment), may not work for the next. That is why a lot of insurance companies will not cover it unless it is medically "for sure" helps with the medical condition and not a placebo effect.

As I said before, research it, than talk to your medical team about it before beginning anything. The only thing I can say does not matter would be a multi-vitamin. Even with these though, you should talk to your medical team. Make sure you are going to get the right one. i hope this has helped you out.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-08-11 20:37:16 -0500 Report

There are several discussion here on cinnamon. Many say it helps. I take it daily to help, but have not really noticed it works really well. As much as I would love the more natural things to work on me, I am afraid they do not do so well. But everyone has different reactions and taking cinnamon is relatively side effect free. Some people will suffer some tummy upset with it.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-08-11 21:33:34 -0500 Report

If someone does get a tummy ache from taking it? Try taking it with your meals. The pharmacist told me to take it with meals and would decrease this effect.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-02-25 20:32:56 -0600 Report

You're talking bout the capsules, right? I haven't taken them, but used to take cinnamon powder with my oatmeal (before I stopped it because I found out the oatmeal spiked my BG#s)

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-08-11 19:01:30 -0500 Report

I don't have factual proof that cinnamon does or doesn't work but I have been taking daily cinnamon supplements for 3 months and am going for my next a1c test in the next week or two so I may have more input at that time. There are claims that cinnamon will lower glucose and I am anxious to give a testimonial to it. We'll see. I believe like with anything, everyone's body is different. It may not help but it certainly won't hurt.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-08-11 21:32:18 -0500 Report

Seeing is believing with my newest test results. Compared to what it was "before" I even began my supplement cocktail. It really all just depends on the individual.

Granny91
Granny91 2011-02-25 20:07:41 -0600 Report

What other supplements are in your "cocktail"? I am considering Evening Prinrose, Biotin, and ALA- R form.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2011-02-27 10:41:14 -0600 Report

I am on Fish Oil (Omega 3 & 6),multiple vitamin, and Cinnamon. I am going to be adding Calcium and another one soon

Granny91
Granny91 2011-02-27 14:44:57 -0600 Report

Thank you! I take all of the above, and will try the three I mentioned in my question to you. Thanks again.