Another All-Natural Treatment

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2008-12-02 11:52:07 -0600
Started 2008-10-01 04:29:25 -0500

So I read on another discussion board about an all-natural veggie shake that is supposed to help lower blood sugar. The recipe is this.

Peel 1 cucumber and cut into chunks.
Place cucumber chunks in blender.
Add the juice of 1 lemon.
Add a little water.

It sounds like it would be pretty tart but probably pretty refreshing.

Has anyone tried this before? Any good results to report?

17 replies

Avera 2008-12-02 11:52:07 -0600 Report

Since I am going back today and trying to get some tips on foods I saw this post. lol YES I tried this at a friends house. Now I am sure some people will like this but as for me,,,,it was one of the most awful things I have ever had to drink. lol Why does something that is supposed to be good for you taste so bad? lol Thanks, I am going to stick to my Extend Bars.

butterfly_8 2008-10-02 06:53:53 -0500 Report

Hi John,
yes I have tried the all juice diet. Cucumbers and lemon would be tart,but it is advised to add other veggies. And a carrot will make almost any veggie taste good because it will make it sweet. I was suprised how green beans,collards and turnip greens taste in a juicer. Very good and all natural vitamins,

kdroberts 2008-10-02 02:28:38 -0500 Report

It sounds good, I like the combo, but as for a BG lowering I'm not so sure. I read a few things about cucumbers and there are some weak mumblings about it helping with blood sugar. Lemon is a little different and I think is similar to the vinegar theory, the acid helping with carb metabolism and digestion. I think you should be able to get the same effect without the cucumber and eating it with each meal.

However, after reading what Gabby wrote it may have another benefit. My theory on that is that it didn't help lower blood sugar (sorry Gabby) but more that it didn't raise it. Based on her other post it would seem like her numbers were going down after dinner, she substituted the drink for her snack which has no real blood sugar raising ingredients so her blood sugar continued to fall. If I was experimenting, I would expect the same result if the snack was skipped altogether.

My feeling is that the cucumber was added in somewhere along the line as a filler or to make it taste better. I don't believe that on it's own it will lower blood sugar but I do believe the lemon/lime juice (or vinegar or other acid) in it may help your post meal levels if you drink it with/just after a meal.

GabbyPA 2008-10-02 11:46:20 -0500 Report

I will take a no rise as much. Actually the past two days, I have been below 200 all but one reading. I am thrilled. So it might be more than the cuke juice, but it is a good tasting drink, and most of my snacks are things like veggies, nuts, and so on, I try to not make them carb full. I was thinking a good test for it would be to use it to replace my red wine at a meal. What do you think of that idea?

kdroberts 2008-10-03 00:53:45 -0500 Report

Any experiment is a good one. Unless it's dangerous and then you have to make your own mind up. That drink instead of wine is not dangerous as far as I can see. Try it. Hut try this too. Lemon juice only with breakfast, same amount of vinegar with lunch and skip your afternoon snack. Do that for one day and see what happens.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-10-03 00:59:42 -0500 Report

Hi, interested in what this does for you, and what do you mix the lemon juice with or do you drink it straight, and how much? But I still think I want to try this cuke juice just to see if I get any results. Still sounds refreshing.

GabbyPA 2008-10-03 11:53:54 -0500 Report

I have to mix mine with water. The acid does too much on me. I did the vinegar thing for a while, but didn't notice a difference for me. My mom does it and has great results.

GabbyPA 2008-10-01 09:34:23 -0500 Report

Well, here is the frist result of this mixture. I used it as my afternoon snack. I tested before: 237 Drank the juice (added chia and used lime juice)
Tested 2 hours later: 178!! wow

Now this is just one try, and who know how many other things are affecting it. But I will try it again to see how it works then.

Anonymous 2008-10-01 09:36:44 -0500 Report

How did it taste?

GabbyPA 2008-10-01 09:40:35 -0500 Report

Not too bad at all. It has a texture like a smoothie (home made one) and it is a little bland. I added a sprig of mint to it, but in my next one, I will add a little more mint.
I also used kirby cukes which are very good and don't get bitter, so you might want to consider using them if you try it, as big cucumbers can get kind of seedy too.

Starfire - 23364
Starfire - 23364 2008-10-01 06:45:44 -0500 Report

I heard Montel Williams talk about this as he lives on juice and his is green he does juices every day. Just like Jack LaLane and his wife . Might be something to it have to look into this more.

GabbyPA 2008-10-01 05:20:52 -0500 Report

Pick me, Pick me!

I will give it a try. It does sound refresing, and I like cukes and lemon...would it work with lime? I like lime better. I bet if I throw some chia seeds into it, I will have a great afternoon pick-me up. I will let you know.
I might even add a sprig of fresh mint and there you go.

Lanore 2008-10-01 05:12:10 -0500 Report

UMMM NO will let someone else try this one first. This just doesn't sound all that good. Sorry. Lanore :-)

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