I take cinnamon and when I do, it really keeps my sugar levels in a great, lower range. Mine is Cinnamon bark and it is extra strength, I take two with each meal. I think you will be happy with it, let us know how you do.
And let us know your results!
Thanks to all. I will try some or all at some point and monitor effects. Maybe my doc will get me a glucose tester to make this easier.
Extra virgin olive oil is fine, but it's value is mostly as a neutral oil. Fish oil, on the other hand, is a great source of HDL, the good cholesterol. Other sources are flax oil and hemp oil and edible algae. As for fish oil caps, they won't make you burp, that's the liquid. The gel caps don't dissolve until they're in the digestive system, unlike the liquid which burps all the way down. As for the lipoic acid, I take it every day to protect my liver, but I don't notice any effect on blood sugar. And most herbs are best taken with meals -- they get digested better that way. With some exceptions, of course.
as per the fish burp put the fish oil caps in the freezer!
From all I have read, it is best if taken with meals to really get the benefit of lowering the blood sugars.
It's tough to use herbs when you have diabetes anyway -- especially Type !. Because you have to monitor your blood sugar, using herbs that lower blood sugar require a lot of monitoring, and if people don't do it they can go too low. As for you, Gym is right, diet is by far the most important factor. It and exercise will determine if you go diabetic or not, not the thyroid. Personally, because you have the Hashimotos, I'd consult a naturopath and a physician who is open to herbs. Lowering blood sugar too much can affect your hormone production. Notice how Gym mentioned fish oil? That's partly because the proper cholesterol manufactures our hormones, and sugar metabolism must be somewhat balanced for that to happen properly. As for how much cinnamon to take, I can't tell you, because I can't measure your blood sugar -- it depends on how much you need to lower it or whether it needs lowering at all. So I'm deferring to the professionals here. Just know you have picked a very useful herb for the purpose you're researching and one very well researched.
As you see above, I'm in the pre-diabetic range. My glucose hovers 99-110. Fasting or non fasting lately it makes no difference. I dont seem to have the very low glucose 'swing' problem that some diabetics have. I seem stable at a higher level than I want to be.
I also have Hashimotos - linked to diabetes (the two go hand in hand, common), that is the only reason my endo can see that I have pre -daiabetes.
I do not have the typical Diabetic body or unhealthy pre-diagnosis diet the most diabetics have. Am health mined (always was), never had fat, was a successful endurance athlete for years. 43ysr, 175, 6 ft, built like a 25 yr old swimmer. Eat good too. There are NO sweets in my house. One soda pop per week. I still exercise more than average. So this *****! You get the picture.
My lipid panel and cardio (had test) is very good to for a 43 yr old.
I has asked about supps on the diabetes board - there not into general heath over there- its all about their meds. And they just assume I'm fat and eat bad -guess that's what they see over there. I am trying to reverse this before glucose gets over 124 - thats diabetes.
1) DHA is also a suppliment in tablets/capsules right?
I used to take fish oil pills - burping fish is gross. I use very little cooking oil, I eat pretty bland. Eating is not a sport to me. If I ever want butter- I use canola oil butter.
2)How is extra virgin olive oil?
All this is why I ask about supps - I covered everything else, nothing else can be done at this point.
I will look into R-lipoic acid some more. Have seen good reports on this. The local chain supp store did not have it, maybe the independent one will. Sound like its best to use this with a blood glucose meter. It time I ask my doc for one - sometimes they are free.
Thanks, I will try cinnomon. If I get capsules, do you know how much most people take per day for lowering glucose.
I asked about the holy basil too in the past - have not tried it yet. Cinnamon sound so simple and a natural first step.
My glucose is in the pre diabetic range 100-110. As an autoimmune Hashimoto patient, Diabetes can happen more common, totally regardless of your physical condition.
DRs are so pathetic!
They say I dont have diabetes YET. Like their waiting for it to happen before they get concerned. They dont get prevention do they??
Do you have diabetes? I'm not sure of the Cinnamon lowering the blood sugar but if pax said it can then it must. What I can tell you is Proper Nutrition Is Vital! Fish Oil is Key Omega-3 fats
convert the harmful very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) into LDL. diabetics should use only
DHA, or fish oils that contain mostly DHA. aged garlic extract is another way to get miraculous results. studies have shown that aged garlic extract increases HDL cholesterol while lowering total cholesterol. Aged garlic extract also:Prevents LDL from oxidizing
Improves blood flowThins the blood slightly Acts as a powerful antioxidant Improves immunity (diabetics are immune-suppressed) AND Reverses existing atherosclerosis.Cut MSG out of your diet.
Exercise regularly Lose the fat around your waist area Use your diet and supplements to reduce free radicals and inflammation Consume at least 3 grams omega-3 fats a day
Use aged garlic extract to lower bad cholesterol levels Take advantage of natural antioxidants in fruits and vegetables Lower your homocysteine levels
Use vitamin supplements to prevent cholesterol oxidation and nerve damage
Add plenty of fiber to your diet to lower blood sugar Avoid eating foods that are high in
absorbable iron. studies show that several of the flavonoids from vegetables potently neutralize free radicals and lipid peroxidation products and greatly protect against LDL oxidation.Quercetin, hesperidin, curcumin, luteolin, proanthocyanidin, naringenin, green tea extract, catechins and artichoke extract were among those found to be effective. All of these can be purchased as supplements. They also protect every tissue in the body, including the brain.
Alternatives for Lowering Blood Sugar alpha-lipoic acid is very effective in lowering blood sugar and preventing diabetic complications — especially cardiovascular
and neurological problems. It also strengthens immunity, improves energy in cells, protects brain cells against excitotoxicity and removes excess iron
and other toxic metals.
A number of studies have shown that it can correct blood sugar in type-2 diabetics and improve or even eliminate insulin need in insulin-dependent diabetics.
The most effective and potent form of alpha-lipoic acid is R-lipoic acid, which can be purchased without a prescription. 100 mg 30 minutes before
each meal. You can increase the dose in 50 mg. increments until you reach the desired blood sugar level. It has no toxic side effects and is a natural compound found in the body
Fiber can aid diabetics in lowering their bloodsugar levels.
Yes. You can also find what is thought to be the active ingredient, coumarin, but it's also a blood thinner, so one has to be careful with it. This isn't from personal experience, but from customers who used it when I managed health food stores. You have to take a fair amount, however, for it to have a significant effect. There are also other substances that help lower blood sugar, including American ginseng, holy basil, gymnesta sylvestre (spelling?), and others. I have noticed the blood sugar lowering effect of holy basil, which I take to control cortisol levels. But since I don't have a blood sugar problem I know about, I've never tried to measure the effect. Cinnamon is also antibacterial and antifungal, though it's effects aren't powerful; it's thought that cinnamon and the other ingredients of curries were originally used for that purpose, to kill bacteria to make food safe to eat, rather than for taste.