When you have Type 2 diabetes, unscrupulous or even uninformed people are more than happy to encourage you to buy an assortment of unproven treatments. A quick search of the Internet will reveal hundreds of supplements claiming to lower blood sugar and, miracles of miracles, improve all the symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes.
Supplements have been used for many years to control blood sugar levels, but there are still many unanswered questions about the safety of recommended dosages and side effects. There are still many unanswered questions as to how effective they really are.
Vinegar: Something that might help with weight loss and also give lower blood sugar levels, is vinegar. Real vinegar has not been filtered or pasteurized, and is rich in organic acids, pectin (soluble fiber), and Reversirol acetic acid, all of which help to slow down the emptying of the stomach. This simple ‘detour’ for the digestion of food creates a slowdown in dumping sugar into the bloodstream.
Vinegar is well known for stopping the digestion of carbohydrates in the stomach. A meal with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can slow gastric emptying by 30% and also drop blood sugar peaks by 30%.
Research On The Affect Of Vinegar: Scientists at Arizona State University sought to prove that consuming vinegar before meals might help Type 2 diabetics lower their cholesterol. It didn’t. Instead, taking a 2 tablespoon (30 ml) dose of vinegar before two meals a day for four weeks helped Type 2 diabetics with weight loss and a drop in blood sugar levels.
The Arizona scientists hypothesized that these carbohydrates might then ferment in the small intestine, creating byproducts that sent a signal to the liver not to make as much cholesterol. A research team led by Dr. Carol Johnston recruited volunteers and divided them into two groups. One group drank vinegar before meals twice a day, and one did not. Both groups were weighed before and after the clinical trial.
Findings: Dr. Johnston’s research group was disappointed to learn that vinegar had no effect on cholesterol levels. When they looked at before and after body weight, however, they made an interesting observation. Not a single person in the vinegar group gained weight, whether healthy, pre-diabetic, or Type 2 diabetic. Some lost as much as four pounds (2kg) of body weight.
The average weight loss in the vinegar group was 2 pounds (1kg), with no calorie counting, no dieting, and no additional exercise. Volunteers who did not drink vinegar did not lose weight.
In discussing their findings, Dr. Johnston and her colleagues noted that most of the volunteers did not like the taste of vinegar before meals. Most stated they would prefer to get their vinegar from a vinaigrette on a salad. The Arizona State researchers are considering creating a vinegar supplement, but caution that the vinegar supplements currently on the market do not contain acetic acid, which makes the treatment work to help with weight loss and lower blood sugar levels.