Q. I have type 2 diabetes. Last summer my triglycerides were dangerously high (300), my cholesterol was 288, and my HbA1C was 8.2. I was taking Janumet and Trilipix, but they were not working.

I decided to try taking 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey every day. My triglycerides are now down to normal–121! My cholesterol has dropped to 260 and my HbA1C is good at 6.5. So this is really helping.

A. The use of cinnamon to normalize blood sugar is controversial, but there is research to support it (PLoS One, Feb. 14, 2014). In addition, cinnamon has been tested in rats and found to counteract the negative behavioral effects of an unhealthful diet high in fat and fructose (PLoS One, Dec. 13, 2013).

For more information about cinnamon, vinegar and non-drug approaches to help control blood sugar, we are sending you our Guide to Managing Diabetes. You will also find additional discussion and comments about controlling blood sugar at PeoplesPharmacy.com

It is important to remember that, like any agent that can alter our physiology or biochemistry, cinnamon can carry some risks. You can learn more about them here.

Vinegar with or just after a meal that would normally raise blood sugar can blunt this response (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nov. 2012). The primary downside of vinegar is that it can soften dental enamel for a period of half an hour to an hour after consumption, so wait a bit before brushing your teeth.

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  1. betty
    United States
    Reply

    I am looking for something natural to replace Metformin since it has caused me to experience Tachycardia. I am trying the ACV.

  2. DS
    Reply

    We keep a cruet with Bragg’s ACV on the table and add it to our white rice along with salt and butter, or to our potatoes. It is delicious.

  3. Rpe
    Reply

    The cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, honey recipe for Type 2 Diabetes? Do you heat this mixture to get it to blend?

  4. Mary
    Reply

    How much vinegar should I take to control blood sugar and when?

  5. cara
    Reply

    I tried apple cider vinegar for about a week. I mixed it with water. I developed horrible stomach pains from it. I used Braggs.
    After stopping it, the pain left and hasn’t returned.

  6. KATHLEEN
    Reply

    the natural apple cider vinegar (with the mother) is excellent.

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