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Q. I would like to try the cinnamon, lime juice, vinegar combo mentioned in your column for weight loss. What is the recipe?

My husband is diabetic, so we just started using cinnamon extract made in the drip coffee maker. How much lime and vinegar do we need to add? How much should we drink? And is the (shudder) vinegar necessary?

A. Many readers want this recipe, and the person who came up with it agreed to share it in detail. Here is Lisa’s Weight Loss Elixir: Put 5 decaffeinated green tea bags in 5 cups of water and bring to a full boil. Let steep 5 minutes, remove and discard tea bags.

Add 2 level tablespoons baking soda and stir (tea will foam). Add 1/3 cup ground cinnamon and stir briefly. Cover and let steep.

Cool the tea and move it to the refrigerator. Allow it to settle for at least two days. Then pour off and save the liquid and discard the solids (unless you know a 10-year-old who needs a science fair project on slime with attitude).

Add 1 packet Certo liquid pectin, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/2 cup lime or lemon juice, 5 cups unsweetened juice (any combination of pomegranate, black or sour cherry, sugar-free cranberry or grape) and 1/3 to 1/2 cup Splenda to taste. Stir. Keep refrigerated. Drink 1/3 cup before each meal or snack. Lisa avoids high glycemic foods (white stuff like sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes and rice).

She suspects that this works for her because she is insulin resistant and cautions that it might not work as well for others. Insulin resistance may contribute to excess weight.

There is research on cinnamon and vinegar independently reducing the rise in blood sugar and insulin after a meal. Caffeine boosts insulin levels, so using decaf green tea makes sense (Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, Dec. 2007). Green tea may help reduce weight modestly (Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Aug. 2007).

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  1. KD

    To the medical student –
    A lot of doctors do not know a lot about insulin resistance. I have found this quite true over the last 20+ years. I am a 37 year old woman with text book PCOS and major insulin resistance. – Endocrinologists and fertility specialists are the Drs. who I have encountered who do know quite a bit about it.
    Common side effects of insulin resistance are:
    1. Fatigue.
    2. Brain fogginess and inability to focus.
    3. High blood sugar.
    4. Intestinal bloating – most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet, mostly those that humans cannot digest and absorb.
    5. Sleepiness, especially after meals.
    6. Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight – for most people, excess weight is from high fat storage; the fat in IR is generally stored in and around abdominal organs in both males and females. It is currently suspected that hormone production in that fat are a precipitating cause of insulin resistance.
    7. Increased blood triglyceride levels.
    8. Increased blood pressure. Many people with hypertension are either diabetic or pre-diabetic and have elevated insulin levels due to insulin resistance. One of insulin’s effects is to control arterial wall tension throughout the body.
    9. Depression. Due to the deranged metabolism resulting from insulin resistance, psychological effects, including depression, are not uncommon.
    10. Acanthosis nigricans.
    11. Increased hunger.
    If you do searches online there is a plethora of information.

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