Hope I’m putting this in the right section of the forum.
Here’s a bit of interesting news that i found. I wonder if it works?
Can vinegar help lower morning BGL?
14 December 2007
A small amount of vinegar taken before going to bed at night may help to reduce high fasting blood glucose levels the following morning, in people with type 2 diabetes, a United States study has shown.
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition at Arizona State University, gave 11 people with type 2 diabetes, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar as part of a pre-bed snack. This was compared to a pre-bed snack with water instead of vinegar.
The results published in the current issue of Diabetes Care, showed a small average reduction of 0.26 mmol/L (a 4% decrease) in fasting blood glucose levels with the vinegar treatment compared to a 0.15 mmol/L (2%) reduction for the water treatment.
The authors suggest these results may be due to the acetic acid in the vinegar altering glucose output by the liver which may result in lower fasting blood glucose levels.
Vinegar has already been shown to help reduce post meal blood glucose levels if taken with a carbohydrate containing meal, e.g. as the dressing on a side salad, so does this study mean you should have a swig of vinegar prior to bed to lower high fasting blood glucose levels?
Both the small study size (just 11 participants) and the small effect of the treatment would suggest that there isn’t enough evidence yet to say that it is of benefit.
It is also important to remember that vinegar is an acid and can cause tooth erosion and so is best taken as part of a main meal.
However, while the jury is still out on vinegar, there are a few things we do know that can help to reduce fasting high blood glucose levels. These include weight management and regular physical activity. When these are not enough, diabetes medications may be needed.