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High Blood Sugar Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 25, 2015

Maintain Blood Sugar Levels and Control Diabetes

High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, is a common effect of diabetes and is caused by the body's inability to absorb glucose into cell tissue from the bloodstream. Normally when glucose levels are too high your pancreas releases insulin to allow your cells to absorb the sugar; but in diabetic patients insulin no longer affects the body properly, allowing blood glucose levels to spike dangerously high and cause damage to your organs, including the possibility of diabetic neuropathy.

Symptoms of high blood sugar develop slowly, but the longer the levels remain elevated the greater the risk. Signs of hyperglycemia are increased thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision, fatigue, headache, and as the condition progresses: vomiting, dry mouth, weakness, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and coma.

How to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

On this page you can find a number of herbal remedies and natural treatments to lower high blood sugar level, as submitted to us by our Earth Clinic readers around the world. Our most popular cure for high blood sugar is apple cider vinegar - which slows the digestion of carbohydrates into simple sugars - with other readers suggesting cinnamon, avocado, turmeric, and a raw food diet. Let us know what remedies you try from Earth Clinic for blood sugars; and if you know of a treatments that we do not have listed yet, please do not hesitate to share it with us.


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Posted by Chris (Falls Church, Va) on 02/16/2015

[YEA]  Recently diagnosed as a Type 2. Used Gluc meter to test results of Metaformin and then Metaformin with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).

Taking 500mg of Metaformin in the morning and at night. Blood sugar 2 hrs. after the meal 110 - 115. In addition to Metaformin, if I take 2 TBS of ACV before the meal using a 1:5 ratio mixed with water, my blood sugar is 93 - 95 2hrs. after a meal.

Went without Metaformin and ACV at night and 3 hours after the meal, the blood sugar was 130. Before bed, took Metaformin and 2TBS of ACV. Morning reading before Breakfast was 86.

2 TBS of ACV before meals and bedtime is very effective at controlling my blood sugar. Before meals, it drives the 2 hour post reading down and additional 10 -15 points than when just using Metaformin. Before bedtime, I drives the blood sugar 20-30 points than when just using Metaformin.

Be careful not to drive your blood sugar too low using this before bedtime. I woke up one day with reading of 71. Find that balance point for yourself.

Posted by Geevikram (Chicago, IL) on 02/12/2015

[YEA]  Today is my first day on ACV. My post-prandial sugar was off the charts. I would hit 200's and come down slowly. My A1C has never been less than 6.6. Yesterday (2/11/15), my pp sugar was 172 after 2.5 hours. I also took one glipizide (5mg) before food and 1000 mg of metformin after.

I read about the benefits of ACV in this forum and buy the one with mother in it. Two spoons of ACV diluted and had before food. I also took metformin 500 mg before and after food. (Didn't want to stop suddenly) 1 hr after lunch sugar was 125.2 hrs after lunch, sugar was 118.3hrs later, sugar is 134. This tells me that sugar is being released slowly into the blood stream. Interestingly, I typically work out(not a lot) everyday. Today, I did not and still got this result. I can only imagine the effect, if I were to actually work out.

As an aside, how do you guys manage to drink ACV before lunch at work?

Replied by Timh
KY
02/14/2015

G: You can purchase ACV tablets at health food stores, which makes for an easier delivery.
Replied by Geevikram
Chicago, Il
02/14/2015

Hi Timh, Thanks for the reply. How did those pills work out for you? The general feeling here is that you should take the liquid form of ACV. Are the pill equally effective? Thanks.
Replied by Timh
KY
02/15/2015

I am mainly using other nutrients for up-regulating metabolism; ALA, Magnesium Malate, CoQ10, Pantithine. One triple strength ACV daily is too much for my condition so I just take one tab occasionally. I never use the ACV liquid so I can't give any comparison, but I would recommend 1 triple strength ACV tab per day and slowly increase until desired effect.
Replied by Neena
Florida
03/09/2015

Hi, It is possible you respond on how many milligrams of the ALA, Magnesium Malate, CoQ10, and Pantithine and the way you take them? It will be very appreciated. Thank you!!!!

Posted by Vinia (Las Vegas Nevada) on 08/07/2013

I have Type II Diabetes and am taking Januvia at present, which was just increased to 100 mg. I am wondering if it will be safe for me to try Apple Cider Vinegar even if I am taking Januvia?

Replied by Elaine
Ky, Usa
08/07/2013

Vinia, Apple Cider Vinegar should not be a problem with your meds. It won't negate their effect. But, since some people find ACV to improve their sugar situation, it could decrease your need for the medication. The safest thing to do would be to start small with the ACV. You don't want to suddenly have your sugars too low. So, try 1/2 t. in water once a day for a few days. Then take it twice a day. The next week, try 1 t. in water twice a day. The next week, try 1 1/2 t. in water twice a day, etc. Monitor how you feel and how your sugar is doing. Elaine
Replied by Marilyn
Ontario, Canada
09/20/2014

I have just begun taking ACV and wonder how long it takes to work. I am able to take 2 tbls per day. I am prediabetic and want my numbers below 6.0 Any advice would be appreciated as I don't want to have to take medication.

Thank you

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
09/21/2014

Marilyn, you seem to be on a tolerable dosage for you, but, like a recent poster wrote, if you cut way back on carbs - esp. refined ones - and add some mild exercises, you would probably benefit more.

Posted by Keely (Atlana, Ga-usa) on 09/18/2012

[YEA]  My blood glucose was 241 last night. I took three teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water, added two packs of stevia which is also suppose to lower blood sugar. I then exercised, nothing that big, but I invested in a kettlebell. $29 bucks. I did some kettle bell swings, a little arm work, you know, just enough to get my heart beating a little fast, but really I didnt do that much. I tested an hour later and my blood sugar was 121!! I couldnt believe it! I woke up this morning, tested and my blood sugar is 122!! Its been a long time since my blood sugar has been that low upon waking!! This will be my new routine every night!!

Replied by Gary
Bellevue, Wa, US
08/18/2014

[YEA]   Thanks to the clarity and simple instruction Keely provided at 2:26 AM, with blood sugar showing 226 (non fasting), I took 3 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 12 oz water with 1/2 packet of stevia. Then, at 4:23 AM, I checked my glucose again. It was down to 200. Slept from that time (no exercise) until 7:30 am and at 8:28 I tested fasting bs and found it at 138. AMAZING!!! Metformin can't touch this performance. THANKS Keely! I will keep this up and see how it goes over the next month.

Posted by Benni (San Diego, Ca - California) on 01/07/2012

[YEA]  I am pre-diabetic who, with rampant diabetes on both sides of the family, has been monitoring my blood sugar faithfully, and several times a day for the past few months.

The main reason I was doing this was to see if anything other than a low carb diet would work to control my blood sugar. (So far, NO - except the ACV).

On a low carb diet (no more than 30 g of carbs per day = ketosis for the past 5 weeks) my daily blood sugar runs in a very strict band of 100-113. Some days I've tested it 5 times hoping it would fall ower. On a regular diet, my blood sugar is in the 90-175 range.

I've been taking 1 tsp ACV 3x/day for only two days and today my blood sugar has registered at 69 and 85.

Also, yesterday I started the Borax 1/8th tsp in a liter of water drunk throughout the day, so that may have contributed as well.

For the past week, I've been trying various remedies for chronic fatigue. I didn't take the ACV for my blood sugar but rather for increased energy (seems to be working) so only looked it up on Earth Clinic as regards blood sugar after realizing the dramatic drop.

If anything changes (I. E. sugars go up again as magically as they came down, I'll post an update.)

Posted by Shin (Santa Clara, Ca, Usa) on 10/21/2011

[YEA]  I have family history of diabetes so I watch my Blood Sugar too. I heard about ACV and for a month now I always take 2 tblspoon before I ate a roll or high carb bread. But today, I intentionally ate a cinnamon roll without ACV and one hour after my BS spikes to 170 and that freaked me -- normally with ACV, it was 110 an hour after eating that bread. So this morning I freaked because I understand that we should not go over 140. So I immediately took 2 tblspoons of organic ACV to drag the BS down and 55 mins after my BS read 114. I now decide to always have ACV before eat high carb bread because it obviously worked for me -- I am now a believer that ACV can help slash the sugar spike after carb eating. Good luck to all.

Posted by Aud (Stapleton, Al) on 09/06/2011

[YEA]  apple cider vinegar does work for lowering your blood sugar. I have tried it and know it works. Thank goodness.

Posted by Myhealth (Warri, Delta, Nigeria) on 06/28/2010

[YEA]  I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes some 2 years ago. I took prescription drugs for about 6months but stopped to depend on diet and exercise for my Blood Sugar control until I came upon this beautiful website. I call it beautiful cause it is amazingly rich with life saving informations.

I started taking 1table spoon of ACV twice a day for about 2months now and my Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) now averages at 115. I test my FBS every morning when I rise to prepare for work at about 6.00am. In addition I also test my Urine and saliva. My urine and Saliva has consistently stayed at Ph 6.0 and 6.2 respective.

Last week feeling that my body is acidic from the ph reading, I decided to alkalize by adding 1/4teaspoon of baking soda to my ACV. Suprisingly my Urine ph consistently stayed at 7.2, same as my saliva but my FBS went up and averaged at 160. I have stopped the addition of baking soda for the past three days and my FBS has returned to a healthy range. This morning I woke up with an FBS of 87 and urine ph of around 5.8

I am not able to explain the baking soda influence on my body pH and my Blood sugar. Please can someone help?

I am concerned with my pH level as I understand that it is not healthy to consistently have acid condition(I do not want to age that fast. I love my life at this time). Is there some other ways for me to alkalize fast without raising my FBS?.

God Bless you all contributors and thanks for all the beautiful work published on this website.

Replied by Alain
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
06/29/2010

Answer to Myhealth from Warri, Delta, Nigeria about Sodium and increased Fasting Blood Sugar

Hi, From http://www.acu-cell.com/dis-hyp.html

"Many practitioners recommend nearly identical dietary lifestyles for people suffering from Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia), and diabetes (hyperglycemia), whereby adequate consumption of Protein and Fiber, as well as Sodium management, are important considerations to help improve sugar metabolism in both situations.

Sodium (salt) slows insulin response, which with diabetes contributes to poor blood sugar control, however some hypoglycemic individuals with no sodium sensitivity, aldosterone issues, and generally a disposition for low blood pressure can use sufficient sodium intake to their advantage, because it diminishes a quick rise and fall in insulin levels and subsequently reduces those dreaded blood sugar highs and lows they commonly experience."

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Therefore I would advice to reduce by half the baking soda and replace the removed portion with potassium citrate or bicarbonate. You will have to tweak it for better results.

I suspect it is related with excess uric acid which can cause high blood pressure and may induce later insulin resistance as some recent researches suggest. Ans some postulate that human react this way to acid uric (unlike most animals) as an evolution defense against too much potassium from vegetables inducing lower blood pressure.

Read some posts from Ted where he suggests BS with potassium citrate/bicarbonate. He might suggest a different ratio of sodium/potassium.

It is important to realize that not only the ratio sodium/potassium is important but also sodium/calcium, and calcium/magnesium. So a pH protocol would be preferable with a combination of several minerals.

Good Luck. Alain

Posted by Luigi (Mesquite, Tx) on 01/06/2010

[YEA]  Am using raw honey and cinnamon as well as acv. I do see a reduction in glucose reading! I mix by the gallon using alkaline water.

My formula is :
4 tablespoons of raw, unfilered honey
1 oz ACV
5 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

I DRINK 8 OZS BEFORE BREAKFAST
My glucose reading is now 135,
down from average of 155.
Trying to get lower (119 or lower)

Posted by Cheryl (Brownsville, Pa) on 07/11/2009

[YEA]  I was recently diagnosed as a "borderline diabetic" and higher cholesterol and triglycerides than normal. Also going into the lovely stages of menopause. My hemoglobin test came back at 5.8 which is just short of the cut off point. At 6.0 you are considered a diabetic. I stopped eating junk food entirely and started exercising and testing my blood sugar three times a day (even though I was not told to do so). Both of my parents are diabetics and I was determined that this was NOT going to happen to me. I started taking 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar right before my lunch and supper. I was startled to see how drastically my blood sugars had come down in only 1 week. When I had my first "glucose" test my number was 121. 126 you are considered a diabetic. I have been testing my blood sugars for the last week and they are now running in the 70's - 90's. WOW! Just a note....there were a few times that my sugar dropped too low so make sure you eat enough of a proper balanced diet and make sure to have your snacks in between meals. I am going to wait one month before I have more blood work to see if it is working on cholesterol and triglycerides.

Replied by Vincent
Minneapolis, Mn
01/01/2011

[YEA]   I have had the same experiences, so good for you. For lowering my cholesterol and triglycerides, I have added two Ayurvedic herbs that have completely eliminated my need to be on medications. They are: triphala, and guggulu. Look them up. I buy them from a local shop in powder form and stir them into water and drink. It is quite nasty tasting but you get used to it. Blah... Really nasty, lol... The guggulu tastes like church incense smells, if you know what I mean. It is local for me to get and I just go pick it up. Good luck.
Replied by Kelly
Catawissa, Mo, Usa
10/04/2011

In response to Cheryl above. In my beginning stages of adult onset diabetes 1, I had more lows than highs. I would eat and for about an hour or two, I'd have high #'s, then crash to the lows. So I'm not so sure the lows you are having are actually attributed to the ACV. You need to be sure you have a glucometer (most drs. give them for free or u can find them online for free) and test many times troughout the day.

Posted by Rick (Sarasota, Florida) on 06/24/2009

Apple Cider Vinegar - and all other acidic drinks (e.g., orange juice and lemon juice) - deactivate an enzyme, amylase, in the saliva. Amylase in the mouth splits food starches into glucose molecules, which can enter the blood stream immediately. (Amylase is also released by the pancreas and enters the small intestine later when the food finally arrives there.) The deactivation of amylase in the mouth might account for the lowering of blood sugar in individuals who drink ACV BEFORE a high-carb meal.

However, if you achieve lower blood sugar levels by taking ACV AFTER a meal, then there is obviously some other mechanism at work.

Please e-mail me and let me know.

Replied by Curiosa
Miami, USA
06/25/2009

I also experience what feels like low blood sugar attacks when I take apple cider vinegar? I know I have low blood pressure and I alot of problems with my digestion. So yes iam lacking in the proper enzymes. Iread about someone else who got bloated when they take acv. That happens to me too! As soon as I take it I hear sort of bubbely sounds from my stomache and then within minutes I bloat?!! Itook the acv for six months. Another interseting thing that happens to me when I take the acv is I get a itchy scalp and hair loss. Ihave tested this on and off and it seems to be the acv?! I believe have a bacterial over growth in my gut and I know I am too acidic. Even when I take the acv with baking soda I still get the same reaction! To the person who said there might be other mechanisms involved please let me know. IF anyone else has suggestions or comments please fill me in!

Thanks in advance!

Replied by Miriam
Humboldt, Iowa
02/10/2010

I wish more people would be tested for H-Pylori. It's a bacteria in your stomach that causes bloating to many foods. It took twenty some yers and a very good Docter to find this out. A very simply test. I also was told I am very lactose intolerant, again a very simple test. Demand to be tested. H-Pylori is very common and much overlooked. I am diabetic too and have gone from very low numbers to high. I watch my diet like a hawk but don't know it all yet. What's high in sugar and what's not. Is natural sugar in fruit good or bad????
Replied by Saba
Mentor, Oh
02/11/2010

I'm a diabetic too. I know sugar in a simple form or in fruit still needs to be watched. There are some fuits better than others like banana is very high in sugar vs. apples. The t-tapp excerise for me has been very effective to bring the blood sugar down as well as ACV. I watched a very educational show on diabetes yesterday on Operah here is the link if you care to read it. http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Diabetes-101-with-Dr-Oz-Dr-Ian-Smith-and-Bob-Greene
Replied by Pamm
Birmingham, Alabama
05/06/2010

Too much Apple Cider Vinegar can cause a loss of potassium, because if you notice you will lose a-lot of water weight while taking ACV, This will deplete Potassium & Sodium fairly quickly. I am a medical researcher & have used myself as a atudy for the last year & noticed very quickly of Potassium & Sodium Loss With Apple Cider Vinegar:

Symptoms Loss Potassium: Itchy Scalp, Tiredness, Irregular Blood Pressure & High Heart Rate Are Signs of Low Potassium,

Low Sodium: Leg Cramps, Very Weak & Tired, Low Blood Pressure.

Also when these are low I noticed worsening of allergies. So if you do take ACV for any Ailments make sure you take In more potassium & sea salt. ACV contains only a trace of Potassium. I take in Potassium Citrate 99 mg a day. Very Inexpensive. Too much ACV causes too much Hydrochloric Acid In the stomach so don't take too much. If you develop heartburn or acid reflux after taking ACV, you having taking too much & to reverse this take 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda. Good Luck!

Replied by Lorane
Dayton, Ohio
09/02/2010

I also had bloating problem. It was caused by Giardia Lamblia, a bacteria found in western states produce fields and irrigation systems. Ask your doc to do a stool check for this. Ten little yellow tablets later you'll feel great if this is the cause. I had to give up on the ACV until after the antibiotics. If I have a flare up now I eat a massive quantity of Plain Yogurt. No problems since. Good luck.

Posted by Vinnie (Livonia, USA) on 05/15/2009

[NAY]  high blood sugar: my blood sugar runs between 170 to 205, I watch my diet and exercise and i drink acv mixed with lite (amt) honey and distilled water..I have seen no results with the ACV, what am I doing wrong. I take 2Tbl ACV with 1tsp honey in 8 ounces distille water...

Replied by Lisa
Venice Beach, California
05/16/2009

Try the remedy again without the honey. Honey made my bloodsugar spike too (I used to add it to tea a few times a day)... now I only use raw sugar, no more than 1 teaspoon at a time. But I suggest you try ACV without any sweetener unless it's something like stevia.
Replied by Ash
London, Uk
10/16/2010

[YEA]   I have been taking ACV for some months and my fasting blood sugar is down to between 4-6 mmol - I have managed to reduce my diabetes medication. I never add Honey or sweetner and find it tastes great with sparkling mineral water - just add 2 Tablespoon and drink before meals and before bedtime. Ash
Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
06/15/2012

ACV, a couple of dashes of cinnamon, and a packet (or teaspoon if you have the loose kind) of stevia make an amazing drink, tastes like apple pie in a glass, and it is really healthy. You get the benefit of the ACV and cinnamon plus a very tolerable taste with no added sugars. Hint - these are the ingredients in the 'apple cinnamon' drink the "famous ACV company" sells. It is yum, and $2 a bottle at the natural foods store, or pennies at home. Try it and test your glucose 1 hr later and let us know.
Replied by Neena
Florida
03/09/2015

Hi, I have a question about the stevia. Do you buy the natural green stevia, or the one processed that comes like white sugar? Thank you
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
03/09/2015

Hello, Neena --- when buying Stevia one must be very careful. They mix it with these dangerous sweeteners that change their name every so often to fool the public. It does not have to be the green product but ask questions and see the print.

Just thought I'd warn you because when I got to know this, I was amazed at the way the consumer is cheated. Try a health store and good luck. Namaste Om

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
03/09/2015

Dear Neena,

I use Now Original Stevia Extract. It comes in a bottle with an eyedropper lid. It doesn't have anything extra in it. (You can buy it as an alcohol extract or a glycerin extract. I have used both.) And a drop or two is all I need in tea. A 2 ounce bottle lasts me a very long time.

The white powder stuff has other fillers in it and some people react to that.

~Mama to Many~

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Tom (Greensboro, North Carolina) on 03/21/2009

[YEA]  i took apple cider vinegar (2 tbl spoons per bottle of water) to help lower my blood sugar. not only did it bring my levels down substantially, but it's also helping me lose weight and something i haven't read on here - it has increased the amount of semen i produce. great site - thank you!

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx
03/21/2009

funny you should mention this. when i first started taking ACV - and i only take 1 teaspoon a day - suddenly my sex drive re-awakened. i think that it just gives your immune system a kick in the pants and when you feel good - you feel good!
Replied by Dedubbya
North Carolina
02/21/2014

That's really interesting. I will have to check on that.. lol

Posted by Dianna (Austin, Texas) on 12/28/2008

[YEA]  I have tried apple cider vinegar in the past with mixed results. I have diabetes and take insulin. When I started taking ACV before I was taking 1 tablespoon and it really did lower my blood sugar - in fact, I had to make sure that I ate enough carbs or it would be too low - like in the 40's. also it was giving me very bad gas. I was taking it in a glass of water 2x a day and my teeth were becoming sensitive.

Well, I started taking it again - but this time in a much smaller dose. now i put it in a dropper bottle and take a dropper - approx. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon and i put it in the back of my throat so it doesn't touch my teeth.

This works much better for me and I do get some of the blood sugar lowering effects - but what I really noticed is that in the morning my face is not puffy. It also makes me pee a lot more and i just feel 'cleaner'. It seems like my body is 'clearer' or something. And at this dosage it isn't giving me gas. I do this 2 times a day and maybe i will be able to work up to more eventually - but for now this is helping me.

Posted by Mel (Luray, Virginia) on 12/08/2008

I am new at this, after being overweight for about a 6 months I joined a gym to start working out. BUT..I found out today from my fasting blood test my sugar level was 285, thats scary. Since I am new at this does this ACV stuff really work? I plan to work at losing 50 lbs in the gym. I know it will be tough but I know I can do it. I just hope all these claims about ACV is correct.


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