Spicy foods etc.

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N17
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   Posted 10/28/2005 2:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it true that there are everyday foods and spices etc. that help in breaking down/metabolising (whatever the term is) sugars in the meal?  Someone told me that spices such as those used in curries have a beneficial effect.  Also, there's that age old thing of garlic being good for the blood.  That may be, but what about those with diabetes?  Anyone take garlic pills or other multivitamins?  Most people say that if your diet is good enough, that you don't need them, and I subscribe (if not adhere!) to that.  I know that most off-the-shelf multi-vites have ingredients that when built up, can be harmful, but I know of quite a few ones that are OK for us.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/29/2005 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
N17,

The only things I know about food spices are that garlic has natural antibiotic properties and some believe that if taken in large enough quantities will help some people with crohns and other digestive problems to get rid of 'bad' bacteria. Have to do research on this.

Cinnamon has been proven to have blood sugar-lowering properties. The research data is still being gathered on this but it does help.

Many Eastern diets contain foods different than what we in the West consume and their spices may help explain their healthier diet and weights. Personally, I take a multivitamin for people over 50 with no iron since excess iron has been linked to heart attacks. I'm careful about my vitamin E because it's excess has been linked to heart attacks as well. You may want to do a search on dogpile.com and see what is up with spices and diabetes. Sounds interesting.
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Claire-Bear
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   Posted 11/1/2005 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi N17,
 
Not sure about spices, but apparently lemon juice or vinegar can lower the GI of food so that it would raise blood sugar more slowly. 
 
Claire

Steve K
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   Posted 11/1/2005 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
MY DOCTOR HAS ME TAKE A SENIORS MULTIVITAMIN BECAUSE IT HAS EXTRA CALCIUM, WHICH DIABETICS OFTEN HAVE A LACK OF.(TO MUCH MILK RAISES SUGAR LEVELS)(OOPS, LEFT THE CAPS LOCK ON)
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