Product Reviews (51)

Search term may appear only in full report available to members. Sign in or Join now for full access.

CL Answers (54)

Search term may appear only in full report available to members. Sign in or Join now for full access.

Recalls & Warnings (59)

Search term may appear only in full report available to members. Sign in or Join now for full access.

Clinical Updates (44)

Search term may appear only in full report available to members. Sign in or Join now for full access.

Ginseng for Lower Blood Sugar

A new study found that a certain kind of ginseng helps lower blood sugar levels in people with impaired fasting glucose. For more about this study and related studies on blood sugar and diabetes with other types of ginseng (which have had mixed results), see the Ginseng Supplements Review >> 

Cinnamon to Lower Blood Sugar?

A study in people with elevated blood sugar levels found that a particular cinnamon extract (which CL has tested) modestly lowered blood sugar levels. The way the data was analyzed, however, appears flawed in our opinion. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of Cinnamon Supplements and Spices Review >>

Morning Coffee's Effect on Blood Sugar

Many people reach for a cup of coffee in the morning, but might this impair blood sugar control? Find out what a recent study showed in our answer to the question: Which supplements can help lower or control my blood sugar?

Effect of Milk and Sugar in Coffee

A recent study looked at how adding milk and sugar to coffee before a meal affects blood sugar levels. Learn what was discovered in our answer to the question: Which supplements can help lower or control my blood sugar?

Olive Oil Helps in Pre-Diabetes

Adding extra virgin olive oil to a meal decreased the rise in blood sugar and increased insulin levels after the meal, according to a new study in people with pre-diabetes. Similar benefits with olive oil have been shown in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. For details, see the "Insulin Control and Blood Sugar" section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils Review, which includes our tests and comparisons of popular olive oils on the market.

Vitamin D, Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance

Vitamin D, Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance --A moderate, daily dose of vitamin D had positive effects on blood glucose and insulin sensitivity in healthy men and women who largely were deficient in vitamin D, according to a new study. Get the details in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Curcumin May Help Prevent Diabetes

Past research has suggested a potential role for curcumin (from turmeric) in blood sugar control. A recently published placebo-controlled study of curcumin given daily to people with prediabetes (those with blood sugar levels somewhat higher than normal) produced dramatic results in reducing the percentage of such individuals progressing to diabetes. Get the details in the latest update to ConsumerLab.com's Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review -- which includes quality ratings of products and other potential uses of curcumin. More >>

Study Suggests Vitamin D Level for Blood Sugar Control

A certain minimum level of vitamin D in the blood is associated with normal control of blood sugar, according to a recently published study. The study focused on women who were overweight or obese but not diabetic. The vitamin D level is consistent with the range suggested by many other studies. For more details, as well as our tests of vitamin D supplements, see the updated Vitamin D Supplements Review >> 

Resveratrol for Blood Sugar?

Despite preliminary studies which found resveratrol to help lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, a larger long-term study found no benefit. Find out more in the "What It Does" section of the Resveratrol Supplements Review >>

Whey Protein for Blood Sugar Control?

Drinking a whey protein shake before a meal improves blood sugar and insulin response in men and women with type 2 diabetes, according to a new, preliminary study. Get more details, plus our tests of protein supplements, in the updated Protein Powders and Drinks Review >>

Green Tea and Blood Sugar

Can drinking green tea reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal, and if so, is the effect greater in the morning or evening? See what a new study found in the What It Does section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our tests and Top Picks among green tea supplements, and brewable and bottled teas.

Vitamin D & Blood Sugar Control

Maintaining moderate levels of vitamin D may aid blood sugar control, but, according to a recently published study, high-dose vitamin D supplementation may not help. For details, see the Diabetes, insulin resistance and glucose control section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D.

Ubiquinol for Blood Sugar Control?

Does giving ubiquinol (the active form of CoQ10) to people with type 2 diabetes help with blood sugar control? Find out in the What It Does section of the CoQ10 and Ubiquinol Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among CoQ10 and ubiquinol supplements.)

Niagen for Blood Sugar Control?

Niagen, a brand of nicotinamide riboside (a form of niacin), was recently tested in a clinical trial to control blood sugar levels. Get the results in the Niacin section of the B Vitamins Review. (Also see our Top Picks among niacin supplements.)

Vitamin D and Blood Sugar Control

A recent study adds to the growing evidence that obtaining and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels can help with blood sugar control. For details about this and studies regarding vitamin D and diabetes, see the Diabetes, insulin resistance and glucose control section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for vitamin D supplements.)

Curcumin for Blood Sugar Control

Does taking curcumin with a meal help control blood sugar levels? See what a study found in the What It Does section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks among curcumin and turmeric supplements and spices.)

Best Oats for Controlling Blood Sugar?

A recent study compared the effects on blood sugar and insulin levels of steel-cut oats, old fashioned rolled oats, instant ("quick") oats, and honey nut oat cereal. The surprising results are found in the Oat Cereals Review. Also see our Top Pick for oat cereals.

How Do "Overnight Oats" Affect Blood Sugar?

We recently reported on the effects of various types of oats on blood sugar. A study by the same researchers has evaluated overnight oats – rolled oats soaked overnight in milk. Find out how overnight oats compare, see the Oat Cereals Review. Also see our Top Picks among oat cereals.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Type 2 Diabetes?

Studies have shown that taking apple cider vinegar with or before a meal can reduce the subsequent rise in blood sugar. But does apple cider vinegar improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes? Find out what a recent study showed in the Blood Sugar Control section of the Apple Cider Vinegar Review. Also see our Top Picks for apple cider vinegar.

Curcumin for Blood Sugar Control?

Preliminary research suggests that curcumin (from turmeric) taken with meals can reduce the increases in blood sugar and insulin levels that occur after eating. But does curcumin help people with pre-existing type 2 diabetes? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among turmeric and curcumin products.

Glucosamine and Blood Sugar

Glucosamine (used to treat osteoarthritis) is a type of sugar, so does its daily use affect blood sugar levels and one's risk of developing diabetes? Find out in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Joint Health Review. Also see our Top Picks for Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, and Boswellia supplements.

Is Taking Vinegar Helpful?

Two studies compared the effectiveness of vinegar pills to liquid vinegar in controlling blood sugar after a meal. See the results in the "Blood sugar control" section of the Apple Cider Vinegar Review. (Also see our Top Picks for apple cider vinegar.)

Vitamin C for Blood Sugar Control

High-dose vitamin C was found to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes in a recent study. For details, see the What It Does section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review. Also see our latest Top Picks for vitamin C.

Zinc for Lowering Blood Sugar and Cholesterol?

Zinc may help lower blood sugar as well as cholesterol levels, according to a recent analysis, but the dose and duration of zinc supplementation made a big difference. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review. Also see our Top Picks for zinc.

Resveratrol and Insulin Sensitivity

Can resveratrol improve insulin sensitivity or lower blood sugar levels in people who are overweight? See what a new study showed in the What It Does section of our Resveratrol Supplements Review. Also, see our Top Picks for resveratrol.

Vitamin D & Calcium for Diabetes Due to Pregnancy

A new study found supplementation with a combination of vitamin D and calcium improved fasting blood sugar levels, serum insulin levels, and insulin sensitivity in women with gestational (pregnancy-related) diabetes. For more details, including dosage, as well as our tests and comparisons of vitamin D and calcium supplements, see the update to the Vitamin D Supplements Review (Including Calcium, Vitamin K, Magnesium) >>   

Cocoa Lowers Blood Sugar

In addition to potential cardiovascular, memory, and other benefits, a new analysis shows that cocoa flavanols may reduce fasting glucose and improve insulin resistance. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review >>

Can Resveratrol Help Control Blood Sugar?

A new clinical study suggests potential benefits for people with type 2 diabetes taking one of the resveratrol products evaluated by ConsumerLab.com. Get the details in the latest update to ConsumerLab.com's Resveratrol Supplements ReviewMore >>

Ginseng for Metabolic Syndrome?

A study in men with metabolic syndrome found no benefit on blood sugar levels from taking ginseng, but a small increase in testosterone. Get the details about this and other uses for ginseng, as well as our quality ratings in the Ginseng Supplements Review >>

Dark Chocolate & Appetite

A recent study found that women consumed fewer calories after eating dark chocolate than after eating milk or white chocolate. Dark chocolate also resulted in better blood sugar control — an effect noted in other studies of moderate consumption of dark chocolate. Get the details on this and other effects of dark chocolate in the "What It Does" section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review, which includes our tests and comparisons of popular products.

Fat Fish vs. Lean Fish

If you are trying to control your blood sugar, it turns out that your choice of fish can make a difference. Learn more in the "What It Does" section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. The review includes our Top Picks among omega-3 supplements.

Ginseng Role in Diabetes

Results of a recent study suggest that a form of ginseng can help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Get the details in the What It Does section of the Ginseng Supplements Review.

"Whole Grain" Is Not Enough

Not all "whole grain" products are equal when it comes to minimizing swings in blood sugar, according to a new study. Get the details in the Benefits section of the Oat Cereals Review. Also see our Top Picks among oat cereals.

Pomegranate for Memory?

Pomegranate juice and supplements have been promoted for improving cardiovascular health, controlling blood sugar, and inhibiting prostate cancer. Most recently pomegranate juice was tested in a year-long study for its effects on memory. Find out if it helped, and see if it works for other touted uses, in the What It Does section of the Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article.

Berberine vs. Colon Cancer?

A large study investigated the potential for berberine (promoted for blood sugar control) to prevent precancerous colon polyps. Find out if it worked in the What It Does section of the Berberine & Goldenseal Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick for berberine.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Diabetes

Several studies have looked at the effects of consuming extra virgin olive oil on improving blood sugar control. The most recent study looked at whether it could delay the need for glucose-lowering medication in people with type 2 diabetes. Get the results in the What It Does section of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils Review. Also see our Top Picks among products.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Diabetes

Can apple cider vinegar help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes? See what a recent study found in the What It Does section of the Apple Cider Vinegar Review. Also see our Top Picks for apple cider vinegar.

Is Protein Best Before or After a Meal?

A new study showed that the timing of protein supplementation around a meal can determine the effect on blood sugar in people with insulin resistance. Find out the best timing in the update to the Protein Powders, Drinks, and Shakes Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products.)

Cinnamon for Prediabetes?

Does taking a daily cinnamon supplement help control blood sugar in people with pre-diabetes? See the results of a recent study in the What It Does section of the Cinnamon Supplements & Spices Review. Also see our Top Picks among cinnamon supplements and among cinnamon spices.

Cinnamon for Arthritis

Taking cinnamon as a supplement was found to decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in a recent study. Get the details and learn what else cinnamon can do (particularly regarding blood sugar) in the What It Does section of the Cinnamon Supplements & Spices Review. (Also see our test results for popular cinnamon supplements).

Magnesium & Metabolic Syndrome

A study shows that magnesium can significantly help some people suffering from metabolic syndrome (i.e., high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and related symptoms). Get the details in the What It Does section of the Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among magnesium supplements.

Does Tart Cherry Juice Help?

A recent clinical trial investigated the effects of Montmorency tart cherry juice on blood sugar control, markers of inflammation, and the gut. Find out if it helped. See our updated answer to the question: What are the benefits of tart cherry juice?

Cocoa for Diabetes?

Cocoa flavanols may help control blood sugar, but do they offer benefits to people with diabetes? See what recent studies are finding in the What It Does section of the Cocoa and Dark Chocolate Review. (Also see our Top Picks among products).

Some Concern About Theobromine in Dark Chocolate

ConsumerLab's tests of dark chocolates show them to contain about as much theobromine (a caffeine-related stimulant) as heart-healthy flavanols. So is all this theobromine good or bad? A recent study suggests that it may be an issue for people who need to control their blood sugar, while, on the positive side, it lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol. Get the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review, which includes comparisons of the amounts of theobromine in popular products, as well as amounts of flavanols, caffeine, and contaminants.

News Releases (22)

Search term may appear only in full report available to members. Sign in or Join now for full access.