Supplements, Pepper Doping and Getting Faster...

Until yesterday, I'd never taken a supplement for my diabetes.

Mind you, I munch on a small handful of pills with my breakfast. Things that promise optimum recovery, endurance, etc. The types of pills one finds when wandering the drug store aimlessly while one's wife and daughter decide whether they want to buy autumn chestnut or summer sunset to give their hair a little something-something extra.

But I've never bought anything specifically for my diabetes simply because most of those supplements say they help you even out your blood sugars, and (thankfully) I got that covered.

But then commenter Jed from yesterday suggested I add Cayenne pepper to my program, saying that he uses it and it reduces the amount of insulin he needs. Truth be told, I wouldn't care how much insulin I need, except for the crux of my argument, which was: more insulin = more weight retention = heavy marathoner. Here's a link from a guy who seems to think Cayenne fixes pretty much everything except the economy.

Because I'm very impressionable, I stopped on the way home and bought two bottles of Cayenne pepper tablets and have added it to my routine.

Thus far, all I know is my ambient temperature seems to be elevated and I appear flushed. But here's hoping it brings down the insulin and weight a little.

What supplements do you take, either for running or diabetes?


  1. You asked:
    "What supplements do you take, either for running or diabetes?"

    Running? I don't qualify to answer that, since I'm not a runner. And a bone problem in my left foot may keep me from running for a very long time, or at least until I deal with my overweight problem.

    Diabetes? I have Type 2 diabetes, which I didn't take too seriously, until my Hemoglobin A1c hit 10.4 in June. Since then, I've gone on a very strict diet. I'm losing weight, and my A1c has dropped to 8.0, which is still pretty bad, but better than it was.

    However, I don't like to take any kinds of pills, whether prescription or over-the-counter supplements. No diabetes meds, no high blood pressure meds, no statins, nothing.

    I do take one 81 mg aspirin daily, but that's it. I'm seriously committed to finding and sticking with a low-carb diet that works for me.

  2. It is better to take the powder in its natural form as opposed to pill form. When taking the pills your body doesn't have the chance to prepare your stomach for what's coming.

    "It is recommended that the cayenne powder be used, as opposed to capsules. It is believed that you are only getting a small part of the potential effect of cayenne pepper by taking it in capsules. When you put cayenne in your mouth, your stomach secretes digestive juices before the cayenne ever gets there. So when the cayenne gets down there, your stomach is ready for it."

    I recommend opening up those capsules and dumping them in with some low sodium V-8. Small doses to start till you know what you can handle.

    The following link is where that quote came from.


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