Cinnamon is a well-known spice that gives certain foods a delectable taste. But if you think that this is where it stops, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Cinnamon and diabetes are linked because of the spice’s medicinal properties to lower blood sugar.
Too Much Sugar In Your Body
Diabetes is caused when the body does not dispose of its blood glucose or blood sugar successfully. When this happens, sugar builds up and this can cause damage to the cells and your health in general. An oversupply of blood glucose is a recipe for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage and other complications. People with diabetes are always looking for a way to reduce the blood sugar in their bodies if not a cure.
Cinnamon and Diabetes. What The Science Says?
Cinnamon is commonly used in cooking, but some people have made it a regular medicine that they take. This idea is not far-fetched however, as cinnamon is used for both its culinary and medicinal values in places like Egypt, China, India and South-East Asia for centuries.
Scientists have also sought to determine the effects of the spice on lowering blood sugar. In a small study done in 2003,for example, when a group of 60 persons with diabetes took 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon in powdered or capsule form, their blood sugar levels dropped by between 18% and 29%. The results of this study demonstrate that:
Intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Studies done after had not seen such significant results, neither has cinnamon seem to have any positive outcome at all, on type 1 diabetes.
Scientific evidence about the effects of cinnamon on diabetes is not complete. The study samples were small and there was no follow-up for continued testing. One 2006 study however with 109 participants showed a significant drop in blood sugar among them when they took whole-herb cinnamon for 3 months.
Is Cinnamon Safe for People With Diabetes?
Cinnamon contains magnesium, B vitamins, and other minerals. Before adding this spice to your diet as a supplement, make sure you are not allergic to it. Generally, cinnamon is a safe food that you can enjoy it. However, some precautions need to taking into account. If you are suffering from liver damage, a greater amount of cinnamon could work to aggravate the situation. Moreover, This spice may cause mouth sores or burn the skin.
When buying a supplement, ensure that the ingredients are stated on the label and search for any potentially harmful compound.
Types of Cinnamon
There are two main types of cinnamon:
- Ceylon Cinnamon: Thin and paper-like textured bark. Less sweet flavor.
- Cassia Cinnamon : thick bark. It has a strong, spicy-sweet flavor.
The cassia, sometimes called Chinese cinnamon, is said to work the best, although Ceylon is said to have lower levels of Coumarin, a natural substance that could cause liver damage. Cassia cinnamon is sold in tablet and capsule forms at natural food stores and pharmacies.
Cinnamon and Diabetes Weight Control
Obesity is considered as one of the major causes of Type 2 Diabetes. Can cinnamon help reduce weight? Many diabetics believe that cinnamon as a weight loss aid. The truth is there is only incomplete scientific evidence. This aromatic spice may give feelings of fullness by delaying gastric emptying. This process play key role in controlling appetite.
Also, Cinnamon may be involved in controlling Candida overgrowth that causes those abnormal fat deposits. Cinnamon act as a weight gain preventer rather than a fat burner. Cinnamon is not a miracle pill if you are following unhealthy life style and diet.
Try Some Cinnamon Yourself
If you are going to be sure that cinnamon can lower your blood sugar you can go ahead and try some. Diabetics can safely take 1 – 2 grams of cinnamon per day although some persons are able to take up to 6 grams. Note that 3 grams is about half a teaspoonful.
But you can stretch the dosage by also sprinkling cinnamon on toast, in coffee, tea or cocoa and in your cereal. You can use cinnamon in a variety of dishes. There are many creative ways to incorporate it into your diet. Try this tasty spice as a flavoring for desserts and add it to your favorite smoothie or entree. Ceylon Cinnamon stick will give a rich flavor to rice.
So, it’s clear that Cinnamon and diabetes management are natural friends. Always check with your health care provider before starting any medication
Since you are on a blood sugar watch, get your pen and notebook or electronic device to track and record your progress.
At the same time, share what you have found when you use cinnamon.