Cinnamon and diabetes? What is this all about? After all, cinnamon is a tasty spice that we add to cider, cinnamon buns, apple pie and other treats, but what has that got to do with diabetes and lowering blood sugar?
It turns out that cinnamon- without the sugar that many dessert recipes call for- can have moderately good effects on your blood glucose control and your blood lipids. ‘Bad’ blood lipids are the dangerous fats that folks with Type II diabetes also need to watch, such as trans-fats from consuming hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Let us dig down into some specifics here. One research published in a leading diabetes journal reported that 2, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon per day ( 3 grams is about ½ teaspoon) can dramatically improve important lab test for people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon works by causing cells to take up glucose from the blood and it has some effects on insulin receptors too.
Obviously, when it comes to cinnamon and diabetes, to get the benefits from this spice, you would have to find a way to use it without adding sugar. One major way is to sprinkle it on regular oatmeal that you make. Regular whole grain oatmeal may take a lot more time to prepare than instant oatmeal, but it has a much better glycemic index and more nutritional value for you. Cinnamon can also be taken in a capsule, though it really tastes good enough to enjoy on foods.
The good news about the benefits of cinnamon on blood sugar level does not end there. According to the same study mentioned above, the effect it has on blood sugar level may continue for up to 20 days after stopping the spice, suggesting that diabetes patients may be able to skip days without losing the desirable effects on their system. At the type of relatively low doses utilized in studies, most people seem to tolerate cinnamon quite well, without any significant side effect. As with a lot of food based natural products, the major risk is allergic reactions. All you need to do is to find out in your specific situation if you can adequately tolerate cinnamon and can take it regularly.
When it comes to cinnamon and diabetes, as with most other natural remedies and supplements for diabetes, no single one is likely to get you all the way back to a perfect health. In fact, a smart combination of strategies and remedies, along with the healthy low carb diet we have discussed on other articles can make a big difference on your health and lifestyle.
This point translates into the normal essential advice to speak to your healthcare provider or doctor before trying this or any other natural remedy or supplement. Never attempt to stop your prescribed medication without the authorization of your healthcare provider. Still, if it does help, cinnamon could make it possible, working with your healthcare provider, to reduce the amount of medication you need to get proper blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides levels for your health.