This Common Spice Could Be The Answer To Managing Diabetes
It’s fall right now, and one of the best flavors of fall is cinnamon. Everywhere you look you will find cinnamon flavored treats this season. Many of us use it in baked goods. People also sprinkle it on oatmeal. But now, there is another good healthy reason to enjoy cinnamon – it could help you control your diabetes symptoms.
The final recommendations are mixed and the American Diabetes Association does not endorse the use of cinnamon in the treatment of diabetes. However, there have been several small studies recently that show that cinnamon can help manage blood sugar levels by lowering insulin resistance, hence curbing blood sugar. In one of the studies, patients ate between 1-6 grams (1/2 teasp – 3 teaps) of cinnamon for 40 days. At the end of the period, the scientists found that cholesterol levels were cut by almost 18% and better yet, blood sugar levels were decreased by up to 24%.
Cinnamon is relatively save for consumption for most people. The exception is if you have liver disease or liver damage, as cinnamon could worsen those conditions.
Cinnamon can also be consumed via supplements. But if you are considering cinnamon supplements, it is best to talk to your healthcare provider first, particularly if you are already on other medication. Typically, supplements are not regulated as strictly as medications are, so supplement producers do not have to ensure that their products are either safe or effective.
Cinnamon can sometimes react with other supplements, medications and herbs. So it is wise to use caution if you are on any of these supplements or drugs:
Psyllium, Garlic, Fenugreek, Alpha lipoic acid, chromium, bitter melon, Panax, ginseng, horse chestnut or devil’s claw.
If you are on diabetes medication, you should also be careful before trying cinnamon supplements. If you do decide to try them, keep in close contact with your doctor and pay attention to your blood sugar levels as you take these supplements. You don’t want your levels to fall too low, as that is dangerous as well.