Does Cinnamon Help with Diabetes?
We live in a time where people are more health conscious now about what we put in our bodies than ever before. Part of this trend includes the ability to fight the symptoms of disease, like diabetes, naturally and without taking medication.
Diabetes is a disease that is characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels. When left uncontrolled it can lead to complications such as heart disease, nerve damage, and kidney disease.
Cinnamon has been shown to help combat the effects of diabetes by lowering blood sugar through the use of its antioxidant properties. When compared to 26 other herbs and spices, cinnamon had the second highest amount of antioxidant properties (next to cloves).
Cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar levels by mimicking the effects of insulin and increasing the ability of cells to transport glucose, while also increasing insulin sensitivity – making insulin more effective. It has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels after meals by slowing stomach emptying and blocking digestive enzymes.
How much should you take?
Cinnamon can be taken in pill form as a supplement or as a powder applied directly to foods. Guidelines suggest that there is no additional benefit to taking amounts larger than 0.5-1 g of cinnamon per day (roughly 1/4 teaspoon.)
Ways to add cinnamon to your daily diet:
– Sprinkling cinnamon on oatmeal, or high fiber cereals for a different flavor profile
– Adding it to cut up fruits for a special treat
– Mixing it with peanut butter and enjoying it with celery for a healthy snack
– Awaken your morning coffee by sprinkling some on top