20 Jan 2013 No Comments
Often we hear that cinnamon can provide a sort of miracle cure for diabetics. What is the origin of this myth? And, more importantly for us, what can we get of this myth that may hold a grain of truth?
The ADA discounts the spice entirely as any means of treating diabetes. However, many studies have had mixed results with cinnamon. Some studies done report no changes in blood sugar and cholesterol levels as a result of eating the spice for 30-40 days. This means that it isn’t doing anything to help or hinder your body as it deals with diabetes.
At the same time, other studies done suggest that cinnamon can reduce cholesterol by as much as 18% and blood sugar by as much as 24%.
So because of these mixed results, it is unclear as to whether or not it actually helps. Perhaps, for some, it actually does decrease insulin resistance.
Quick recap- insulin is what lowers blood sugar, so diabetes is the resistance of insulin, hurting your ability to lower your blood sugar. So, cinnamon is supposed to increase your bodies ability to use it’s insulin to properly manage your blood sugar!
Cinnamon is classified as a food, not a drug. Large amount of cinnamon may damage your liver, so you definitely don’t want to O.D. on cinnamon to fight diabetes. Especially if you have any kind of liver problem (commonly, this will happen with diabetics), you should definitely avoid large amounts in this case because they make make your condition worse.
Check your blood sugar regularly while taking supplements like this if you decide to try it out.
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