cinnamon and diabetes

Cinnamon Extract Helps Fasting Blood Glucose Level

Cinnamon has recently gained popularity due to the “Cinnamon Challenge” where participants attempt to consume a spoon of cinnamon in under a minute, without water. When ingested this way, cinnamon can cause choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble and even collapsed lungs. However, cinnamon does have some beneficial medicinal effects – in fact, it has been used in China as a holistic treatment for thousands of years. There have been studies done to examine the effect cinnamon has on diabetes.

In one study published, researchers found that cinnamon reduced blood sugar levels by 24% when volunteers ate 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days. In another study, researchers found that cinnamon supplements are able to significantly improve blood glucose control as hemoglobin A1C and fasting blood sugar levels were drastically reduced.

Cinnamon supplementation is definitely something all diabetics should consider. It is available at most vitamin and supplement outlets, but make sure to look for quality seals such as NSF International. Results can be highly individual so make sure to consult a doctor before making any dietary changes.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 4-24-2013, 2:00 PM

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