- Control Type
2 Diabetes Naturally with Cinnamon Supplements
With the incidence of type 2 diabetes increasing at an alarming rate, many people
are searching for natural supplements to add to their type 2 diabetes diets to reduce and control their blood
sugar. Recent studies have shown that cinnamon
[cinnamo] could prove to be
the answer they are looking for.
So how does adding cinnamon [cinnamo] to your type 2
diabetes reduce blood sugar? For several years it has been believed that cinnamon [cinnamo] works by
stimulating insulin production, and by increasing the effectiveness of insulin receptors, helping the body to
deal with blood sugar more efficiently. More recent studies have also shown that cinnamon [cinnamo]
can prevent the stomach emptying too quickly after eating which would dramatically increase blood
Diabetes and Cinnamo
[Cinnamon] - Diabetes diet studies prove the effectiveness of cinnamon
There have been a number of controlled studies into the effect of cinnamon
[cinnamo] on blood sugar. The original tests were carried out in Pakistan where a group of diabetics
that took 6g capsules of cinnamon [cinnamo] after eating were compared to a control group of diabetics
that ate a placebo after their meal.
The first group experienced a 20% lower blood sugar level than the control group,
and some had nearly normal blood sugar levels. The effects were only temporary as the group found their blood
sugar levels began to rise once they stopped taking the cinnamon [cinnamo] supplements.
A more recent study, involving adding cinnamon [cinnamo] to a type 2 diabetes diet, concentrated on cinnamon’s [cinnamo] impact on stomach emptying. The study, published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition, compared two groups of healthy volunteers that ate 300g of rice pudding each
The first group added 6g cinnamon [cinnamo] to their meal, whilst the second
group did not. Gastric emptying was measured using ultrasonography and blood sugar was measured two hours
after consumption of the rice pudding.
The results of the study showed that the group that ate the
cinnamon [cinnamo] had a significantly lower blood sugar two hours after eating than the control
group. This was thought to be due, in part, to the slower rate of stomach emptying they experienced. The
recommendations from this study were that adding cinnamon [cinnamo] to a type 2 diabetes diet could
help in blood sugar control.
Diabetes and Cinnamo
[Cinnamon] - Cinnamon cakes as part of diabetes diets
When tests at the Human Nutrition Research Centre in Maryland provided the
unexpected results that apple pie actually reduces blood sugar, an explanation had to be found. It was soon
discovered that the cinnamon [cinnamo] in the pie was the active ingredient causing the decrease in
Sadly this does not give us carte blanche to add cinnamon
[cinnamo] biscuits, buns and apple pie to our type 2 diabetes diets, the fat and sugar they contain
would outweigh the benefits of the cinnamon [cinnamo] . Instead we should try to add cinnamon
[cinnamo] to healthy food that we already eat such as wholegrain toast, low fat bagels and cereals.
Cinnamon [cinnamo] sticks can also be soaked in tea to create a healthy cinnamon [cinnamo]
Diabetes and Cinnamo
[Cinnamon] - Consult a dietician before adding cinnamon supplements to your diabetes
The quantities of cinnamon [cinnamo] that you need to eat to reduce your blood sugar could have a negative impact
on your liver over a long period of time. Cinnamon [cinnamo]
supplements are not recommended to treat gestational diabetes, as it can be dangerous for pregnant women and
As cinnamon [cinnamo] enhances the effectiveness of insulin, it can only be
used to treat type 2 diabetes where the body produces some insulin. It cannot be used to treat type 1
diabetes where no insulin is produced to begin with.
Cinnamon [cinnamo] can
be an effective addition to type 2 diabetes diets, and when used long term it can help to control blood sugar
levels. It can also be used to lower cholesterol, to treat nausea and vomiting, and to prevent colds and
gastrointestinal spasms. Although it is effective at lowering blood sugar, it should not replace a healthy
and varied diet, regular exercise, and professional medical advice.
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