different kinds of cinnamon heres a article to explain differences

By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2012-01-04 14:04:42 -0600
Started 2012-01-03 08:58:39 -0600


this can work to lower cholestrol and blood sugars in some people

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Nick1962 2012-01-04 11:24:30 -0600 Report

I think part of the “works for some, not for others” issue may also be the product itself (like many supplements). There are many grades of cinnamon. So of the 5 major kinds (Korintje Cassia, Ceylon, China Cassia, Vietnamese Cassia, Indian Cassia), you may have up to 6 or more different grades depending on where they were taken from on the tree. Each also contains oils which also give them a shelf life.
There is a huge difference in the types as far as potency (food wise), and most US markets really only support a mid-grade cinnamon for mass consumption, with the better stuff at specialty shops.
To my knowledge, type and grade are not regulated in pharmaceutical cinnamon. I may be getting whatever the importer couldn’t sell, (or more realistically a blend of many) while you may get the good, pure, strong Vietnamese Cassia of the best grade. I’ve also had this same issue with fish oil – some had an effect on my blood pressure, others not. This is why I gave up on supplements. Way too many variables and inconsistencies to wade through.

jayabee52 2012-01-03 22:38:13 -0600 Report

Here's a link which is clickable ~ http://altmedicine.about.com/od/cinnamon/a/ci...

a folluw up article is here ~ http://altmedicine.about.com/od/qalibrary/f/c... There I read that it can be dangerous to consume too much cinnamon.

I had done a study a few months ago on this subject and generally came to the same conclusion. It works for some and not for others.

Young1s 2012-01-04 11:55:10 -0600 Report

Thanks for the links James. If I'm understanding these articles correctly, they seem to be saying that the change (drop) in glucose levels is due to interactions with the D medications, not because it lowers levels in itself. Not exactly what I wanted to see but it is what it is. Earlier today, I was looking at some cinnamon supplement information which said that they help to maintain levels that are already within normal range. But none of them implied that they lowered levels.

I'm still curious about it though and will probably test the theory for myself. As I am still taking D meds, I'll just be careful to analyze, if you will, what my levels are doing more closely.

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 13:50:05 -0600 Report

If it is an interaction with D meds and I'm not using any, that would explain why I am one of those who, despite loving the flavor of cinnamon, but DON'T see any BG response to using it.

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 14:04:42 -0600 Report

Possibly, because they were normal before I started using it. I really do use it for the flavor. I was already taking a number of preparations that had helped bring the BG down. No plan to reduce usage; like I said, I like the flavor!