Cinnamon & Milk Thistle

By KFisher86 Latest Reply 2014-07-10 09:11:25 -0500
Started 2013-06-30 21:04:04 -0500

Hi all…

Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with cinnamon to help lower blood sugar? Also, for improved liver function, milk thistle? Any information would be greatly appreciated!


16 replies

suzgray 2014-07-10 09:11:25 -0500 Report

my husband had to change diet due to high sugar count and has been taken cinnamon at am and pm so far hasn't had anymore issues..mine had to change also so I started taking cinnamon and I have an enlarged liver and have taken milk thistle before, everytime I have taken m.t. I haven't had the pain from enlarged liver. So in my experience they have worked

trchmlls 2013-07-14 12:13:33 -0500 Report

For breakfast I eat Ezekiel bread with local honey then organic cinnamon followed by peanut butter. I feel great and full after eating that. A great start to my day. I take cinnamon capsule also. I think it is the chromium in it that works. Hope this helps!

Jesse's derby
Jesse's derby 2013-07-06 21:43:18 -0500 Report

I put cinnamon in coffee, oatmeal…any home cooked items that are even remotely "exotic". Have not tried the pill form. As for Milk Thistle, my doctor said it "can't hurt". There is a very old tale in my family. My father's father had diabetes. (Only genetic relationship that I know of.) He would go into the wild and harvest St. John's Wort. Hang it, dry it, and have a glass of tea daily. The story goes that it helped him. I don't know…but I take it daily anyway!

Bun10 2013-07-03 23:36:27 -0500 Report

I take 1000 Mg in Am and Pm. My doctor is impressed with how well I'm controlling my AIC with just diet. I told her I also take cinnamon. She said something like, "hmm". Six months later she asked again. I told her what I eat and about the cinnamon. Then she was all interested and wanted to know how much I take and how often. It works for me…or maybe it is just what I eat and what I don't. My A1c this month was 5.4. I'm going to continue taking it.

MsBugzee 2013-07-01 17:38:58 -0500 Report

I use cinnamon and curcumin for my diabetes. Curcumin helps with inflammation. I don't think these are harmful but check with your doctor.

jigsaw 2013-07-01 14:08:23 -0500 Report

I took cinnamon for about 6 mos or so, and it seemed to help control my blood glucose, but with subtle effect only. There are different types of cinnamon, and the wrong type will have no effect for sure. Here's a link with some excellent info:

Tony5657 2013-07-04 07:17:00 -0500 Report

Does anyone have a source for the Ceylon cinnamon? I'm in a small town and would have to order it.
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jigsaw 2013-07-04 14:47:35 -0500 Report

Are you using it for culinary purposes, or blood glucose control?
Although Ceylon cinnamon is preferable for culinary purposes, it hasn’t been adequately studied in humans for its effects on blood glucose levels.12 Water-soluble cinnamon extracts have also been used in several trials and are effective at lowering blood glucose levels. Since coumarin is fat-soluble, water-soluble cinnamon extracts can maximize the active glucose-lowering cinnamon phytochemicals while minimizing or excluding the coumarin.10 For supplements, cinnamon extracts provide the optimal balance of safety and efficacy. Glucotect contains a safe cinnamon extract, plus essential nutrients and additional plant extracts with natural glucose-lowering effects.

Here is an internet source that I heard is dependable. I have never used them, but you could always give it a try.
By the way, the cinnamon that I used was purchased in a healthfood store, in capsule form. It happen to be from Cassia bark.

Tony5657 2013-07-06 05:29:04 -0500 Report

Wow! Thanks Jigsaw! That link to Myspicesage will surely help me spice up my dull life, hopefully. LOL
I'm a cinnamon lover, using 1 tablespoon of it in my morning "old fashion" oats, sprinkle it on raw fruits & on my baked sweet potatoes. I love the taste and my blood glucose is normal. I don't know if that's due only to the cinnamon because for the past year, I've made major lifestyle changes, exercise, food, drink, etc.. I even lost 40 lbs. without really trying.

Anyway, that site you posted above really has many varieties of cinnamon, including the Ceylon type. I'm impressed.

This discussion title also mentioned milk thistle for improved liver function. I've been taking 1 milk thistle capsule daily for that. It's from the Solgar company. Each capsule contains: Milk Thistle extract - 175mg, raw Milk Thistle powder - 300mg, My last Dr. visit showed my liver is fine. I've had prior years of alcohol abuse, so that is my main reason for this supplement.

And I like your new picture/avatar/mug shot! You have a beautiful woman by your side, your daughter?? LOL Hugs to both of you.

Thanks again for your help! I appreciate your taking the time to help me "spice up!"

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jigsaw 2013-07-06 09:09:54 -0500 Report

Hey Tony, glad I could be of some help! Sounds like your doing quite well.
I often wonder about Milk Thistle. I even took it about 15 years ago. I was not able to determine if it did anything. Maybe now that I'm 15 years younger, it might be worth a new try.

Tony5657 2013-07-06 09:19:50 -0500 Report

So you're doing the ol' reverse age thingy? Going back in time…LOL Seriously, … thanks again for all your help
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

snuggles11 2013-06-30 21:43:46 -0500 Report

I took my first Capsule cinnamon today!
I newly diagnosed
And my numbers are all over the place
I will let you know
Have a 30 day supply

elucero 2013-06-30 21:08:21 -0500 Report

Hi Kendra, I take a cinnamon supplement daily and my a1c has been stable. Before the supplement I took cinnergen which is no longer available. My doc said its fine to take and has not shown any negative effects. Hope this helps. As for liver function, be cautious and ask a specialist.