Ms. Crystal
By Ms. Crystal Latest Reply 2009-05-23 06:38:18 -0500
Started 2009-04-21 11:25:56 -0500

Today I went out and bought some cinnamon to try to see if it will work to lower my blood sugar. I don't know how I should take it, and how much to use? Could someone please give me some ideas…

23 replies

Stacey222 2009-04-29 12:48:35 -0500 Report

I read that cinnamon, taken in the proper dosages(I think about 1000mg), along with supportive nutrients which help the cinnamon do a better job, can help people with Type 2 diabetes who are trying to control blood sugars through diet and exercise. The study I read is explained at


DJ 2009-04-23 06:44:56 -0500 Report

I am a Cinnimon Lover, and sprinkle it on everything I can..But I recently found that when I started adding it to my coffee(nope,strangely coffee doesn't bother me!) and I think kind of over-doing it, that it kicked off my Acid Reflux…So, for the Gurd sufferers out there be aware that it may give you problems.I have also found that some natural sweetners also give me trouble in this area,like Stevia & Agave Necter.
I do still use the Cinnimon, but I watch how much and try to add it to things in small sprinkles like dusting it on Pita or a slice of sourdough bread toast..but that is just what I have found works for me. I guess we are back to that all things in proper proportions rule again..Right??

Ms. Crystal
Ms. Crystal 2009-04-23 11:45:03 -0500 Report

I also have bad acid reflux and had to cut back on my coffee intake. My dr said that certain fruits like oranges (which I love) can trigger the acid reflux, same with coffee, as long with alcohol. You may want to cut back a little bit on the coffee as this may be making your acid reflux horrible.

2009-04-27 21:00:13 -0500 Report

If you have stomach problems be careful of the cinnamon. I used it for awhile and it seemed to work to lower after meal numbers but it had a bad affect on my sore stomach and when that happened they stopped working the same. I am not using cinnamon capsules now and my sugars are the same as they were when I was using it. Who knows if it works. I like the taste of cinnamon but not on everything. Ackkkk LOL


Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-05-23 06:38:18 -0500 Report

I haven't noticed much difference in my blood sugars while using this. I do use it though because I like the flavor of cinnamon. Judy you are so right about the stomach hurting when I use it too.. Debe

alwaystryin 2009-04-21 19:01:59 -0500 Report

Even if it is not specifically stated anywhere I've seen so far, it is a trial and error situation as gar as this goes.

I use cinnamon in every food I can only because of it's possible contribution to our every day struggle, and it tastes good!

Ms. Crystal
Ms. Crystal 2009-04-21 19:37:41 -0500 Report

I am going to start putting it on every food that I can and see if it will work for me. I am really hoping that it does, because I love the taste of cinnamon.

alwaystryin 2009-04-21 19:54:45 -0500 Report

I only would like to add that with anything we ingest, especially the Diabetes, please be very careful and consult your MD, and other Advocate's, as to how that may interact with your regiment.

And I also will say that until I have a whole bunch of proof, I have not had a problem with Cinnamon in any part of my life.

My History is not what it used to be, but it was one of the "Gifts", that also became a Commodity.

Hey, if it helps, and is free.

JDR…Input on this?

Ms. Crystal
Ms. Crystal 2009-04-21 20:07:58 -0500 Report

I am going to the dr on Friday so I will ask him about it then. I am looking forward to trying the cinnamon since my blood sugar hasn't been in the good numbers lately.

lois hutchins
lois hutchins 2009-04-21 20:08:49 -0500 Report

cinnamon in coffee is good! I tried it and liked it!!
I put on toast, french toast, waffels& egg beaters eggs!
just see what cha like

ann888 2009-04-24 09:52:58 -0500 Report

Hi..I started using cinnamon capsules about 3 months ago and my morning B/S was down from 140's to 114…and the same results for the rest of the day..I take 1 capsule with breakfast and 1 with dinner..I think a total of 1000 mg…consistently good until I mistakenly tried an appetite depressaant called slim shots, causing a spike of 145 to 159 in am…dont make same mistake…cinnamon works well

mamaoak 2009-04-21 18:02:31 -0500 Report


John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-04-21 15:13:29 -0500 Report

Here's a link to a discussion we had some time ago about cinnamon. Many recommend 1/4 teaspoon for the dose.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-21 18:49:25 -0500 Report

Are you saying this also works for type 1 as well as type 2? Just asking because I know it does help with type 2 but my MD never suggested it to me personally but I do use cinnamon on alot of stuff…Debe

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-04-21 20:40:59 -0500 Report

Well the theory kind of goes that cinnamon increases sensitivity to insulin. So I guess it might help T1's some, but insulin resistance isn't usually much of an issue for T1's.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-21 21:15:02 -0500 Report

So you are saying this is mostly for insulin resistants diabetic? I know I am not insulin resistant. But whether it helps or not I still use to on some foods. I guess it can't hurt me…Debe

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