More on cinnamon

Pam from KCMO
By Pam from KCMO Latest Reply 2009-11-19 17:11:15 -0600
Started 2009-11-19 04:29:25 -0600

There was a discussion a few days ago about the benefits of cinnamon and honey - can't find it now and couldn't comment at the time because my computer (or something) wouldn't let me.

What I wanted to say at the time was that, while a number of folks said they wanted to try cinnamon and honey, from what I've read, you need to be careful about that. Over-the-counter cinnamon often contains a chemical called courmarin (sp?) which, in large doses, can cause liver problems. While one study showed positive effects on blood sugar thanks to cinnamon, those results haven't been replicated. In other words, the jury's still out.

The articles I read suggested that, if you'd like to try cinnamon on a regular basis, you should buy cinnamon pills that are water-soluble or labelled water extract. That process removes the courmarin.

I've decided to conduct my own little study - on myself - and try the cinnamon pills. I'll keep ya'll posted.

5 replies

sweething 2009-11-19 07:09:16 -0600 Report

Honey just doesn't make sense to me. It's a concentrated sugar. Why would a diabetic even try getting better by eating straight sugar? And while cinnamon is my favorite spice, I haven't seen any proof, in articles from Prevention Magazine, etc. It all feels like speculation.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-19 07:26:12 -0600 Report

I take two cinnamon tablets everyday. I really can't tell that it does anything for my bs, but it is suppose to be good for other things. But, "Honey" I just can't see that at all. Like you said, it is "sugar" How can that help your bs levels other than making them go sky high.

Sue T.

imsuzie2 2009-11-19 05:41:25 -0600 Report

Hi Pam

I get my Cinnamon from Sam's and Puritan's Pride. My bottle from PP has the following: 2 caps is a serving size per serving…1,000 mg (1 gm) Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) (bark) and other ingredients: Gelatin, Vegetable Magnesium Stearate, Silica. Didn't see anything about water-soluble on the label.

I feel my morning fasting numbers came down after I started taking the Cinnamon. My doc is ok with my taking it…Pharmacist was the first one to tell me it was ok to take and he heard from customers that it worked for them.

kdroberts 2009-11-19 07:43:06 -0600 Report

Part of running an experiment is to cut out what you think is helping and see what happens. Chances are that if you stop taking the cinnamon but keep doing everything else the same you will not notice much, if any difference.