Of all the supplements touted to help people with diabetes control their blood glucose, cinnamon remains at the top of the list. And all that hype isn't for naught: Cinnamon may be a supplement that actually helps. Numerous studies have shown that adding cinnamon to your daily diet has multiple health benefits.

In his article in the HuffingtonPost, Dr. Joseph Mercola writes about the benefits of cinnamon, including these proven ways cinnamon can help your metabolism or blood sugar:

  • Cinnamon can improve blood sugar regulation by increasing glucose metabolism.
  • Polyphenols, found in cinnamon, may act as antioxidants and insulin sensitizers.
  • Cinnamon has been considered as an “insulin substitute” since it has insulin-like effects.
  • There is a bioflavonoid in cinnamon that may alter the insulin-signaling workings in fat cells.
  • Cinnamon slows the emptying of your stomach and improves the effectiveness of your insulin.
  • Cinnamon can also relieve congestion, support digestive functions and relieve stiff muscles and joints.

A daily dose of just ½ teaspoon of cinnamon can help your health. Cinnamon can be found in pill form or you can add it to your diet by sprinkling it in your morning coffee, adding some to your steel-cut oatmeal, or topping your grapefruit or whole wheat toast.

No matter how wonderful cinnamon and other supplements may sound, it’s still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “You cannot properly address your diabetes if you still maintain a sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary choices — cinnamon supplementation or not!,” says Dr. Mercola.