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Q:

I have heard that cinnamon is good for lowering your blood sugar. How does it work?

Amy Campbell

A:

There are two types of cinnamon: cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon is the type most commonly used in the U.S. and also is the type that researchers have studied for its possible effects on blood glucose and diabetes control. In several studies of people with type 2 diabetes, cinnamon has lowered blood glucose levels by decreasing insulin resistance. In one particular study, subjects who consumed half of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon per day lowered their blood glucose, on average, by 24 percent. However, other studies indicate that cinnamon has no effect on blood glucose. Cinnamon is safe to use unless you have liver disease. It may also increase the risk of low blood glucose if you take it in conjunction with diabetes medicines like insulin or sulfonylureas (e.g., glipizide, glyburide, glimepiride). Sprinkling some cinnamon on your morning oatmeal or stirring some into yogurt is certainly fine, but if you’re interested in trying it as a supplement, be sure to first discuss it with your healthcare provider.

February 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

4 replies

BEBUBBLE
BEBUBBLE 2013-03-11 22:59:34 -0500 Report

I just read a article I think on Livestrong.com. It said when the medical community is talking about Cinnamon lowering blood glucose they mean A LOT of cinnamon. Not just a sprinkle on every meal. More! Which means a supplement, not the sticks or powder.

fpulido
fpulido 2013-03-11 15:44:50 -0500 Report

I grew up on natural cinnamon tea and I love it to this day. Easy to make. Get some cinnamon sticks and let them brew in hot water for 10-15 min. If you like it stronger, add more cinnamon. DO NOT use cinnamon powder - it does not work.

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-11 10:27:17 -0500 Report

Thanks Amy!

I buy the cassia ground cinnamon from Sam's Wholesale Club in the 16 oz. "Fiesta brand" container because I use so much of it. I use a tablespoon of it in my morning oats & sprinkle it on lots of other things, even skim milk, yogurt, etc.. It seems to give my "old fashioned" oats a slightly sweet taste, which is great. I've gone through a complete makeover, lifestyle wise, with diet, exercise, stress management, vitamins & supplements and now all my levels/readings are "normal" so I can't attribute that to any one thing.

Here's the Fiesta web site:
https://www.fiestaspices.com/index.asp?page=g...
The following is from that web site:

"Studies indicate that cinnamon can help to:

• Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
• Regulate blood sugars
• Help blood from clotting
• Boost brain power and memory
• Alleviate arthritic pain

Cinnamon is commonly used in chocolate and delectable deserts, such as apple pie or cinnamon buns. It gives tea and hot cocoa an irresistible flavor and makes mouthwatering meals with chicken and lamb."

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX