Cinnamon For Diabetes

Cinnamon is in most cases used in cooking but it is also found in some medicine cabinets. It is one of the traditional medicines in India, China and South East Asia. Though people use this spice to treat diabetes, stomach problems and bronchitis, there is no scientific evidence that supports the use of cinnamon for medical purposes.


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Cinnamon For Diabetes


The effects of cinnamon on blood sugar have been greatly studied. These studies have been emphasized more on animals than on people. People with Type 2 diabetes can benefit more from cinnamon than people with Type 1 diabetes. This is because taking of cinnamon accompanied by the normal treatment has an effect of improved blood sugar control and reduction of cholesterol level.

However, it doesn’t mean that cinnamon can help all patients with Type 2 diabetes to improve their blood sugar control. The reason is because the studies which proved this were not well organized, and also were small.


Cassia cinnamon (also called Chinese cinnamon) has been found to work best. It can be bought as a pill from pharmacies and natural food stores. Don’t take them without a doctor’s recommendation on how to take them. The dosage can range between 1 to 2 grams on a daily basis. Some patients can also take up to 6 grams of cinnamon on a daily basis without suffering from the major side effects. This dosage is high and should not be taken for more than 6 weeks.

Although some diabetes patients can take cinnamon without suffering any side effects, this is not the case with others. Cassia cinnamon can prevent your blood from clotting due to its chemical composition. This might lead to excessive bleeding, which is dangerous. Before taking cinnamon, it’s good to let your doctor determine whether your body shows signs of an allergic reaction.

Note that cinnamon should not be used to supplement doing exercises, taking insulin or eating a healthy diet for diabetics.

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