WHY CINNAMON JUST MIGHT WORK FOR DIABETES
Blood Sugar Control - Several studies have found that Cinnamon has properties that help those with insulin resistance. It is therefore very popular with Type 2 diabetics who take it to control their blood sugar variations.
This study found Cassia Cinnamon was more effective than Ceylon Cinnamon at controlling blood sugar for a given amount of Cinnamon. An easy solution is to therefore double your dosage of Ceylon Cinnamon, since even doubling the dosage will not come close to the high Coumarin levels found in Cassia Cinnamon.
In another study
Ceylon Cinnamon was found to have an effect on blood sugar control in a rat model. If you are taking Ceylon Cinnamon for diabetes, take it in moderation as part of a healthy program of diet, proper nutrition and moderate exercise.
According to Paul David at UC Davis in this NPR story of 2013
, Cinnamon has a 3-5% effect on blood sugar levels, similar to an older generation of diabetes drugs. That could make it an ideal option for pre diabetics. For severe Type 2 diabetics, whether you can take enough cinnamon to make a difference is a decision you should make in consultation with your doctor.
There is also some evidence that it is the Cinnamaldehyde component of Cinnamon (commonly found in Cinnamon Bark Oil) that seems to be effective for blood sugar control. This study
found it the most effective compared to berberine (Ber), and metformin (Met) at controlling blood sugar levels. Another study
found Cinnaladhyde from Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum) reduced plasma glucose concentration significantly (p<0.05) in a dose-dependent manner (63.29%).
- One of the primary causes of Type 2 Diabetes is obesity. There is reasonable evidence that Cinnamon is good aid for weight reduction. It does this primarily by delaying gastric emptying, keeping you feeling fuller for longer and thereby circumventing your appetite. We make the case for using cinnamon for weight loss here.
Controls Candida - Another cause of Type 2 diabetes is weight gain, often caused by an over population of Candida. And Cinnamon is one of the most effective ways to control Candida. We take closer look at fighting Candida with cinnamon here.
Gut Bacteria - There are emerging studies which show that Bacteria responsible for common skin infections, food poisoning and MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus could also trigger Type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon is one of the most powerful anti bacterial agents known to man. This study among many show cinnamon is effective against Staphylococcus aureus. In fact studies show Cinnamon is the most effective against a whole host of bacteria including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium Bacillus cereus Campylobacter jejuni Listeria monocytogenes, Streptococcus pyogenes, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureas as this PDF report shows.
If you are taking Cinnamon for diabetes and for blood sugar control, you need to follow a few basic steps. But do it in consultation with your doctor because he or she will know your specific medical condition.
Most physicians can be reluctant to help because they have a vested interest in supplying you with pills, tests and other medical procedures. There is no money in a healthy person. But a good Doctor will work with you and help you to ascertain the efficacy of Cinnamon for diabetes. But here is what we know.
BEST PRACTICES FOR TAKING CINNAMON FOR DIABETES
Select Ceylon Cinnamon
- This is because Ceylon Cinnamon has ultra low (0.04%) coumarin levels compared to the common Cassia Cinnamon (4-8%). Ceylon Cinnamon is particularly popular because it has low levels of Coumarin
. compared to Cassia Cinnamon found in your grocery store. Excess Coumarin can cause liver damage. Click here
to discover the difference between Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamon. While some say only Cassia Cinnamon works for diabetes, we have offered compelling evidence that Ceylon Cinnamon could be just as effective without the risk of Coumarin.
Modulate the dosage
- According to the US Department of health
, Cinnamon appears to be safe for most people when taken by mouth in amounts up to 6 grams daily for 6 weeks or less. We would suggest a week of rest between.
During the rest period switch to Turmeric which is another spice that reduces blood sugar levels. The recommended safe dosage per day for Turmeric is 2g (0.4 tsp.). Mix it with water and drink it. Alternatively you can take Ceylon Cinnamon 5 days per a week and Turmeric 2 days per week. That seems like an easier approach.
The reason why you need to change things up is because of toxicity. If you take anything for too long, yes even Ceylon Cinnamon or Turmeric, it will build up toxicity in your system. You need to purge that natural toxic build up from time to time. Variety they they say is the spice of life.
Vary the intake method
- Taking Cinnamon everyday can be boring, which is why you need to devise some creative ways to incorporate it into your diet.
Here are a few simple ways to that. Make a Te De Canela
- This traditional Mexican drink made with Ceylon Cinnamon is world famous. It's sweet ( zero sugar) and very refreshing. Make Cinnamon Orange Water
- Boil some Cinnamon sticks, let it cool and add a slice of orange and take it in your water bottle to work or the gym. Add to Rice - Add a Ceylon Cinnamon stick when you cook rice. Gives a beautiful fragrant flavor and smell. Try our amazing Cinnamon fried rice
recipe with both Ceylon Cinnamon and Turmeric. A stick of Ceylon Cinnamon added to Asian curries adds warmth and depth to the the dish, especially a beef or chicken curry. But there are also amazing Cinnamon vegetarian dishes from Sri Lanka which adds variety. Look for some great recipes here
on our web site.
Work with a good Doctor - Remember you should always tell your doctor you are taking Cinnamon, as a precaution. Do not exceed daily limits. Take in moderation.
The Coumarin in Cassia Cinnamon also causes your blood to thin in addition to possible liver damage from Coumarin. If you are taking blood thinning medication it may cause an adverse reaction.
A healthy program of moderate exercise is essential to get your diabetes under control. Commit to something you can do everyday. Even 5-10 minutes is enough. But if you can have regular game of Tennis or basketball so much the better. Remember when you were a kid and used to play all kinds of games? Get into that fun mode and enjoy life.
Get rid any processed foods. Very hard to do but if you avoid buying anything with more than 2-3 ingredients you are off to a good start. Get rid of milk which is not good for you anyway. Avoid the donuts, the cake and the Pizza. In fact all dairy products. Build your food from scratch. Grind the spices, steam the fresh vegetables and prepare fresh meats and fish. Fresh is always best. Shop for food every few days so you can get fresh meat, vegetables and fruit. Don't think of this as time wasting but an opportunity to exercise and get around. Shop just enough. Don't overbuy food and waste.
And eat organic food wherever possible. It's is so expensive that you will pay attention to what you eat. Don't eat lots of cheap food. Eat good quality food high in nutrition but also never get into patterns of eating the same thing over and over again. Just like with Cinnamon eating too much a good thing can lead to a bad thing. So switch things up and bring diversity into what you eat. People who eat a variety of food usually tend be far healthier. Plus they have fun discovering new food. That is half the joy of living.
FOUR METHODS TO CONSUME CINNAMON FOR DIABETES
Cinnamon Powder - The easiest way to take. A maximum of 1.25 tsp. of Cinnamon powder per day for 5 days, followed by 2 days of rest. During the weekend you might want to try Turmeric. Our Ceylon Cinnamon powder is a premium quality powder with 1.1% essential oil content in it.
- The best way is to boil it into a Cinnamon stick Tea
. That method will ensure good levels of cinnamon in your system, but you can incorporate Cinnamon in other recipes too.
Ceylon Cinnamon Tea - This is our recommended method to take cinnamon for Diabetes. About 1 cup per day with rest on the weekend should do it. It combines all the benefits of black tea with cinnamon in a fabulous tasting Tea. Our Ceylon Cinnamon Tea is infused with Cinnamon Bark Oil, which has cinnamaldehyde.
Cinnamon Bark Oil - If you want the purest of Cinnamon distilled into an oil with high levels of cinnamaldehyde, then this is what you take. About 1-2 drops a day mixed in a beverage or food. You should work with a good Doctor who is receptive to alternative therapy treatments, can discuss how you can take it and monitor your sugar levels. Cinnamon Bark Oil may lower your sugar levels to alarmingly low levels so be very careful. There is a temptation to take too much and either burn your stomach or get your sugar levels way too low. We will not take responsibility if you mishandle Bark Oil ingestion. If you do try it, make sure you do regular testing for blood sugar levels to ascertain that it really works for you.
The FDA has not approved Cinnamon to cure any medical condition. This information is presented for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any Cinnamon. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a heart condition you should definitely not take Cinnamon.