Which Type Of Cinnamon Is Best For Diabetes?

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Cinnamon has been prized as both a spice and a medicine for thousands of years, especially in traditional Chinese medicine, where it's often used in combination with other herbs and spices. In recent years, it's become known as a healthy source of flavor in foods thanks to its antioxidant properties. It can also reduce the need for sugar, as, for example, many people enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with less sugar if they sprinkle a little cinnamon on top instead. Just don't be fooled into thinking that sugary breakfast cereals or other processed foods flavored with cinnamon are somehow good for you. Types of Spice There are two main species of cinnamon available today: Chinese (Cinnamomum aromaticum or Cinnamomum cassia) and Ceylon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum verum). Ceylon cinnamon is so called because it is native to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). It has a sweeter taste than the Chinese species, with a tan color and more layers of fine bark that is easy to break or grind. Chinese cinnamon has a darker, reddish-brown color and the sticks are made of thicker, tougher bark with fewer layers. When you're shopping for cinnamon powder, however, there's no way to determine the species u Continue reading >>

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  1. andiw

    Is cinnamon helpful and if so, which brand is best and safest?

    I'm still looking for ways to bring down blood sugar and starting putting cinnamon in my tea with meals... wow! Seems to work very well!! Anyway, I read more about it and found out that cassia, which is typical of the type of cinnamon we have in the U.S., isn't that good for you. Apparently, it has higher levels of coumarin, which is damaging to the liver. Do any of you have advice on the best cinnamon to get and which doses are good? I read that ceylon is good. Anyone have a company they use when ordering? I just noticed that when I take some at night, my fasting blood sugar goes down to the 80's by morning. After meals, my numbers go down by at least 20-25 points from what is typical for a given meal... big difference for me. I found that taking the supplements doesn't seem to have any effect... but the table cinnamon sure does... granted, I take about 1/2 tsp each time, which I think might be too much... but at least if I find a better version and a healthier dose, that could a good thing? What do you guys think? Thanks so much for the support! I don't know what I'd do without this group of great people!

  2. furball64801

    Most of us type 2s have tried these things for years. It never did anything for me, I ordered both the pills and added it to my meals and my bs was always high. For some just simple things work, if you young or just been dx these things might help.

  3. blaisjp

    I can tell you that if I make and eat my cin and flax cockies that for some reason in the am my fasting bg is lower. why I have no idea. I am unwilling to eat a tbs of cin to see if it helps.

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