Which Type Of Cinnamon Is Best For Diabetes?

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Cinnamon is a spice that contains several bioactive agents. Cinnamaldehydes give cinnamon its aroma[1], Coumarins (a toxin) contribute to taste[2], and several compounds including MethylHydroxyChalcone polymers (MHCPs) contribute to its systemic insulin sensitizing benefits.[3] Beyond the three unique compounds listed, cinnamon also contains tannins, flavonoids, glycosides, terpenoids and anthraquinones.[4] Cinnamon exerts beneficial control effects against pro-diabetic diets in a number of ways. Cinnamon can inhibit numerous digestive enzymes, such as alpha-glucosidase[4], sucrase[5] and potentially pancreatic amylase (although the only results were confounded with acarbose).[5] Via inhibition of these enzymes, cinnamon can decrease the influx of glucose into systemic circulation and avoid overly significant insulin spikes. In systemic circulation (beyond the liver) cinnamon also possesses anti-diabetic effects. A compound in cinnamon, methylhydroxychalcone polymer (MHCP), acts as an insulin mimetic on adipocytes.[3][6][7] MHCP's effects as an insulin mimetic are dose dependent, and act by transphosphorlyating the insulin receptor on the cytoplasmic membrance (the same mechanism a 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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