Is Cinnamon Good for Diabetes?
Cinnamon as a Potential Treatment for Diabetes Symptoms
Many people believe nature provides many solutions to what ails us, with much of the secrets of the earth still being unveiled centuries after our ancestors first discovered healing powers in things living and growing around them.
Cinnamon has long been thought to have a wide variety of health benefits. There are two types of cinnamon: cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon.
Both have medicinal properties but one can be dangerous if not used in moderation — we’ll discuss this later in this article.
It’s believed that the bark and the oil from the cinnamon tree have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunity-boosting properties. Some people even believe it can help prevent heart disease and cancer and help people with type 2 diabetes.
That’s a big claim for a piece of bark. How on earth could a spice we flavor food with help in the management of diabetes?
Cinnamon and Diabetes
Cinnamon’s anti-diabetic effect comes from its ability to help lower blood sugar levels and also improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is the vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced.
It’s thought that cinnamon plays a part in blocking certain enzymes called alanines. Alanines are a type of amino acid that allow for glucose (sugar) to be absorbed into the blood.
For this reason, many studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetes can experience positive effects on blood sugar levels by taking cinnamon or extract supplements that can be bought in health food stores.
An added bonus is that cinnamon is t Continue reading