A number of recent clinical research trials are creating a growing body of evidence that cinnamon helps diabetes control blood sugars. In diabetics who take no medication at all, taking three 1,000 mg capsules of cinnamon every day for a month typically:
- Lowers fasting blood sugars by 18 to 29 per cent. For most diabetics, this would be something in the range of 30-50 mg/dl, or 1-2.5 mM.
- Lowers LDL or “bad” cholesterol by 7 to 27 per cent, usually 5 to 30 mg/dl.
- Lowers total cholesterol by about 20 per cent, or 40 mg/dl, without any loss of the heart-protective HDL.
Diabetics who take insulin or other medications may not notice results that are quite this dramatic, but cinnamon is a safe, effective, and very inexpensive addition to any diabetes treatment plan.
But what about cinnamon sticks for weight loss?
There is good preliminary evidence that cinnamon sticks really can help diabetics take off the pounds. Not only does daily use of cinnamon lower blood sugars and cholesterol, it also lowers the production of insulin.
Insulin, as most diabetics know, helps cells receive glucose. What most diabetics do not know is that insulin is 300 times more effective at helping cells receive fatty acids. If the pancreas can regulate blood sugars with less insulin, then not only will blood sugar levels go down, there will also be less stored fat.
The effects of cinnamon sticks and other forms of cinnamon, such as capsules, on weight loss is not as dramatic as its effects on blood sugar levels in diabetes type 2. Simply adding cinnamon to the diet—and not sprinkling it on additional sweets and desserts—is usually enough to help diabetics lose about a pound a month. But if losing a pound of fat every month comes with the additional benefits of lower blood sugars and lower cholesterol, why not give cinnamon a try. Capsules, rather than cinnamon rolls or apple pie, of course, are best.Feb 17th by admin