Have you ever thought that the herb in your kitchen can give health benefit for your body to controlling blood sugar ?
One of our readers had sending his experience for using cinnamon to lower his blood sugar levels by consuming 1 teaspoon of cinnamon every day in the morning for 6 month and that’s why we decided to making this article.
Now lets find out what research says about cinnamon health benefit as diabetes treatment by reducing blood sugar levels in the body.
Cinnamon Health Benefit for Diabetes
Although it is still being debated, a research claimed that cinnamon can be beneficial to reduce blood sugar level. There is many experts that supporting the statement but there is also a few, who questioning the statement.
A research conducted by Dr. Richard A. Anderson with his team examining the effects of Cinnamon on blood sugar level, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol in human body and being published at Diabetes Journal with subject “Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes”
About Dr. Richard A. Anderson
Dr. Richard A. Anderson was a lead scientist at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, MD for more than 38 years and received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Iowa State University also completing postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He has been working on the role of chromium and other trace elements in human health for more than 38 years. For the past more than 20 years he has been working on the role of natural products, with special emphasis on cinnamon, on risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
This research involved 60 people with type 2 diabetes, consisting of 30 men and 30 women which had age above 50 years old. They were divided into 6 randomly selected groups. The first group consumed 1 gram of cinnamon per day, the second group consumed 3 grams of cinnamon per day, and the third group consumed 6 grams of cinnamon per day.
As for the number 4,5,6 group are consuming placebo capsules in the same amount as cinnamon that being consumed by group 1,2 and 3. After 40 days, the groups that consumed cinnamon getting their blood sugar levels dropped by 18-29%, triglycerides by 23-30% and LDL cholesterol by 7-27%. However, there is no significant changes were found for HDL cholesterol.
This means consuming cinnamon 1, 3, 6 grams per day for people with diabetes can reduce blood sugar levels and the risk of diabetes complications that is highly related with high blood pressure and heart disease.
Whereas placebo capsules do not have any effect on reducing blood sugar levels and total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.
Also recently there is some research that supporting the research statement from Dr. Richard A. Anderson that being conducted in 2003, such as a research that being published at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4609100/, conducted by Arjuna B. Medagama, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Guidance to add cinnamon in diabetes diet program
Cinnamon also has been studied for it effect that can increase glucose metabolism. Keep in your mind that cinnamon will not cure your diabetes completely because cinnamon can only reduce blood sugar levels in your body and a healthy lifestyle still play important role for it.
Eating cinnamon doesn’t make you free to consume sugar and carbohydrates without limit. A healthy food diet program must still be maintained. To add cinnamon to your diabetes diet program you can try to follow the guidances below.
Consult to your doctor
Always consult to your doctor if you want to add ¼-1 teaspoon of cinnamon per day to your diet program. Although there are many studies stating the cinnamon effect for lowering blood sugar levels, your doctor also need to know about other foods in your diabetes diet program.
Always use the same amount every day to avoid sugary sugar levels
To avoid sugary sugar levels, it’s being recommended to always consume same amount of cinnamon every day.
For example, if you already consuming 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in day 1 then you should use the same amount for the next day and so on.
Only use raw cinnamon
It’s being recommended to use raw cinnamon in powder or stick shape, do not consume cinnamon that has been processed such as cinnamon oil. The Methyl Hydroxy Chalcone Polymer (MHCP) compounds that is being found in raw cinnamon is already gone because of the process in making cinnamon oil. MHCP is the main ingredient of cinnamon which has an insulin like effect and can increase insulin sensitivity.
Although it is still being debated about the effect of cinnamon for diabetes treatment, it doesn’t hurt you to add ¼-1 teaspoon of cinnamon in your diabetes diet program. There are no side effects of cinnamon unless you have allergic to cinnamon.
If you are still unsure about the health benefit of cinnamon for diabetes, you can consult to your doctor first and ask whether cinnamon is safe for you or the opposite.