Cinnamon is a powerful medicinal herb that possesses both anti-microbial and antifungal properties. Rich in antioxidants, it has been used for centuries in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda; and. ancient medical practitioners were well aware of the numerous medicinal qualities of this exotic spice. Cinnamon is an effective weapon against diabetes and assists the body in controlling insulin and blood sugar levels. If you find yourself craving cinnamon, it may be a signal that your pancreas needs a little extra help and that your blood sugar levels are outside of the normal range.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is the body’s inability to produce insulin and control blood sugar levels. Adult onset diabetes, or Diabetes mellitus Type II, is the most common form whose symptoms include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination especially during the night, tiredness and unexplained weight loss. Many people are able to control the symptoms of Type II Diabetes with a healthy diet and lifestyle, and cinnamon is a natural way to assist in managing the disease.
Is There Any Research To Support the Use of Cinnamon in Controlling Diabetes?
A study carried out in Pakistan in 2003 tested the effects of Cinnamomum cassia on 60 patients suffering from type II diabetes. The results of the study published in the American Diabetes Association journal found that cinnamon was able to improve blood sugar levels by 18 – 29% in patients, and also lowered cholesterol levels including LDL and triglycerides. Additionally, practitioners of TCM, Ayurvedic medicine, and Naturopathy have years of anecdotal and clinical evidence showing the efficacy of cinnamon for controlling diabetes.
The Types of Cinnamon
The main form of cinnamon sold in the US is Cinnamomum cassia, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that this form has the ability to decrease the blood’s glucose levels during animal trials. Cinnamon zeylanicum comes from Ceylon and is considered to be a more refined form of cinnamon and has a lighter color and sweet taste.
Possible Side Effects
Ingesting large amounts of cinnamon can cause thinning of the blood due to the presence of a compound known as coumarin. As there is no way to tell the level of coumarin in different brands of cinnamon, it should be used with extreme caution for pregnant or nursing women, young children and those with kidney or liver disease. Patients taking blood thinning medication should not take cinnamon medicinally without first consulting with their medical practitioner.
American Diabetes Association — Diabetes Care: Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes
Pennington Biomedical Research Center: Cinnamon
The People’s Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies; Joe Graedon and Sifu Teresa Graedon P 97
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