1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Cinnamon - what are the benefits for insulin sensitivity

Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments' started by Saur, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Saur

    Saur · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Hi everyone, What role does cinnamon play in assisting with fasting blood glucose? Is it beneficial to take and has it helped anyone?
    Or are there other spices/ herbs that are natural with no side effects that can help?
     
  2. Dexterdobe

    Dexterdobe Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    259
    Likes Received:
    181
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I have been taking a teaspoon of real cinnamon daily for around 18 months. My HBA1c has fallen from 53 to 40 during this period. The cinnamon is taken as part of a very low carb diet and I exercise daily. I stopped taking the cinnamon for a month in the spring and my BS went up a little (average 6.3 to 6.5). It went down again when I restarted the daily dose. It wasn't a proper clinical trial of course and the fall wasn't very great, but it was there, so I intend to continue with the cinnamon. I don't think it's a miracle cure for T2, but it seems to be one of many things which help a bit. Collectively, all the changes I have made have enabled me to get my BG back into the normal range. I hope that helps to answer your question.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. Saur

    Saur · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Thankyou that is helpful. Do you take it by itself or added to food?
     
  4. Dexterdobe

    Dexterdobe Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    259
    Likes Received:
    181
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been away. I just take it in water. You do need to be careful though. The powder is very fine and it's important not to breath in the dry powder as it can scar your lungs. I add it to a small amount of water and then stir it slowly until it is dissolved. It takes a while to dissolve. You know when it has as it turns a much darker brown. The taste isn't great, but I think it's worth it.
     
  5. Saur

    Saur · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Thankyou for sharing. I think I will take it with water. We use the cinnamon sticks a lot in Indian cookery.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Guna108

    Guna108 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    57
    Trophy Points:
    48
    My husband makes cinnamon tea for his blood pressure using the sticks . I might try a cup for my T2 now I have read this :) I take karela, but wonder if cinnamon would be better .
     
  7. Saur

    Saur · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    28
    I don’t drink much tea. Good idea to get the blood pressure down.
     
  8. Dr Snoddy

    Dr Snoddy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    560
    Likes Received:
    782
    Trophy Points:
    133
    I love cinnamon but cannot have it raw as I get a mild allergic reaction in my lips. Fortunately I eat lots of curries and tagines. On the rare occasions that I have porridge I always add cinnamon before cooking. I do not know if it reduces my blood sugars but it definitely spices up my life!
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  9. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    174
    Trophy Points:
    83
    I have cinnamon on my morning flaxseed and chia porridge, it improves the taste.
    I buy 'real' cinnamon when possible as cassia is easy to overdose on, but some well known brands do not identify which version they use.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  10. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    5,760
    Likes Received:
    12,829
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Cinnamon's actually known as a blood thinner.

    I've always used cinnamon in my cooking, and more recently as a tea. I like it but I've used from years before I was ever diagnosed with T2, so I have no evidence that it has helped in any way.

    However - found in Wkipedia entry for Cinnamon:
    Khan A, Safdar M, Ali Khan MM, Khattak KN, Anderson RA (2003). "Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes". Diabetes Care. 26(12): 3215–3218.

    And as a point of interest I've seen claims that cassia has been more beneficial than Ceylon cinnamon in this respect, which is the opposite to what is generally claimed. However it also contains coumarin which can apparently be toxic in high doses, which will be what @TriciaWs was referring to?

    I've sometimes had issues with it if I've over indulged slightly as it's often caused me nosebleeds in conjunction with high blood pressure.

    Robbity

    @Saur you also asked about other herbs & spices too:

    In general I use a variety of both, in cooking/meal preparation for their flavours and if they have benefits (e;g parsley as a source of iron) then it's simply a bonus for me.

    Re other spices, turmeric is also claimed to be befneficial, but again I have no evidence as it's something I've always used in cooking, and again as a tea - Pukka Turmeric Gold is one of my favourite "herb" teas. But be a bit careful wirh turmeric as its bright yellow is great for staining things (e;g; kitchen worktops) and can be difficult to remove!
     
    #10 Robbity, Sep 24, 2019 at 4:30 AM
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2019
  11. Saur

    Saur · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    37
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Thankyou for your kind input.
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook