The Spice That Slashes High Blood Sugar
If you’re not eating cinnamon, here’s one reason you must add this spice to your diet: it’s known to help manage blood sugar. The use of cinnamon to manage blood sugar is certainly not a new idea and it is one that I certainly ascribe to. I have always added generous amounts of cinnamon to my sweet potato in an attempt to improve the effect this food has on my blood sugar.
Recent research shows that I am going in the right direction. In a report published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers looked at 10 controlled and randomized trials that measured the effects of cinnamon compared to a control in 542 participants with type2 diabetes. In each study, the subjects were randomized to either receive cinnamon or a control. The cinnamon supplement ranged from a dosage of 120 mg/day to six grams per day. After six to 12 weeks, the subjects experienced a drop in fasting plasma glucose, but also had reductions in LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and a subsequent rise in HDL cholesterol!