Yes! The ruckus about cinnamon and diabetes is on for sure and it is not without reason because it was proven that cinnamon does have an effect in maintaining sugar levels to prevent diabetes. Interesting, right?

What do we know about cinnamon and diabetes?

Cinnamon is a spice – that's widely known. It can be obtained from several trees, one of which is the genus “Cinnamomum”. It can be used in both sweet and savory foods and can be bought at your favorite grocery store. It comes in powder packaging as well as sticks. Most of us think that it is just used for flavoring, as a scent for candles to make our ambience smell good. Obviously, it has greater use than that. There are actually two different types, namely - ceylon and cassia cinnamon. The latter is the most famous since it is used for baking and cooking and it is exactly the same type researchers are using in order to study its effects on human beings. 

Diabetes is widely termed as “high sugar” problem, as a result of insulin deficiency. Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for regulating absorption of sugar in the body, so without it or shortage of it can cause the pancreas to malfunction and this situation can be life threatening. Unfortunately, the fact is that once diagnosed with this disease it cannot be reversed for life. It can be very tricky since blood sugar levels can fluctuate anytime. When sugar level suddenly drops or rises, blackouts can happen and such crucial situations call for immediate medical attention. Who wants this to happen? When we can find ways and means to prevent it?

A small intake of cinnamon and diabetes can be cured - is that true?

Insulin like properties that can lower blood glucose, glycerides and cholesterol in the human body are present in cinnamon and diabetes is said to be cured slowly.  Its insulin like effects and its active ingredient known as polyphenols – are also responsible for increasing protein levels.  Those proteins plays a big part in maintaining normal insulin – which in turn plays the part in insulin signaling process, healthy inflammatory responses and the efficient distribution or transportation of glucose in the body.

Cinnamon and DiabetesCredit: Sam Mugraby, [CC-BY-2.0 ( 2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
One gram of cinnamon can work wonders for diabetics. Isn’t that amazing that this stuff that is so easily found in the kitchen does such wonderful job? Besides, if you are fond of tea or coffee it is even more appealing and convenient since soaking just one cinnamon stick in your cup daily goes a long way is balancing your system. One gram (which is equivalent to half a teaspoon) intake in one’s daily diet is what’s needed to make significant change in reducing / maintaining blood glucose levels. Add it to your daily food servings or you can even take cinnamon capsules - whatever suits you best. It’s not that costly but very effective. Take note that too much intake may not be advantageous, therefore a moderate amount is really what you should be taking.

Cinnamon and diabetes do make an unlikely pair. However, despite all the information provided here please note that any changes in your diet or medication needs to be approved by your physician. The information provided in this article does not in any way substitute professional medical advice.