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Every household probably has cinnamon in the kitchen cabinet to use as a spice to enhance many foods. Family members might have never thought that the spice can also be used as a medicine, but cinnamon can be used to help people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, but not Type 1 diabetes.
Since ancient times, cinnamon has been used in China, Egypt, and India not just for cooking but for illnesses as well.
During ancient times, cinnamon used to be rare and very valuable. It was thought to be a gift good enough for a king. Today, cinnamon is cheap and is found in every grocery store.
The Spice Can Lower Blood Sugar
Cinnamon makes a lot of foods taste better. It can be sprinkled on oatmeal, on sweet potatoes, and many desserts. Cinnamon is a good scent for candles and potpourri. However, cinnamon can do much more than make your food taste better and your house or office smell good.
Cinnamon has been known to help lower blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies have been conducted and the results published in journals such as Diabetes Care. Results showed that after 40 days, blood glucose levels in patients had dropped between 18 and 29 percent and they continued to have improved blood glucose levels up to 20 days after they stopped eating the spice.
Other studies have been conducted over the years with similar results. Therefore, the conclusion is that cinnamon does help lower blood sugar levels in persons with Type 2 diabetes but not in cases with those suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
Try Cinnamon as a Medicine
If you want to experiment to see if cinnamon will help your condition, try using a small amount of cinnamon from your spice cabinet before investing in cinnamon capsules because they are more expensive than ground cinnamon. Besides, cinnamon supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Begin by sprinkling ground cinnamon on cereal and toast, or in your coffee, tea, or cocoa to test it. You should be able to see a difference in your blood sugar readings.
If you do decide to use cinnamon supplements, take 500 milligrams twice daily. Cinnamon is relatively safe, but some people might have an allergy reaction and get mouth sores or burns on the skin. If you think you may be allergic to cinnamon, discuss it with your health-care provider.
Cinnamon as a Spice
Cinnamon is used in a lot of foods. It is used in foods such as apple pies, baked sweet potatoes, and candied yams. The spice is good on cereals, oatmeal, toast, and fruits, especially apples.
Cinnamon is often used in savory dishes and on chicken and lamb. The spice can also be used in pickling and Christmas drinks such as eggnog and apple cider.
Nutritional Value of Cinnamon
According to the USDA Nutrient Database, ground cinnamon is composed of water, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. It is a rich source of vitamin K, calcium and iron. It also has moderate amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. Besides all those benefits, cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants.
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that help the body fight infections, repair tissue damage and lower risk of some diseases. It may reduce the risk of heart disease as well shows improvements in Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. It might even reduce the risk of cancer.
Cinnamon has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath. The spice is thought to help fight against HIV-1. That's the main type of the virus in humans.
In people with type 2 diabetes, just one gram of cinnamon eaten on a daily basis can lower blood glucose levels and reduce cholesterol.
Cinnamon in the Bible
Even the Bible records the uses for cinnamon. God instructed Moses to use cinnamon as one of the ingredients of the holy anointing oil (Exodus 30:22-28).
Cinnamon was one of the substances used to make perfume during Old Testament times. Solomon, the wisest man who lived during his day, said, "I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon" (Proverbs 7:17).
Cinnamon was regarded as among the chief spices, according to the Song of Solomon 4:13-14.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 09, 2018:
Ihtisham Ahmad, thanks so much for confirming what I wrote about using cinnamon to reduce blood sugar levels in those who have diabetes. From your short comment, it seems as though you know for sure that it works.
Ihtisham Ahmad on March 08, 2018:
yes thats a reality