Research on the past few years is showing that Cinnamon may help to control blood sugar levels in both healthy people and those suffering from diabetes.
A quick health lesson so we can understand how this works:
- Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose contained in your blood. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body’s cells.
- Glucose levels tend to rise after you eat and then drop as your stomach empties.
- Being that your blood sugar level is highly correlated to your level of energy, you will tend to feel your best if you can maintain a stable level of glucose in your blood.
This is where cinnamon comes in! A recent study indicated that cinnamon helps to maintain glucose balance by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after meals and reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating. This in turn helps to make you feel healthier and more energetic all day long.
This is pretty good news for those of us who suffer minor peaks and valleys in our glucose levels, but it’s even better news for those suffering from Type II Diabetes. For diabetics the need to constantly monitor and regulate their blood glucose levels is a daily job, and usually includes taking medication, exercising regularly and possible following a weight loss plan. Now, doctors may add cinnamon to that regimen as Diabetes Care study found that eating as little as one gram of cinnamon daily reduced serum glucose and triglyceride in people with type 2 diabetes. Go cinnamon!