The Lowdown on Cinnamon and Diabetes

The Lowdown on Cinnamon and Diabetes

In a time when those with Diabetes frequently hear they should take cinnamon to improve their blood sugars, safety should be the first thing we think about.

Consider this: cinnamon doesn’t play a role in blood sugar control for people with Type I Diabetes. Cinnamon affects insulin resistance. If you have Type I Diabetes, you might be enjoying your cinnamon for its other positive traits, such as being an antimicrobial or anti-inflammatory. Maybe you are brightening your sense of focus by chewing a piece of sugar-free cinnamon gum.

But some researchers suggest that if you have Type II Diabetes, you might recognize a decrease in your blood sugar by consuming a consistent amount of cinnamon every day along with a healthy diet, plenty of water and exercise.

There are two major types of cinnamon available.

  • Ceylon cinnamon, or Cinnamomum verum, also referred to as "true cinnamon," is produced in Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean. Ceylon cinnamon is much sweeter than cassia, so the need for sweetener is reduced.

  • Chinese cinnamon, or Cinnamomum aromaticum, known as "cassia cinnamon," is produced in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. It is typically less costly and is the type most popular in North America.

One might consider using essential cinnamon oil instead of ground cinnamon. A number of essential oil companies tout seed-to-seal level of control to ensure no impurities are able to access the cinnamon bark oils they produce.

In conclusion, adding as much as a teaspoonful of ground cinnamon or a few drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil to your NutriBlast may be a flavorful and healthy addition to your NutriBlast regimen.

I always encourage you to ask your physician to see if it is okay to enjoy any supplement with your favorite NutriBullet recipes. Let your physician see your full list of medications and supplements. Your health insurance company may also offer a tool to enter all of your medications and supplements to help ensure you avoid interactions.

The science and evidence continues to become available and I will keep you posted as new information about cinnamon becomes known!

Good luck and enjoy a delicious NutriBlast today! Here is to great blood glucose values and feeling fantastic!

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator


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