Cinnamon for Diabetes: A Heady Spice To Control Your Blood Sugar

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Introduction

Have you always been saying no to all the mouth-watering pastries at your family brunches or were you denied a bite of the cake you just baked? Do your appointments with your gastroenterologist outnumber your hangouts with friends? Does your grocery shopping feel like forever because you have to check the "sugar-free" mark on each product? Have you been looking for something more humane than those tormentful insulin shots?

Well, the struggle is real, but guess what, your savior is right there in the racks of your home kitchen. Yes, you heard it right. Cinnamon is not only an excellent spice but also possesses a powerful anti-diabetic effect.Various studies and researches have concluded that a daily dose of cinnamon helps to reduce the sugar levelin the blood and also regulates insulin secretion in your body.

How does Cinnamon help in Diabetic control?

Diabetes has become a worldwide issue. The annual report 2014 by the World Health Organisation states that the number of individuals affected by Diabetes has doubled since 2008. It can strike anyone, at any point in life, irrespective of age and gender. Have you been held captive in the clutches of this deadly disorder for a long time now? Have you tried everything possible yet it does not lessen your worries? Your wait is now over.

Cinnamon contains compounds such as cinnamaldehyde, ethyl cinnamate, etc. which decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after a meal. It is a multifaceted spice known to be an effective cure for a wide range of health disorders including diabetes. It is also used pharmaceutically in pills for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.In short, cinnamon not only spices up the meat chops on your frying pan but also makes your life happier and healthier.

How to use Cinnamon?

The time to say 'no' to all the dietary restrictions and to give in to the sweet temptation is here! Cinnamon is going to help you put an end to your sweet- deprived life.Studies have shown that a daily dosage of1- 4.5 grams,i.e.0.25 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon is the most effective remedy for diabetes.Interestingly, if consumed on a regular basis in the prescribed quantity, cinnamon can replace the conventional diabetic pills. Sounds great right?

The ways of using cinnamon in the diet are not only plenty but also very delicious. Surprised? Cinnamon is a core ingredient in many delicacies such as rolls,french toasts, madeleines, etc. It is used both as a spice and a sweetener.

Naturally, two types of cinnamon are available.

1.     Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon also is known as Cinnamomumvernum is the most commonly used species and isreadily available in all the places around the world. It is also known as true cinnamon and gets extensively used in the treatment of diabetes.

2.     Cassia cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon contains a compound called coumarin which causes side effects in many people,and it is believed to be harmful in large doses.It is used only in a few dishes and does not contain any medicinal value.

Cinnamon Supplements

Cinnamon is also available in the form of supplements or pills in the pharmacies. The doctor clinically prescribes them to people suffering from diabetes, heart and brain disorders.

Other Benefits

You can use ceylon cinnamon,or true cinnamon for the treatment of many diseases alongside controlling blood sugar levels as follows:

  • Contains antibiotic properties
  • Used to cure heart disorders
  • Maintains blood sugar level
  • Used in the treatment of cancer
  • Helps in relieving joint pain

Can cinnamon replace diabetic pills?

Various diabetic pills get prescribed by the doctors to the people struggling with diabetes. Though these pills help in controlling blood sugar instantly, they have many effects on their users, some of which are fatal in the long run. The results consist of blurred vision, skin rashes, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, weight gain, low blood sugar, weak heart, etc. It makes cinnamon the best natural remedy for this ailment. If taken every day, it works excellently in maintaining the blood glucose level and also has no side effects on its users (unless one gets diagnosed with an allergy towards cinnamon).

Precautions

This lifesaver spice can become fatal in no time if taken in large doses or if taken without proper verification. Hence it is always best to check if this magic spice is allergic to you. Here are some of its side effects:

1.     May cause liver disorder

Large doses of cinnamon may cause liver infections leading to liver disorders.

2.     May reduce blood sugar

Taking cinnamon along with diabetic pills may cause shallow blood sugar levels which may become fatal. Hence if you want to shift to the natural remedy, you need to consult your doctor to reduce you pill dosages.

3.     May become toxic

It is best if cinnamon is taken daily in the prescribed quantities. Very high doses may lead to stomach disorders and congestion in the chest.

4.     Interaction with other medicines

The cinnamon supplements could interact with antibiotics, diabetes drugs, heart medicines, etc. Hence in case you take any medications regularly, it is best to consult with your doctor before starting the supplement intake.

5.     During pregnancy/ breastfeeding

Cinnamon does not get recommended as a cure for children, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Conclusion

Diabetes is a slow killeras 8 percent of the world's population is affected by diabetes,andthe number doesn't seem to reduce. The medications that get prescribed as a cure are more dangerous than diabetes itself thus leading to a lot of side effects, in the long run, resulting in a lower life expectancy. Most often, the little things that we do in life have the most significant impact. Cinnamon is that little effort that can make your lifelonger, healthier and happier. If consumed in large quantities or without proper supervision cinnamon has its side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.     How much of cinnamon is safe per day?

The safe intaking limit for cinnamon is 1 - 4.5 grams which is 1/4th - 1 teaspoon per day. Going beyond 6 grams per day might lead to stomach disorders.

2.     Can I take a daily dose of Cinnamon along with my Diabetes pills?

Taking 1- 4.5 grams of cinnamon per day along with your diabetic pills might result in shallow blood sugar levels which is fatal. Hence, it is better to consult your doctor if you want to shift between the prescribed medicine and adding cinnamonto your diet.

3.     Is cinnamon effective on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes also known as Diabetes mellitus is the prevalent type of diabetes which can be treated by the daily dose of cinnamon. However, for type 2 Diabetes (Diabetes insipidus) intakingcinnamon is not sufficient as there are many other problems too. Hence a proper medication after consultation with the doctor is essential.

References

  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924990/

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