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Cinnamon Helps Diabetics Control Blood Sugar Naturally — an article on the Smart Living Network
August 30, 2007 at 10:33 AMComments: 4 Faves: 0

Cinnamon Helps Diabetics Control Blood Sugar Naturally

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In the past two decades diabetes sufferers have grown from 30 million to an alarming 230 million people around the world. Only 10 percent of diabetes sufferers are type 1 diabetics leaving the majority of the increase to type 2 diabetics. The most common causes of type 2 diabetes are poor lifestyle and being overweight. Most of the 230 million people around the world control their diabetes with some type of medication which is unnatural to the human body. Many are looking for more natural ways to control diabetes and their research is paying off. Recent studies have found that cinnamon can actually help control blood sugar naturally.

Research on Cinnamon Lowering Blood Sugar Levels

During a study done by the Human Nutrition Research Center, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Richard Anderson and his colleagues found that apple pie had the ability of lowering blood sugar levels because it boosted the production and efficiency of insulin in type 2 diabetics. After further research they found that it was the cinnamon in the apple pie that was actually responsible for the action. This is because cinnamon contains methylhydroxy chalcone polymer which naturally helps convert glucose to energy. (1) At the same time another study was being conducted in Pakistan by Alam Khan. Khan administered a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon twice per day to 60 type 2 diabetics for forty days. After the study was completed Khan found that every participant in his study experienced lower blood sugar levels as long as they were taking the cinnamon consistently. (1) Because of recent research on cinnamon many physicians are beginning to recommend daily dosages of cinnamon to their type 2 diabetes patients. During an interview with the American Diabetes Association,Linda Higgins, R.Ph., a drug information specialist said that Cinnamon, taken orally, can lower blood sugar levels and improve type 2 diabetes. She goes on to say that the research suggests that taking 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days can also lower fasting serum glucose by 18-29%. (2)

Natural Nutritional Support for Diabetes

We are now finding that most man-made medications that are prescribed to patients are very unnatural to the body and are causing severe side effects, more medical conditions, and sometimes even death. Some medications prescribed to diabetics can cause nausea, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain, headaches, higher cholesterol levels, and even increase death rates for heart attacks. Because of this people are now seeking out more natural ways to control their blood sugar. In addition to cinnamon; aloe vera gel, zinc, magnesium, chromium, and ginseng have also proved to be reliable sources of controlling blood sugar levels. There is a natural supplement on the market that many are turning to.

Sources:

  1. http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4413
  2. http://www.diabetes.org/live/index.jsp?chatid=44#bottom

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4 Comments

  • How do you define "Normal Range"?

  • My problem is not diabetes but hypoglycemia. Are any of the above ideas useful to normalize this condition. I manage by controlled diet but this is very restrictive and often not too palatible.. Any suggestions?

  • I will certainly try most(or all) of the methods of controlling blood sugar in type 2 dibetics. Ihank you.

  • can the cinnamon be taken in pill form, and if so will it be just as effective?

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