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Help Control Type 2 Diabetes With Cinnamon

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Cinnamon, along with many other herbs, spices, and medications, is recommended to help improve type 2 diabetes. We are all individuals, and our bodies respond differently to the applications of meds, herbs, and foods, so, overall, treatments are a trial and error for what can improve our health. What works for you may not work for me. Cinnamon is not an alternative to medications, but it does help in the control factors that all people with diabetes face.

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The American Diabetes Association has  conducted studies and concluded that after “40 days, all three levels of cinnamon reduced the mean fasting serum glucose (18–29%), triglyceride (23–30%), LDL cholesterol (7–27%), and total cholesterol (12–26%) levels; no significant changes were noted in the placebo groups. Changes in HDL cholesterol were not significant.”

So, does any cinnamon work? There are two main types of cinnamon available to the general public. They are Cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon contains higher levels of coumarin, which can cause toxicity in your liver but is reversible. A better alternative is a variety called Ceylon, a little more expensive, but if you are concerned with glucose levels, then this is the better choice.

A full teaspoon or more of cinnamon a day is too much, whereas a gram, or about a half teaspoon, is the recommended amount per day. Sprinkle it on cereals, toast, add it to pancakes or waffles, or use it as a rub for lamb or pork.  There are many different ways to incorporate cinnamon into your everyday diet. Even stick cinnamon used in hot teas is good. And, of course, there are always cinnamon capsules. Capsules are easiest to use, but not as delicious. Because cinnamon contains coumarin and can interact with several different medications, always let your doctor know that you have added it to your daily intake of protection against diabetes.

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