CINNAMON SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Does the tantalizing smell of Cinnamon remind you of cozy fires and mulled cider? Umm, me too. Oh, and warm-from-the-oven cinnamon buns!
Well, that same spice that smells so inviting can help with high blood sugar levels, too. Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood glucose levels by up to 29%. That’s good news for anyone with diabetes type 2! And you don’t need all that much, either: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day can do the trick.
If you’re taking blood sugar medication, it’s important to you let your doctor know if you plan to use therapeutic levels of Cinnamon. The two together can have an additive effect and might cause your blood sugar to drop too low. You’ll want to monitor your sugar levels so that you and your doctor can adjust your medication accordingly.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so we’ll be looking at diet tips and natural ways to help you manage diabetes type 2.
In the meantime, enjoy some mulled cider (it’s naturally sweet) spiced with cinnamon!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan