by Praanav Dasarathi
The American Diabetes Association defines diabetes as a “chronic disease in which the body fails to produce or properly use insulin”.
The reason for diabetes might be due to environmental or hereditary factors. In a few types of diabetes, a sedentary way of lifestyle can impact the advancement of diabetes. Sometimes the cause is identified with surgical evacuation of the pancreas or brief impacts from corticosteroids (e.g., for rheumatoid joint pain or transplants), or beta blockers (e.g., for angina)
What is Cinnamon?
Cinnamon (Dalchini in Hindi) is a topical evergreen tree, of which, either bark or the leaf is used for variety of purposes as a flavouring agent to curries.
What the research says about cinnamon and diabetes?
Cinnamon is used in the form of powder, sticks or oil. Earlier it was believed to be beneficial in diabetes. Amy Stockert, associate professor of natural chemistry at Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, has been contemplating cinnamon for quite a long time. In 2012, her examination demonstrated that type 2 diabetics who took daily cinnamon supplements saw more noteworthy reductions in glucose than the individuals who took a placebo.
There has been great research on this herb and how it may enable control to blood sugars. These were well-controlled, blinded examinations. Lamentably, the study has had little investigation groups - for the most part less than 60 participants. A few investigations have indicated advantage of a decrease in the Hemoglobin A1c (a 90 day normal of blood sugars) by right around 1%.
This would be impressive as there is a huge difference between a normal hemoglobin A1c of 6.5% and one at 7.5%, with the higher number indicating poorer control of blood sugars and increased risk for diabetics.
Dr. Gourmet answers a few questions about Cinnamon:
Does cinnamon help to curb blood sugar levels. Is this true?
How much cinnamon would one have to take daily?
Does cinnamon help control blood sugar level?
“Cinnamon seems to be another incredible herb for lowering blood sugar. According to the research study by American Journal of life style medicine, cassio cinnamon was proven to be the best. You can take Casia cinnamon in the form of a pill ranging from 1to 2 grams per day.”
What are the Commonly used forms of Cinnamon for Oral Consumption?
Fresh grounded cinnamon powder- ½ teaspoon powder can be taken with half glass of water (150 ml). It can also be added to oatmeal, coffee, salads, meats vegetable preparations etc. For non-diabetics hand-grounded cinnamon powder can be used along with honey/lime juice/orange juice.
Who Should Avoid Cinnamon?
Patients taking blood thinning medications (coumarins)
Children below 18 years age
You should immediately consult a doctor if you see any side effects such as:
Swelling of the face or lips
Tightness in the chest
Trouble swallowing and breathing
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