This subtly sweet spice does more than amp the delicious factor of any dish. From ancient China to Ayurvedic tradition, cinnamon has long been used for its medicinal benefits. Modern researchers are catching up with what healers throughout history have long known – that this spice offers more than just a flavour burst. A growing body of research is pointing to cinnamon’s ability to help protect against and improve the prognosis of diabetes and its associated complications.
In one study, researchers looked at the effects of different amounts of cinnamon over a 40 day period. They found that as little as one gram a day could lower fasting blood glucose levels by almost 30%. Even after a follow-up 20 day period of no cinnamon, fasting blood glucose levels remained lower than they were at the start of the study. A French study found similar effects with only 500mg of cinnamon.
Another study had people consume six grams of cinnamon with rice pudding. Not only did participants enjoy a sweet treat, but they also had lower post-meal blood glucose and ate less suggesting that cinnamon also improves satiety.
Cinnamon has more than 80 compounds, many of which are linked with health benefits. When it comes to controlling blood sugar, it is the water-soluble polyphenol polymers of cinnamon that are doing the work. These components stimulate glucose metabolism, support insulin receptors of cells, and inhibit enzymes in the small intestine to slow the digestion of carbohydrates and thus the release of sugar into the bloodstream.
As more research is done, cinnamon is sure to continue its rise as an anti-diabetic superstar. Start enjoying its many health benefits now. It’s as easy as sprinkling a teaspoon on your oatmeal in the morning, adding it to your breakfast smoothie, or making a tea. Spice up your life while lowering your blood sugar today!