Cinnamon is good for cinnamon buns, but it’s also good for diabetes. If you’re not familiar with diabetes. It’s a condition where a person has abnormally high blood sugar. If it’s not controlled well, it can lead to complications such as heart and kidney diseases and even nerve damage. Most people use medications and insulin injections, but they also need to make lifestyle changes. One of the foods that helps lower blood sugar.
Cinnamon is basically made from the dried bark of Cinnamomum tree, and it’s full of healing properties. The most beneficial preterit has for diabetic people is that it can imitate insulin. Those who have diabetes either can produce enough insulin or don’t respond to insulin properly. Cinnamon helps with lowering blood sugar by increasing glucose transport into the cells. It can also make you more sensitive to insulin, making the glucose transfer process more efficient.
After you eat, your blood sugar level can rise by a lot depending on what you eat and how many carbs it has. These blood sugar fluctuations can increase levels of oxidative stress and even inflammation. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lot of cell damage and put you at risk of chronic disease cinnamon helps combat just this but keeping your blood sugar spike in check. Researchers say that it’s because it slows down the rate at which food leaves your stomach.
One study even found that consuming 1.2 teaspoons, or 6 grams of cinnamon with a serving of rice pudding leads to lower blood sugar elevations than without it! Some studies suggest that cinnamon blocks digestive enzymes in the small intestine that break down carbs, leading to lower blood sugar.
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That’s not all it does, it can decrease the risk of common complications that come along with diabetes. Diabetics have twice the risk of heart disease than those without. Luckily, cinnamon lowers the risk factors for heart disease. One review of controlled studies show that cinnamon decreased the ‘bad’ sort of cholesterol and even triglycerides.
If you think that’s not impressive, just know that just two grams of cinnamon for 12 weeks lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure! Another interesting thing about diabetes is that it has been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In fact, some even refer to Alzheimer’s as type 3 diabetes informally.
But cinnamon is here to combat this too. Studies have shown that cinnamon extract can decrease the ability of two specific proteins, beta-amyloid and tau. These two form plaques and tangles which are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
These studies have been done on test tubes and animals only until now. But the use of cinnamon among diabetic people is proving to be quite beneficial. Even though further studies are needed in humans to confirm these results, cinnamon doesn’t have any side effects, unless you ‘re allergic. There’s nothing wrong with putting some cinnamon in your milk or tea. If natural remedies help, then get on it!
Until Next Time,
Team Doctor ASKY!