Get some cinnamon, it’s a magical spice, while it won’t lower your glucose, it tastes very nice.
Get some cinnamon, it’s a magical spice,
while it won’t lower your glucose, it tastes very nice.
Get some today and add it to your food,
it will get you into that festive holiday mood.
I have been getting asked a lot about whether or not cinnamon lowers blood glucose lately. The answer is still very controversial, but most research is showing that is does not appear to lower fasting blood glucose (FBG) or A1C. Many of these studies used cinnamon amounts ranging from one to six grams, which is about 1/5 to 1 1/4 teaspoons respectively.
In 2008, there was a meta-analysis
study that was conducted entitled, “Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose Control and Lipid Parameters
.” This study lead by Baker et. al. reviewed five prospective randomized controlled trials all looking at the effect of cinnamon on A1C, FBG, or lipid parameters. The overall findings of this meta-analysis study showed that cinnamon does not appear to improve A1C, FBG, or lipid parameters in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Indirectly, cinnamon could lower your blood glucose, because if you are adding cinnamon to your coffee or oatmeal instead of sugar every morning your blood sugar would be lower. It is important to note that if someone has diabetes or is pre-diabetic there is no amount of cinnamon that could ever take the place of regular self monitoring and healthy nutrition practices.
Enjoy the spices of life this holiday season!
Jingle compliments of my wonderful dad Frank Schantz! Photo Courtesy of S. Diddy