Cinnamon and Diabetes Management

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar, Diabetes
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Cinnamon and Diabetes Management

Cinnamon and diabetes management are natural partners, thanks to an ingredient the spice contains called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) which, in addition to being a potent antioxidant, improves insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.

However, research suggests that chemicals in saliva render it ineffective, so I don’t recommend just adding ground cinnamon to your food. Instead, take a water-soluble extract of cinnamon for diabetes management. You should be able to find multiple brands in your local healthfood store.

Cinnamon and Diabetes Control

The undesirable compounds that cinnamon contains are eliminated when mixed in hot water. Therefore, drinking cinnamon tea or adding cinnamon to ground coffee before brewing are other great options.

The suggested dose is ¼ to ½ teaspoon (or the supplement equivalent) twice a day.

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