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What is cinnamon and how it supports sugar metabolism

April 08, 2021

What is cinnamon and how it supports sugar metabolism

By Dr. Hamad Shafqat

There are a lot of supplements that people use to try to control their sugar metabolism. These supplements include magnesium, garlic, and coenzyme Q10, which lower blood glucose levels. 

Recently, cinnamon is gaining attention by a spate of studies. Besides being added to sweet and savory dishes, cinnamon has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity. 

Read on to find how cinnamon is essential in sugar metabolism and whether it helps in diabetes or not. 

What is cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a pungent but sweet spice that comes from the bark of cinnamon trees, namely Cinnamomum. Cinnamon trees are mostly found in tropical areas across the Caribbean, South America, and Southeast Asia (1)

You would only have heard of cinnamon added in breakfast cereals and sweet dishes, but the use of cinnamon has been associated with food preservation and traditional medicine because of its potential health-promoting effects. 

The two types of cinnamon, which are of great importance include: 

  • Cassia: Mostly found in cinnamon-contained food products. It is not expensive.
  • Ceylon: It is very expensive and “true” cinnamon. 

How is cinnamon important in sugar metabolism?

Sugar or carbohydrate metabolism refers to the maintenance or regulation of normal blood glucose levels. The primary organ for regulating sugar metabolism is the liver, which tends to store glucose, transport it to different body parts and store it in the form of glycogen. Your body functions appropriately in the presence of sugar metabolism (2).  

Because of its various health benefits, cinnamon has been found to be effective in controlling blood sugar levels. It improves blood sugar regulation by improving sugar metabolism by 20 folds (3)

According to a study, cinnamon has beneficial effects on well-controlled sugar metabolism in people whether they had diabetes or not (4).  

Research published in the journal of Diabetes Care reported that people with type-2 diabetes had an improvement in their cholesterol and blood sugar levels due to the consumption of cassia cinnamon (5)

When taken from an empty stomach, cinnamon also tends to reduce the symptoms of hyperglycemia without satiety.  

Regular use of cinnamon is associated with improved glucose tolerance, thereby preventing the symptoms of diabetes. In a study, people were suggested to 3g cinnamon daily for two weeks. Cinnamon improved glucose levels in them, and when the participants stopped the consumption of cinnamon, its beneficial effects disappeared (6). 

Cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity

Diabetic patients usually have high blood sugar levels because their body either does not respond to insulin or the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. Cinnamon lowers blood glucose levels by improving the transport of glucose to cells and increasing insulin sensitivity. 

One study, which involved seven diabetic men, reported increased insulin sensitivity immediately after cinnamon supplementation. Increased sensitivity to insulin lasted for 12 hours (7).  

1g of cinnamon consumed daily increases insulin efficiency to move glucose into cells, thus managing reverse type 2 diabetes (8).

Diabetic support

If you are eager to include my cinnamon in your daily diet, try our BHealthy Diabetic Support. This supplement is an all-natural formula that includes various herbal foods, including cinnamon, to help the body regulate sugar metabolism. The BHealthy Diabetic Support helps boost energy and improve blood sugar control. BHealthy Diabetic Support ingredients include: Fenugreek, Bitter Melon, Blackseed, Cinnamon, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, and Ginseng.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. How Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar and Fights Diabetes [Internet]. Healthline. 2017 [cited 2021 Mar 14]. Available from: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cinnamon-and-diabetes
  2. Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best [Internet]. NPR.org. [cited 2021 Mar 14]. Available from: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/12/30/255778250/cinnamon-can-help-lower-blood-sugar-but-one-variety-may-be-best
  3. Importance of Cinnamon for Sugar Metabolism [Internet]. [cited 2021 Mar 14]. Available from: https://healthyy.net/superfoods/importance-of-cinnamon-for-sugar-metabolism
  4. Ziegenfuss TN, Hofheins JE, Mendel RW, Landis J, Anderson RA. Effects of a Water-Soluble Cinnamon Extract on Body Composition and Features of the Metabolic Syndrome in Pre-Diabetic Men and Women. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2006 Dec 28;3(2):45–53.
  5. Khan A, Safdar M, Khan MMA, Khattak KN, Anderson RA. Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003 Dec 1;26(12):3215–8.
  6. Solomon TPJ, Blannin AK. Changes in glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity following 2 weeks of daily cinnamon ingestion in healthy humans. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2009 Jan 22;105(6):969.
  7. Effects of short-term cinnamon ingestion on in vivo glucose tolerance - PubMed [Internet]. [cited 2021 Mar 14]. Available from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17924872/
  8. Qin B, Panickar KS, Anderson RA. Cinnamon: Potential Role in the Prevention of Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010 May 1;4(3):685–93.



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