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In fact, the PDR for Herbal Medicines states that cinnamon is used in Chinese medicine to treat amenorrhea lack of menstruation. I used cinnamon sticks when I was quitting smoking. I used them to replace thehabit of holding something. In time I notice I was having low blood sugar attacks.

So there is something to it. The only 2 ways to avoid this: Actually, the key studies involving the use of cinnamon on blood glucose and blood lipid levels have used cassia cinnamon, and not Ceylon cinnamon although Ceylon cinnamon is more commonly used in the U. My cholesterol level is a little high and I have type 2 diabetes. My liver levels are also a little elevated. Would taking the Cinnamon Capsules for the Cholesterol and diabetes effect the liver levels?

I prefer trying something natural like this instead of prescription medication. In the meantime, focus on other dietary changes that you can make that can help lower your cholesterol. For example, using olive or canola oil, eating more high-soluble fiber foods oatmeal, beans, fruits, vegetables , switching to more poultry and fish instead of red meat, and using a margarine-like spread such as Benecol or Promise activ are ways to safely lower your cholesterol. About a year ago my doctor tested my blood and found a glucose level of !

Yes, it was type 2 diabetes. I was prescribed glucovance to reduce the insulin intolerance problem and eventually my levels returned to normal around I started drinking a cup a day and found my levels dropped to Eventually I cut the glucovance dosage by half and remained stable. A few weeks ago I was on vacation and did not have time for my favorite tea. I checked my glucose levels and they started creeping up to 70, 80, I never would have thought it would make this much of a difference. For anyone interested, the tea is called Good Earth Original. It tastes like a big stick of Big Red gum, what a wonderful way to bring down my glucose.

I fell off the wagon for several years due to being young and dumb and as I got older had more and more trouble controlling my blood sugar levels. I literally could go all day without food, but with taking my medication, and my sugar would still read or higher. I started taking 1 gram of cinnamon per day in capsule form with chromium , and within 1 week my fasting sugar level is between 87 and , and my after meal sugar is no higher than Thanks so much for posting this very helpful information. It changed my life! How to identify Ceylon Cinnamon.

Hi Rigo, Diabetes can be diagnosed in a few different ways. The first way is to have your blood checked for glucose after not eating anything for at least 8 hours usually overnight. Diabetes is diagnosed if your glucose is or higher. The second way is to have a glucose checked at any time of day — if your glucose is or higher and you have symptoms of high blood glucose thirst, increased urination , then you likely have diabetes.

The third way is to drink a glucose drink and then have your glucose checked 2 hours later. If the glucose is or higher, you likely have diabetes. All of these tests should be repeated a second time to confirm diabetes. Ask your doctor how he or she diagnosed your diabetes. It just means that your treatment plan is working! You can actually purchase cinnamon capsules at your local drugstore or a local GNC store. For cinnaomon tea, try a local health food store.

Could you tell me if these cinnamon capsules could be purchased at a Walmart. I am a Diabete 2 as well. Hi Anette, Cinnamon can be ingested in powder form which is usually the form in which you purchase this spice. In other words, you can sprinkle powdered cinnamon from your spice jar onto various foods. Cinnamon can also be taken in capsule form, in liquid form as an oil or as a tea.

The study that I mentioned in my blog, above, used cinnamon in the form of a capsule. You very likely would receive the same benefits by using the cinnamon powder. I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes and have recently started taking the Cinnamon supplements. I noticed a couple of weeks after taking 2 mg tablets a day, the dosage required that I was getting what I will refer to as an allergic reaction, puffy, itchy, red eyelids and under eyes.

I am hoping it is not the cinnamon supplements but suspect that it may be, it really is working to bring down sugar levels. Stop all together to see if it goes away? I agree with you that stopping it for now is your best bet. See if your symptoms disappear.

Perhaps you could gradually add the cinnamon back, in smaller doses, and see what happens, as well. My mother-in-law is on insulin plus other meds. She is having a hard time controlling her sugar. Should she try cinnamon? Cinnamon might help, but it may be that your mother needs a medication adjustment. Also, is she following a meal plan? My current AIC is 6. I have diabetes 2 and have been taking cinnamin for about two years now. It appears to help as I am now controlling the sugar level to under 6.

It is much more stable now than it was before. Actually my diabetic doctor told me to try and use it. If i raise my voice too loud it goes up , then a month ago i was diagnose of having diabetics i was put on metformin mg two times daily,diavista 15mg and glimepiride 4mg daily on sunday may 10, i drink one cup of cinnamonmint tea every morning. I realise my sugar level was dropping also my blood pressure. However, please be very careful about stopping any of your medicines without first talking with your doctor.

Do you know of any heart transplant patients that have tried the cinnamon??? I am going to check with my pharmacy, as one of my anti-rejection meds you can not have grapefruit or the juice. I need to lower my blood sugars to avoid going on insulin,,, just bought some mg capsules today of the cinnamon cassia. I hope I am able to take it and see if it will help. I checked with the pharmacist who I work with. She said she would be concerned with the cinnamon possibly interacting with some of your antirejection drugs.

Cinnamon has a small amount of a substance called coumarin not coumadin that, in larger doses, could hurt the liver. So, taking cinnamon along with your other medicines may not be a great idea. Your best bet is to talk to your doctor and your pharmacist before taking the cinnamon. My doctor recommended it, so I have been taking it now for 3 years.

So far my liver tests are great… Nice to have natural item to help type 2 diabetes. Does Saigon cinnamon help to reduce blood glucose and ldl levels? If so, how much should one take? My A1C level is a 7. My physician prescribed a statin medication for the cholesterol. I am hesitant to take the cholesterol reducing medicine. Am interested in taking a daily dose of cinnamon, for the sugar and cholesterol items. I would like to try something more natural. What is your opinion? My understanding is that Saigon cinnamon is considered to be cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon includes Chinese, Vietnamese or Saigon , and Indonesian cinnamon.

Cassia cinnamon is the more common type of cinnamon in this country, and this is what the study mentioned in my posting used. Also, see above for dosing. My suggestion would be to first focus on your eating plan which you may be doing already. This means cutting back on saturated and trans fat, increasing your soluble fiber intake oats, beans, fruits, vegetables , and switching to a heart-healthy oil like olive oil. Physical activity may additionally help with your cholesterol.

You could also try taking a cinnamon supplement, but that should be done in conjunction with a heart-healthy diet and exercise. Also, make sure you let your doctor know if you do start taking any supplement and if you decide not to start on the statin.

I seen in a magazine that cinnamon will boosts your energy. There are a lot of advertisements claiming that cinnamon will boost energy levels. What we do know about cinnamon is that, in some studies, it helped to better control blood glucose levels. And when blood glucose levels are within target range, you tend to feel better remember that high glucose levels can make you feel tired and sluggish. The lastest news is that Cinnamon has no benifit at all to lower any sugar, according to the lastest finding by The Hartful Hospital crew lead by Dr Craig I read. Thanks for sharing that info, Steve.

Are the cinnamon tablets at GNC the water soluable type? What other stores sell this type and what should I look for on the label to be sure it is. However, you can call the company at GNC and they may be able to better answer your question. I just recently came across a study for a new product called Syntra-5 for type 2 diabetes. They did a double blind study with fantastic results in reducing blood pressure, blood sugar, LDL,and several other problems.

Have you heard anything about this? I was not familiar with Syntra-5, so I checked out their Web site. This supplement contains garcinia, fenugreek, cinnamon, bitter melo,n and gymnema sylvestre, among other ingredients. The herbs in this supplement may very likely lower blood glucose and lipids. For example, bitter melon can cause gastrointestinal distress and hemolytic anemia. Fenugreek may increase the effects of blood thinner medicines. Also, there are no long-term studies indicating that these herbs are entirely safe. That being said, if you decide to take this, please let your physician know if, and also let him know if you experience any negative side effects.

I started to drink the Ceylon cinnamon tea last April. My lab lipid results today showed all the numbers dropped to normal levels! I also have high blood pressure which I monitor when I accidentally skip a day or two in a week and my pressure still shows normal. As soon as I feel a slight itchy throat, runny nose or muscle pain, I immediately drink a cup of cinnamon tea along with an orange fruit for vitamin C. By evening, all the symptoms disappear and I just avoided a cold or a flu. Plus, my hotflashes have subsided quite a bit. But please keep in mind that you can live a very healthy life with diabetes — you just need to know how to best take care of yourself.

Ask for a referral to a diabetes education program near where you live. He might even be able to refer you to a diabetes support group — it helps to talk to others with diabetes, too. But please seek help, starting with your doctor. I looked after my late husband for 10 years with Type II diabetes, cardiac and cancer problems, and have just been diagnosed with diabetes myself. I find that taking cinnamon tea made with the bark of the plant is very good to reduce blood sugar levels, and find no side-effects so far.

I also find that portion control is very important when trying to diet, or reduce my weight a bit, — with the added incentive that that too reduces my blood sugar count! Using cinnamon in or on food during pregnancy is likely perfectly safe. Thank you for the blog. The Saigon Cinnamon by McCormick is the product. It burned the lips on one of my clients while eating the cinnamon on bananas.

Thank you very much. However, here are two links to articles that perhaps may be of use:. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when I was 27, and about the age of 30 I was able to control it with diet and exercise. It all started with pancreatitis. Do you know if there are any side-effects to taking cinnamon that would effect the pancreas? My levels were never really high, but since having surgery they have been extremely high.

My levels before I got sick and had surgery were around 70, and when out of control were around Instead, cinnamon seems to work on insulin receptors on cells to promote the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream. Also, the amount that most people would use on or in food is unlikely to be harmful. Do both Cassia or Saigon C.

Consuming large amounts of cassia can pose a risk due to its coumarin content, which is why, when buying supplements, you should look for a water-extracted variety. Cinnamon as such has some lipid soluable components which when taken in excess are quite toxic. Anyone taking large quantities daily should be using ONLY the water soluable extracts.

When visiting my Chiropractor, I told him about my recent diabetes diagnosis, Type two. He suggested I take a teaspoon of cinnamon per day. I found that interesting after reading these comments. That was three weeks ago. Since then, my daily readings have all been below I have been on a low carb diet and being careful what I eat. I had been unable to lose more than the initial 18 pounds to get to my goal of a total 40 pound loss.

Since taking the cinnamon I have started losing weight again. I have been making myself a Cinnamon latte every morning use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as that was the Chiropractors suggestion. You say Cassia Cinamon in the study??? Everything else I read says that is not real cinamon and can be harmful because of cumarin content. Yes, cassia is what was used in the study that I mentioned, above. Small doses are likely safe, and you can also look for water soluble or water extracted cinnamon, too. This is a repeat of above-the batteries were going bad on my keyboard and the words became gibberish!

Happy New Year Remember this lady spoke about Cassia Cinnamon… not regular Cinnamon. Therefore any of you attempting to try this stuff out, must remember, it is the Cassia version not the South American. Yes, canela molida is another name for cassia cinnamon, the kind that was used in study I mentioned in my posting. Thank you for response. Great — thanks for checking! Can I take Mcformin and cinnamon at the same time, two capsules and mcformin 1 table in the morning and 1 one in the evening, i only take the cinnamon capsules in morning?

I also have been taking Melatonin every night before bed for the past 20 years. I am 70 years old but if not for the invention of mirrors feel like I have been a Vegetarian for the last two years. My A1C was 7. Nowhere have I been able to find if taking the sum together have any negative effect on individual items. I have been very impressed with the way you have answered all of the above I sense no BS and respect your comments. The answer to both of your questions is a little vague: The good news is that there are very few reported interactions between cinnamon and other drugs or supplements.

The only exception is if you take insulin or a sulfonylurea, such as glyburide, glipizide or glimepride, for example. You run the risk of low blood glucose if you take cinnamon along with these two classes of diabetes medicine. But, as always, be on the look out for any symptoms and if they occur, stop taking the cinnamon and depending on the severity, let your physician know. Thank you for your comments I just want to ask a follow-up question. Urban legion or fact?

You could try some of these resources on the Internet: You may be able to purchase this at a bookstore or on Amazon. I spoke to friend and she told me cinnamon was suppose to regulate your sugar and I believe it does. Cinnamon may or may not be helpful. My suggestion is to ask her to keep a record of her glucose readings and also a few days of a food record. Hi, I use a cinnamon stick at least once a day with tea sometimes twice a day.

I do this because I love the taste. Then I heard somewhere that cinnamon helps type 2 diabetes, which I have. Now I just started having tea this past month, as I have cut back on my coffee, and like to have something hot during the day, hence the tea. Would using a cinnamon stick once or twice a day be helpful. In theory, it should work like ground cinnamon to help with blood glucose control. My advice is to continue using the cinnamon sticks in your tea, and check your glucose with your meter — see if you notice any difference!

Let us know what you find out. I have high cholestrol and a friend told me to get Cinnamon mg. My friend went wild with Cinnamon. She hoped it would help her lose weight. She was about 60 pounds over weight. After using cinnamon on everything she ate, and taking the supplement, she discovered she is diabetic. She blames cinnamon for her condition. Here are my questions: Will this supplement cause a problem with my pancreas that might result in developing diabetes?

If not, could one capsule daily improve my cholestrol count? She may have had diabetes before she was actually diagnosed. And other factors play a more prominent role in whether someone gets diabetes, such as family history, physical inactivity, being overweight, and being of certain ethnic groups. You may want to meet with a dietitian for more guidance. Your doctor should be able to give you a referral. Just an additional testimonial. About 5 years ago she heard about cinnamon. Her doctor was able to drop he insulin to about one half of the original prescription.

I have PCOS and insulin resistance. I really am trying to get my blood sugar levels stable, in order to lose weight. Am also seeing my doctor this afternoon. Am in South Africa, so hopefully will find some cinnamon capsules in local health food shop or pharmacy. I keep seeing Ceylon cinnamon mentioned — what for? I just want to get the right stuff! This means that there is little or no coumarin in there, a substance that is potentially harmful. I have beed reading about cinnamon and diabetes. I started taking cinnamon a week ago and am ,,, and today I am totally convinced that cinnamon works!

Hello — I started taking mg of Ceylon Cinnamon bark about 10 days ago. It is too early to tell if it is lowering my glucose levels although they seem to be trending downward during the day. My question is that I take the evening dose about hours before bedtime, and when I lie down, I can feel my heart beatinga nd sort of fluttering. The feeling of the heart beating hard in my chest makes it difficult to go to sleep.

So can I move my entire daily dose to the morning, or does it need to be taken in divided doeses. My thought is that if I take it all in the morning it will not affect me so much at bedtime. It seems to have a caffeine-like effect. Do you usually have an irregular heartbeat? Is there anything else going on in your life that might be contributing to that? You can try moving your cinnamon dose to earlier in the day, but I do think you should address your irregular heartbeat, first.

Try not taking the cinnamon for a couple of days and see what happens. And if it continues, please let your physician know. Hello-I read in an article about cinnamon-honey drink for weight loss. I start that drink two weeks ago. Is this drink safe for diabties or should be taken without honey. Hello I am diabetic and currently on 3 diabetic pills and an insulin. Would it be better for me to start using a cinnamon tea first instead of the capsules. So Tea or Capsules? You certainly could try the cinnamon tea first.

However, is there an indication on the box or package of tea as to how much cinnamon is in there? Or how much tea you should drink to notice a benefit? Greater than half a teaspoon a day? As a public health professional and professor, and having numerous family members that have diabetes I can attest to a few facts. One, three family members have initiated cinnamon regimens in the last three years, including my father.

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All of these people have been on insulin for a minimum of 8 years. All of my family members have been removed from insulin therapy, my father was the most recent about 13 months ago. My father and one uncle were also removed from their medications for hypercholesterolemia. Now, other than the studies that are already mentioned, I am unsure as to any further, more recent scientific research to add credence to the benefits to the control of diabetes and cholesterol, or to the increased energy levels reported by many. I have heard from many personal colleagues that the improvement in energy may be due to the impact on both blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

As always, any changes in a daily regimen should be addressed with your personal physician for feasibility, efficacy and as an inclusion for ongoing monitoring of the respective blood levels. One reference states to take no more than 1—1. However, in the study I mentioned above, subjects took much higher doses for 40 days without any adverse effects.

Ceylon Cinnamon or real Cinnamon has times less coumarin than the regular Cinnamon Cassia. I met someone who said they take cinnamon and chromium. Is that advised to do both at the same duration? Which is the right or safer way to take cinnamon to help control your sugar, capsules or a quarter-teaspoon of powdered spice rack cinnamon each day? Again, the study I mentioned above used capsules, but some people take cinnamon in ground form, as well. I have been taking a quarter-teaspoon of my spice rack cinnamon each day for a year and am now worried. Have you heard anything about this.

You can also talk with your doctor and if it would put your mind at ease, he or she can check your liver function tests. Woke up after a rough night of sleep and tested my blood sugar. First time I have checked in awhile because I have known I was high for some time now. Been rather worried about the prolonged high levels. About two hours later checked my level. Took six grams, top level the experiment used.

Usually being so large I require higher dosages of most medicines. Read a post above that said someone tried taking it right after a meal and their level came down shortly after. I took mine about two hours after a meal and it has been about two hours since then. Just checked my level. It seems fine for you to give cinnamon a try for a month and see if it makes a significant difference. Let us know how you make out! As my sister was recovering from fistula surgery, I asked the nurse how I could avoid facing future kidney failure.

Can one live on onions, garlic and cinnamon. Metformin, in general, is a very safe and effective medicine. I take metformin and have been for the past 10 years with no problems and it actually helps to keep your weight in check unlike other diabetic meds that make you gain weight. Out of control sugar will make you have kidney problems. Has anybody tried resveratrol or red wine extract for diabetes management? Some of you people seem responsive. How long after eating too much sugar should my numbers stay high? Yesterday morning I read an 85 and this morning You probably consumed close to 30 grams of carbohydrate or even more at your bedtime snack.

But your morning readings can also can depend on if and how much diabetes medicine you take, along with what can happen overnight. In the early morning hours, your liver can release glucose in response to certain hormones. The result is a high fasting glucose, and is called the Dawn Phenomenon. Also high sugars in the morning can be attributed to lack of sleep.

During the work week I tend to be high in the mornings but on weekends and holidays I sleep in my numbers are at least 30 to 50 points lower. Or it could be the Miyagi effect meaning your sugars are dropping too low in the night and your body is trying to keep you from passing out by upping your sugar. Thanks Bellydancer — good points that you bring up. The effect of blood glucose dropping too low in the middle of the night and then rebounding to a high level is called the Somogyi effect.

This tends to only happen if one takes medicine insulin or certain types of diabetes pills that can cause blood glucose to go too low, however. Sorry I knew it was a japanese name favorite sushi bar I got it wrong but you caught it lol I have to remember so much while being diabetic I forget some stuff. Yes if you are on multiple types of medicines for diabetes that could happen. My husband has Type 2 Diabetes. I stared giving him cinnamon and honey about a week ago in the morning and noticed good changes in his sugar levels.

I missed it one day and his fasting sugar was again high around After giving honey and cinnamon again, the sugar was normal like fasting. I have two questions: Does sugar levels fluctuate after missing it for one day. Can I give him honey and cinnamon at night also? There are a lot of things that affect glucose, including how much carbohyddrate and fat one eats, physical activity, stress, illness, and medication.

You could try giving him the mixture at night. I like the name of that sushi bar, though! The best way to see how it works is for him to check his blood glucose. Hello a couple of week ago I was diagnosed PRE-DIABETIC, for now I am not taking any medicin acording to my doctor I can control the glucose levels only with diet and exerse, Now I am reading about all the benefits of Cinnamon capsules, I just buy some gg it says 2 daily my question is do I neet to take the two capsules togehter or can i take one in the morning and one at bed time?

My question is which cinnamon to take as a. Supplement I want to take the powder and not the capsules is it ceylon or cassia? The study that I wrote about used cassia cinnamon, the most common type of cinnamon used in the US. While you can certainly add cinnamon powder to your foods, you should also focus on other ways to lower your risk of diabetes, such as following a healthful eating plan, losing weight if you need to , and getting regular physical activity.

Hi Martha, You could likely take one capsule in the morning and one at bedtime. Hey Amy my blood pressure was up last week and I have been retaining water from using Actos diabetic med so my doctor prescribed a dieuretic for me but I am continuing to use cinnamon in my coffee but I am hesitant to use any other supplements at the moment. It seems like since the weather has heated up my bp has also gone up so I have to deal with that also. Fluid retention is an unfortunate side effect of Actos. Hopefully your diuretic will help, and cutting back on your sodium intake may help, too. As far as your supplements, cinnamon has been found to lower blood pressure in some studies.

Make sure you continue to get your blood pressure checked, too. High sodium intake, alcohol, lack of physical activity, and stress are just some of the factors that can raise blood pressure. You might even consider getting a home blood pressure monitor so that you can check it daily. Hi Folks, I have been batteling diabetes for past 4 years now. Blood sugar levels are up and down. Lately, for the past six months, it has been fluctuating, around and up. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks, but am afraid to us the anti-anxiety meds.

Always, stressed out about anxiety and fear of having it and now the blood sugar levels are high. I would not eat sometimes all day, just water or a couple of crackers, yet still sugar levels are high. I have taken a stick of cinnamon and put the stick in boiling water, drank the whole cup right before bed time. I am hoping this regime works. Or can your physician recommend someone for you? Perhaps there are non-medication ways to deal with stress and anxiety that you can try, such as relaxation techniques. Hi again, I have been talking to a psychologist as well.

Even, in the mental health field, nothing is considered an emergency until you tell them that you are suicidle, which I am not. My advice to you is to press your physician and psychologist a little bit harder on this issue. Your inability to take pills may not be an emergency yet, but it could certainly become a medical emergency down the road, especially if you had to take some other kind of medicine, such as an antibiotic. Might you be able to work with another therapist?

Another suggestion is to make a list of the reasons that you think are hindering your ability to take pills and bring that to your next therapy appointment. Also, in the meantime, there is a liquid version of metformin called Riomet which you may do better with — ask your physician about this, as well.

Hi, I have been reading some of the post about the cinnamon pills. I just wanted to no if they help people with type 1 diabetes? You ask a good question, and I wish I had a good answer! Most of the research with cinnamon has been with people with Type 2 diabetes. One study looked at cinnamon in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, and there was really no effect on glycemic control.

My guess is that cinnamon would have little effect in Type 1 diabetes. However, cinnamon is relatively safe, especially when used on foods or in beverages, so you could try it and see if you do notice an effect on your own glucose levels. Maybe you can asnwer me. Does anyone know why products containing cinnamon are being discontinued? Is there something not good about cinnamon? Cinnamon is a relatively safe herb or ingredient, and does seem to have some health benefits. However, as with most herbs, too much could be harmful.

It may simply be that they are not selling very well, so companies eventually discontinue them. Hi, I have been doing much research on the effects of cinnamon on, as it turns out, a lot of medical issues. I started taking cinnamon to help with high blood sugar levels for both my husband and I. We are taking a supplement mg a day that is made with Cinnamon Extract 4: Also, I am sorry, I do not understand grams and mg s …. The catch with cassia cinnamon is that it may contain coumarin.

I have bought cinnamon in Mexican markets, I have seen it in the stick form and it looks like a fine rolled up cigar, just exactly what ceylon looks like, they both not only look alike and taste alike. They are totally different in looks and taste from Cassa cinnamon. Ceylon Ground Cinnamon only contains very low levels of Coumarin 0. This means that Cassia cinnamon has 1, times more coumarin content than ceylon cinnamon. Is saigon cinnamon cassia cinnamon? Is it good to take the powder cinnamon like a tea? If yes, How much powder should I use in the hot water?

My husband has suspected high glucose levels, and just tested He has not seen a doctor yet, and is making dietary changes. Would you suggest he take cinnamon capsules. Yes, Saigon cinnamon is cassia cinnamon at least, to the best of my knowledge. You can used powdered or ground cinnamon in beverages or sprinkled on foods. Next day, 15 hours after any food, it was He is making dietary changes, but this seems very high. Should he take cinnamon capsules? And was the reading of obtained from a blood glucose meter?

At any rate, glucose readings of and are quite high. He likely will need to start taking medicine, too. Yes, he has been using a glucose meter for the past several days, and has already started to make dietary changes, but is putting off getting medical attention, which worries me. He has been skipping breakfast and after 16 hours or more of not eating, his levels are still in the to range. He has been losing weight for a year or more, so this is not a new situation.

Thank you for your help. He has been using a glucose meter for several days, with consistent readings in the — range. He has been putting off getting medical attention, which worries me. He has already started making dietary changes, and wants to lose more weight, but I feel that he is not eating enough. Even after skipping breakfast, with 16 or more hours between meals, his reading is still Hi, I just bought a bottle of cinnamon tablets a few days ago and noticed weight loss in the abdominal area not complaining , is this a good side effect?

Have you made any changes to your diet recently? Might some of the weight loss be due to fluid loss? I have cinnamon sticks from Thailand. Could you let me know if this product is safe? I am going to have a glucose tolerance test in a couple of days because of level 7. I went overboard a bit with cinnamon tea. I simply poured boiling water over the stick. Should I have boiled the sticks first?

Also because I reused sticks put biling water over two of these instead of boiling. I steeped the sticks in water for about 15 minutes. I now have a very red face. Have I brought on a toxic reaction and if so will it abate before my test in a couple of days? Will it better for me to just use powdered cinnamon? From a reputable seller? Studies done with cinnamon and blood glucose used powdered, or ground, cinnamon.

It can cause flushing in some people. I posted a note on a previous article. I started taking a cinnamon capsule twice a day about 3 years ago after reading about it in a reliable book. I do think it has helped me keep my A1C levels in a good range. I started out with one in the morning and after awhile I began taking one at night.

They contain more cinnamon than I could probably eat in food everyday. Thanks for bringing it up again. If you decide to try cinnamon, you can purchase ground cinnamon right in your grocery store. I noticed that most of the comments are from I was told I have type 2 only a month ago. Actually, there are quite a few comments and questions about cinnamon from this year, so you can consider the information to be current.

Also, a study published last month showed that a group of volunteers with prediabetes who were given milligrams of water-soluble cinnamon extract twice a day for 12 weeks had an improvement in antioxidant status. This was linked to lower fasting glucose levels. Will I am borderline diabetic.. I tried the spice cinnamaon but got tired of just sprinkling on stuff ,,I wanted something that I could pop in my mouth and go.

Amadeus maybe you should look into taking metformin in the liquid form if the pills are hard to swallow. It is one of the safest diabetic meds out there and the side efffects of mild diarrhea and upset stomach usually subsides after the first week. If that is all they have you on then you are doing good. Try the cinnamon and keep up with the diet and exercise.

I felt dizzy and nauseated after taking the 1st dose. I do have nystagmus, so it may be related to that more than the cinnamon. Any idea if I should soldier on and maybe even try a morning dose too? I have been using taking mg in capsule form twice a day for two months now. I have been taking metformin, Glocotrol, Januvia, and Actos, for a few years, and they usually but not uniformly lower my blood sugar, and I took pretty much the maximum of each.

When I started using cinnamon also, I started waking up in the middle of the night with blood suger of Apparently it works for me. I am not a believer in natural substances working very well: I tried Chromium pills, B12 pills, etc. Cinnamon seems to have worked. And my weight has not changed over the last two months, so it is not as if I changed much of anything else. I have been using Cinnamon tablets 2 mg or mg daily to maintain my diabetes type 2 for about three to four years.

I really can tell the difference with my glucose. I strongly encourage you to eat with the tablet and drink a glass of water to help it dissolve in your stomach instead of dissolving on a empty stomach and then making you have heart burn of Cinnamon,. My brother told me about cinnamon a few years ago, and what it had done for him.

After all as you said in your blog cinnamon has been around forever, sometimes I think people have to much information in this day and age. Everything I am reading tells me Ceylon Cinnamon is the good health stuff — and Cassia cinnamon is not? For health benefits you have to make sure its the right kind. It sounds like the cinnamon is helping you. To lower LDL, try cutting back on saturated fat, found in red meat, cheese, butter, and whole milk. Also, eat foods that contain soluble fiber, such as oatmeal, oat bran, barley, and fruits and vegetables. Then, if you tolerate that, you could take the other half in the evening.

Hi everyone,I am a 57 years young male with type 2 diabetes. I started taking cinnamon about 3 weeks ago. I take 1 mg in the morning and 2 before bedtime. I also have D. When I take my morning fasting blood I always was higher than any other part of the day.

Before cinnamon my sugar would be about to Now I since cinnamon I am about to int the morning. I talked to my doctor and he seemed to think there were not enough studies to give me an answer but he said continue taking the cinnamon because something seemed to be working. All stay well and good health to everyone. When using ground cinnamon, check the Nutrition Facts on your bottle to determine how many grams are in a teaspoon. Again, the study that I referenced above used cassia cinnamon.

I have been under a lot of stress for the past few months and my glucose has been rising to fasting type 2. I am not taking any medication for my diabetes. I am not able to exercise due to spinal cord injury. I have started taking cinnamon each day and it as brought my glucose down quickly to Am I doing this right? I bought some cinnamon pills, the brand is SolaRay and it is cinnamon bark cinnamomum verum. Is this the one that does not contain as much cassia?

Also, is it the same effect taking the pills as opposed to using the cinnamon powder or sticks? It recommends 2 pills per day, but each is mg. In this case 2 pills would be 2 teaspoon if I understand it correctly. Ceylon Good There are four varieties of the cinnamon tree, and of these, two — less Toxic. Alterative, analgesic, anodyne, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infective, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, haemostatic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulates and then depresses the nervous system, stomachic. Cinnamon is an invigorating spice with a wide variety of health benefits.

Cinnamon reduces blood sugar, stabilizes cholesterol, and fights bacterial infections. Along with potent spices such as turmeric and ginger, cinnamon is a food substance which also has significant health benefits. Cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Numerous Biblical references cite its potency. There are four varieties of the cinnamon tree, and of these, two — less Toxic. Cassia cinnamon, in supplement form naturally contains a compound called coumarin. At high levels, coumarin can damage the liver. Cassia is regularly sold as cinnamon and is made from the entire bark of the tree.

It is stronger and somewhat bitter compared to Ceylon. It contains a chemical called coumarin that can be toxic if taken in large quantities. Small amounts of cassia will not cause any problems. Avoid more than a sprinkle of cassia cinnamon if you are pregnant. Clinical research showed that cinnamon decreases serum glucose levels. In animal studies, cinnamon extract improved insulin action by increasing glucose uptake in muscles.

Laboratory and animal studies showed that cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is active against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush, and against Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

US Department of Agriculture researchers have reported that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. In research conducted at Copenhagen University in Denmark, patients given cinnamon powder combined with honey every morning before breakfast reported significant relief in arthritis pain after one week of treatment and could walk without pain within one month.

Studies have shown that cinnamon extract has a positive effect on memory, increasing concentration and improving retention. A familiar ingredient in chai tea, cinnamon assists the digestion of fruit, milk and milk products. Cinnamon should not be taken by people who have been prescribed blood-thinning medications like Coumarin, however, on its own, cinnamon has natural blood-thinning properties and may help to prevent blood clots.

In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon is used for the symptoms of the common cold. The spice has a stimulating effect on the respiratory system. Because of its anti-microbial properties, cinnamon is a natural alternative to chemical food preservatives. Traditional Chinese medicine used cinnamon to treat colds, digestive difficulties, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menses. It was written about in Chinese medical journals as far back as 2, BC.

Egyptians used it in the embalming process and to preserve meat. It was used in Ancient Rome as a healing agent and for its spiritual healing powers. Internally, cinnamon was used to treat coughs and colds, but it was also burned to purify the air in a home or as an offering at a shrine. Pliny the Elder reported, in the first century A. Ayurvedic medicine uses cinnamon to treat diabetes, indigestion, and as a constitutional remedy for people diagnosed with a body type called kapha.

Because of its medicinal properties, cinnamon is used as an ingredient in chai tea, which is used as a healing beverage to aid digestion of dairy and fruits. As an oil, cinnamon is used in aromatherapy to calm the nervous system. Combined with honey, cinnamon can be used to treat heart disease, as it is known to reduce cholesterol. A paste made of cinnamon and honey can be spread on bread and eaten daily.

Or the honey and cinnamon can be consumed after stirring into hot water.

There are a couple of theories about why cinnamon has an effect on weight. One of these theories is all about thermogenics. Some substances, such as cinnamon, create heat within the body due to a chemical reaction.

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Excess calories are burned throughout the process of thermogenics. The active ingredient in cinnamon, MCHP mimics the action of the hormone insulin, which removes excess sugar from the bloodstream. Cinnamon also appears to reduce blood cholesterol and fat levels 1 and decrease blood pressure 2. Animal studies have found that there is a positive effect on blood sugar levels when treated with cinnamon.

A study in , found that following a high sugar meal, cinnamon reduced blood sugar and increased insulin levels for up to 30minutes 3. The effect of blood glucose dropping too low in the middle of the night and then rebounding to a high level is called the Somogyi effect. This tends to only happen if one takes medicine insulin or certain types of diabetes pills that can cause blood glucose to go too low, however.

Sorry I knew it was a japanese name favorite sushi bar I got it wrong but you caught it lol I have to remember so much while being diabetic I forget some stuff. Yes if you are on multiple types of medicines for diabetes that could happen.

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My husband has Type 2 Diabetes. I stared giving him cinnamon and honey about a week ago in the morning and noticed good changes in his sugar levels. I missed it one day and his fasting sugar was again high around After giving honey and cinnamon again, the sugar was normal like fasting. I have two questions: Does sugar levels fluctuate after missing it for one day. Can I give him honey and cinnamon at night also? There are a lot of things that affect glucose, including how much carbohyddrate and fat one eats, physical activity, stress, illness, and medication. You could try giving him the mixture at night.

I like the name of that sushi bar, though! The best way to see how it works is for him to check his blood glucose. Hello a couple of week ago I was diagnosed PRE-DIABETIC, for now I am not taking any medicin acording to my doctor I can control the glucose levels only with diet and exerse, Now I am reading about all the benefits of Cinnamon capsules, I just buy some gg it says 2 daily my question is do I neet to take the two capsules togehter or can i take one in the morning and one at bed time? My question is which cinnamon to take as a.

Supplement I want to take the powder and not the capsules is it ceylon or cassia? The study that I wrote about used cassia cinnamon, the most common type of cinnamon used in the US. While you can certainly add cinnamon powder to your foods, you should also focus on other ways to lower your risk of diabetes, such as following a healthful eating plan, losing weight if you need to , and getting regular physical activity.

Hi Martha, You could likely take one capsule in the morning and one at bedtime. Hey Amy my blood pressure was up last week and I have been retaining water from using Actos diabetic med so my doctor prescribed a dieuretic for me but I am continuing to use cinnamon in my coffee but I am hesitant to use any other supplements at the moment. It seems like since the weather has heated up my bp has also gone up so I have to deal with that also. Fluid retention is an unfortunate side effect of Actos. Hopefully your diuretic will help, and cutting back on your sodium intake may help, too.

As far as your supplements, cinnamon has been found to lower blood pressure in some studies. Make sure you continue to get your blood pressure checked, too. High sodium intake, alcohol, lack of physical activity, and stress are just some of the factors that can raise blood pressure. You might even consider getting a home blood pressure monitor so that you can check it daily.

Hi Folks, I have been batteling diabetes for past 4 years now. Blood sugar levels are up and down. Lately, for the past six months, it has been fluctuating, around and up. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks, but am afraid to us the anti-anxiety meds. Always, stressed out about anxiety and fear of having it and now the blood sugar levels are high. I would not eat sometimes all day, just water or a couple of crackers, yet still sugar levels are high. I have taken a stick of cinnamon and put the stick in boiling water, drank the whole cup right before bed time.

I am hoping this regime works. Or can your physician recommend someone for you? Perhaps there are non-medication ways to deal with stress and anxiety that you can try, such as relaxation techniques. Hi again, I have been talking to a psychologist as well. Even, in the mental health field, nothing is considered an emergency until you tell them that you are suicidle, which I am not. My advice to you is to press your physician and psychologist a little bit harder on this issue. Your inability to take pills may not be an emergency yet, but it could certainly become a medical emergency down the road, especially if you had to take some other kind of medicine, such as an antibiotic.

Might you be able to work with another therapist? Another suggestion is to make a list of the reasons that you think are hindering your ability to take pills and bring that to your next therapy appointment. Also, in the meantime, there is a liquid version of metformin called Riomet which you may do better with — ask your physician about this, as well. Hi, I have been reading some of the post about the cinnamon pills. I just wanted to no if they help people with type 1 diabetes? You ask a good question, and I wish I had a good answer! Most of the research with cinnamon has been with people with Type 2 diabetes.

One study looked at cinnamon in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, and there was really no effect on glycemic control. My guess is that cinnamon would have little effect in Type 1 diabetes. However, cinnamon is relatively safe, especially when used on foods or in beverages, so you could try it and see if you do notice an effect on your own glucose levels.

Maybe you can asnwer me. Does anyone know why products containing cinnamon are being discontinued? Is there something not good about cinnamon? Cinnamon is a relatively safe herb or ingredient, and does seem to have some health benefits. However, as with most herbs, too much could be harmful. It may simply be that they are not selling very well, so companies eventually discontinue them. Hi, I have been doing much research on the effects of cinnamon on, as it turns out, a lot of medical issues. I started taking cinnamon to help with high blood sugar levels for both my husband and I.

We are taking a supplement mg a day that is made with Cinnamon Extract 4: Also, I am sorry, I do not understand grams and mg s …. The catch with cassia cinnamon is that it may contain coumarin. I have bought cinnamon in Mexican markets, I have seen it in the stick form and it looks like a fine rolled up cigar, just exactly what ceylon looks like, they both not only look alike and taste alike. They are totally different in looks and taste from Cassa cinnamon. Ceylon Ground Cinnamon only contains very low levels of Coumarin 0. This means that Cassia cinnamon has 1, times more coumarin content than ceylon cinnamon.

Is saigon cinnamon cassia cinnamon? Is it good to take the powder cinnamon like a tea? If yes, How much powder should I use in the hot water? My husband has suspected high glucose levels, and just tested He has not seen a doctor yet, and is making dietary changes.

Would you suggest he take cinnamon capsules. Yes, Saigon cinnamon is cassia cinnamon at least, to the best of my knowledge. You can used powdered or ground cinnamon in beverages or sprinkled on foods. Next day, 15 hours after any food, it was He is making dietary changes, but this seems very high. Should he take cinnamon capsules? And was the reading of obtained from a blood glucose meter?

At any rate, glucose readings of and are quite high. He likely will need to start taking medicine, too. Yes, he has been using a glucose meter for the past several days, and has already started to make dietary changes, but is putting off getting medical attention, which worries me. He has been skipping breakfast and after 16 hours or more of not eating, his levels are still in the to range. He has been losing weight for a year or more, so this is not a new situation. Thank you for your help. He has been using a glucose meter for several days, with consistent readings in the — range.

He has been putting off getting medical attention, which worries me. He has already started making dietary changes, and wants to lose more weight, but I feel that he is not eating enough. Even after skipping breakfast, with 16 or more hours between meals, his reading is still Hi, I just bought a bottle of cinnamon tablets a few days ago and noticed weight loss in the abdominal area not complaining , is this a good side effect?

Have you made any changes to your diet recently? Might some of the weight loss be due to fluid loss? I have cinnamon sticks from Thailand. Could you let me know if this product is safe? I am going to have a glucose tolerance test in a couple of days because of level 7. I went overboard a bit with cinnamon tea.

I simply poured boiling water over the stick. Should I have boiled the sticks first? Also because I reused sticks put biling water over two of these instead of boiling. I steeped the sticks in water for about 15 minutes. I now have a very red face. Have I brought on a toxic reaction and if so will it abate before my test in a couple of days?

Will it better for me to just use powdered cinnamon? From a reputable seller? Studies done with cinnamon and blood glucose used powdered, or ground, cinnamon. It can cause flushing in some people. I posted a note on a previous article. I started taking a cinnamon capsule twice a day about 3 years ago after reading about it in a reliable book. I do think it has helped me keep my A1C levels in a good range. I started out with one in the morning and after awhile I began taking one at night. They contain more cinnamon than I could probably eat in food everyday.

Thanks for bringing it up again. If you decide to try cinnamon, you can purchase ground cinnamon right in your grocery store. I noticed that most of the comments are from I was told I have type 2 only a month ago. Actually, there are quite a few comments and questions about cinnamon from this year, so you can consider the information to be current.

Also, a study published last month showed that a group of volunteers with prediabetes who were given milligrams of water-soluble cinnamon extract twice a day for 12 weeks had an improvement in antioxidant status. This was linked to lower fasting glucose levels.

Will I am borderline diabetic.. I tried the spice cinnamaon but got tired of just sprinkling on stuff ,,I wanted something that I could pop in my mouth and go. Amadeus maybe you should look into taking metformin in the liquid form if the pills are hard to swallow. It is one of the safest diabetic meds out there and the side efffects of mild diarrhea and upset stomach usually subsides after the first week.

If that is all they have you on then you are doing good. Try the cinnamon and keep up with the diet and exercise. I felt dizzy and nauseated after taking the 1st dose. I do have nystagmus, so it may be related to that more than the cinnamon. Any idea if I should soldier on and maybe even try a morning dose too? I have been using taking mg in capsule form twice a day for two months now.

I have been taking metformin, Glocotrol, Januvia, and Actos, for a few years, and they usually but not uniformly lower my blood sugar, and I took pretty much the maximum of each. When I started using cinnamon also, I started waking up in the middle of the night with blood suger of Apparently it works for me. I am not a believer in natural substances working very well: I tried Chromium pills, B12 pills, etc.

Cinnamon seems to have worked. And my weight has not changed over the last two months, so it is not as if I changed much of anything else. I have been using Cinnamon tablets 2 mg or mg daily to maintain my diabetes type 2 for about three to four years. I really can tell the difference with my glucose. I strongly encourage you to eat with the tablet and drink a glass of water to help it dissolve in your stomach instead of dissolving on a empty stomach and then making you have heart burn of Cinnamon,.

My brother told me about cinnamon a few years ago, and what it had done for him. After all as you said in your blog cinnamon has been around forever, sometimes I think people have to much information in this day and age. Everything I am reading tells me Ceylon Cinnamon is the good health stuff — and Cassia cinnamon is not? For health benefits you have to make sure its the right kind. It sounds like the cinnamon is helping you. To lower LDL, try cutting back on saturated fat, found in red meat, cheese, butter, and whole milk.

Also, eat foods that contain soluble fiber, such as oatmeal, oat bran, barley, and fruits and vegetables. Then, if you tolerate that, you could take the other half in the evening. Hi everyone,I am a 57 years young male with type 2 diabetes. I started taking cinnamon about 3 weeks ago. I take 1 mg in the morning and 2 before bedtime. I also have D. When I take my morning fasting blood I always was higher than any other part of the day.

Before cinnamon my sugar would be about to Now I since cinnamon I am about to int the morning. I talked to my doctor and he seemed to think there were not enough studies to give me an answer but he said continue taking the cinnamon because something seemed to be working. All stay well and good health to everyone.

When using ground cinnamon, check the Nutrition Facts on your bottle to determine how many grams are in a teaspoon. Again, the study that I referenced above used cassia cinnamon. I have been under a lot of stress for the past few months and my glucose has been rising to fasting type 2. I am not taking any medication for my diabetes. I am not able to exercise due to spinal cord injury. I have started taking cinnamon each day and it as brought my glucose down quickly to Am I doing this right? I bought some cinnamon pills, the brand is SolaRay and it is cinnamon bark cinnamomum verum.

Is this the one that does not contain as much cassia? Also, is it the same effect taking the pills as opposed to using the cinnamon powder or sticks? It recommends 2 pills per day, but each is mg. In this case 2 pills would be 2 teaspoon if I understand it correctly. Ceylon Good There are four varieties of the cinnamon tree, and of these, two — less Toxic.

Alterative, analgesic, anodyne, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infective, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, haemostatic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulates and then depresses the nervous system, stomachic. Cinnamon is an invigorating spice with a wide variety of health benefits. Cinnamon reduces blood sugar, stabilizes cholesterol, and fights bacterial infections. Along with potent spices such as turmeric and ginger, cinnamon is a food substance which also has significant health benefits.

Cinnamon has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Numerous Biblical references cite its potency. There are four varieties of the cinnamon tree, and of these, two — less Toxic. Cassia cinnamon, in supplement form naturally contains a compound called coumarin. At high levels, coumarin can damage the liver.

Cassia is regularly sold as cinnamon and is made from the entire bark of the tree. It is stronger and somewhat bitter compared to Ceylon. It contains a chemical called coumarin that can be toxic if taken in large quantities. Small amounts of cassia will not cause any problems. Avoid more than a sprinkle of cassia cinnamon if you are pregnant. Clinical research showed that cinnamon decreases serum glucose levels. In animal studies, cinnamon extract improved insulin action by increasing glucose uptake in muscles. Laboratory and animal studies showed that cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It is active against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush, and against Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. US Department of Agriculture researchers have reported that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

In research conducted at Copenhagen University in Denmark, patients given cinnamon powder combined with honey every morning before breakfast reported significant relief in arthritis pain after one week of treatment and could walk without pain within one month. Studies have shown that cinnamon extract has a positive effect on memory, increasing concentration and improving retention. A familiar ingredient in chai tea, cinnamon assists the digestion of fruit, milk and milk products.

Cinnamon should not be taken by people who have been prescribed blood-thinning medications like Coumarin, however, on its own, cinnamon has natural blood-thinning properties and may help to prevent blood clots. In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, cinnamon is used for the symptoms of the common cold. The spice has a stimulating effect on the respiratory system.

Because of its anti-microbial properties, cinnamon is a natural alternative to chemical food preservatives. Traditional Chinese medicine used cinnamon to treat colds, digestive difficulties, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menses. It was written about in Chinese medical journals as far back as 2, BC. Egyptians used it in the embalming process and to preserve meat. It was used in Ancient Rome as a healing agent and for its spiritual healing powers. Internally, cinnamon was used to treat coughs and colds, but it was also burned to purify the air in a home or as an offering at a shrine.

Pliny the Elder reported, in the first century A. Ayurvedic medicine uses cinnamon to treat diabetes, indigestion, and as a constitutional remedy for people diagnosed with a body type called kapha. Because of its medicinal properties, cinnamon is used as an ingredient in chai tea, which is used as a healing beverage to aid digestion of dairy and fruits.

As an oil, cinnamon is used in aromatherapy to calm the nervous system. Combined with honey, cinnamon can be used to treat heart disease, as it is known to reduce cholesterol. A paste made of cinnamon and honey can be spread on bread and eaten daily. Or the honey and cinnamon can be consumed after stirring into hot water. There are a couple of theories about why cinnamon has an effect on weight.

One of these theories is all about thermogenics. Some substances, such as cinnamon, create heat within the body due to a chemical reaction. Excess calories are burned throughout the process of thermogenics. The active ingredient in cinnamon, MCHP mimics the action of the hormone insulin, which removes excess sugar from the bloodstream. Cinnamon also appears to reduce blood cholesterol and fat levels 1 and decrease blood pressure 2. Animal studies have found that there is a positive effect on blood sugar levels when treated with cinnamon. A study in , found that following a high sugar meal, cinnamon reduced blood sugar and increased insulin levels for up to 30minutes 3.

There have also been positive findings in human studies. Another recent study in diabetics found similar results. Interestingly, diabetics with the poorest blood glucose control showed the biggest improvements with cinnamon. How much cinnamon do you need? A study in , gave three groups of diabetics 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon per day. All responded to the cinnamon within weeks, with blood sugar levels 20 per cent lower on average than those of a control group. Some of the volunteers taking cinnamon even achieved normal blood sugar levels. Tellingly, blood sugar started creeping up again after the diabetics stopped taking cinnamon.

The biggest improvements were seen with the highest dosage. However, it has been suggested that at very high levels cinnamon could actually lead to hypoglycemia by being over-effective1. Therefore, I recommend 1 gram a day, roughly half a teaspoon. Reports suggest that improvements can be seen after just 20 days 1. Cinnamon, like many foods, contains coumarin, which, in large amounts. Celyon cinnamon contains much less coumarin than other cinnamons known as cassia cinnamon. The situation is different in the case of cinnamon sticks. Whereas in the case of cassia cinnamon a relatively thick layer of the bark has been rolled into a stick, the cross-section of a Ceylon cinnamon stick looks more like a cigarette — several thin layers of bark have been rolled up into a cinnamon stick resulting in a comparatively compact cross-section.

The best option is to supplement a cinnamon extract such as Cinnulin which is guaranteed to contain less than 0. This means that if you supplemented 1 gram of Cinnulin the intake of coumarin would be well below the tolerable daily intake and not remotely pose any potential health risk While we need more human trials looking at the effects of cinnamon on type 2 diabetes management, based on the available evidence I recommend that type 2 diabetics include 1 gram of cinnamon daily or, ideally the equivalent in low coumarin cinnamon extracts.

However, do bear in mind that your need for medication may decrease so it is important to monitor your blood sugar levels and inform your primary care practitioner accordingly. Recent studies showed cinnamon improved memory and the ability to process information. Abdominal fat has long been associated with prediabetes since the digestive system tends to store excess glucose as fat there. Cinnamon reduces insulin resistance allowing the system to process the excess glucose and reduce belly fat possibly reducing the chances of developing Type II diabetes.

Researchers in a Maryland USDA center accidentally discovered that cinnamon, administered in apple pie of all things, reduced blood glucose levels and insulin resistance as well as reducing cholesterol levels. Further studies confirmed the findings and much interest has developed in finding if cinnamon can help to prevent the onset of diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Food Medicine showed the cinnamon improved overall cholesterol levels by lowering bad LDL cholesterol while raising good HDL levels.

The same study confirmed lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels as well. German studies indicate that cinnamon completely eliminates the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections as well as the fungus that causes yeast infections. A Japanese study indicates that cinnamon soothes the digestive tract and helps to prevent ulcers.

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, off the heat and let it liquefy.

It is then as good as it ever was. It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January, has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:.

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University , it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder. Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses. Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root. According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases. Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a year old, starts performing the chores of a year-old.

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root. Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully.

Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day. Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3: People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! If the Cinnimon bottle does not have the name of the cinnimon tree on it, it might not be cinnimon they are alowed to grind up hazelnut shells and add cinnimon oil and pass it off as cinnimon. Hi Doctor wants me to take meds for high bp, I,m not at all happy,would taking regular dose of cinnamon and honey help to lower it without meds?

I get good results but wonder if its safe at the level of 6 teaspoons a day. I just put it in my mouth and drink it down. Please tell me if this is acceptable. I have no side effects after a month of doing this. I read on Doctor Oz that cinnamon has a shelf life of only 6 months … that hardly seems reasonable — at least I hope not …. Now I wonder what is the best way to store it without compromising the strength …? Heck I had my cinnamon for years before I started using it regularly….

You need to have a discussion with your doctor about the best and safest way s to lower your blood pressure. Sometimes people can reach their goal blood pressure with healthy eating such as with the DASH diet and exercise, but a lot of people need medicine just as many people with diabetes need to take medicine to help manage their blood glucose.

It also depends on how high your blood pressure is. Blood pressure medicines are safe and effective, too. Six teaspoons of cinnamon each day sounds like a very large dose. This may contain an ingredient that is possibly harmful to your liver. You can likely continue taking cinnamon, but just not in such a large amount. I have a question, however, my blood sugar was once , and over the years has been taken all the way down to between in regular morning testings. My hope is that cinnamon usage will bring that number down considerably.

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Are those numbers serious enough to increase dosage, which my doctor is intending to do. I started at 1, milligrams of metformin per day several years ago, and now am at a dosage of 2, milligrams per day 1, after morning meal, 1, before bedtime , with no appreciable change in reading numbers. Thanks for your help. Amy — the studies you described are interesting and can be helpful. I am a Type 1 for 53 years. I have another idea about the effect of cinnamon that has never been mentioned.

Maybe due to being so obvious….? If we use cinnamon instead of jams, jellies, syrups or sugar our blood glucose level should naturally be lower! My Lipids have been within normal range for years. Toast with buttery spread and cinnamon with Stevia mixture, or on a fresh apple snack, as an ingredient in my baked goods I use carbalose flour which reduces the amount of carbs. I use many different spices instead of sugar. My daily results and A1c shows much better control. It is knowing the amount and type of ingredients and type of carbs that can help us the most; Results vary on an individual level.

And if drinking it down a teaspoonful at a time is acceptable. For most people with diabetes, the fasting or pre-breakfast blood glucose target is between 70 and So, given that your readings are ranging between and , your fasting glucoses are pretty much in target. My question is, though, what your glucose readings are at other times of the day. Are you checking at various times, such as midday, before dinner, before bed? Also, what is your A1C? Your doctor is likely taking these other factors into consideration when deciding to increase your medication dose.

Thanks for your posting. It may last longer if you store it in the refrigerator. Cinnamon sticks are good for up to a year. Another way to tell if cinnamon is good is to smell it. It should smell sweet and fresh. Has anybody tried Probiotics like Kefir? My doctor suggested using probiotics to help with digestion which could help my diabetes. Kefir is similiar to yogurt but has more live cultures in it.

I think a cup of this with cinnamon may have an added bonus. Given that your blood glucose is high, my advice is to first talk to your physician. It sounds like you need more metformin which is not a bad thing. Cinnamon could possibly help but probably not enough to bring your glucose down to target range. Has anyone found cinnamon in a take daily form like the postings says you need? Water extracted, water soluble, no coumarin,ceylon cinnamon. Any information will help. What a great site this is. Sometimes people can reduce the amount of medicine they take.

Hi 2 Years ago I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes after a prolonged period of severe pain in every muscle in my body. My a1c was very high, the doctor tried diet control first. Worked for a few months, then a1c shot right up. He put me on mg metformin 2x per day, lowered my a1c for a few months then they shot back up for no reason. Put me on 2 more a day, which were not effective, then he added glipizide 5 mg twice per day to the metformin, my a1c went down near 6. Suddenly it stopped working, he upped my glipizide to 2 10mg tabs per day, and last month my a1c level was 8.

I get so discouraged, I then cheat on my diet. I am going to try the cinnamon and pray it works. Honestly, my diabetes seems so out of control, I feel like giving up trying to control it. A upped dosage or a new medicine will control it for a few months, then suddenly for no reason it seems to stop working. What was the pain I was going thru? Walking down a flight of stairs was downright torture. Do you know of any association of pain like this and diabetes? I never drank booze again except for the blood of christ in church. Before they diagnosed me, I used to come home from work and eat a pint or two of ice cream and 6 or 7 chocolate bars or other candies, and eat sweets all day.

So, I am positive the pain had something to do with excess sugars, seeing how fast it vanished as soon as i gave up the sweets. Before they diagnosed me, I really thought i was getting the beginning stages of MS and I was petrified. Imagine the relief I felt as soon as it vanished. But, even with the pain gone my sugar is still quite high. He wants to try another medicine next time, but nothing seems to work longer than just a few months. Anyone else ever have anything like this? The problem is for me with metformin my stomach was bleeding so my doctor stop me from taking it.

I am now taking actos 30 mg daily to see if this alone will work. After two weeks it is not lowering my sugar level enough. Today I am going back in a few days for a follow up. Toady I started cinamonn tabs mg twice a day to see if this will help. Is the cinnamon tabs or ground the best? Please leave your opinon. Be sure to let your doctor know that you are taking cinnamon. Also, ask your doctor if he or she thinks Actos is the right medicine for you. My advice is to first discuss your A1C with your doctor as well as how it best can be treated.

Remember that most people withTtype 2 diabetes need medicine. One tablespoon of honey contains 17 grams of carbohydrate. Actos can also cause weight gain and water retention so be careful if your weight suddenly goes up. When my mother was first diagnosed with diabetes, she learned real quick how to check it, etc. My sugar was , I was floored. I started taking cinnamon about 1. Before I took it, I checked my sugar after everything I ate to see what spiked my sugar in the first place.

I would adjust how much and what I was eating according to what my sugar was after I ate 2 hours afterwards. I cut out my sodas, well I drink diet and cut down the amount, which resulted in cutting out 2, calories a day. I then started taking the cinnamon after doing much research on it. I have not only lost 75 pounds, I have been able to keep it off and my sugar is normal for the most part. When I first get up it is sitting between , which before it would be over I do not take the cinnamon every day anymore, only when I think something is going to shoot my sugar sky high. It has helped me though.

My mother upped her dosage, after getting it cleared with her doctor because she is on a hand full of medications for various things. She has lost 10 pounds in the last couple of weeks and with her medication and the cinnamon it is almost normal. The doctor has even lowered her prescription because the cinnamon is working so well for her. Cinnamon does work, you have to make sure it is the right kind of cinnamon, we take the bark in pill form. I do put cinnamon on my toast and my oatmeal when I have it. I never did have my cholesterol checked after I started taking the cinnamon, but I think I will have to do that now since I read it in your article that cinnamon is good for that also.

Have you been to either a neurologist or a pain specialist to figure out possible causes? Insulin is a very effective medicine and is one of the most natural medicines that there is. Talk to your physician about the best option for you at this point. If your physician has recommended that you take cinnamon, then make sure she is monitoring you. I started taking probiotic supplements last month and it has helped with digestion and I have lost an inch off my mid section. I go to the doctor this week to get an A1C test and if my sugar levels are still too high I am going to see If I can take cinnamon supplements in the capsule, powder or liquid bark form.

Has anybody tried the liquid bark form of cinnamon? Is anybody using probiotics and cinnamon at the same time? I wanna tell you a little something. I always drank black coffee unsweetened. As for the pain, the doctor was also very stumped and did try to send me to a neurologist, but i changed my diet and it vanished so i cancelled. Still, I want to thank you so much for the cinnamon thing, really, the sweating yesterday and this morning was all too familliar.

The whole time i did cinnamon i did not sweat like that so i KNOW it was working. It is a very dangerous thing, but it can save the life of a type 2 diabetic. They will do it in Panama and Colombia and india to any type 2 diabetic regardless of weight. India is out of the question. Do you know off hand how sanitary hospitals in Panama and Colombia are?

The sweating did not upset me, actually made me happy, shows me something is working when i do not take my cinnamon. I am confused about being on insulin and combining the cinnamon. The majority of comments are people on oral medicine for diabetes. So my questions is Can you use cinnamon if you are on insulin?

Do you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? However, if you have Type 2 diabetes and are on insulin, you may get some benefit from cinnamon, depending on the extent of your diabetes control. You could try taking it for a certain amount of time, such as one or two months. And to be on the safe side, if you decide to try cinnamon, let your physician know. I cannot believe that here i am in Maine, 5 degrees out and I look forward to going outside the house and moving my body.

Actually last week, I had to walk from the parking garage to my home, and it felt so cold I wanted to die. I was so skeptical at first, but said, what the hell, i am not fat enough to get my stomach stapled, so i got nothing to lose. Have it in my coffee every morning and within 2 weeks i started feeling like my health was coming back.

The arthritis in my hands is improved more than if I used sulindac alone. I no longer crave sweets, which is a miracle. You know, people laugh at things like this, but these spices have long been known to be medicinal, and they worked wonderfully on people when there was no such things as medications. In addition, many of these medications start from things like spices or flowers, or something organic.

Digitalis, a heart medicine, is right from the purple foxglove flower. Aspirin itself, is from the salycilite tree. Cinnamon is probably another example of this. For all you know, some of these proprietary diabetes medicines may come right from cinnamon itself. Sweet n low, equal, splenda, all of them, contain dextrose, a sugar, and if you use enough, they will raise your sugar. For cooking, I use a combination of liquid cyclamate have to go to canada to get it and a little saccharin, and when you combine the two, they taste even better than splenda does.

But my eyes do not blur like that. Just these little things tell me well enough my blood sugar is improving. My last a1c was 8. Amy, One thing I wanted to know is, how important is it that a diabetic give up smoking? I gave it up for a couple of years, cold turkey, did not gain weight, actually lost 16 lbs, but recently started again for the simple reason that a good friend of mine smokes and i cannot stand the smell unless i smoke too.

I have quit and started again many times with no effort. I assure you , indeed, yes, that the addiction is nothing more than psychological. When it was only a dollar or two a pack i used to smoke three, sometimes four packs a day. Have you ever seen someone withdraw from heroin? Did you see worse in a smoker quitting? I rest my case there. The government will say anything to get people to pay those taxes, otherwise, they would be bankrupt.

The tobacco companies know this and did an about face on this matter about ten years ago. They used to say just like I do, that it is only psychologically addictive, until they learned how cost-prohibitive it would be for them to say that, and now even they are saying just what the government says. The government has lied over and over and over and over again. Smoking is particularly harmful for people who have diabetes. We know that smokers have a higher risk of heart disease; we also know that people with diabetes are at least twice as likely to die from heart disease compared with people without diabetes, so smoking just compounds the problem.

Smoking can worsen already existing diabetes complications, such as nerve damage, circulation problems, and kidney and eye damage. The list can go on. Today there are many programs and medicines that can help people quit smoking. Talk to your doctor about how you can stop. To answer your previous question about stomach stapling bariatric surgery: However, the catch is that these folks need to continue to keep the weight off. I do use marijuana medicinally, does this hurt my diabetes? Amy, I want to live a full life, and if it means making some sacrifices, then so be it.

Even if giving up smoking caused the worst heroine withdrawls, i would never touch one again because of what you have told me. You have been extremely helpful. For two years now, they never could get this under control, used to sweat all the time, GONE. To me amy, you are an angel from God. Is there a paypal site i can make a donation to you for your blog? Regarding cinnamon, well, I started using cinnamon every day starting April 30, My blood sugar was fasting and I did not know I had diabetes, it was checked again after I cut down somewhat on carbs, however, FBS was in the s.

I increased my cinnamon intake in my tea and also used cinnamon tea. I cut out white bread and watched my sweets to almost not eating sweets at all. I believe the cinnamon cut the fat in my body, I lost almost 50 pounds and my blood sugar nonfasting was in the 70s, my physician was pleased. My almost triglycerides were and my high cholesterol in the s came down to as well. The LDL could not be calculated, it was Many years prior to this weight loss, I had lost 30 pounds and I was using cinnamon at that time, but not for any reason except I liked it, so I think the cinnamon has helped by blood work as well as helped to promote weight loss.

Oh yes, forgot to mention, I eat a half of a bagel for breakfast with an eggbeater and the other half for lunch, it is a cinnamon raisin bagel. If I make muffins, I add cinnamon spice to my pumpkin muffins. I thought I would share this to encourage whoever reads this to give it a try. And thank you for your offer of a donation for this blog. I have read all the comments and replis above. It fills my heart a confort and warmth that there are people in this world that want to help with all honesty while sucrificing their time, knowlege for free and expecting nothing in return.

I am a prediabetic with my fastig blood sugar around The reason why I came here. But I cant wait thanking you before I check if cinamon does work for me or not. Your patience needs due recognition. I have been taking two mg. In late January my A1C had dropped from 6. So, I was very happy. I take two omeprazole per day for GERD. I found only one reference online to cinnamon causing stomach problems but it appeared that they could be potentially serious. I am very disappointed as I felt so encouraged with my labs. Do you have any information on the side affects of cinnamon on your stomach?

My understanding is that cinnamon is actually beneficial for upset stomach and GERD, but should probably not be used if someone has peptic ulcers. You could try cutting back to one capsule daily and see if that helps. You might find that sprinkling cinnamon on your food or drinking it as a tea might be better tolerated, too.

And make sure that you take it with food, not on an empty stomach. You also might ask your pharmacist and see what he recommends. Thanks for your response. I am also going to try tea. I just started to take mg of organic powdered cassia cinnamon capsules this past weekend. I read on here that cassia can be bad if used in large dosages but I used a converter aid to determine that I am only taking less than a quarter teaspoon of it.