Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly utilize the sugar that you eat. This occurs because the body is either unable to use the insulin you make properly or simply cannot produce enough of it. As a result, sugar accumulates in the blood stream resulting in disease manifestations such as blurry vision, the irresistible urge to eat sweets, and the need to frequently urinate to name a few.

Diabetics may be pleased to learn that cinnamon can be used to aide in lowering blood sugars. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar in two ways. First, it has insulin like activity. Secondly, it can make the insulin produced by the body more efficient.

Cinnamon has been around since antiquity and references to this spice can be found in the Old Testament. Cinnamon was so highly regarded, that it was often used as a gift among monarchs in ancient times. Today, Sri Lanka produces the majority of the worlds cinnamon.

Cinnamon is harvested from the inner bark of the tree. From this inner bark, only a thin strip of cinnamon is then coiled and dried before being sold.

Preliminary studies have been encouraging, showing blood sugar lowering with as little as ¾ teaspoon (2 capsules) daily. Taking cinnamon along with other diabetic medications could cause the blood sugar to drop lower than expected and could result in hypoglycemia (too low a blood sugar level). Consult with your physician prior to using cinnamon as a remedy.

There are a number of ways to incorporate a little cinnamon into the diet. The following tasty ideas use low glycemic index foods (foods that are not likely to cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels).

  • Add cinnamon to baked apples.
  • Add a stick of cinnamon to unsweetened apple juice.
  • Add cinnamon to reduced fat yogurt.
  • Add a stick of cinnamon to a glass of milk.
  • Add Cinnamon to All-Bran™ cereal

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