Mother nature has given diabetes type 2 sufferers a helping hand: In the simple form of Cinnamon.
Normally treated with complex medications such as biguanides, thiazolidinediones, meglitinides, and DPP-4 inhibitors, this could be good news for Type 2 sufferers, or those at risk, who wish to reduce their intake of drugs in a quest to keep their body healthy.
In 2003 a study was undertaken on the effects of ingesting 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon per day. On as little as 1 gram, results showed amazing improvements in blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days. Levels continued to improve for 20 days after that. Proponents have also reported reduced cravings and hunger, weight loss, and of course reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Although large and long term studies have not yet been undertaken, there are no known side effects of taking cinnamon – only the above mentioned positive effects. So there’s nothing to lose!
“I’m a Type 2 sufferer and have been for about 2 years,” says Joan. “I ran out of medication once, and didn’t take anything – my blood count was 378 and the doctor wanted to put me on the shots. I decided to give the cinnamon a try. When I ran out of medication I was running at 150-175, but two weeks later after the cinnamon, I’m running at a steady 115-120.”
“After taking three meds daily for two years, my morning fasting glucose reading was 130-140,” says Roy. “I started putting cinnamon on my morning toast and my readings went to 85-95. After a few days without cinnamon my numbers are back up at 130-140 – two days back on cinnamon and the number drops back to 85-95. I’ve gone through this cycle several times. Cinnamon works for me.”
We have started stocking Swisse Professional Cinnamon which may help you in any of the above areas. It also is a powerful antioxidant and aids digestion. A Marshall family member controls her blood sugar using this – she swears by it.