Cinnamon, a spice made from tree bark, is known for its potential medicinal properties. People have tried this spice to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and fight bacteria.(1)
Despite numerous studies, it is still not clear if cinnamon helps lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. Few studies have shown a benefit from the spice. Others haven't. Available studies have included different doses and different types of cinnamon, making it hard to compare the results. Cinnamon might help the body use insulin more efficiently. But more research is required to determine if and how cinnamon supplements might help people with diabetes.(2)
A study reported that 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and advises that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.(3)
A meta-analysis demonstrated that the consumption of cinnamon could decrease levels of fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, LDL-C, and triglyceride levels and increase HDL-C levels, but there was no effect on hemoglobin A1c. These results can’t be applied to patient care because the preferred dose and duration of therapy are unclear.(4)
As per the 2019 study, a 3–6 g of cinnamon consumption was found to impact certain blood parameters of people positively. So, it is beneficial to raise awareness of people to be conscious to regularly consume cinnamon.(5)
Cinnamon supplements seem to be safe, at least for short-term use. High doses may cause problems for people who have liver disease. Consult with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they're safe for you and that they won't affect any medication you're already taking
Use or not to use?
Just remember that no single nutrient alone can treat your diabetes.
Cinnamon may have some health benefits. But the American Diabetes Association doesn’t recommend relying on cinnamon as a way to reduce blood glucose levels.
The results of the studies are conflicting, and there is not enough evidence to prove it woks.
Because supplements aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and you don’t know their purity or the exact content. Your best bet to stay healthy is to follow your diabetes food plan, get regular exercise and take your medication faithfully.
Do you want to spice your meals?
If you do want to add cinnamon to your diet, however, the best way to do it is to sprinkle it on your oatmeal or cook with about one-half teaspoon to one teaspoon daily. Using cinnamon in its whole form in food instead of in a tablet is always best.