Natural Remedies for Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels: Cinnamon and Diabetes
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:47pm
( www.healthybeingproducts.com ) Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics, a new study has found. The effect, which can be produced even by soaking a cinnamon stick your tea, could also benefit millions of non-diabetics who have blood sugar problem but are unaware of it.
The discovery was initially made by accident, by Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.
"We were looking at the effects of common foods on blood sugar," he told a New Scientist reporter . One was the American favourite, apple pie, which is usually spiced with cinnamon. "We expected it to be bad. But it helped," he says.
Sugars and starches in food are broken down into glucose, which then circulates in the blood. The hormone insulin makes cells take in the glucose, to be used for energy or made into fat.
But people with Type 1 diabetes do not produce enough insulin. Those with Type 2 diabetes produce it, but have lost sensitivity to it. Even apparently healthy people, especially if they are overweight, sedentary or over 25, lose sensitivity to insulin. Having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious long-term damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves and other organs.
In one lab study, the team said it found that cinnamon contains polyphenols, or antioxidants, that boost proteins that are important in activating insulin, transporting glucose and responding to inflammation.
How to get Cinnamon into your daily Diet:
1. Cinnamon tea or Cinnamon Coffee twice or three times daily after meal.
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 cup of boiling water
1 regular or decaffeinated black teabag or add 3/4 cup of black coffee
Honey, or another sweetener, to taste (optional)
1. Place the cinnamon stick in a cup.
2. Add the boiling water and steep covered for 10 minutes.
3. Add the teabag. Steep for one to three minutes.
4. Sweeten to taste, if desired.
2. Cinnamon bread- sprinkling a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon onto whole wheat bread as a snack can help regular blood sugar levels.
3. Seasoning a high carb food with cinnamon can help lessen its impact. Research has found that cinnamon daily can reduce blood sugar by up to 20%.
Besides cinnamon, Bitter melon which is called Karela in India, is also helpful to reduce suger level, you can take a few slices of bitter melon with salad before taking your lunch or dinner. Other Amazing Elements of Cinnamon Spice:
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
It is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
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