For centuries cinnamon has been used as a spice and as a medicine, especially in the Chinese culture. Today, there are some who allege cinnamon can help Type 2 Diabetes.
Cassia cinnamon is the type of cinnamon most Americans use in cooking and baking. The cassia variety is also most widely used by researchers when studying the effects of cinnamon related to health. Research is unclear about the positive effects of cinnamon. Some research has shown improvements in mental functioning and blood glucose levels and other research did not show a significant difference when cinnamon is consumed.
What has been reported in most all studies is that there was no harmful effect with the use of cinnamon. If you are considering using cinnamon, it’s important to note that while it’s not a substitute for medical therapy, some research has shown partaking in the spice may help to increase insulin sensitivity and improve blood glucose. When it comes to cinnamon it’s worth having a discussion with your doctor to see if it may be right for you.
By: Molly McBrayer, Clinical Manager, Roper St. Francis Bariatric and Metabolic Services