I will call them rumors, referring to the stories I have heard about how cinnamon is supposed to help control blood sugars for diabetics. I have heard them for years. Every once in a while I even put cinnamon in my Starbucks thinking it'll help. I finally got around to checking it out first hand.
First I did a little research and found that none other than our own USDA Agriculture Research Service has done exhaustive studies on a natural way to keep blood sugar levels normal beginning as far back as 1990. Why bother you ask?
Diabetes is a disease that affects 7% or 21 Million Americans and claims 240 million victims worldwide. Type 2 Diabetes is the biggest portion of those at 95 %. Another 14 million Americans have pre-diabetes where their blood sugars are elevated but below Diabetic levels. They are on the way to getting it and probably don't have a clue.
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism--the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down into glucose, the form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body.
After digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream, where it is used by cells. For glucose to get into cells, insulin must be present. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. In people with type 2 diabetes the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced.
So in short it is HUGE.
WHAT THEY FOUND. Chemist Richard A. Anderson looked at plants and spices that came out of folk medicine tales. They found that a few spices, notably cinnamon, made fat cells more responsive to insulin.
They discovered that cinnamon's main ingredient increased glucose metabolism about 20 times normal in a test tube test of fat cells. They found this ingredient (MHCP) also was effective in preventing the formation of damaging free radicals-a bonus. Cinnamon is very inexpensive and is widely available.
So the next time you are at your favorite health food store get some water soluble cinnamon not the oil variety and give it a try. I did and it works!!
As with anything you do with the 'big D'-check with your doc first.
To find out more about Diabetes check the link below.
Jack Krohn has had Diabetes, Pre-diabetes and Syndrome X for nearly fifteen years. He speaks from the experiences he has had during that time. He owns SECURITY SOLUTIONS a one stop resource that provides solutions and answers for all your self defense and home security problems.
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