The Benefits of Cinnamon

Diet plays a huge role in the life of someone with type 2 diabetes.

It’s no surprise, then, that what patients eat or don’t eat can make a big difference in their sugar levels. Surprisingly, cinnamon can help diabetes 2 patients reduce their sugar levels over time.

The Study

A study by the United States Department of Agriculture found that patients with pre-diabetes improved their sugar levels by adding a dried water-soluble cinnamon extract to their diet two times a day. That small change made a significant positive impact on antioxidants, which helps with decreasing glucose amounts.

Benefits

People with type 2 diabetes can benefit from cinnamon in a number of ways. It can help lower blood sugar but also guard against cardiovascular conditions. It can also help with cholesterol and triglyceride levels; high levels of the latter can lead to heart disease, according to WebMD.

Even the smell of cinnamon can help in an unexpected way – it makes you more lively! Try adding cinnamon to your diet in some way today; start by sprinkling some into your daily oatmeal. Whether whole or ground, this small spice can ultimately make a big difference. As with all dietary changes, consult with your doctor before making extreme changes and to talk about what is best for you.

Sources: Woman’s Health, Men’s Health, USDA and WebMD.

Photo by Sam Mugraby, Photos8.com

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