Not only does cinnamon taste good, it has some great health benefits for diabetic patients (and for non-diabetics too). Several small studies and a few anecdotal reports show that cinnamon may help decrease blood sugar levels. Researchers are not exactly sure how the cinnamon helps improve blood sugar levels, but one thought is that it may slow the digestion rate from the stomach, which improves insulin sensitivity. Several small studies also report reductions in cholesterol levels with daily cinnamon intake. The studies that showed the positive health benefits used ground cinnamon, not cinnamon pills. There was one small study that stated there was no change in blood sugar levels in post-menopausal women using cinnamon pills.
So, we recommend a daily intake of 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon daily. Sprinkle it in your coffee, cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt or on an apple (to make it taste like apple pie). Enjoy the health benefits of this tasty spice!
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