Is cinnamon good for you?
To begin, what is cinnamon and where does it come from? It is a spice that comes from the bark of cinnamon trees usually found in South India and Sri Lanka. Take cinnamon for diabetes. Now while it does not contain a ton of minerals and vitamins, what it DOES contain is large amounts of antioxidants. While cinnamon doesn’t claim to cure diabetes or have definite effects on your A1C, it does help in lowering your sugar levels after meals.
Cinnamon studies have linked it to lowering your blood sugar by reducing insulin resistance. In some research studies it’s been shown to reduce blood sugar levels by as much as 24% and cholesterol by 18%. My thoughts are that if cinnamon does anything to help with lowering blood sugar and any other health benefits, it’s worth it. It can’t hurt unless you overdo it and you don’t want to do that with anything when it comes to your health.
I ALWAYS check with my doctor first before I take anything and you should too. There could be interactions with certain supplements and medications so safety first. If you’re taking any statin drugs to reduce cholesterol, then cinnamon supplements may not be for you. Cinnamon can interact with medications so if you’re taking any medication, ask your physician first! Do NOT take cinnamon if you’re on medications for blood sugar unless your doctor gives their approval.
So just what are the benefits?
- Dry skin soother: You can mix oils such as olive oil and almond oil, sea salt, honey and of course cinnamon and this will restore the shine to your skin by removing dead skin cells.
- Treatment for rough skinned feet: Stir up a foot bath by adding a half a cup of milk, 1/4 -1/2 cup of water, 1 tsp olive oil, a few lemons and the main ingredient, cinnamon. Give your feet a good soaking for 20 minutes for soft feet.
- Will help cure wounds and cuts and prevent infections of the skin: Honey and cinnamon paste applied to the skin affected area will kill germs and speed up healing.
- The face:Get rid of pimples, blemishes, and acne by mixing: 1 tbsp of cinnamon with 3 tbsp of honey. Do this at bedtime or just leave it on your face for approximately 15 minutes before washing off. Repeat weekly.
- It can lighten the color of your hair: If you mix cinnamon powder with your favorite conditioner equally and apply it into your hair evenly, so this way you don’t have streaking. Run a brush through your covered hair and leave overnight. Wash out come morning time.
- Can lower risk of cancer: Because of anti cancer properties, combat stomach and bone cancers by drinking twice a day cinnamon powder and honey together.
- Common cold: Just combine ginger tea to to cinnamon to relieve your common cold.
- Heart healthy protection: Reduce the risk of heart attacks by combining honey and cinnamon powder. Use it as a spread.
- Combats diabetes: Take a 1/4 tsp of cinnamon daily and after a couple of months your blood sugar levels can be reduced by as much as 30%
- Allergy fighter: Because of it’s properties, cinnamon can fight asthma and common symptoms of allergies.
- Increases chances of longer life: Take this 3 or 4 times daily: 3 cups water, 4 tsp honey, and 1 tsp cinnamon powder to increase life expectancy.
- Pain reliever: Cinnamon treats pain due to relaxation and contraction of your muscles.
- Battles viruses and infections: It is a natural anti everything including: anti viral, anti biotic, and anti fungal and microbial agent. Cinnamon’s oils contain the immune boosting abilities.
- Weight loss aid: It helps reduces sugar cravings and hunger cravings and insulin resistance too.
- Lowers cholesterol: One tsp a day increases HDL good cholesterol and reduces LDL bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Circulation improvement: Cinnamon tea improves blood circulation by being a natural blood thinner. Proper circulation can aid in varicose veins, constipation, and pain in your joints.
- Helps with insomnia: Cinnamon in many forms especially hot drinks will aid with insomnia.
- Memory booster: Just by smelling cinnamon on a regular basis will help boost brain power and memory.
- Good for colon health: Because of rich antioxidants, cinnamon can help extensively with colon cancer.
- May help with infertility: By balancing the hormone level, it reduces the chances for women in conjunction with infertility.
- Freshens breath: Fight off bad breath with cinnamon water or cinnamon sticks.
- Fights arthritis: Drink 1 tsp of cinnamon powder, with 2 tsp of honey in hot water, 2x a day to alleviate pain from arthritis.
It doesn’t have as many health benefits as ceylon cinnamon and it is less expensive coming from trees in China and is more readily available. Cassia has more of a spicy taste. This cinnamon contains more “coumarins” which could potentially be more harmful to your liver which is why I mentioned being careful in the safety first section.
Ceylon comes from trees in Thailand and Sri Lanka. This seems to be the clear choice between the two. It contains less coumarin and is better for you. This has a more of a citrus taste and is lighter than cassia. It’s more expensive but either cinnamon will work as long as you don’t take large amounts.
Cinnamon’s side effects
- Increased heart rate: Too much is not good for you. ANY oil should be diluted to less than 2% before it’s safe. If not you will experience rapid heart rates.
- Becoming toxic: You don’t want a toxic buildup in your body. Try it and monitor your dosage of no more than 5 grams each day for 5 weeks.
- Allergies: Some but very few people can have allergic effects. While these are not a life threatening situation, they can include: drop in blood pressure, dizziness, upset stomach, swelling of the hand or face, irregular heartbeat, or nausea.
- Conflict with antibiotics: If you are taking prescribed medications such as antibiotics, then it could be a clash because cinnamon is actually acting as an antibiotic and should be stopped. Consult your doctor.
- Coumarin can be toxic: Because cassia cinnamon contains too much coumarin, it’s advisable to take ceylon cinnamon instead. Coumarin can cause liver failure if you take it daily or in higher dosages.
- Irritation of the skin: Wear gloves when touching cinnamon oil because direct contact can result in skin burning and irritation. Be careful.
- Thinning of the blood: So again, go with ceylon cinnamon because cassia thins your blood and if you’re already on blood thinning medications, you don’t want to take an additional thinner such as the cassia cinnamon.
- Blood sugar: Cinnamon helps lower your blood sugar but again, you must be careful if you are on diabetes medications.
- Pregnant?: Do NOT take cinnamon if you are pregnant. You could wind up with premature labor because cinnamon can induce contractions.
I hope that you enjoyed this article because it is important and I really wanted to share it with you. The bottom line is to take cinnamon with diabetes. While cinnamon can help with lowering your blood sugar levels, yours in particular may still be too high. You may need something a bit more powerful. Here is what works best! If you have any questions about cinnamon and it’s benefits, please leave a comment below. I would appreciate it and will respond quickly. Thank you!