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nippers2
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Cinnamon? Does it "work"?

I heard on the Dr. Oz show that eating cinnamon with food will somehow reduce our blood sugar levels.

 

Is this true?

 

Has it really worked for anyone on here?

 

Even if it just helped you a litte bit, I would like to hear your story.

 

Or if it did nothing for you at all.  Tell me that, too.

 

There is also controversy over which cinnamon to use...  common grocery store cinnamon also known as cassia cinnamon  vs.  the rare hard to find ceylon cinnamon.

 

Some say the cassia cinnamon is actually bad for you in significant quanities, because it has something called coumarin in it at much higher concentrations than what you would find in ceylon cinnamon.

 

Since I started this diabetic diet, I haven't eaten anything with cinnamon in it for quite awhile.  As an experiment, I'm going to try to add ordinary grocery store cassia cinnamon to my morning coffee and compare my blood sugar levels over the next few weeks to my past readings and see if there is any noticeable difference between ingesting cinnamon and not ingesting cinnamon.  

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Carleen656
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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?

A few years ago, Dr. Gott who had a syndicated health column in the newspapers, was asked if cinnamon helped with cholesterol levels.  At the time, he was a runner but still had bad cholesterol readings, so he was interested in if the cinnamon issue was true.

 

So he continued his usual routine with running, sensible diet, etc., for a month with the addition of cinnamon.  He experienced absolutely NO change (good or bad) in his cholesterol readings.  

 

That's really all I know about it.  I did add cinnamon to our flaxseed meal cereal (we're low-carbers) and experienced no change in labs with routine physicals but glucose readings were not an issue at that time. 

 

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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?


nippers2 wrote:

I heard on the Dr. Oz show that eating cinnamon with food will somehow reduce our blood sugar levels.

 

Is this true?

 

Has it really worked for anyone on here?

 

Even if it just helped you a litte bit, I would like to hear your story.

 

Or if it did nothing for you at all.  Tell me that, too.

 

There is also controversy over which cinnamon to use...  common grocery store cinnamon also known as cassia cinnamon  vs.  the rare hard to find ceylon cinnamon.

 

Some say the cassia cinnamon is actually bad for you in significant quanities, because it has something called coumarin in it at much higher concentrations than what you would find in ceylon cinnamon.

 

Since I started this diabetic diet, I haven't eaten anything with cinnamon in it for quite awhile.  As an experiment, I'm going to try to add ordinary grocery store cassia cinnamon to my morning coffee and compare my blood sugar levels over the next few weeks to my past readings and see if there is any noticeable difference between ingesting cinnamon and not ingesting cinnamon.  


Dr Oz is to real medicine as Judge Judy is to real justice. Think about that.

 

Then read this: Cinnamon, Spices, Herbs and Similar

 

Please read it in full, but for those who do not click on links I will repeat the footnote I added later to that article:

I just became aware of this paper published in Diabetes Care in January 2008:Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose Control and Lipid Parameters. "CONCLUSIONS— In this meta-analysis of five randomized placebo controlled trials, patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes receiving cinnamon did not demonstrate statistically or clinically significant changes in A1C, FBG, or lipid parameters in comparison with subjects receiving placebo."
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strollingbonez
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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?

months ago ...i was taking cinnamon....4 caps a day....i quit...not a bit of different in readings....

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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?

I still haven't found anything that comes close to diet and exercise....

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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?


alan_s wrote:

nippers2 wrote:

I heard on the Dr. Oz show that eating cinnamon with food will somehow reduce our blood sugar levels.

 

Is this true?

 

Has it really worked for anyone on here?

 

Even if it just helped you a litte bit, I would like to hear your story.

 

Or if it did nothing for you at all.  Tell me that, too.

 

There is also controversy over which cinnamon to use...  common grocery store cinnamon also known as cassia cinnamon  vs.  the rare hard to find ceylon cinnamon.

 

Some say the cassia cinnamon is actually bad for you in significant quanities, because it has something called coumarin in it at much higher concentrations than what you would find in ceylon cinnamon.

 

Since I started this diabetic diet, I haven't eaten anything with cinnamon in it for quite awhile.  As an experiment, I'm going to try to add ordinary grocery store cassia cinnamon to my morning coffee and compare my blood sugar levels over the next few weeks to my past readings and see if there is any noticeable difference between ingesting cinnamon and not ingesting cinnamon.  


Dr Oz is to real medicine as Judge Judy is to real justice. Think about that.

 

Then read this: Cinnamon, Spices, Herbs and Similar

 

Please read it in full, but for those who do not click on links I will repeat the footnote I added later to that article:

I just became aware of this paper published in Diabetes Care in January 2008:Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose Control and Lipid Parameters. "CONCLUSIONS— In this meta-analysis of five randomized placebo controlled trials, patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes receiving cinnamon did not demonstrate statistically or clinically significant changes in A1C, FBG, or lipid parameters in comparison with subjects receiving placebo."

Ha!  The Judge Judy of medicine!  :smileyhappy:

 

I haven't noticed any benefits from it in my morning coffee, other than simply improving the flavor of my coffee.  So, it probably is another of the many myths floating around out there.

 

 

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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?

I like the flavor of cinnamon and eat it regularly, but have not noticed much change in sugar readings. Habaneros on the other hand, i can see a noticable difference. I can weigh out two identicle portions of spaghetti from the same batch, eat one without habs and one with habs, &when i eat with habs, my sugar afterwards is 20 to 30 pts lower. Dont adk me how or why, i dont know. But hot foods keep my sugar in better check. Jot that i eat spaghettie regularly, i just chose a spiking food to test it with. When i use habs or jalepenos in a salad, i actually see a negative impact, so i crumble up a pack of jalepeno crackers to top it with. Works good for me. But i know hot food aint for everyone and dont recommend anyone try it without consulting a dr first to make sure you have no gi issues.
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Re: Cinnamon? Does it "work"?

nipper  posted in part......"heard on the Dr. Oz show that eating cinnamon with food will somehow reduce our blood sugar levels.   Is this true?"

 

Cinnomon works for me but not quite the way most people usually think.

If I want something sweet [don't we all at times?]   I use a combo of cinnamon and Stevis on a piece of toast [a bit of butter too], or on a few slices of fresh apple; or on hot cereal [yummy]. 

 

Instead of candy or any kind or cookies, cake etc. jam or jelly, syrup  or sugar free junk, Cinnamon and Stevia  satisfy my need for something "sweet".  That is all cinnamon can do from what I have learned ... replaces the not so good choices and is healthier for us.

 

I use herbs and spices in my recipes all the time. 

 

Joan

 


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I have experimented with cinnamon.

I found it to lower BG if you take a significant amount.

I used to down 1oz of cinnamon with 2 cups of water.... a very hard thing to do.

That amount definitely made a difference.

 

But there is a big problem, the cinnamon sold in the US is Cassia Cinnamon.

Cassia Cinnamon is toxic for the liver, especially in large quantities

Cassia Cinnamon is banned in some European countries because of the potential liver damage.

 

If you do try to take any significant amount of cinnamon you want Ceylon Cinnamon (aka Real Cinnamon or True Cinnamon)

You can find it on Amazon or specialty spice stores.

 

I do not take cinnamon anymore.... not eating carbs works much better.

 

:smileyhappy:

 

 

 

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ElectroFuzz wrote:

I have experimented with cinnamon.

I found it to lower BG if you take a significant amount.

I used to down 1oz of cinnamon with 2 cups of water.... a very hard thing to do.

That amount definitely made a difference.

 

Hi!   Well, I would not like cinnamon in water either!!!  Ugggg!  It is not  considered a medications; it is used for taste and may help us when our "sweet tooth" demands something  special to enjoy! :smileywink:   I use is as I said to enhance the taste of toast, sqush, hot cereal to name a few choices.  Then too, if  cinnamon or other herbs and spices are used nstead of  jams, jellies, syrups etc also helps us maintain better control. At least for me it doesl,   I also use herbs and spices daily! 

 

But there is a big problem, the cinnamon sold in the US is Cassia Cinnamon.

Cassia Cinnamon is toxic for the liver, especially in large quantities

Cassia Cinnamon is banned in some European countries because of the potential liver damage.

 

There are several types of cinnamon sold in the U.S. besides Cassia.  

 

If you do try to take any significant amount of cinnamon you want Ceylon Cinnamon (aka Real Cinnamon or True Cinnamon)

You can find it on Amazon or specialty spice stores.

 

I use mail order for many supplies as I have food allergies; I find it is actually cheaper to buy in bulk! 

 

I do not take cinnamon anymore.... not eating carbs works much better.

 

It is a personal choice  of course! Low carbs is also a good way to go: I do both - use cinnamoon daily and have lower carbs meals always,

 

Joan:smileyhappy:

 

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