Nancy Dell: Using cinnamon to lower blood sugar

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1.) Any guideline for taking cinnamon to lower blood sugar? Do I just add it to food or take a supplement? 
– Karen

Double blind placebo studies do show cinnamon can lower blood sugar for type 2 diabetics as much as medication.  But if you decide to try it, do so under the supervision of your doctor, certified diabetes educator or dietitian.

There are 2 types of cinnamon.  The Ceylon cinnamon is safer in large doses and would be found in supplements.  The kind of cinnamon you find in the spice jar can thin your blood and cause liver and kidney damage in high doses. So experts recommend you take the Ceylon cinnamon supplement. Start with a lower dose and build up gradually to as much as 1000 milligrams. Take it with food since it may slow the breakdown of starch.  Then monitor your blood glucose. Over time, experts have seen blood sugars drop 25 to 50 points 2 hours after a meal.

Now be aware that people who already have liver or kidney damage or take a blood thinner should avoid it. But talk to your doctor no matter what your situation.

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