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How can cinnamon help with type 2 diabetes?

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Cassia cinnamon has shown the ability to lower blood sugar by decreasing insulin resistance. Researchers found that about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day reduced cholesterol approximately 18 percent and lowered blood sugar levels by 24 percent, according to WebMD.

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Cassia cinnamon is the kind most Americans use for cooking. This type is classified as a food and not as a medication. It is safe for people with diabetes; however, those with liver damage should use caution. Cinnamon is also sold as a supplement. Quality brands are labeled with a seal from NSF International, U.S. Pharmacopeia or ConsumerLab, according to WebMD.

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