What Is the Cinnamon and Honey Treatment for Diabetes?


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Honey is recommended as a sweetener for diabetics as it does not cause the fluctuations in blood sugar that other sweeteners do, reports Collective Evolution. Cinnamon has been found to lower blood sugar levels by 24 percent, reports WebMD. When the two are combined, it seems that glucose metabolism steadies and blood sugar is more easily managed.

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Various studies have found cassia cinnamon to be effective in reducing blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, reports WebMD. In a 40 day study, individuals who ingested 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon a day experienced a 24 percent reduction in blood sugar, as well as an 18 percent reduction in cholesterol. Scientific studies suspect that cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity. In addition, cinnamon contains antioxidant flavonoids, which can have effects similar to insulin, adds Collective Evolution. Honey is a natural sugar source and is broken down slower by the body and thus does not cause spikes in blood sugar. Cinnamon honey is recommended as a sweetener to diabetics as it minimizes blood sugar changes and improves insulin sensitivity.

Large amounts of cinnamon are not recommended for those with liver issues or taking liver-affecting drugs, reports WebMD. In addition, caution is recommended when combining cinnamon with other blood sugar-lowering supplements or drugs.

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