Discover how to treat Type 2 diabetes with cinnamon, which cinnamon to take, recipes. the dosage or amount to take and best practices. If you are taking Cinnamon for diabetes and for blood sugar control, you need to follow a few basic steps. But do it in consultation with your doctor because he or she will know your specific medical condition.
Most physicians can be reluctant to help because they have a vested interest in supplying you with pills, tests and other medical procedures. There is no money in a healthy person. But a good Doctor will work with you and help you to ascertain the efficacy of Cinnamon for diabetes. But here is what we know.
Controls Candida - Another cause of Type 2 diabetes is weight gain, often caused by an over population of Candida. And Cinnamon is one of the most effective ways to control Candida. We take closer look at fighting Candida with cinnamon here.
Gut Bacteria - There are emerging studies which show that Bacteria responsible for common skin infections, food poisoning and Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) could also trigger Type 2 diabetes.
Scientists at the University of Iowa found that prolonged exposure to a toxin produced by the S.aureus bacteria (MRSA) cause rabbits to develop insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, and systemic inflammation.
Since is Cinnamon is one of the powerful anti-bacterial agent known to man it is logical to conclude that Cinnamon will be helpful in mitigating to development of Type 2 diabetes.
One of the best known studies was done in France (Study - CHU Hospital Nord, Saint-Etienne, France) where it was demonstrated that Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil was effective against 65 strains of anti-biotic resistant bacteria. These include E-coli, Salmonella, Citrobacter, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
This Korean study by Chung-Ang University also shows cinnamon is effective against Staphylococcus aureus. An Indian study (PDF report) further confirms Cinnamon is the most effective against a whole host of bacteria including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium Bacillus cereus Campylobacter jejuni Listeria monocytogenes, Streptococcus pyogenes, Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureas.
Without a doubt many of the studies on Cinnamon for diabetes were poorly done resulting in mixed results. What we have found is not much attention was paid to the quality of Cinnamon used in the studies with no description of the Cinnamon quality levels as measured by essential oil content, chemical signature, compounds present or ash content. Sometimes we think the drug companies have funded Cinnamon studies designed to fail, to keep you hooked on commercial drugs.
We are strongly of the belief, the higher the quality, the better results are. For example a high Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil should have at least 60% Cinnamaldehyde. Low quality Ceylon Cinnamon powder or sticks (yes even Organic) can have little or no real Cinnamon in it resulting in mixed results. Try to buy good quality Ceylon Cinnamon.
Is merely controlling blood sugar levels a long term solution to treat the problem of too little insulin or insulin resistance? It is possible that Cinnamon actually reduced insulin resistance as well as lowering your blood sugar levels.
We think you can use Cinnamon to initially address the blood sugar issues to get it under control fast, but you must follow it up a with consistent healthy diet and moderate exercise which more than anything else reduces insulin resistance. And a little bit of Cinnamon as you would use salt and pepper. Don't use Cinnamon as a substitute for getting healthy.