Sprinkling a little cinnamon—just 2 grams or about a half a teaspoon—into your daily diet may help lower blood pressure suggests an analysis in the journal Nutrition. After examining the results of three studies, the authors determined that cinnamon measurably lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in adults with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
- 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
- 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.
“The kind of cinnamon you find in the spice jar can thin your blood and cause liver and kidney damage in high doses.”