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Cinnamon for Type II Diabetes

| Modified on Feb 18, 2024

Cinnamon is a helpful natural remedy for those with type II diabetes. But not all cinnamons are not equally helpful. Cinnamon cassia is typically what you will find in the spice section of your grocery store. While this is fine for cooking, in therapeutic dosages, it may be toxic to the liver.

The cinnamon that is recommended to regulate blood sugar is called "Ceylon cinnamon." It is also sometimes called, true cinnamon or sweet cinnamon. Its scientific name is Cinnamomum verum. This cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka.

How Much Cinnamon Should I Take to Treat Diabetes?

Because the health, size, weight, age and nutritional needs of each person are different, there is no one correct amount of cinnamon to take to help regulate blood sugar in diabetes. If you buy cinnamon capsules, taking 1 capsule with a meal once or twice a day will give you an idea of how it is affecting you. You may need to increase or decrease the amount to see the desired results. Always monitor your blood sugar carefully when making changes to your diet or supplement routine.

Cinnamon is a help for many with type II diabetes. It will be more likely to be a true help if you are also making positive dietary steps for your diabetes.

Have you tried cinnamon for diabetes type II? We would love to hear from you!

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Posted by Beryl (Nottingham UK) on 04/09/2019


Hello, I'm pre diabetic and recently my blood sugar readings have gone up which has naturally worried me, so I've been looking into taking cinnamon to bring the levels down. And it has disturbed me greatly to discover that a lot of the suppliers are not ruthlessly honest about their source of cinnamon, and are indeed selling cinnamon cassia which contains high levels of coumarin which can potentially harm the liver and cause cancer. One company usually known for the quality and reliability of their products, supplies capsules of cinnamon burmanni to their customers and apparently this contains the highest amount of coumarin. So, if you're taking cinnamon please check that you're not taking the harmful variety.

Best wishes.

Posted by Ken (Picton, New Zealand) on 09/02/2015

I have been taking pure Ceylon Cinnamon for the last six weeks and I can see the results already. At last my Diabetes is under control. You must take the Pure Ceylon Cinnamon ONLY as the others have side effects that affect you over a long term. You can start on 6 capsules a day until you have some reduction in your levels then take 4 a day.

Posted by Marcin (Toronto, Canada) on 05/22/2015

For diabetic people the ideal alternative might be a cinnamon based remedy.

Studies show that cinnamon lowers blood glucose levels in diabetes. It also enhances the effectiveness of insulin. It is often used in baked sweet breads (or other sweet or heavy foods) because it counterbalances the negative properties of such foods. That's why it might be a perfect medicinal spice for diabetes.

Cinnamon improves the blood circulation and warms the body. Incidentally, poor blood circulation and coldness are seen as one of the major causes of fibroids and cysts in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the formulas used for fibroids is Cinnamon and Hoelen (Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan). If you can get it, it would be the best. But if you cannot, just pour hot water over 1 tsp. cinnamon and drink the tea 2-3 times a day. You can also put water and cinnamon powder into a pot and boil it for 10 minutes. I found out that it has a stronger taste when drunk this way.

Also, make sure that the cinnamon you use is from Sri Lanka (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). The most popular commercially sold variety might be harmful to health when taken in high dosages (it contains toxins).

Posted by Tia (Dallas, Texas) on 03/24/2007

CINNAMON. S'posed to be an end to HBP and Diabetes.

Replied by Abbie
(Arcadia, Ca)

Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp 30 min. before a meal is very effective for type II diabetes, it also lowers your BP.

Replied by Andy

Cinnamon is good but most all cinnamon you buy off the shelf is a cheap cinnamon referred to as cassia cinnamon. Some will specify this and some will not, just lists cinnamon as the ingredient and you can be sure if it is fairly cheap, it is cassia. The problem with the cassia type cinnamon is that when taken for medicinal purposes such as daily for diabetes, can have detrimental effects on your liver. Coumarin is the ingredient in cassia that is not good for you. An alternative and considered TRUE cinnamon is Ceylon cinnamon and does not have dangerous levels of coumarin. It is more expensive but taste so much better, again true cinnamon. There is also a Saigon and korintje which also have the higher levels of couman.