Nearly 180,000 people in the U.S. are living with kidney failure as a result of diabetes (United States Renal Data System). Cinnamon may benefit people who have type 2 diabetes by improving blood sugar, lipid levels, and body composition, according to a study.
Cinnamon has been used as a spice in several cultures for centuries. It was traditionally used to relieve stomach pain and gas; it is still used for these conditions today.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin to properly break down sugar in the blood. Sugar comes from food and is used by the cells for energy. It is also made in the liver. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. Insulin is needed to move sugar into the cells where it can be used for energy needed for body processes. With Type 1 diabetes, the body does not make any insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin properly. Without enough insulin, sugar stays in the blood and causes high blood sugar levels.
Research found individuals who consumed cinnamon had significant decreases in blood sugar, triglycerides, weight, and body fat mass, as compared to the lack of significant changes in these categories for individuals who did not.
There is still a lack of scientific information to support the use of cinnamon for any condition. However, laboratory studies suggest that cinnamon may be useful in the treatment of diabetes type 2 due to its blood sugar-lowering effects.
Furthermore, cinnamon and its parts may have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, and it may prove effective in the supportive treatment of conditions such as cancer or severe virus infections.