Originally Posted by Taedareth
What I remember from Nourishing Traditions is that cinnamon doesn't regulate insulin - it increases it. That's why NT recommended putting a dash of cinnamon in sugary desserts, to get your insulin flowing to handle the sugar. In the case of a person whose body already overproduces insulin (like a diabetic or prediabetic), that sounds like it wouldn't be a good thing.
It's a standard supplement herbalists use for diabetes. It is used across the board for people with regulatory issues. It can be used when you cannot produce insulin or if you overproduce and are resistant to it. It is fabulous for hypoglycemia. It doesn't increase insulin, it acts as a substitute so your body is required to produce less of it.http://heartspring.net/diabetes_cinnamon.htmlhttp://herbal-powers.com/cinnamon.htmlhttp://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/41026.phphttp://www.vrp.com/articles.aspx?ProdID=art1397&zTYPE=2
"More than 170 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes, and for many, drugs or other forms of treatment are unavailable. It may be possible that many of these people could benefit from readily available natural products such as cinnamon," said Graves.
This is the news that is most exciting for people who respond to low-carb diets, since most (or at least a substantial percentage) of us are probably insulin resistant or diabetic. Several studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and blood glucose control by taking as little as ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Improving insulin resistance can help in weight control as well as decreasing the risk for heart disease, so this has a lot of people interested. Although the results of preliminary studies are somewhat mixed, the majority of the research seems to be pointing in the direction of cinnamon being beneficial. Along with the improvement in blood sugar, these studies have documented improvements in triglycerides, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol.