Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar In Diabetes

Cinnamon is a delicious spice that lowers blood sugar and helps control diabetes. When people with diabetes consume cinnamon on a regular basis, they lower their requirements for diabetes medications and insulin.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition in which glucose (blood sugar) cannot get into the cells where it is needed to fuel the body. Insulin is a molecule produced in the pancreas that allows glucose to enter the cells where it belongs. Diabetes is caused by an inadequate amount of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or resistance to insulin (type 2 diabetes). In both cases, the glucose accumulates in the blood, which leads to fatigue, thirst, excess urination, and dehydration.

Best diet for diabetes

Diabetic individuals can succeed in maintaining optimal control over their blood sugars when they exercise and eat a low fat, plant-based diet. When people with diabetes follow a low fat, plant-based diet, they experience more success losing weight and lowering their blood sugars than those who follow the American Diabetes Association guidelines.

Health benefits of cinnamon

Cinnamon has been shown in clinical trials to lower the blood sugar in diabetics. The cinnamon you eat is actually the bark of the cinnamon tree. It works by mimicking insulin and also by making the cells more sensitive to insulin, so glucose can enter the cells rather than sitting in the blood.

Other benefits of cinnamon include its high antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory abilities and cholesterol-lowering functions. Furthermore, it does not need to be consumed in abnormally high amounts, just the typically small amounts used for cooking and seasoning food.

Diet and diabetes: Recipes for Success. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Website. Accessed December 4, 2015.

Khan et al. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003 Dec; 26 (12): 3215-8.

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About the Author:

Dr. Carla Hightower, MD, MBA is a certified integrative health coach, speaker, and corporate wellness consultant. She helps busy people develop healthier lifestyle habits and use plant-based nutrition so they can heal themselves. She provides educational information through her health coaching services and an online course on diabetes. In addition she is an engaging speaker on the subject of plant-based food and healthy lifestyle habits that improve health, energy and productivity. In her prior career she practiced anesthesiology for 21 years. In the midst of that career she overcame personal health challenges by adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Also, she observed that most of her patients were suffering from preventable complications of chronic lifestyle diseases. From those experiences she is motivated to teach people how to take full control of their health through better eating and lifestyle habits.


  1. Valencia Ray M.D. December 6, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Carla, It’s good to know I’m on the right track here! Everything within this recipe are foods and spices that I currently use in my nutrition regimen. Glad to see you are advocating for ‘food as medicine’!!

    • chightower December 7, 2015 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Valencia, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I’m happy to hear that you these foods are working well and so beneficial to your health. Excellent!

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