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Does Cinnamon Benefit Diabetes?-Yes, It Does and Why

You are considered diabetic if the blood sugar in your body is higher than normal for a prolonged time  (1).

Cinnamon-benefits-diabetes

Digestion of the ingested food with stomach acids and enzymes generates sugar which goes to the bloodstream. This is called blood sugar or blood glucose. Sugar is sent to the cells which produce energy, forms proteins and the remaining sugar is stored in liver and fat tissues.  This stored sugar replenishes the body per requirement.

This entire process is mediated by the hormone insulin, released by the pancreas. Insufficient insulin release or poor insulin response leaves a higher amount of sugar in the blood.

If not taken care of, this high sugar condition leads to cardiovascular risk, liver damage and results in other detrimental consequences to the body. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent symptoms in the world affecting the quality of lives of millions of people and the number is increasing.

The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2017 is $327 billion, including $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity (2). These numbers are increasing creating a lucrative market for drugmakers, dietary supplements and finding alternative medicines.

Luckily, if diagnosed early Diabetes 2 could be prevented or reversed with the appropriate diet with right portions, exercise along medications. The commonly used drugs for type 2 diabetes is Metformin and comes with multiple side effects (3) if used long term. This is a widely used drug benefiting the world of diabetes.

Everyone does not prefer eating medicine every day. Something that may be more attractive will be a dietary supplement or easy to go by which is not real medicine but the purpose of controlling or maintaining the blood sugar.

A lookout for an alternate medicine sought Cinnamon, one of the star spices of Indian kitchen which has been used in Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurveda for centuries to treat diabetic conditions (4). There is a plethora of research on cinnamon in the diabetes space with several published trials in humans and animals.

The key question remains unclear: Does cinnamon benefit diabetes Type 2 unequivocally?

This blog aims at finding an answer to this question.

What are the Scientific Pieces of Evidence that Makes Cinnamon an Anti-diabetic Agent?

Multiple clinical trials in animals and rats have been conducted around different regions of the world to test cinnamon in the lucrative diabetes space.  The overall results in summary (5): cinnamon shows a positive response to type 2 diabetes. There are results in these trials which contradict it.

Why are n’t the Results of the Studies and Clinical Trials for Cinnamon  Consistent?

These inconsistencies cast doubt on the ability of Cinnamon as a reliable treatment for Diabetes. Here are some of the reasons. These studies and trials are done with varieties of cinnamon as

  • powder
  • capsules
  • extract
  • tea
  • oil
  • Spray-dried material from the cinnamon extract

While the trials are self-consistent, they can not be compared with one another because of the lack of knowledge of the amount of active ingredient.

Out of these many trials, we like to allude to two of the most recent trials. Both are having some uniqueness to them, which were not addressed before when the trial results were analyzed.

BMI was evaluated as a parameter for the 1st time (!) along with other glycemic parameters with diabetic patients.

The other one is with healthy volunteers, again conducted for the 1st time!.

Here is the summary of these two trials.

1. 2019 Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial (6)

This clinical trial was conducted with 140 diabetic type II patients. They were divided into 4 groups as per BMI of ≥27, <27. Two of the groups (BMI of ≥27, <27) were a placebo (control group specifically designed to have no real effect).

The experimental group received 2×500 mg capsules/day of cinnamon bark powder for 30 consecutive days.

Results: Significantly prominent improvements were seen with higher BMI patients (≥27). The improvements were seen with BMI, body fat, and visceral fat, glycemic (FPG, 2hpp, HbA1C, Fasting Insulin, and Insulin Resistance) compared to placebo.

2. 2019 Results from The One-Only RandomizedHealthy Volunteer Trial (7)

A group of 41 healthy adult volunteers without any chronic diseases and not using drugs from Tokat/ Turkey participated. It consists of 46.34% female and 53.66% of males with an age group of 37.95±8.40 years.

They were divided into 3 groups (group 1: 14, Group 2:14 and Group 3:13). Group 1 was dosed with 1 g, group 2 was with 3 g and group 3 with 6 g.

Cassia cinnamon powder is used as a mixture with milk and apple in this study.

The blood glucose and BMI before the experiment, on day 20 and day 40 were measured along with some other blood parameters.

Results:

  1. The level of cinnamon consumption had no bearing on age.
  2. No difference in BMI was seen at days 20 and 40 before the start of cinnamon consumption.
  3. 1 and 3g consumption did not show any statistically significant blood glucose difference before the consumption.
  4. Increased level of cinnamon (6 g) offered a differentiated level of blood sugar.

All these studies point to the identification of the active ingredient(s) in cinnamon which can add clarity for using cinnamon.

What Does Cinnamon Contain to Combat Diabetes?

                                                             Procyanidin Type-A Dimer

Cinnamon-Procyanidin type-A -dimer

Most research points to a polymeric phenol dimer Procyanidin Type-A, contributing to an increased sensitivity to insulin resistance.

How does one Isolate or Even Use  Procyanidin Type-A in a Formulation?

A literature survey revealed that dietary supplement CinSulin from aqueous cinnamon extract marketed as a dietary supplement to prevent/control diabetes. It is sold at Amazon and Costo. It has garnered many 5-star reviews on the Amazon website.

The active ingredient of Cinsulin comes from aqueous extraction of cinnamon and has been patented (8)

A copy of the Abstract of Invention is pasted below:

This invention relates to an improved process for preparing water extract of cinnamon on a large scale. The process comprises the steps of

(a) adding an aqueous solvent such as water to at least 5 kg of a cinnamon raw material at the water to a material ratio of 1:1 to 100:1,

(b) boiling the mixture of (a) for at least 5 minutes,

(c) removing the solid debris from the mixture,

(d) storing the liquid portion of the mixture at about −5 to 25° C., preferably 0-10° C., until a top layer of oil is formed and partitioned,

(e) removing the top layer of oil, 

(f) collecting the remaining liquid portion.

The present process prepares a cinnamon water extract product with minimal content of potentially toxic cinnamaldehyde and coumarin while increasing the contents of the active ingredients of polyphenolic polymers for controlling blood glucose levels.”

CinSulin is extracted from Cinnamomum Burmannii, standardized to not less than 3% Type-A Polymers (9). 

This formulation has gone through a series of five clinical trials with a positive impact on diabetes It is a great advancement of Cinnamon in diabetes prevention and control. It would be interesting to see if the Procyanidin Type-A Dimer can be isolated in pure form and undergo clinical trials for diabetes.

Takeaway

  • The most recent clinical cinnamon capsules consisting of cinnamon powders have shown noticeable improvements in blood sugar and HbA1C.
  • Cinnamon causes positive changes in the blood level of healthy individuals in a way to manage blood glucose to keep within a healthy limit.
  • Cinnamon water extract carrying  Procyanidin Type-A Dimer has positive results in 5 clinical trials.

The leading water formulation with the removal of toxin cinnamaldehyde and coumarin with a measured amount of procyanidin dimer may lead to more consistent trial results.

Cinnamon carries a good future in the prevention and control of diabetes.

  • The dietary supplement using water extract has been used creating Cinsulin which is helping diabetes patients.
  • The toxin-free water extract removes all inconsistencies used from powder, pills, oil, and variations of cinnamon.

The toxin-free aqueous extract of cinnamon containing the insulin-sensitive active poly-phenol benefits diabetes dependably. It removes the variations of cinnamon types and forms such as powders, pills, capsules from varieties of cinnamon used in clinical trials causing inconsistencies.

Anusuya Choudhury

8 Comments

  1. Nice one I never knew cinnamon would be of great benefit to a diabetic patient,I think this is a new innovation in the medical community and if more research and work is put in there would be even better results and the cost spent on diabetes would be reduced to a minimal state. Thanks anusuya choudhury for this article.

    • Hi David,

      I hope cinnamon would come up as a cost-effective alternative for diabetes and diabetes management. It is good news that research is continuing in that direction.

  2. Your topic appeals to me on several levels.   I am diabetic; any topic on diabetes gets my interest.  As a diabetic, I am always interested in any topic dealing with alternative approaches to reversing diabetes, or for that matter, any approach.  Your topic for cinnamon treatment for diabetes offers new discussion on this topic and something for someone like me to consider..  Your article provides a good introduction to the use of cinnamon in the approach to reducing or reversing the diabetic condition.  There is a large audience of people searching on the topic of diabetes who will find their way to your website under your topic.  It is clearly a net-gatherer topic for people searching on the more general topic of diabetes.  

    • Hi there,

      I am and many in the current world are in the same position as you are. 

      The food, sedentary lifestyle, lack of real physical activity, the polluted earth, and the environment all gets in our way. 

      The world is looking for alternatives to reverse diabetes and the natural spice has helped diabetes over centuries in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine without much mention of side effects.

      So digging into literature and finding how actually cinnamon can help the world was a pleasure. 

      In that wave of thought, Cinsulin seems to be a widely marketed supplement for diabetes people have used.

  3. Your science on the positive effects of cinnamon on blood glucose levels for diabetics is quite interesting and compelling.  I am a personal trainer often working with type-2 diabetics consulting with them on ways to better manage their conditions nutritionally as well as physically.  I appreciate that you led me to the most promising cinnamon treatments in your take away.  This will help me better direct my clients to options that could truly aid them in their journey.

    • Hi Stacy,

      It was time-consuming research to find out if Cinnamon really is helping diabetes or not. I am glad that you found it compelling. I hope it helps your journey.

  4. Thank you for your post. It is useful article for me. I have pre-diabetes and my doctor suggest me to use drug. I am not comfortable with the medicine and think about using natural ways to control my blood sugar, but never take time to do the research.

    Here comes your article. Cinnamon benefits diabetes in so many ways. I also see that you present several scientific studies to verify the efficacy of Cinnamon on diabetes. I am going to try this. In the article, you don’t provide sources of Cinnamon. Could you give me some advice on how to get the best Cinnamon?

    It is kind of you sharing this useful product with us.

    • Hey Anthony,

      Thank you for reading and being inspired to try cinnamon as an alternative medicine for diabetes. 

      You can buy Ceylon cinnamon from Amazon. 

      Please consult your physician and discuss it with him before you try.

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