The Official Link Between Chronic Stress and Diabetes

By Mary West,

stress response

More and more, research finds that stress is a problem to be taken seriously because it increases the risk of multiple health disorders, one of which is diabetes. … Continue reading

Can Cinnamon Help Lower Blood Sugar?

By Mary West,

cinnamon for diabetes

A recent review of studies testing the benefit of cinnamon on blood sugar concluded that the spice may be therapeutic in this area.

The finding gives diabetics another tool for fighting the disease.

Researcher Pauline J. Maddox of Southern Adventist University reviewed 15 clinical trials, 13 of which evaluated cinnamon’s effects on fasting blood glucose (FBG) and 10 of which assessed its effects on HbA1c. (While FBG reveals a blood sugar reading on a given day, HbA1c shows clinicians an average of blood sugar levels over a period of weeks or months.) The dosages of cinnamon used in the trials ranged from 1 to 6 grams per day.

Maddox found significant reductions in FBG in 10 trials and in HbA1c in six trials. The results led her to determine that cinnamon can be recommended to lower these two medical parameters. She advises a regimen of 1 to 6 grams per day, a dose that can be obtained through taking one to four 500-milligram tablets two to three times per day with meals.

Why don’t all the studies exploring the value of cinnamon on diabetes show a benefit? Researchers from an earlier experiment speculated that the source of the spice as well as the method by which it is extracted could make a difference.

How Much Can Cinnamon Lower Blood Glucose?

According to Paul Davis of the University of California, who authored a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, cinnamon decreases blood sugar by a modest 3 to 5 percent. This reduction compares to the lowering effects of many diabetes medications, which indicates the spice could be helpful to the millions with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

In another study, the results were robust rather than modest. In this experiment, participants who took 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days experienced a 24 percent reduction in blood sugar levels.

Are Cinnamon Supplements Safe?

Large amounts of the cinnamon spice can impair liver function, but supplements that go through a water extraction should be safe for people who don’t have liver damage. Adding the spice to food should not present a problem to anyone. You can sprinkle it in oatmeal or smoothies and include it in recipes.

Make sure you choose a pure supplement that is free of toxins. Avoid Cimmamomun Cassia or cassia cinnamon, as it contains high amounts of coumarin, a chemical that is toxic to the liver at high doses or when taken for a prolonged period. Cinnamon shouldn’t be taken with statins, the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs, because the combination can cause hepatitis.

What Other Foods are Beneficial for Diabetes?

Anyone with diabetes can benefit from including broccoli in the diet because research suggests it reduces the damage the disease inflicts on blood vessels. A study shows the bacterial colonies in the gut of diabetics differ from that of non-diabetics, so the consumption of probiotics can be helpful. Other research indicates following a Mediterranean diet, an eating plan plentiful in vegetables, can reduce the risk of the disease. In addition, a study found the greater a person’s intake of foods high in magnesium, such as green vegetables, avocados and almonds, the lower the incidence of diabetes.


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.

Banana Cinnamon Tea: The Latest Sleeping Pill Alternative?

By Mary West,

banana-teaSleeping pills come with considerable risks and side effects, but nature provides a safe alternative. According to Dr. Oz, “bananas are a sleeping pill in a peel.” Next time you can’t sleep, drink a cup of soothing banana cinnamon tea. … Continue reading

How Does Turmeric Spice Compare to Turmeric Supplements?

By Mary West,

article11218 Discoveries of turmeric’s multiple health benefits have generated much public interest, but some may wonder how including the spice in the diet compares to taking the supplement. Here are some factors to consider. … Continue reading

The Source of All Inflammation and the Key to Fighting it

By Mary West,


In recent years much has been written about inflammation, as scientists have discovered it plays a major role in the development of an array of illnesses. But where does inflammation start? … Continue reading

Both Men and Women Need Exercise, but for Two Different Reasons

By Mary West,

Couple on bikes outdoors smilingThere’s no disputing the health benefits of exercise: it increases energy, improves heart health and keeps joints young. But when exploring the many other benefits of exercise, turns out men and women need exercise for two very different reasons.   … Continue reading

Drinking Coffee May Ward Off Colon Cancer

By Mary West,


A new study finds regular consumption of coffee may dramatically benefit patients with bowel cancer. It helps prevent the cancer from recurring after treatment, as well as boosts the likelihood of a cure. … Continue reading