Cinnamon & Diabetes

Sami Parker

Let’s discuss the popular cinnamon topic that cinnamon impacts diabetics health and whether or not it is true! 

Cinnamon is a spice that comes from a cinnamon tree, and is utilized in many dishes to add a tasty flavor which I’m sure that you all know about! Cinnamon contains potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These minerals act together to maintain a healthier heart along with promoting a healthier nervous system. Cinnamon also is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that works hard against free radicals. 

Due to cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory properties, it’s thought to improve insulin sensitivity and improve oxidative damage. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance which cinnamon is also thought to combat. As individuals found and continue to find this information out, the myth that cinnamon cures diabetes has developed; however, this is completely incorrect. While cinnamon may not cure diabetes, it definitely has properties that can help combat the causes of type 2 diabetes. Being a type 1 diabetic, I still love to reap the benefits of cinnamon, which is why I like to include it in so many of my recipes! Below is a list of said recipes that utilize cinnamon: 

  • Smoothie recipe
    1. 2 banana 
    2. Vegan protein powder 
    3. 1 cup Almond milk 
    4. Cinnamon 
    5. 1 cup Spinach
    6. Stevia 
    7. Ice cubes 
    8. Blend in blender and ready to serve!

  • Baked sweet potato 
    1. Microwave in oven for 5 minutes 
    2. Cut open 
    3. Sprinkle cinnamon powder and sea salt on inside 
    4. Ready to eat! 

  • Cinnamon apple bake 
    1. Cut up 2 honey crisp apples 
    2. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp coconut oil, cinnamon, rolled oats, ½ tsp vanilla extract. 1 tbsp maple syrup 
    3. Bake in oven at 375 for 10- 15 minutes or until golden brown 
    4. Ready to eat! 

These simple recipes all taste delicious, allow you to reap the benefits of cinnamon, and are easy to make! Enjoy! 

C’est la vie, baby! 


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