Cinnamon Tea & Diabetes

Cinnamon tea has a lot of health benefits. Just boil some water and steep a stick of cinnamon for 10 to 15 minutes and you can reap the benefits. Don’t have a cinnamon stick? A teaspoon of ground cinnamon works just as well.

The benefits of drinking cinnamon are numerous and don’t just benefit diabetics.

  1. Loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off oxidation caused by free radicals that contribute to diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
  2. Lowers inflammation and may improve heart health. Inflammation is thought to be at the root of many chronic diseases including heart disease. Cinnamon may also increase levels of HDL cholesterol.
  3. May help reduce blood sugar. Cinnamon may contribute to the lowering of insulin resistance thus increasing insulin’s effectiveness. Cinnamon may also slow the breakdown of carbs in your gut which will regulate your blood sugar levels.
  4. May promote weight loss. Studies don’t completely control all factors, like calorie intake, but if you control your calorie intake and take about 5 teaspoons of cinnamon powder per day for 12 weeks.
  5. Fights off bacteria and fungi. Cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties which prevents the growth of bacteria, fungi, and molds, like Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E. coli bacteria. It can also help reduce bad breath and prevent tooth decay.
  6. May reduce menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms. Cinnamon tea can help make symptoms more bearable. You can take 3 grams of cinnamon each day for the first 3 days of your menstrual cycle.
  7. May fight skin aging. Cinnamon may promote collagen formation and increase skin elasticity and hydration.
  8. May have anticancer properties. Cinnamon extracts may help kill certain types of cancer cells, including skin cancer cells.
  9. May help preserve brain function. Cinnamon can help protect brain cells from Alzheimer’s disease and improve motor function in those with Parkinson’s disease.
  10. May help fight HIV.
  11. May reduce acne. Cinnamon can help fight the bacteria that causes acne.

7-11 are not completely concrete benefits of cinnamon tea. More research is being done to come to strong conclusions.

So cinnamon tea has a lot of benefits for all. For diabetics, it can help with insulin resistance and might even help you lose weight. You can either have it as a tea or as infused water. Just remember to keep your cinnamon intake low. Too much could be toxic. The compound coumarin is both beneficial and toxic for your liver.

If you do drink cinnamon tea, stick to one or two cinnamon sticks a day, or two teaspoons max. But go ahead and reap the benefits.


REFERENCES

Healthline
NDTV Food


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