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What are the benefits of Cinnamon in Diabetes?

Introduction

Cinnamon is an aromatic, very delicious spice derived from the inner bark of Cinnamomum tree. The spice has been used in medicines since ages. It has also been used as a food preservative in older times. Cinnamon lends a complex, sweet flavor without the spike in blood sugar level. The compound cinnamaldehyde is responsible for its health benefits. According to Ayurveda, Cinnamon is an excellent herb to pacify Kapha and balance Vata and Pitta. It is known as twak in Sanskrit and daalchini in Hindi.

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What are the Types of Cinnamon?

There are four types of Cinnamon being commercially used. These include Ceylon, Cassia, Saigon and Korintje but most popular are

  • Ceylon and Cassia. Ceylon Cinnamon is grown in South America, Southeast Asia and West Indies.
  • Cassia Cinnamon is grown in Central America, China and Indonesia.
  • Ceylon Cinnamon is considered true or Mexican cinnamon. They are soft and brittle and are rolled tightly.

Cinnamon contains phytochemical that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anticancer and anti-diabetic properties.

Is Cinnamon Good For Diabetes?

  • Cinnamon is a miraculous herb in preventing and fighting diabetes (Type 2 only where pancreas still produce insulin but cells become resistant to it).
  • Treatment for diabetics is a lifelong blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating, regular exercise and at times insulin therapy.
  • The key hormone Insulin regulates metabolism and energy use. It also transports blood sugar from the blood stream to our cells. When an individual’s cells become resistant to the effects of Insulin, it leads to Type 2 diabetes.

How Cinnamon Works?

  • Cinnamon works wonder in reducing insulin resistance naturally and gradually and thus helps the hormone to do its job smoothly. The high levels of blood sugar in diabetic patients
  • (Type 2 diabetes) leads to the formation of harmful substances called Advanced Glycation End products (AGE). This leads to cellular damage. Cinnamon has compounds like epicatechin, catechin and procyanindin B2 that inhibits the formation of AGEs and thus prevents further damage to the cells.
  • Cinnamon stimulates the release of insulin from pancreatic cells and improves the activity of insulin receptors along with improving the glucose uptake by the cells.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

How to use

  • Type 2 diabetes people are advised to take at least 1 gram of cinnamon daily. It could be sprinkled on foods for added flavor or boil some cinnamon sticks in water for 20 minutes and then let it cool for some time as while cooling, the cinnamon releases all its magical compounds.
  • The water will turn golden red. The tea needs to be strained and enjoyed warm. One may also mix 3 spoons of cinnamon powder to one liter of water and heat it for 20 minutes. Strain and consume the mixture daily.

Manage Blood Sugar Levels

  • Cinnamon has the ability of lowering blood sugar levels naturally. It has anti diabetic properties. It decreases the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. It interferes with the digestive enzymes which slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract.
  • It blocks certain enzymes called alanines which allow glucose to be absorbed by blood. These enzymes or biological catalysts break down the complex carbohydrates into glucose, so when they are blocked or inhibited, the after-meal glucose level (postprandial) gets reduced naturally.
  • A compound in cinnamon called Methylhydroxychalcone Polymer (MHCP) act on cells by mimicking insulin, which improves glucose uptake by cells. It has been shown that consuming Cinnamon can lower the fasting blood sugar levels 20 %.

Useful in cholesterol

  • Cinnamon also reduces the plasma glucose levels, bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides and increases good cholesterol (HDL).

Stress Management

  • The antioxidant properties of cinnamon help to reduce the oxidative stress on the diabetic patient’s body which happens due to side effects of anti-diabetic medicines being taken by the patients over long period of time.
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Useful in Erectile Dysfunction

  • Along with controlling diabetes, this spice supports sexual function in males and improves erectile dysfunction. It is one of the best remedies for erectile dysfunction in diabetic patients. The cinnamon oil is diluted with sesame oil and applied over the penis for 10 minutes before the bath to improve blood circulation and for longer erections.

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Ceylon cinnamon contains less quantities of a compound called coumarin so it is the best type of cinnamon for diabetic patients.

Useful in cardiovascular disease

  • One of the complications of diabetes is cardiovascular disease. This can be averted with regular intake of cinnamon in small quantities. The compound called Cinnamaldehyde stops the progress of hypertension or high blood pressure in Type 2 diabetic patients.

cardiovascular disease

Diabetic patients are prone to many metabolic problems due to their existing conditions or as a result of the medicines they are taking. They may get inflammation in various parts of their body. The anti-inflammatory effects of cinnamon helps to reduce pain and swelling.

Useful in Alzheimer’s disease

  • Cinnamon is also known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease often associated with diabetes. The cinnamon extract decreases the ability of proteins like beta amyloid and tau to form plaques and tangles leading to Alzheimer (type 3 diabetes).

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How to Take Cinnamon

  • It is advised to take Cinnamon after consulting with the physician as they can provide the best combination according to one’s body constitution. Cinnamon might interact with other medicines, so it should be taken carefully under doctor’s supervision.
  • Cinnamon can be added in food, smoothies and tea or may be taken as cinnamon essential oil in foods. Cinnamon goes well with peanut butter and sugar free jab on toast for diabetic patients. It can be added in oatmeal for a healthy breakfast.
  • One may take cassia cinnamon in capsule forms (500 mg) twice a day.

Dosage

  • The recommended and effective dose to be taken by a diabetic patient should not exceed 2 teaspoons a day.

Avoid Cinnamon

  • People with liver problems should avoid taking Cinnamon in excess. Some people are also allergic to the compound cinnamaldehyde which can cause mouth sores and breathing problems.
  • Consuming too much cinnamon may lead to a condition called hypoglycemia (Low blood glucose) wherein the person feel tired and dizzy. Eating dry cinnamon may permanently damage lungs.

Note

  • Cinnamon should be used by all in small quantities to prevent elevated glucose levels and blood lipid levels. A healthy diet with an active lifestyle helps to keep one fit and free from illness.

Top 7 Effective Natural Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain Aging

According to Ayurveda, Alzheimer’s disease is caused mainly due to imbalance of vata dosha in body. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of brain that shows behavior changes and memory loss in an individual. It is also considered as a form of dementia. The symptoms like memory loss, language problem, decreased judgement, poor judgement, problems in terms of thinking, disorientation in relation to place and time, misplacing things, personality change, lack of initiative, frequent changes in mood and behavior.

Natural treatment is the best way to heal Alzheimer’s disease as it will improve strength, power, memory loss, endurance and will power in an affected person. This disease is more common in older age.

Here are some natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease:

1. Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis):

shankhpushpi

This is an Ayurvedic herb used as a brain tonic, memory enhancer, anxiety, stress-related disorders, insomnia and numerous neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This herb supports central nervous system in an individual. Shankhpushpi contains active ingredients like.

  1. Glycosides & flavonoids that strengthen immunity and act as an antioxidant.
  2. Alkaloids: This herb contains alkaloids that act as a muscle relaxant, serotonin-boosting and pain reducing agent.
  3. Coumarins: It acts as a natural chemical compound that helps in thinning of blood and have anti-fungal and anti-tumor activities. It rejuvenates the brain cells and act as a tranquilizer and psycho-stimulant.

Usage of herb Shankhpushpi:

  1. Consume one teaspoon of shankhpushpi herb powder with a glass of water daily.
  2. Use shankhpushpi in the form of decoction.

2. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi

:This is one of most common herbs used from ancient times for neurological disorders. It contains a mixture of phytochemicals that are very beneficial for the brain. This herb boosts up memory, protects neural system from damage and improves performance of neurons. Brahmi protects the neural system against neurotoxins like morphine, aluminum and cigarette smoke. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that remove heavy metals and amyloid from the brain. It suppresses neural oxidative stress, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is the best natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Usage of Brahmi herb:

  1. Consume one teaspoon of brahmi powder once daily with plain water.

3. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra):

Glycyrrhiza glabra

This is an amazing herb that enhances memory, enhances analytical abilities of the brain, increases blood circulation to central nervous system and balances sugar level in the blood. The antioxidant properties of this herb remove toxins. It helps to control fear, emotions and anger.

Usage of Licorice herb:

  1. You can consume licorice in powder form. Use one teaspoon of licorice once daily.
  2. Make a tea from licorice stick. Take one small stick of licorice boil it in two cups of water. Boil this until it one cup is left. Strain the mixture and drink this herbal tea daily.

4. Turmeric (Curcuma longa):

Turmeric

Turmeric is most common herb used in Ayurveda for its therapeutic value. Anti-oxidant properties of this herb reduces free radicals from the body that improves immunity and health. It is used to remove toxins, fights against allergies and infections. This herb treats associated symptoms and signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The presence of compound curcumin in it shows effective results in various problems.

Usage of Turmeric:

  1. Take one teaspoon of turmeric powder and consume it with a glass of lukewarm water daily.
  2. Use half teaspoon of pure turmeric powder in a glass of milk and consume this milk daily.
  3. Consume turmeric powder in cooking food items.

5. Sonth (Zingiber officinale):

Sonth

This is most commonly used naturally for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It works wonderfully on nervous system and emotional ailments. The herb maintains overall system of the body. Sonth boosts up appetite, makes brain sharper, increases memory and overcomes weakness. It makes the body and mind healthy, stress free, improves brain functions.

Usage of Sonth:

  1. Take a few pieces of dried ginger herb. Put it in two cups of water, boil it until it one cup is remaining and drink it.
  2. Use sonth powder in your food items as it’s very helpful.

6. Almonds:

Almonds

These are used for overcoming signs and symptoms like loss of memory, poor judgment and various other problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Usage of almonds:

  1. Take 4-5 almonds and soak it overnight. Peel it off and eat it daily morning on empty stomach.
  2. You can powder the almonds and take it with a glass of milk daily.
  3. Use almond oil with a glass of milk. Drink this daily once.
  4. Massage your head with almond oil as it will overcome symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It provides a soothing effect, relives stress and cures anxiety.

7. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha

This is one of most effective herbs used to reduce anxiety and stress. It also helps to reduce fatigue, weak memory and anxiety associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The herb promotes overall well-being, nourishes strength and immunity.

Usage of Ashwagandha:

  1. Consume one teaspoon of ashwagandha powder once in a day with plain water or a glass of milk.