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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.

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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.

10 Fruits that Diabetes Patients should eat in daily lifestyle

 Overview

Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions faced by millions of people across the world.

Managing diabetes is tough but it is not impossible. Diabetes is a condition that hinders the body’s ability to respond to insulin which leads to the abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates leading to spiked blood sugar level. There is abnormally high levels of blood sugar level in diabetes.

Top 10 Fruits for Diabetes Patient

What are the causes of Diabetes Mellitus?

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy eating habits such as excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar
  • Heredity
  • Excessive tension, stress and grief

Concept of Diabetes according to Ayurveda:

  • Diabetes is known as “Madhumeha” in Ayurveda. It arises due to aggravation of obstruction of channels through blockage by Kapha dosha and fatty tissue and aggravation of Vata dosha which causes tissue depletion.
  • Diabetes is considered as a lifestyle disease. Since a long time, Ayurveda has been emphasizing on the importance of diet and lifestyle in the maintenance of health, according to which a healthy man is referred as: “one who indulges daily in healthy diet and lifestyle activities, who discriminates between wholesome and unwholesome and acts accordingly.
  • It is also said in Ayurveda that in both health and disease, the wholesomeness and the unwholesomeness is a prime factor to be thought about, as without proper diet, the use of any drug is futile.

Symptoms of Diabetes

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?

  • Constant feeling of hunger and thirst
  • Weakness
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Bad body odour
  • Sweet taste in the mouth
  • Palpitation
  • Quick exhaustion
  • Drowsiness
  • Possible anemia

There are some specific fruits that have been shown to produce effects on blood glucose level as these fruits have low glycemic index and high amount of fiber.

There is a lot of confusion while selecting fruits for a diabetic patient but moderation is the key here.

  • Fruits which are seasonal, fresh and low in glycemic index should be consumed by a diabetic patient.
  • Fruits should be enjoyed as a snack and not be eaten with main meals.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on fruits which is very useful in balancing blood sugar levels.

10 Fruits that Diabetes Patients should eat in daily lifestyle:

There is a false assumption that people suffering from diabetes should avoid fruits because there sugar present in fruits could push up their blood sugar level. But this is a false conception because sugar present in fruits is usually in the form of fructose and unlike other sugars such as sucrose, fructose has low glycemic index.

Less insulin is needed for the metabolism of fructose. Therefore, intake of fruits is not associated with sudden rise of the blood sugar level.

Apples

1.Apples(Malus pumila)

  • Apples can be eaten by diabetic patients because apples are a rich source of Vitamin C, fiber and several anti-oxidants. The fiber present in apples helps in stabilizing blood sugar levels.

They are the rich source of polyphenols as well.

  • The polyphenols present in apples slow down the digestion of carbohydrates and thus lower the blood sugar levels.
  • Apples also contain pectin which is a form of carbohydrate which helps in controlling blood sugar level by releasing it slowly into the bloodstream.

health benefits of pomegranate

2. Pomegranate (Punica gratum)

  • Pomegranates contain the richest combinations of anti-oxidants. Therefore, they can protect the body from free radicals.

They are a rich source of phytochemical compounds as well.

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3.Guava (Psidium guajava):

  • Guava is very rich in dietary fiber and it has low glycemic index as well.
  • Therefore, eating guava reduces the sugar absorption in the blood.
  • It is also rich in dietary fiber which helps to ease constipation as well.
  • Eating guava lowers the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • It also contains potassium which helps in regulating blood pressure.

health benefits of watermelon

4.Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus):

  • Watermelon is rich in potassium. The high potassium content in watermelon makes it one of the best fruits for proper kidney functioning which helps in lowering the blood uric acid levels.
  • Therefore, it helps in preventing kidney damage in diabetic patients.
  • Moreover, lycopene present in watermelon helps in reducing the nerve damage in diabetic patients.

health benefits of papaya juice

5. Papaya (Carica papaya):

  • Papaya is a rich source of natural anti-oxidants so this fruit should be consumed by diabetic patients.
  • The anti-oxidants present in Papaya prevent the cell damage because it contains essential minerals and nutrients.
  • Diabetic patients are prone to many ailments including nerve damage caused due to irregular blood sugar levels.
  • Papaya is useful in obstructing future cell damage and a longer life span.

Oranges

6.Oranges (Citrus sinensis):

  • Oranges are a rich source of flavonones, flavonols and phenolic acid.
  • It has tremendous protective potential especially for the patients suffering with diabetes.

Health benefits of jamun

7.Jamun (Eugenia jambolana):

  • This fruit is regarded as a specific ayurvedic medicine because of its specific action on the pancreas.
  • The fruits, seeds and the whole fruit are useful in the treatment of diabetes. Due to the presence of compound known as jamboline in the seeds, it is used as a medicine in the treatment of diabetes.
  • This fruit has the ability to convert starch into sugar and has hypoglycemic effect that helps to reduce blood sugar levels.

BAEL (AEGLE MARMELOS)

8.Bael (Aegle marmelos):

  • Bael fruit is very famous due to its various medicinal properties but the leaves of this tree are scientifically proven to anti-diabetic.
  • Drink freshly prepared juice of its leaves along with the pinch of black pepper. This juice is very effective in controlling blood sugar.

Health Benefits

9.Strawberries (Fragaria ananassa):

  • Strawberries have low glycemic index so they are very beneficial for patients suffering with diabetes.
  • The sugar present in strawberries is slowly  released in the blood stream as glucose.
  • Intake of strawberries also increase metabolism which helps in weight loss also.

Health Benefits of Cherries

10.Cherries(Prunus avium):

  • Cherries are considered as the rich source of anthocyanins which is responsible for its bright red colour and cherries are the rich sources of enzymes as well.
  • This red colour helps to protect the heart.
  • The enzymes present in cherries are known to boost insulin levels that helps to control blood sugar levels.

Questions:

  1. What is the role of diet and lifestyle change in diabetic patients?
  2. Can diabetic patient take fruits?
  3. What type of sugar is found in fruits?
  4. Why apples are considered good for diabetic patients?