I have recently read quite a bit about the benefits of cinnamon and magnesium for Type 2 Diabetes.
Has anyone tried them? If so, have they worked for you?
I always find it interesting how natural things sometimes seem to help so much with different illnesses.
I don't have Type 2 diabetes but my father does and my mother is pulling her hair out trying to get him to stay on top of things and be more careful.
I'd be interested too to find out others experiences on this to see if there is something my mother could add to his food to help him out.
Cinnamon? Interesting. But be careful about the claims, people might start downing cinnamon rolls and think it's healthy for them! Those are VERY HIGH in sugar. And also, when buying cinnamon, note the difference between cinnamon and cinnamon sugar.
I love cinnamon, the smell of it alone takes away cravings I have of cinnamon rolls and what not. Try sprinkling it on your oats for a change.
My mom takes cinnamon, and I do believe it helps. If you'll notice, they sell tons of it at pharmacies and drug stores.
Limeyyy is right. Put it in your oatmeal or cereal and other items you cook or take the pills!
It is thought that cinnamon can lower blood sugar and insulin resistance, but there have been other studies which conflict with this argument. Cinnamon is VERY good for you! Other blood sugar lowering agents are garlic and fenugreek. Spice up your life and cut out sugar!
Many spices have anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore they can help with the relief of symptoms in chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. However, cinnamon is associated with sweet stuff, so sprinkle it on foods, rather than eating baked goods containing cinnamon.
Magnesium is good for the heart, and diabetes can place extra stress on the heart, so it could prove helpful. Remember that vitamins and nutrients from foods are utilised more efficiently by the body, so rather than taking supplements, look out for foods rich in magnesium such as green vegetables, pulses, nuts, seed and whole grains.
You talk about the anti-inflammatory properties of spices and then you advocate the consumption of grains. Grains are pro-inflammatory, we know grains will cause inflammation in the gut. Grains convert to sugar and sugar causes inflammation. You really need to let go of the grains.
You really have to stop pushing so hard with the paleo diet that you seem to believe is the end-all-be-all because there is not enough evidence to support your claims. People have been growing grains for about 10 thousand years and eating them in the wild for countless generations before that. At the same time, there are many different types of grains that exist and they have not all been tested for causing inflammation. On top of it, those that cause inflammation only do so for some people so there is no universal statement available to support your claims. While we may be eating more than we have in the past, much more research would be required to state that they are categorically bad for us.