There are many spices and herbs that have been shown to control blood sugar, but cinnamon has 20 times the capacity to positively impact factors associated with metabolic syndrome, insulin sensitivity, blood sugar, antioxidants, inflammation, blood pressure and body weight.
Cinnamon and weight loss are connected because of cinnamon’s ability
to boost insulin sensitivity.
You can help to stabilize your blood sugar and lose more fat just by adding cinnamon to your tea or a glass of water every day.
The daily dosage of cinnamon depends on the user, age or any medical conditions they may have. For ground cinnamon the dosage is 1-1.5g a day. If using a cinnamon supplement, do not exceed 500mg a day split in two doses to be taken after breakfast and dinner.
The NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) indicates that cinnamon is generally safe for most people in amounts of up to 6 grams of cinnamon daily for 6 weeks or less.
Precautions with cinnamon
As with any tea that is new to you, take your time in getting to know cinnamon tea, and watch for any cinnamon effect you may be experiencing. If your nose runs, your eyes itch and water, or you break out in a rash after drinking cinnamon tea, you may have an allergy to cinnamon.
Other symptoms of a cinnamon allergy can include insomnia, shortness of breath, upset stomach, hives, or a slightly swollen throat, tongue, or lips. If you think you might have a cinnamon allergy, your healthcare professional can provide allergy testing to determine your tolerance for cinnamon. (Keep in mind that your allergy may be to one type of cinnamon – e.g. cassia, rather than Ceylon, cinnamon.)
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
- 4 teaspoons of honey
- 2 cups of boiling water (16oz)
Mix the cinnamon and honey in a cup and make a paste. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Add the boiling water and stir the mixture with water. Cover the cup for half an hour. Filter the mixture after 30 minutes. Wait until it cools.
For best results, take one half of the drink (8oz) before breakfast. Take one half of the drink (8oz) after dinner or before you go to bed. Cinnamon is helpful in losing extra weight because it causes “thermogenic burns”. This is all about burning the bad cholesterol in the body and increasing the good one.
- ½ tea spoon of cinnamon powder
- 1 tea spoon of honey
- 1 cup of boiling water
Combine the cinnamon and honey and make a paste. Add boiling water, cover and leave the mixture for ½ hour. Now, stir it well, filter and drink half the quantity on an empty stomach before breakfast. You can refrigerate or leave the rest of the mixture at room temperature and drink it before bedtime. Do not reheat it.
There are reports of people who have used this recipe regularly and lost about 3kg in a week.