Does Cinnamon Lower Blood Sugar?

Q: I've heard cinnamon helps lower blood glucose. Is it true?

A: A few studies have indicated that cinnamon minimally improves blood glucose, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Regular ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks were used in the studies. The amount suggested was 1/2 teaspoon per day. This amount of cinnamon can be combined in foods such as applesauce or yogurt. However, the research on cinnamon is not conclusive, and the use of cinnamon has not become part of common clinical practice. More research is needed before conclusions can be made about cinnamon's role in treating diabetes.

Madhu Gadia, M.S., R.D., is a certified diabetes educator.