Diabetes is a disease characterized by abnormally high blood sugar. And if you are suffering from type-2 diabetes, you need to keep a constant check on your blood sugar levels. Diabetes, if poorly controlled, can lead to severe health issues like heart disease, kidney disease and nerve damage.
But the good news is that trivial changes in your diet can help to improve your insulin sensitivity and reduce the rate at which sugar enters your bloodstream. An aromatic condiment, cinnamon helps in lowering blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. This spice, commonly used for flavour in several food products is obtained from the inner bark of trees.
If you add cinnamon to your diet, the amount of glucose entering your bloodstream will reduce. This spice interferes with different digestive enzymes and slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates in your digestive tract. When carbohydrates break down, they turn into digestible sugar, which enters your bloodstream and increases blood sugar levels. By slowing down your carbs' breakdown and absorption, cinnamon helps in managing blood sugar levels. The two enzymes present in cinnamon: Pancreatic α-amylase and intestinal α-glucosidase mimic the activity of insulin and act on the cells making them slow down their glucose uptake.
Simple ways you can add this wonderful spice in your diet:
You can grind the cinnamon sticks and sprinkle the powder on your drinks — tea, coffees, shakes, fruit juices.
You can also use it as a flavouring agent by adding it to sweet and savoury dishes. Add coarsely ground cinnamon paste to dishes while cooking.
You can also drink a concoction made out of cinnamon powder, honey and warm water in the mornings boosts weight loss.
You can add cinnamon powder to cakes and puddings. Cinnamon roll is also quite famous among people but make sure you do not consume rolls with sweeteners in it as it will work the opposite of what you are expecting it to do.