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A Spoonful Of Cinnamon Makes The Sugar Go Down

Q. I believe I heard that cinnamon helps with blood sugar control in diabetes. Is this true and if so, how much does it take?
A. We have heard from a number of people that one teaspoon of cinnamon on oatmeal or in other food can help lower blood sugar. Preliminary test tube research suggests that this spice enhances cellular response to insulin and facilitates the passage of glucose into cells.
Diabetics must inform their doctors if they add cinnamon to the diet and also monitor blood sugar levels carefully. It may be helpful, but this home remedy is no substitute for standard diabetic treatments.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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