Cinnamomum aromaticum (aka Cassia cinnamon or Chinese cinnamon) has been shown by scientific reasearch to support blood sugar levels already within the normal range by enhancing normal glucose uptake and sugar metabolism.
Some research has found that this particular type of cinnamon may lower blood sugar by 24% and cholesterol levels by 18% when taken in dosage as low as 1 to 6 grams a day for 40 days.
According to these studies, there are five mechanisms through which cinnamon affects your blood sugar metabolism:
- cinnamon contains natural occurring compounds with insuline-like effects
- cinnamon may increase glucose metabolism, thus improving blood sugar regulation
- cinnamon improve the effectiveness of insulin by slowing the emptying of the stomach and reducing rises in blood sugar levels after meals
- proanthocyanidin in cinnamon may alter the insulin-signaling activity in your fat cells
- polyphenols contained in cinnamon can act as both insulin sensitizers and antioxidants