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cinnamon for diabetes, how to take cinnamon for your diabetes

You can take real cinnamon to make a difference in your diet

It it weren’t bad enough that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world today, about 80% of the world population living with diabetes are actually in a developing country. But to the 25 million Americans who already have diabetes and the nearly 1 in 4 of us who have elevated fasting blood-glucose levels (aka pre-diabetes), the reality of a difficult life dealing with this dreaded diseases is often very sobering and not in a land far away.  The good news is that most people living with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, which though spreading like wildfire, does show hope of remedy. However, in the quest to combating this chronic disease, the sufferer must take diet seriously. And with both scientists and researchers seeing profound effects when certain spices are added to patients’ diets, one certainly investigate the marvelous effects of a dietary supplement like Ceylon cinnamon powder.

Ceylon Cinnamon is a much loved spice that has great benefits, especially for people suffering from diabetes,  obesity, and cholesterol issues. Since its antioxidant compounds  help to protect the body from free radical damage, glucose metabolism, and reducing body weight, it’s attracted a lot of attention, even in the mass media. Much of its high demand is sparked its exquisite culinary uses and its recognition in the health world as a trusted friend that is low in coumarin (a natural occurring blood- thinning substance, poisonous in high doses). Ceylon cinnamon is delicate and sweet, giving it an excellent gustatory profile for pastries, cakes and dessert, but also magnificent in many savory dishes.

Cinnamon works to take away diabetes because it replaces sugar and fixes insulin levels

You can use cinnamon to relieve symptoms of diabetes

How it relates to diabetes: Emerging research studies continue to show how cinnamon can help those suffering from diabetes in multiple ways.

    1.  It slows your digestion which  helps reduce sharp rises in blood sugar following your meal.
    2.  It enables glucose to metabolize in the liver. This helps reduce insulin levels in the body thereby reducing insulin resistance  (since there isn’t as much of the insulin, the body can be more sensitive to it).
    3. Cinnamon enhances your antioxidant defenses, helping fight the deterioration of the bodies systems that is exacerbated with too much glucose in the blood.
    4. Studies are showing that the bioflavonoid compound proanthocyanidin may actually help in  the proper insulin signaling in your fat cells. As sufferers of diabetes know, much of the game is about insulin. But if the body isn’t properly signaling insulin on its own, one will end up in a dialysis center sooner rather than later.
    5. As a natural sweetener (with no sugar in it whatsoever), it not only helps to reduce cravings for the more dangerous sugars like fructose and sucrose, but also replaces them with the sugary sort of taste unique to the cinnamon from Ceylon.

Diabetics can use cinnamon sticks in many ways

How to Get Maximum Results from Cinnamon

Of course, it is important that Ceylon cinnamon is used properly so as to get optimum results. Gone are the days when most people believe they can pop some magic pills and fix blood sugar issues forever.  The truth has generally gotten out that pharmaceuticals, especially for diabetics, don’t heal. They eventually lead to greater problems, or at least greater dependence.

Thankfully,  Ceylon cinnamon has something to say about safe ways to regulate blood sugar level.  But one of the best ways to do this is to actually add it to your food.  No doubt, eliminating fructose and grains from your diet and exercising daily is still huge. These are the basics. But the next step is to take advantage of spices like cinnamon for their dual action in replacing sweets but also helping the body with the sugar it does have to deal with  as a friend, not an enemy.

Researchers suggest 1/4 – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day with food, and lovers of cinnamon may frankly want to try more.

diabetic recipes using cinnamon

Diabetics have several choices when they try cinnamon

Thus we warmly recommend these 8 fantabulous ways to get cinnamon to part of your diet.

  1.  Use Ceylon cinnamon powder as a sugar substitute:  Want less diabetes?  Take in less sugar.  Though cinnamon is a favorite way to get the sweet taste without the sugary drama, even good coconut oil can have a sweet taste that can please the palate.  So keep a cinnamon shaker (and maybe some coconut oil) handy if you want to brighten up something you would normally want to put sugar on.
  2. Try a cinnamon supplement or even make your own. On the run and have a hard time making a home cooked meal or even a hot brew to match that tasty cinnamon? Take some pure cinnamon pills.  If that isn’t in your budget (which is actually nothing compared to medication and medical costs associated with diabetes), you can make your own. Why? First, you’ll save money.  Buying pills can be 400-500% more expensive than making cinnamon supplements yourself with blank capsules. Second, you also have the chance to get a high grade of cinnamon (ie USDA organic, tested for contaminants, etc) that isn’t necessarily easy to get premade. This is because the FDA, which regulates pills, doesn’t have as strict standards as the USDA to ensure pure and organic quality. So by making your own you can ensure convenience and purity, if making cinnamony meals isn’t your thing.   If your trusted physician gives the green light,  start with 500 mg  a  day.
  3. Use it in tea and coffee (even bulletproof):  Cinnamon matches well with various teas and coffees, but most health gurus would rank green tea ahead of black tea and black coffee in health benefits. Whatever you choose, try to keep honey to a minimum, and try to use a low glycemic honey like Manuka if you do add some extra sweetener.  If you are going the route of green tea, you may appreciate the benefits of apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, turmeric, and ginger with it, for an amazing taste and nutritional boost. If you are going the route of a black tea or coffee, you may want to also add some maca powder that has it own nutritional profile that is anti-inflammatory and even libido elevating.
cinnamon tea for diabetes

You can make cinnamon tea

So how about some good old-fashioned cinnamon tea? To be truly authentic and fun, try using some cinnamon sticks for this.

a. Pour one and half cup of water into a medium saucepan, adding cinnamon sticks to it and cover the pot with  a lid before putting on a stove

b. Reduce the stove burner to medium so that the pot will boil slowly. Cinnamon flavor comes out of the sticks better when it is on slow burn (the pot should be left on the stove for a period not less than 15 minutes)

c. Once the cinnamon flavor is completely out of the stick,  remove the pot from the burner and allow the tea to cool for a while.  This is to allow the cinnamon flavor to diffuse completely out  of the stick

d. After allowing the tea to cool,  strain the tea into a mug and serve. The essence of straining the tea is to remove any particles from the cinnamon sticks when the tea was being brewed. Once all the particles are fully removed, your tea is ready.

ceylon cinnamon drink for diabetics

Try this lime water with cinnamon next time you are really thirsty

          4.  Cold Drinks. Though one can brew the tastiest cinnamon lemon with mint and honey beverage that is great for a hot summer day,  Ceylon cinnamon has also become well known for it’s appearance in a refreshing lime hydrating drink.  So though you might get away with the cinnamon powder here, we suggest upgrading to the Ceylon cinnamon sticks:

  1. Use one cinnamon stick for every pint of water
  2. Heat a pot of pure water with organic 3-inch Ceylon cinnamon stick(s) until it boils.
  3. Let the cinnamon steep for up to 45 minutes
  4. Add 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime to beat the heat
  5. Mix it 50% with sparkling water (e.g. San Pellegrino) to get an additional sparkling taste

This naturally disinfecting drink will have your mouth feeling clean and fresh, and with the anti-inflammatory properties of lime and cinnamon, you will well be on your way to recovery if you’ve had that necessary long jog or trip to the gym. You’ll also be in great shape for your next meal, as they also both the lime and cinnamon promote healthy digestion.  The minerals in the San Pellegrino will help replace what was lost in the workout (especially important for those on a ketogenic diet), especially some magnesium which is so important for diabetics (and which most of us are deficient in, anyway).

Gluten Free Bread Cinnamon Flavored

Try this gluten free cinnamon bread made with coconut flour

          5. The best bread. We are a nation of bread. If you doubt it for a second, try to find even a small city without a Panera or pizza place. Forget about it. The good news is that if you can conquer the carb catastrophe that keeps cropping up on your menu (along with candy you’ve basically knocked out your blood sugar issue.

A really amazing answer to the carb conundrum is coconut flour:  with the exception of most pasta, it can replace about any carbohydrate craving you might have relating to bread and is MUCH better for you.  Check out this cinnamon coconut flour bread recipe that is filling, low carb, and good for your blood sugar (just vary the amount of sugar slightly depending on whether you want it savory or sweet).

Multi-purpose Cinnamon Bread (serves about 4)

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder (aluminum and GMO free)
  • 1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 tsp. stevia powder or 2 tablespoons manuka honey
  • 3 organic pastured eggs
  • 1 tsp. organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup organic sour cream, Greek yogurt (or ⅓ cup coconut milk +⅛ tsp fine Himalayan pink salt)
  • 3 tbsp. salted butter or coconut oil


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Oil and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Blend the dry ingredients with a whisk until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. You can then taste for sweetness and adjust if needed. Let it stand for 3 minutes and then blend again.
  • Spread the batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake it for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack or on a raised toaster oven. Store in refrigerator or dry cool place in a sealed bag or container to keep freshness (lasts 1 week).
Caloric Profile
  • 90 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 net carbs, 3 grams protein per slice.
    try cinnamon smoothies if you have diabetes

    Cinnamon smoothie with vanilla protein

  1.  Smoothies:  Nothing like beating the heat in the summer months by taking a smoothie on the go. But don’t crash your metabolism and  harm your health with some “protein powder” that is simply hydrolyzed nonsense mixed with high-glycemic GMO sugar.  Instead, give your body what it needs with natural nutrients in a low carb, low sugar, delicious, satisfying way spiked with some delicious cinnamon.
  •  2 tbsp. purified water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder like Sunwarrior or coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons manuka honey
  • 1 teaspoon flaxmeal
  • 1 cup crushed ice


  1. Pour all ingredients in blender, adding ice last.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until completely blended and thickened.
try some delicious meat recipes for your diabetes

Red meat can actually be beneficial for diabetics

         7. Red and White Meat:  Enjoying the sweetness of cinnamon while helping your blood sugar is great, but when you have diabetes it’s also a good idea to avoid sweet things in general. That’s why you’ll want to mix some savory recipes in with the sweet ones, even if they are fairly low on the glycemic index.  The following pork loin loaded with fresh apple slices and dusted cinnamon sure goes a long way to hit the spot and give you something hearty. When you toss it in the slow-cooker, you can let all the flavors combine with actually going through all the work of stuffing it!

Like many slow-cooker recipes, all you need is an oven: just place it in a covered roasting pan, check the meat frequently, and  take it out when it’s done.

A great pairing with this is some baked summer squash, or even cabbage with garlic. How about a salad? That will come next.


  • 2 lb. boneless pork loin roast (locally raised if possible);
  • 3 medium organic granny smith sliced apples;
  • ¼ cup manuka honey; (optional)
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced;
  • 1 tbsp. ground Ceylon cinnamon;
  • 1 cup chicken stock;
  • Two tbsp cooking fat;
  • Finely ground Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper;


  1. Season your pork to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Melt some of the  cooking fat in a large skillet placed over a high heat and brown the roast on all sides.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut deep 3-inch slits into the pork.
  4. Insert the apple slices into each of the pork slits.
  5. Place half of the remaining apples in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  6. Place the roast over the sliced apples.
  7. (Optional) Drizzle the honey on top of your roast
  8. Add the onion and the remaining apples.
  9. Add chicken stock and sprinkle everything with Ceylon cinnamon powder.
  10. Cover and cook on low for a good 6 to 8 hours.

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This delicious dish is worth the wait and you’ll have a feast that can last for days (if it isn’t eaten up right away by your hungry guests!)

get indissoluble fiber if you have diabetes by eating roughage

Roughage is an important component in a healthy diet

           8. Scrumptious Salad:   Wise parents are often good about telling us to eat our roughage, a.k.a. insoluble fiber.  And it’s really a must for diabetics, as much as any other person who needs immune system help. Here is a great started for a salad for summer adorned with indispensable cinnamon to help both cleanse and delight the palate. Check out this combo of bold and sweet flavors:

Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli Rabe Paleo Salad with Cinnamon-Honey Vinaigrette

Prep time:  20 mins

Cook time:  25 mins

Total time:  45 mins

Yield: 4 servings


Sweet Potato or Yam:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1½ tablespoons organic real olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

Broccoli Rabe:

  • 1 bunch organic broccoli rabe, rinsed, bottom stems chopped off, and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Season as sweet potato

Cinnamon-Honey Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon manuka honey
  • 2 teaspoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paleo mustard
  • ¾  teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper


  • ¼ cup chopped soaked then dehydrated walnuts (can also be toasted)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425F.
  2. Toss together sweet potato ingredients and spread them out on a baking sheet. Roast until tender and lightly browned in some places, about 20 to 25 minutes. Flip pieces halfway through.
  3. Toss together broccoli rabe ingredients and spread them out on another baking sheet. When the sweet potato has cooked for about 10 minutes, add broccoli rabe.
  4. Roast broccoli rabe until the stems are tender and leaves slightly crispy, 10 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. While vegetables roast, whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette in a small bowl.
  6. Toss together sweet potato and broccoli rabe; then transferring to a serving dish.
  7. Sprinkle the walnuts on top.
  8. Drizzle vinaigrette on top and enjoy!

Warm Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli Rabe Salad with Cinnamon-Maple Vinaigrette {Vegan; Paleo}

Conclusion.  Dealing with diabetes, especially when caught early, doesn’t have to be a big deal.  But many people take for granted that “diabetes friendly” processed food put out by big box grocery stores is somehow the way to get them help with their condition.  The truth is that you want to take a multi-faceted approach and usual several health boosting methods that complement each other, all built around addressing the underlying cause of the problem.  It’s even been found that adding micronutrients like vanadium (or vandly sulfate) to a diabetics diet can actually eliminate symptoms of the disorder.

But just by changing out some unhealthy choices with delicious low carb gluten-free recipes you are going to help reset your body.  And the choices here centered around cinnamon are not only low glycemic, but anti-inflammatory. Help your body heal but also enjoy delicious food by taking advantage of nature’s favorite spice to make every meal an adventure for you and your family.

Looking for an easy way to dash some cinnamon on these great recipes?

Good news! Coconut Country Living has just gotten it’s top-selling Ceylon cinnamon powder back in stock, and it’s better than ever. Mixed with some of the highest grade cinnamon available, it still has that sweet taste famous for Ceylon cinnamon, but a more delightful scent with more precious and healing cinnamon oils within.

This newest shipment is not only on sale  here at 30% off (no coupon needed, limited time). Amazon wants to see quick sales whenever we relaunch a product, so we are including a really cool e-book so you can get more cinnamon benefits and understand its marvelous history, Ceylon Cinnamon & Its Life Changing Benefits.

ceylon cinnamon benefits book

The History of Ceylon Cinnamon & Its Life Changing Benefits

Not only can you pick up this handy mylar bag with its sealed in fresh sweetness locked in tight and this action-packed e-book from Kindle best-seller Michael DiSalvo.

But warning, this introductory supply is limited, yet guaranteed to knock your socks off. So pick up this pixie dust today to bring a needed dash to your meals and snacks to help to feel great & enjoy some tasty meals.  MD

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