Blood Sugar 101: Control Blood Sugar With Cinnamon & Chromium

Post: Blood Sugar 101: Control Blood Sugar With Cinnamon and ChromiumIf you’re a pre/diabetic who’s trying to lose weight, learning to control blood sugar dips and spikes is a necessity to healthy eating. Here are a couple of foods that can help.

Having both of my parents diagnosed with diabetes, knowing how to control blood sugar was always in my thoughts. As a result, I developed an interest in understanding more about foods that lower blood sugar naturally and found out how two surprising elements could help in the process

How Cinnamon Can Lower Blood Sugar

I always liked cinnamon as a spice and added it to a variety of sweet and savory dishes (it’s really great in some chicken dishes) so it was always a staple in my kitchen. But when I started using Herbalife products, I checked out the ingredients for a couple of products designed to control blood sugar and saw cinnamon as an ingredient.

Lose weight fast with metabolic cookingIn addition to reducing inflammation, cinnamon helps the body use less insulin to produce the same effect. When the body needs to counteract the affects of sugar, the pancreas secretes insulin. The more insulin the pancreas need to pump to lower blood sugar, the more stress on the organ. When you need less insulin to control blood sugar, you reduce pancreatic stress. There are different types of cinnamon out there but the key is the smell. The stronger the smell, the more potent. Some prefer to use powdered cinnamon which is common in supermarkets. I have found that the cinnamon bark is more aromatic and I can keep it longer.

The one thing many people don’t know about cinnamon is that it has courmarin which is a blood thinner so ingesting too much cinnamon is not good, especially if you’re on blood thinner already.

Control Blood Sugar Naturally with Chromium

Chromium is definitely not a staple in my kitchen and I had no idea that it had anything to do with the human body much less blood sugar. Basically Chromium is a metal that is known as an essential trace element. It is necessary to the human body in small amounts because it improves the way the body uses insulin.
In people with diabetes, Chromium levels are typically low because of the body’s inability to control blood sugar. Research shows that bringing Chromium levels back to optimal could help control blood sugar in diabetics and pre-diabetics.  The caveat here is that it can interact with some medications and can lower blood sugar too low in certain circumstances  so it’s always good to check with a doctor before taking a chromium-containing supplement.

Learning how to control blood sugar is essential for some who may be going through weight loss programs. If what we eat can help us be healthier, it’s worth doing the research and finding good foods to supplement weight management goals



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18 thoughts on “Blood Sugar 101: Control Blood Sugar With Cinnamon & Chromium

  1. Steve

    That was a very informative article. i knew about the health benefits of cinnamon from doing past research on it but I did not know about the glucose benefits from chromium. Very interesting indeed. Thanks for the info.
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    1. Wt4Hlth Post author

      Hi Justin, I can see the correlation because if you curb cravings for sugary snacks, you control your weight. Cinnamon is such an awesome spice and since you mentioned it, I will be touching on bromelain as well in a future post. Thanks for stopping by and please come again!
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    1. Wt4Hlth Post author

      Hi Lusie, you’re welcome. My parents were both diagnosed a long time ago and got off their meds through eating differently so I think it’s important to find those little “food” nuggets available in addition to meds. Hope you are doing well and come again!
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  2. JoLynn Braley

    This is so informational! I love cinnamon on my toast with honey but I never knew of all it’s amazing, powerful properties. Great post, thank you for sharing!

    JoLynn Braley
    The F.A.T. Release Coach

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    1. Wt4Hlth Post author

      For sure. You can add cinnamon to many foods even savory dishes. It’s a great way to control sugar but of course, it’s also a blood thinner so you don’t want to add too much. That’s why I loved the chromium/cinnamon supplement:
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