The cinnamon needs to be combined with Chromium Picolinate, not just cinnamon alone. The Chromium helps the insulin to stick to your cells walls better to increase metabolism and balance sugars. Combine both at the same time and see what happens.
Mimisocks, that was my initial assessment. I took cinnamon for two months...couldn't really see a difference. But my #'s were in pretty tight control at the time any way. So I stopped taking it - compared my on cinn. FBG #'s with my FBG#'s while off it, and there was a small 2 - 3 point average drop while on it. So it MAY have been responsible for the 2 point drop in average. And I know many people it had NO effect on their numbers. So, I now take it as part of my Diabetes Awareness vitamin &mineral packet. For me it might be helping a wee bit, and I feel sure it's not hurting - so when I can find the OTC drug store packets of vitamin & minerals for Diabetes Care, especially when they BOGO them, LOL! Then I take them....when I run out, then I just take a multi-vitamin.
Cinnamon definitely is not a Magic Capsule - if you've had Pizza, Birthday Cake, Hot Wings, etc. at night, you can pop all the cinnamon you want, and those FBG #'s are still going to be too high in the morning! If you are serious about watching carbs, then that can help more in keeping those FBG #'s down.
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Found an excellent article that discusses the use of Cinnamon for diabetes. It has a compound called methylhydroxychalcone polymer that mimics the activity of insulin in the body "t was effective not only in increasing the uptake of glucose (blood sugar) by cells, but also of stimulating the synthesis of glycogen, a polymeric form of glucose that is stored primarily in the liver and muscle tissues for use at times of peak energy demand, such as exercise. And MHCP turned out to be synergistic with insulin in these actions, providing a net effect greater than the sum of its parts."
...and remember that everyones body and reactions are different. What works for one, may not work for another. Cinnamon is an easy one to try...very few negative side effects. It seems to help my FBG #'s. When I go off it, I notice my average #'s are a few points higher. But it's not a miracle capsule, you still must watch your carb intake. It can't bring FBG #'s after a large pasta and Italian bread dinner. or a Pizza Feast , down into normal range. Moderation and eating smart still rule in the controlling those morning FBG #'s.
Yes, be careful about the combinations of drugs and herbs you take even food. Grapefruit amplifies the effect of certain medications.
The jury is out on cinnamon and the doses needed to see an effect are quite high. Be careful with the amount of chromium. It is a heavy metal and these will accumulate in your body fat and are toxic in large amounts.
Run any additional things you want to take by your pharmacist first. They stay current on effects and interactions with Rx'd drugs and any herbal or other suppliments.
I too am on Metformin. And have been taking a Diabeties Health Support Pack, manufactured by CVS drug store chain. It has a Cinnamon capsule and chromium Picolinate in it. I took it for about 6 months, after dinner, generaly had FBG numbers consistantly under 125. Ran out and just took a multi-vitamin, and it seemed my FBG #'s were a few points higher. Was it the cinnamon, I don't know?! But hit a BOGO sale and stocked up, and Fasting numbers seemed to have come down a bit. So, for me it seems to be advantagious to take the CVS Diabetes Support Package. But my food choices play the biggest part. On a pasta, Italian bread night, or a pizza night, it's a given...FBG will be a bit higher in the morning. Paying for the sins of the day before. LOL!
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My mom is "Ms. Herbal Remedy". So I am trying Cinnamon and Chromium Picolinate to see what effect that has on my blood sugar. Has anyone tried this? What doses? Do you have to worry it will interfere with the Metformin?
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