Consider This: Cinnamon
Its compound hydroxychalcone seems to stimulate insulin receptors on cells, which improves your ability to absorb blood sugar. University of California–Davis researchers who recently reviewed eight cinnamon studies report that about half to one teaspoon a day lowered fasting blood sugar levels an average of nine points in those with diabetes.
The verdict: Cinnamon might be worth a try. Aim for 500 mg of cinnamon extract twice daily in capsule form, or one half to about one teaspoon of ground cinnamon daily. Cinnamon alone may not help you reach a healthy A1C goal of less than 7 percent but could help along with other diabetes medications, says Evan Sisson, PharmD, MHA, CDE, associate professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Steer clear of cinnamon if you have liver damage.
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