Almost every household has the spice called Cinnamon,better known as dalchini in Hindi.
Common to many food preparations and some sprinkled over coffee for extra flavour, this spice has been in use since ancient times.
There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia.
Both these types are derived from the bark of evergreen trees. Ceylon is grown in South America, Southeast Asia, and the West Indies, while Cassia is grown primarily in Central America, China, and Indonesia. The physical difference being: Ceylon cinnamon bark looks like tightly rolled scrolls, while Cassia cinnamon is more loosely rolled.
Most people think of cinnamon as a flavoring for desserts or as a spice in curry preparations. But Cinnamon has more to it than just this.
It has been shown to help lower blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Though there is still a lot of debate around how helpful it actually is, some common benefits include:
- Anti-clotting effect on the blood
- Relieve pain in arthritis sufferers
- Boost the body’s immune system
- Stops medication-resistant yeast infections
- Help in relieving indigestion
- Reduces the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
- A great source of vital nutrients, including calcium, fibre, manganese and iron
Since diabetes management is about controlled blood sugar levels and also about overall healthy lifestyle, the above mentioned benefits are definitely a reason to include cinnamon in some form in your daily diabetes diet.
Apart from healthy diet and lifestyle practices, it is also important to keep a check on blood sugar levels. A glucometer especially a smart glucometer helps you do this. It is a self blood sugar monitoring device that helps you take readings effortlessly, track patterns and maintain a log of all your reading all from one place, even on the go.