How to Regulate Blood Sugar with Ceylon Cinnamon

To make this remedy that controls diabetes, make sure you use Ceylon cinnamon. Other kinds don't provide the same benefits, as they have different properties.
How to Regulate Blood Sugar with Ceylon Cinnamon

Last update: 27 May, 2022

Nowadays, our blood sugar levels rise easily due to a poor diet, and over-consumption of candy and refined carbohydrates.

However, there are medicinal foods that help us balance our blood sugar like Ceylon cinnamon. Below you can discover how this subtle spice regulates blood sugar levels naturally.

Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon is now known as “Spice Island” in Sri Lanka. In fact, it’s home to a variety of cinnamon that has unique health properties.

  • Cinnamon was used by the Chinese as far back as 2700 BC. Later on, the Egyptians imported it along with other spices.
  • The Greeks and Romans also used it to help with digestion, as well as Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
  • In the West, cinnamon was initially an exotic luxury product for the rich.

Therefore, it gradually grew in popularity until it became a kitchen product.

It regulates blood sugar

Ceylon cinnamon is an excellent natural remedy to stabilize blood sugar levels for three reasons:

  • Regulates blood sugar.
  • Balances insulin levels that help prevent insulin resistance. This common condition leads to issues like high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and excess weight.
  • Improves glucose metabolism in the liver, which is affected by every type of diabetes.

Therefore, scientific studies have confirmed that Ceylon cinnamon can be beneficial to those with type 2 diabetes.

Not all cinnamon is the same

Not all cinnamon is made equal

It’s important to use Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum or Cinnamomum verum) for this treatment. However, it may not have the strongest flavor but it has more medicinal properties.

Another variety called Chinese cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) can cause side effects and it isn’t recommended for individuals with diabetes.

How to include it into your diet

Use capsules or tablets to treat a significant imbalance in blood sugar levels. Thus, you’ll take a measured dosage every day, under the supervision of a medical professional.

Make seasoning your food with cinnamon become a habit, if you’d like to balance sugar levels naturally and prevent peaks that get you to eat candy.

Below are some practical ideas to include cinnamon in your diet:

  • Cinnamon goes well with most sweets; add it to cakes, pies, cookies, crepes, muffins, etc.
    Also, you can sprinkle some on top of ice cream and milk-based desserts (yogurt, cottage cheese, flan). It also goes well with certain flavors like cocoa, vanilla, coconut, milk, or cream.
  • Likewise, you can add cinnamon to some meat and fish stews to give them a unique and intense flavor while improving their digestibility.
  • And of course, who could forget that it can be added to teas, smoothies, and beverages made with chocolate and other flavors.
  • You can find cinnamon essential oil at a dietitian’s office or in health stores. Thus, you can use it topically and orally if it’s of high quality and indicated to be used in such manner.
  • Make sure to avoid synthetic essential oils.

Cinnamon rolls and cookies are common in some European countries and are a good, guilt-free option when falling into temptation.

A sugar level reducing beverage

A drink to reduce sugar levels
The beverage below can help decrease your blood sugar levels:


  • 1 stick of Ceylon cinnamon
  • 4 cups of water (1 liter)
  • ½ teaspoon of stevia leaves (2 g)
  • 1/2 of a squeezed lemon


  • Boil the cinnamon stick in the water for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from  the heat and add stevia.
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes and strain.
  • Finally, add the lemon juice once the drink is warm.

How to drink it

Drink it several times throughout the day between meals. Therefore, it will help keep your blood sugar levels balanced. You can also drink it after eating too many sweets.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Ranasinghe, P., Pigera, S., Premakumara, G. S., Galappaththy, P., Constantine, G. R., & Katulanda, P. (2013). Medicinal properties of “true” cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): A systematic review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • Ranasinghe, P., Gunatilake, M., Gunapala, N., Perera, K., Katulanda, P., Perera, S., Lokuhetty, D. (2012). Effects of Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon) on blood glucose and lipids in a diabetic and healthy rat model. Pharmacognosy Research.
  • Beejmohun, V., Peytavy-Izard, M., Mignon, C., Muscente-Paque, D., Deplanque, X., Ripoll, C., & Chapal, N. (2014). Acute effect of Ceylon cinnamon extract on postprandial glycemia: Alpha-amylase inhibition, starch tolerance test in rats, and randomized crossover clinical trial in healthy volunteers. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • Emeritus, E., Editors, S., Editors, A., Board, I. A., & Manager, O. (2016). Health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon. The Ceylon Medical Journal.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.