How Stevia and Cinnamon May Help People with Diabetes
There are foods that diabetics should avoid, but there are other foods with beneficial properties. Stevia and cinammon are some examples.
In this article, you will find out how stevia and cinnamon may present beneficial properties for people with diabetes.
Type II diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It normally manifests gradually. In this case, the pancreas produces insulin but your body doesn’t use it properly. Treatment may be based on medication, insulin or both. It doesn’t usually have specific symptoms, so it can go quite unnoticed.
We should try and control this disease because otherwise, eye, kidney and nerve damage can occur over time; as well as heart disease, strokes and even the need to amputate a limb.
The treatment for diabetes
The specialist will assess our case and give us a treatment to follow. A strict diet is essential, and we can also significantly get better if we exercise regularly, control our weight and follow some natural tips. In this article we present the two amazing ingredients that people with diabetes may find useful: stevia and cinnamon.
We’ve learned about Stevia rebaudiana in recent years. It’s native to Paraguay, where it’s always been consumed. This plant has proven its excellent properties. It’s not only a natural sweetener with no calories, but it also has a lot of other properties,. One of them is regulating glucose levels.
We can take three daily infusions or directly in extracts or tablets. It’s essential that you find a pure extract with a dark color, and not a refined sweetener that has no properties.
Some studies have shown that cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) may help lower glucose, cholesterol and lipid levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It may even keep them in a low level for a while after taking it.
According to these studies, cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity, which controls glucose levels. Furthermost, it’s also very beneficial because of its high levels of antioxidants.
Stevia and cinnamon infusion
If we want to use stevia and cinnamon on people with diabetes, we recommend to first check with your doctor.
The way to use this mixture is to establish a fixed period of between one and three months, during which we drink three infusions a day. One in the morning, one after lunch and one in the afternoon.
We prepare the infusions by boiling two tablespoons of stevia leaves or powder and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for five minutes. Try to make sure they’re both of good quality.
If the infusion is too sweet, we recommend adding a squeeze of lemon juice.
During treatment we recommend you follow up with your family doctor to control your blood glucose levels. They will help you control your medication while you supplement your diet with the previous infusion.
We can also add other foods to our diet that can be very beneficial:
- Beer yeast: contains chromium, that regulates sugar levels.
- Fresh watercress: also contains chromium.
- Fresh peas: which acts as a plant insulin.
- Whole grain cereal: especially rice and oats, which help regulate blood sugar levels.
- Natural coconut water: as it has an hypoglycemic action.
- The reishi, maitake and shiitake mushrooms: glucose level regulators, with many other properties for our body.
You also have to strictly follow medical guidelines, exercise regularly, sunbathe outside of peak intensity levels and naturally treat any emotional problem that you may have. All this can affect our well being and inevitably influence 3the evolution of any disease.