Recent research provides some welcome news: cinnamon may help you better regulate your insulin levels and even lower your cholesterol. Suggesting that cinnamon extract seems to have a moderate effect in reducing fasting glucose levels in diabetic patients and therefore, women with PCOS. Reductions in glucose levels associated with cinnamon have also been found in individuals without diabetes.
Other research shows that cinnamon not only lowers fasting glucose levels but cholesterol levels too. Cinnamon seems to work by increasing the process carried out by insulin receptors. This leads to improved insulin function and sensitivity. It is also suggested that it may reduce insulin levels by slowing the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine (a part of digestion called “gastric emptying”) this slows the breakdown of carbohydrates. While side effects are very minimal, there is no need to exceed more than 2 teaspoons (6 grams) per day to get results.
The great news is cinnamon contains no calories nor does it have any carbohydrates in it. Cinnamon can be sprinkled on porridge or cereal, yoghurt etc or even put into herbal tea.