by Earlene
(Avon Park, FL)

Visitor Question:

I have hypertension. But my main concern is that I am considered " pre-diabetic."

I purchased a bottle of cinnamon capsules that are "1000 mg".

The directions state: Take 2 capsules with a meal.

I have two questions:

1. Is 1000 mg safe to take twice a day?

2. What's the best way to take cinnamon?
Capsules or ground cinamon?

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

Since you have been told that you are pre-diabetic, you may want to read stopping type 2 diabetes. Be sure to eat a low glycemic diet as well as adopt a regular, aerobic exercise plan like daily walking.

Cinnamon has been given a rating of GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to it's chief researcher from the USDA agricultural service, water extracted cinnamon is non toxic at any amount. So you could always empty your capsules into a glass of water, stir and drink the water.

Cinnamon will help to lower your blood sugar and increase your insulin sensitivity when you eat it before a meal twice a day. Getting the ground cinnamon is better because it will be water extracted. It's also cheaper and you don't have to digest the capsule. But if it's a matter of convenience for you cinnamon is cinnamon. It's a spice so it's already dried, ground and concentrated.

Ordinary table cinnamon that you buy in the supermarket is the same cinnamon companies put in capsules. I wrote about cinnamon and how it helps your overall fat loss program in cinnamon and weight loss. Water extracted cinnamon is what you need so all you have to do is put 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in water, tea or another beverage and stir. It's ok that it settles on the bottom of the cup because there is enough extracted in the water that will do the job.

Cinnamon is a very safe spice. You could open up a capsule and put it into a measuring spoon to see what the quantity of 1000 mg. is. You don't need more than 1/2 teaspoon per serving.

I also devoted one of my newsletters to the question "Does cinnamon lead to fat loss?" There are lots of great health benefits to eating cinnamon regularly including lowering your cholesterol and reducing triglycerides! Since you are pre-diabetic you need to focus on increasing your insulin sensitivity and cinnamon is excellent for this.

You can buy cinnamon even more cheaply than the supermarket when you buy it in bulk at a natural foods market. Look in the supplement section where they keep herbs and spices in bulk.

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