Top Spices for Diabetics – Controlling Diabetes with Spices

If you have an interest in using spices in your journey to fight diabetes and you are also interested in some information, then reading today’s post is a must for you. At the request of some readers, I decided to create a kind of one-stop place for information on the spices and some links where they can be purchased.

I will be sharing with you some of my top spices for diabetes as I continue my journey of controlling diabetes with spices and other foods. I have already written extensively on a number of these spices which are good to control/eliminate diabetes and so, where necessary, I will point you to those pages using a linked text. Those will be in blue.

Lets now take a look at cinnamon. I chose this as my first, because, for me, it has been highly effective. Please continue to the paragraph below.


This is one of my favorites for a number of reasons:

  • Function (helps to lower my blood sugar. I have to use approximately two to three weeks to see the effect if my sugar is out of whack. When it is the normal range, bulletproof coffee with cinnamon and meals with cinnamon added is usually enough to keep it in the normal range).
  • Taste ( I absolutely love the taste in my coffee and on pork)
  • Versatility (As previously stated, I use cinnamon in a variety of ways; in my coffee, on pork, in my smoothies, to name a few).

For more information please read the article entitled: “Cinnamon and Type 2 Diabetes 101.” I also did a later article with some updates. The title of that one is “How to Control Diabetes with Diet: Another Case for Cinnamon.”

Please see below for some purchase options. I tried to choose those below $15 as those are also the ones I use. Smile, I am a Jamaican teacher and so I have to be a bit frugal to stretch my hard earned dollars. See my top choices for cinnamon below:

It is only fitting to look at a sweet smelling aroma spice following our refresher on cinnamon. Yes, I speak of none other than the good old garlic.


Like cinnamon, garlic is used to season foods as well as an ancient home remedy for colds, flu, and diabetes amongst others. People have effectively used garlic to replace their blood pressure medication.

Garlic has a positive effect on my blood pressure readings, but, it appears to be most effective in its raw state, which unfortunately is too much for my stomach. Not to worry, limes do an excellent job for my blood pressure.

Let’s return to our brief discussion about garlic. Garlic is in pretty much everything that I cook. I grate it along with ginger to make a tasty hot beverage to prevent the flu and also to help to control my blood sugar.

I also love to sautee my other seasonings with garlic in some grass-fed butter, then add my vegetables such as callaloo, cabbage, spinach or kale. The smell is inviting and opens up the appetite for some wonderful plant-based foods.

Here are the articles. I am including one with recipes, which are applicable for any season.

  1. A Natural Remedy for Diabetes – Garlic
  2. Garlic and Herbs Steamed Potatoes

I prefer the fresh garlic from the grocery store, but, so as to always have the healthy spice in my kitchen, I have recently added some granulated and powdered variety. Please see my top picks below.


Initially, I was ignorant about this spice called cumin. Yes, that’s the truth. Writing this website has led me to so much information, that my knowledge base has widened and I am healthier for having made the leap.

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Enough of the side gig, let us take a look at Cumin. I already made the word cumin in a link. If you missed it in the sentence before, then here is the link again, click cumin now and read about its health benefits, especially as it relates to diabetes.

I like cumin on my beef and I tolerate it in my coffee. Yes, I actually don’t like it in my coffee, but, I do what I have to do to take less medication, whilst I continue to pray that eventually, I will be free of diabetes and her friends.

See below for my top picks.

This next spice makes an excellent hot beverage. Jamaicans love to consume ginger and we use it a number of ways. Please go to the next paragraph for the links and my top picks.


Ginger is a must have in my kitchen. I include this lovely spice in my meats such as beef, pork, and chicken. I also love having ginger as a hot beverage at any time of the day or night. My love for ginger can be seen even in my refrigerator at work where I try to keep some powdered ginger to make this well-loved hot beverage I mentioned.

Please see below for the link to two earlier articles I did regarding ginger and diabetes control.

  1. Controlling Diabetes Naturally – Ginger Cure
  2. Is Ginger Good for Diabetics?

Now for my top picks. Please click the pictures below.



This is my spice when I need that curry look and flavor. Ever since I researched this spice for diabetics, I have been using it instead of curry powder. I also tried it with ginger as a hot beverage, but, I don’t care much for it in this manner. Oh, I should mention that I also have turmeric in my pasta and cabbage dishes occasionally.

Please see below for the links for further reading and I also included a product link, if you are interested in purchasing some turmeric powder.

  1. Turmeric – Natural Remedy for Diabetes
  2. Recipes using Turmeric




Fenugreek is used in a number of countries for her many health benefits. I love the aroma of this spice and I use it when I am cooking beef, oxtail, and pork. I also buy it in the form of a tea bag. The tea is okay, but, I am simply a coffee person for my hot beverage.

Please click the word fenugreek for a link to a previous article. I also included some product links below where you can purchase some fenugreek if you so desire.


I trust that you enjoyed reading some previous, but still relevant articles about spices which are useful in the fight to control and possibly eliminate diabetes. Some of those spices are; cinnamon, garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, and fenugreek.

In addition to the linked articles for you to read, some product links were also included to facilitate the purchasing of these diabetes-fighting herbs.

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  1. // Reply

    Hi Josephine,

    Thank you for the great information on these spices. I knew that Cinnamon could help with blood sugar levels, but I did not know that the other spices you discussed could do the same. I’m not surprised with garlic and turmeric as those are spice powerhouses and have so many great benefits. I am going to pass this along to some diabetic friends of mine. I know they will enjoy it!

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      You are welcome Dan. It’s amazing that the spices can help to cure a lot of illnesses. We have all we need in the foods we are given. Thanks for sharing the website and all the best.

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    Hi Josephine – wonderful info. Even the non-diabetic would greatly benefit from consuming regularly the spices you write about. At 58, my primary concern is preventing inflammation and interestingly, I see several spices here in common with my anti-inflammation list. Tumeric, garlic and ginger, and likely more. Very well done, thanks for the information.

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      Mike, you are perfectly correct about inflammation, which is the number one reason for quite a bit of illness. Thanks for sharing this perspective and do feel free to return and to read other articles. Cheers.

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    I use most of these spices in my diet today, either as a supplement or to add a flavor to my food. I do have problems with blood sugar at this time. These spices have many advantages when used daily, it also helps with control cholesterol levels and pain from arthritis or aging.

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      John, I appreciate the confirmation concerning the use of these spices and thanks for highlighting the bonus one receives by using spices on a regular basis. Check this out. It is a video about Ginger

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    What an awesome article!! I’m a huge fan of spices, turmeric is my favorite. I use it in cooking and I take two turmeric pills -concentrated- every day to prevent inflammation. Your site is an excellent source of information!! Great read!!

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    This is really interesting, thank you. I know there is compelling evidence for the regular addition of cinnamon causing a modest improvement in HbA1c, but I wasn’t aware of the benefits of the others. Do you have any links to the original research showing the impact of the other spices on diabetic control? Very informative article, thank you

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      Amy, I thank you for taking the time to read and to make a comment. If you click and read the links I provided, you will see research addresses at the end in the form of a reference list or sometimes throughout the article. Cheers.

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    I use a lot of different spices in cooking. Garlic is my go to spice and I use ginger quite a bit too.Those two spices are great with veggies when I do a stir fry. I know the benefits of cinnamon but I don’t really like the taste so I tend to use a tiny bit when I can. I heard that cumin together with pepper is more effective when used together, any truth in that?
    Great list! I will try and remember to use more turmeric and fenugreek!

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      Girl, I know what you are saying about garlic and ginger! They make any stir fry delicious. Have you tried a little cinnamon on your pork? I don’t know if you are speaking about cayenne pepper, which is touted to be excellent for a number of illnesses and when combined with some spices, appears to be magical. I haven’t tried it though. All the best.

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    Yasssssss! It is so good seeing someone else talk about the benefits of cinnamon and I love how you tagged the ceylon variety in your pics so people know.

    Another thing I love about this article is your ability recommend uses for each seasoning. I hadn’t thought of fenugreek on my oxtails or turmeric on my cabbage. I do love a good cabbage.

    I am wishing you the best in your efforts to fight back against diabetes. You are stronger than diabetes.

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      Much appreciated Carlos. Let me know when you try the fenugreek on your oxtail and the turmeric on your cabbage. Cheers.

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    Josephine, this is an excellent article on spices and how they are helpful in not only controlling diabetes but also in maintaining overall health and well being because of their medicinal value. I’ve never used fenugreek…I’m going to check that out! Thanks for sharing.

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    Hi Josephine, How I love these spices! I use them all the time. I am not diabetic however it was reassuring to remind myself of the benefits for everyone. We truly are what we eat. So important to take care of our bodies and health. Thanks for refreshing and informing me. Cheers

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      Jill, you are doing well for yourself healthwise by always using these spices. I am sure that habit helps to keep you diabetic-free. All the best.

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    These spices are right up my alley. I try to use most of them because of the health benefits. Apart from using them in my cooking, I also make a hot beverage (tea) just to maximize the use of these spices. Cumin is not so much my favorite though. I only use it when I make hummus. I didn’t know about putting it in coffee. I think I’ll try it and also in my tea. As a matter of fact, I’ll make a tea with the seeds.

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      What a difference these spices make to the taste and aroma of our foods and beverages! I had cumin in my coffee this morning, but I did it on the stove top and I preferred the taste. Let me know when you try and all the best.

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    Really a great article! I enjoyed reading it and the information is very useful. Keep up the good work it will pay off some day!


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