Cinnamon and Diabetes

Cinnamon and Diabetes

Cinnamon and Diabetes

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is a powerful medicinal spice derived from the inner bark of the branches of wild cinnamon trees. Its powerful medicinal value is because of its powerful compounds such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate.  These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.

Research has suggested that cinnamon can help to improve blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

Results from a clinical study published in the Diabetes Care journal in 2003 suggest that cassia cinnamon (cinnamon bark) improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and may reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (1A daily intake of just 1, 3, or 6 grams was shown to reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL or bad cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics.

Another study published in the July 2000 edition of Agricultural Research Magazine found that consuming just 1 gram of cinnamon per day can increase insulin sensitivity and help manage or reverse type 2 diabetes. (2)

In addition, more recent analysis published in 2007 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that 6 grams of cinnamon slows stomach emptying and significantly reduces hyperglycemia ( high blood sugar) after meals postprandial blood glucose without affecting satiety. Cinnamon has also been seen to block certain enzymes called alanines. This allows glucose (sugar) to be absorbed into the blood. Therefore it has been shown to decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a high-sugar meal, which is especially important for those with diabetes.

As a result of the scientific evidence available, many health experts claim that cinnamon contains properties that are beneficial for blood sugar regulation and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

However, bear in mind that like many natural compounds cinnamon is yet to be medically approved for prevention or treatment of any disease.

 

References 

1. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Khan A, Khattak K, Sadfar M, Anderson R, Khan M. Diabetes Care. 2003; 26: 3215-3218.

2. Agricultural Research Magazine; Cinnamon Extracts Boost Insulin Sensitivity; Anderson, R. et al.; July 2000.

 

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