Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 13
An analysis of 10 clinical trials has concluded that cinnamon may be a useful addition to diabetes treatment. The researchers found that cinnamon has a beneficial effect on fasting plasma glucose, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Compared to medications the reduction in fasting glucose from cinnamon (–24.59 mg/dL) was lower than metformin (–58 mg/dL) and superior to sitagliptin (–16 to –21 mg/dL).
Most studies used Cinnamon either as powder or capsule at a daily dose of 1-6 grams (1 teaspoon of cinnamon is approximately 3 grams) generally taken with meals.
If you plan to use a cinnamon product source a supplement that has a low level of coumarin, a naturally occurring phytochemical that can be toxic if consumed in excess. Or use Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), also known as “true cinnamon” which is naturally very low in coumarin.
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