Cinnamon and Diabetes:

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Cinnamon is sweet and pungent spice which is derived from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree branches, which grows in tropical areas across Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

Cinnamon is used in the cooking and baking purposes rather than this cinnamon also use in the improvement of some diseases such as diabetes mellitus.

Researchers also suggested cinnamon for the improvement of blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

How does cinnamon affect diabetes?

Cinnamon comes in two varieties — Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. It’s also the variety most researchers have used when they’ve studied cinnamon and diabetes.

In 2003, a clinical study shows a result which has been published in the Diabetes Care Journal and suggested that cinnamon bark or cassia cinnamon improves blood glucose and cholestrol levels with type 2 diabetes, and also reduce those factors which are associated with the diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Daily intake of just 1,3, or 6 grams helps in the reduction of serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL or bad cholesterols and total cholesterol after 40 days among 60 middle-aged diabetics.

A study of Agricultural Research Magazine in July 2000 found that the consumption of about 1g of cinnamon per day helps in the increament of insulin sensitivity and also help in managing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

More recent analysis which is published in 2007 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Showed that 6g of cinnamon slows stomach emptying and also significantly reduces hyperglycemia after meals (postprandial blood glucose) without affecting satiety.

Many of the scientific evidences are available that cinnamon have the properties that are beneficial for the regulation of blood sugar and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

So, cinnamon is medically approved for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

What are the health benefits of cinnamon?

In addition to regulating blood glucose and lowering cholesterol, cinnamon has been shown to:

  • Have an anti-clotting effect on the blood
  • Relieve pain in arthritis sufferers
  • Boost the body’s immune system
  • Stop medication-resistant yeast infections
  • Help in relieving indigestion
  • Reduce the proliferation of leukaemia and lymphoma cancer cells
  • Preserve food by inhibiting bacterial growth and food spoilage
  • Be a great source of vital nutrients, including calcium, fibre, managanese and iron

The majority of these health benefits are associated with use of true cinnamon (also known as Ceylon cinnamon) and not cassia bark cinnamon, which is the species involved in most diabetes research.


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