Cinnamon - Controls Blood Sugar Levels

An article appearing in the Boston.com News is but one of many encouraged by the success that cinnamon may prevent and control blood sugar and cholesterol levels with type 2 diabetes, according to a study done in Peshawar, Pakistan, and reported in the December issue of Diabetes Care magazine. ‘These effects are very substantial, very significant,” said Richard Anderson, lead scientist at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, MD….”.

An editorial at NewsTarget.com offered an interesting perspective:

“Notice that most of the research on the use of natural substances to enhance human health is conducted overseas? This one took place in Pakistan. There’s a tremendous amount of good research coming out of India and Germany as well. But in the U.S., it’s all drugs, drugs, drugs.

Most U.S. researchers aren’t interested in looking at cinnamon, simply because it doesn’t pay. Despite its innate healing characteristics, you can’t patent cinnamon. Therefore, no profits. But that doesn’t change the fact that according to this study, daily intake of cinnamon appears to help diabetics control both blood sugar and cholesterol levels.”

Be sure to read the related article,
New herbal supplement product uses green tea and cinnamon for controlling diabetes.

Boston Globe Health & Science Article

12/16/2003

Cholesterol meds in the spice cabinet? A pinch of cinnamon may prevent and control blood sugar and cholesterol levels for patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study done in Peshawar, Pakistan, and reported in the December issue of Diabetes Care magazine. “These effects are very substantial, very significant,” said Richard Anderson, lead scientist at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Md., which worked on the study with the Pakistani Department of Human Nutrition. The study, which involved 60 patients who were not on insulin therapy, found that both blood sugar and cholesterol levels decreased if subjects consumed 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon per day for 40 days. Blood sugar and cholesterol levels in the placebo group did not change. Doctors probably will wait for a larger, more-conclusive study before recommending cinnamon-flavored treats to their patients. “The results are interesting,” said Dr. Om Ganda, director of the lipid clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center. “We have to study these herbal and indigenous food products in more detail.” Anderson said the lab plans a more complete study, focused on isolating the active component in cinnamon.


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