According to a previous clinical trial, cinnamon may be help to control blood sugar (glucose) levels and blood lipid levels in type 2 diabetics, leading researches to further investigate. Exciting new findings provide more evidence of this delicious spice for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Date: 7/28/2006 7:43:19 AM ( 17 y ) ... viewed 5807 times
Cinnamon Spice is Nice for Type 2 Diabetics
Posted: June 18, 2006
In a recent double-blind study of seventy-nine type 2 diabetics on oral antidiabetic medication or a special diet (but not on insulin therapy), subjects were randomly assigned to take either a cinnamon extract or a placebo (inactive ingredient) capsule three times a day for four months. The amount of cinnamon extract was equivalent to three grams, or a little less than one teaspoon, of cinnamon powder per day. Results showed a significantly better reduction in fasting glucose levels in the cinnamon group (10.3%) than the placebo group (3.4%). This decrease in fasting glucose was significantly correlated with initial concentrations, suggesting that subjects with a higher initial glucose level may have more benefit from cinnamon intake. No significant side effects were reported.
The researchers concluded, “The cinnamon extract seems to have a moderate effect in reducing fasting [blood] glucose concentrations in diabetic patients with poor glycaemic control.”
Sweet Cinnamon Sensations for Your Diet
The following are simple ideas on how to add this fragrant, sweet spice into your diet without using added table sugar:
Warm milk[Not recommended by Risingsu] (or soymilk) with cinnamon and nutmeg
+ [Oat mIlk or Almond Milk would be my choice]
French toast with cinnamon and a healthy sugar alternative
Sprinkled cinnamon over baked apples or pears
Home-baked, high-fiber, cinnamon muffins with fruit sweetener
Cinnamon extract capsules
For more information on research of cinnamon, please see my previous blog entitled, “A Teaspoon of Cinnamon a Day Keeps Blood Sugar at Bay." Also, find recipes, cooking tips, and more at http://www.cookinglinkcentral.com
Author: Larissa Tuttle, Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Clinical trial reference: Eur J Clin Invest. 2006 May;36(5):340-34.
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