Friday, February 27, 2009

Cinnamon Helps Treat Diabetes

People with diabetes may help keep their bodies healthy by simply adding a dash of cinnamon to their diet, new research reports.

In a study conducted by the American Diabetics Association, diabetics who incorporated less than one-quarter teaspoon of cinnamon per day for 40 days into their normal diets experienced a decrease in levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood fats.

The current findings suggest that a small amount of cinnamon can help protect diabetics from excess blood glucose and other potential complications of their condition, study author Dr. Richard A. Anderson of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland told Reuters Health.

Anderson noted that cinnamon may also help hold off the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at risk of the condition.

Anderson and his team found that cinnamon-takers experienced a drop in blood levels of glucose, fats and cholesterol by up to 30 percent. No change was seen in the people taking placebo capsules.

Anderson explained that cinnamon contains compounds that help make insulin more efficient, improving the hormone's ability to bring glucose to the cells that need it.

As an added bonus, cinnamon contains virtually no calories, Anderson said, allowing diabetics to add zest to their meals without adding to their waistlines.

Previous research has shown that cinnamon appears to help fat cells recognize and respond to insulin. In test tube and in animal studies, the spice increased glucose metabolism by about 20 times.

Cinnamon Helps Treat Diabetes. Diabetes Care. Dec. 2003.

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