According to Mary Poppins, "A spoonful of sugar helps the
medicine go down in a most delightful way." A new report suggests
that the equivalent of a spoonful of cinnamon a day can significantly
lower blood sugar, cholesterol and lipid levels, which is
most delightful news for people with - or at risk of developing
Sixty people with type 2 diabetes were divided into six groups;
three groups received daily doses of cinnamon (1, 3 or 6 grams,
respectively), while the other groups received placebo capsules
containing wheat flour. The cinnamon was consumed for 40 days,
followed by a 20-day washout period. Blood glucose, triglyceride,
LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels were all significantly
lower in patients receiving cinnamon compared to those given
While adding cinnamon to the diet won't cure a person with
diabetes, it may help protect diabetic patients from some
of the worst complications that arise from the condition,
such as blurred vision, heart disease and kidney failure.
There are a variety of ways cinnamon can be incorporated
into a person's diet, such as adding it to coffee or cereal,
or making a tea out of boiling water and cinnamon stick.
Khan A, Safdar M, Muzaffar Ali Khan M, et al. Cinnamon improves
glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes
Care December 2003;26, pp3215-3218.
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