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Old 04-05-2010, 03:20 PM   #1
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Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

I read Johnny Bowden's excellent book 150 Healthiest Foods and in it he mentioned cinnamon's ability to manage blood sugar in diabetics. I wanted to find some studies and found this:

"Recent studies have found that cinnamon may have a beneficial effect on blood sugar.

One of the first human studies was published in 2003 in a medical journal called Diabetes Care. Sixty people with type 2 diabetes took 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon in pill form daily, an amount roughly equivalent to one quarter of a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

After 40 days, all 3 amounts of cinnamon reduced fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%."

This came from this site. WFS

I thought it was pretty interesting. I often put a few tablespoons of it in a gallon of milk and shake it up just because I think it tastes good. If you can find it in the bulk foods section, it is super cheap too.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

what kind of cinnamon
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:24 PM   #3
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

Cassia, the cheap stuff I believe.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:42 PM   #4
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

I like cinnamon too but I think the jury is still out. This study and this analysis of five other trials did not find any support for cinnamon's ability to manage blood sugar in diabetics. This extract from a lecture mentions some studies have found support and some have not. All WFS.
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

If your a Type 1 (Me) or Type 2 diabetic and you are resorting to cinnamon to attempt to control your BS I think you need to seriously re-evalute your treatment methods.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

Cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity.

This indirectly MAY influence glucose levels but not necessarily.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:39 PM   #7
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

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If your a Type 1 (Me) or Type 2 diabetic and you are resorting to cinnamon to attempt to control your BS I think you need to seriously re-evalute your treatment methods.
Obviously.

I thought it was interesting for the implications it may have on insulin sensitivity for the average person. Those sources Ger pointed out aren't very encouraging though.
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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

This is one of the reasons why real food is better, and why there's more to food than protein, carbs, and fat.

Lots and lots of commonly used seasonings appear to affect the absorption of micronutrients and/or the metabolism of macronutrients. Often, these effects go away if you try to isolate them, which could mean the effect isn't really there, but could also mean that some other element in the diet is playing a role, too.

If you're diabetic, do what your doctor recommends. If you're not, eat food. (Not too much. Mostly plants.)

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Re: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

Regardless of the medical benefits, cinnamon is my favorite spice (since starting to play around with clean/Paleo style eating). It allows me to flavor all sorts of stuff and pull the natural sweetness out of most foods -plain greek yogurt, baked apples, even brisket. Yum. Maybe that's why it inherently stabilizes blood sugar - its very nature allows you to use less if any added sweeteners.
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its very nature allows you to use less if any added sweeteners.
Someone should tell the people at Connabon.
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