Dr Bollmann, Bare Skin Care CEO
As we age, insulin resistance becomes more important in processes foods we eat. Insulin is necessary to keep blood sugar in check. And sugar level is far more important than the fats and cholesterol we are all worried about.
There is evidence that a pinch of cinnamon goes a long way in stabilizing blood sugar.
A growing body of evidence suggests that active compounds in cinnamon may improve markers of diabetes:
Researchers from Malmo University Hospital.(Sweden) recruited 15 healthy men and women subjects, average age of 24.6 years, with an average BMI of 22.5 kg/m2 and no history of diabetes. Each subject was assigned to consume 300 grams of rice pudding with either zero, one or three grams of cinnamon added. The team revealed that when the subjects consumed the added cinnamon, their blood insulin levels reduced and the activity GLP-1, a protein that modulates the emptying of the stomach, increased.
A team from Imperial College London (United Kingdom) studied 58 people, average age 55 years, with type-2 diabetes, randomly assigning each to receive either a daily supplement containing a daily two gram dose of cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) or placebo, for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the team found that the cinnamon supplement decreased mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures, by 3.4 and 5.0 mmHg, respectively; no significant reductions were recorded in the placebo group. Glycated hemoglobin (a marker of blood sugar levels) decreased over the 12-weeks study period, from 8.22 to 7.86% in the cinnamon group, as compared with an increase in the placebo group from 8.55 to 8.68% over the same timeframe.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) team reported that a water soluble extract of cinnamon, rich in antioxidant compounds, could help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease. The team enrolled 22 obese subjects with impaired blood glucose values (prediabetics), for a 12-week long study. Subjects either received 250 milligrams of a dried water-soluble cinnamon extract twice daily, or a placebo, along with their usual diets. Among those who received the water-soluble cinnamon extract, researchers observed improvements in a number of antioxidant variables by as much as 13 to 23%, resulting in improvement in antioxidant status and corresponding decrease in fasting glucose.
Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese and a very good source of dietary fiber, calcium and iron. Experiment with recipes that feature the spice as a tasty flavor booster.
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