Cinnamon, a common
kitchen spice, may improve blood sugar levels for patients with
type 2 diabetes, new research has found.
In a review study,
researchers looked at data collected from 10 randomised control
led trials involving 543 patients with type 2 diabetes.
These studies compared
people who took cinnamon in a pill form, in doses ranging from
120 milligrammes to 6 grams a day, for a period of four to 18
weeks, to people who did not take cinnamon.
They found that people
with type 2 diabetes who took cinnamon supplements had lower
fasting plasma glucose levels compared with people who didn't
The most popular form
of the supplement, which was used in six out of 10 trials, was
Cinnamomum cassia, which participants were advised to take
before, during or after their meals, LiveScience reported.
The review also found
that cinnamon benefited several important measures of heart
health: It reduced total cholesterol, LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol
and triglyceride levels, and increased HDL ‘good’
"When we combined
the results of all the trials, we found that in patients with
type 2 diabetes, there was a benefit on blood glucose and
cholesterol levels," said study researcher Olivia Phung, an
assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Western University
of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
have suggested that the compound, cinnamaldehydein, is
responsible for cinnamon's health effects.
this substance may stimulate the release and effect of insulin,
providing cinnamon its power to improve blood sugar.