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What has been found about cinnamon and diabetes?

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Several small studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar levels. Some of this work shows it may curb blood sugar by lowering insulin resistance.

In one study, volunteers ate from 1 to 6 grams of cinnamon for 40 days. (One gram of ground cinnamon is about half a teaspoon.) The researchers found that cinnamon cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%. But in other studies, the spice did not lower blood sugar or cholesterol levels.

From: Does Cinnamon Help Diabetes? WebMD Medical Reference

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Natural Standard: "Cinnamon ( )." Cinnamomum

Natural Data Base: Natural Medicines: "Cassia Cinnamon."

American Diabetes Association: "Cinnamon Has No Benefit For People with Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "What Dietary Supplements Are You Taking?"

Khan, A. , December 2003. Diabetes Care

Baker, W. , January 2008. Diabetes Care

Anderson, R. , February 2008. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

Hlebowicz, J. , June 2007. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Natural Standard: "Cinnamon ( )." Cinnamomum

Natural Data Base: Natural Medicines: "Cassia Cinnamon."

American Diabetes Association: "Cinnamon Has No Benefit For People with Diabetes."

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "What Dietary Supplements Are You Taking?"

Khan, A. , December 2003. Diabetes Care

Baker, W. , January 2008. Diabetes Care

Anderson, R. , February 2008. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society

Hlebowicz, J. , June 2007. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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