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June 7, 2011

Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis.

More information about this fascinating research by Davis and Yokoyama can be found HERE.

Summary

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.), is rich in functional polyphenolics and been used for centuries in alternative medicine.  It has been shown to have a mediating affect on blood glucose and insulin levels.

A meta-analysis of clinical studies of the effect of cinnamon on lowering Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG) was carried out. The eight clinical studies were identified using a literature search (Pub Med and Biosis through May 2010) of randomized, controlled trials.

Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (Biostat Inc., Englewood, NJ, USA) was performed on the identified data for both cinnamon and cinnamon extract intake.

Cinnamon intake, resulted in a significant lowering in FBG .  It was demonstrated in this study that cinnamon extract and/or cinnamon improves FBG in people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

Why is this important?

Fasting means refraining from eating of drinking any liquids other than water for eight hours. It is used as a test for diabetes.

After fasting, a carbohydrate metabolism test is conducted which measures blood glucose levels. When fasting the hormone glucagon is stimulated and this increases plasma glucose levels in the body.

If a patient doesn’t have diabetes, their body will produce insulin to rebalance the increased glucose levels.

“However, people with diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin to rebalance their blood sugar (typically in type 1 diabetes) or their body is not able to use the insulin effectively enough (typical of type 2 diabetes).

Consequently when blood glucose levels are tested, people with diabetes will have blood sugar levels significantly higher than people who do not have diabetes.”

The study above shows that Cinnamon can lower in fasting blood glucose which can help with the control and treatment of diabetic conditions.  This study may have wider implications in the prevention of diabetes and in other situations where efficient use of carbohydrates is required (endurance athletes).  Check this article out on why controlling sugar may also be important.

J Med Food. 2011 Apr 11

The InnOrbit drinks: UP&GO and SLIM&FIT are a good source of cinnamon.

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