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Cinnamon with special emphasis on diabetes mellitus: A review

November 16, 2011

A review by Bandara et al:

Cinnamon is well known for its culinary uses and has been used for thousands of years in many cultures.  Cinnamomum aromaticum and Cinnamomum zeylanicum have been subjected to extensive medical research in recent years.

Scientific evidence suggests that cinnamon may have a positive effect on hypoglycaemic activity.

Evidence also indicates that it has: anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-tumour, blood pressure-lowering, cholesterol and lipid-lowering and gastro-protective properties.

In this article the investigators provide a summary of the scientific literature available on cinnamon.

Almost all the animal models have indicated a pronounced anti-diabetic activity of cinnamon.  However they offer a word of caution stating that some conflicting results were observed with regard to the few clinical trials available.

They suggest the necessity of evaluating the effects of cinnamon for its therapeutic potential through well-defined and adequately powered randomized controlled clinical trials is emphasized.

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