Antidiabetic Effects of Cinnamon
Cinnamon procyanidin oligomers are thought to be the culprits when it comes to its antidiabetic activity.
The hypoglycemic effects of different procyanidin oligomer types were studied by Chen et al.
The procyanidin oligomer-rich extracts were prepared from two different cinnamon species.
Both cinnamon extracts exhibited antidiabetic effects in an animal model system.
Studies of the pancreas, liver, and adipose tissue demonstrated that Cinnamon Tamala promoted lipid accumulation in the adipose tissue and liver, whereas Cinnamon cassia mainly improved the insulin concentration in the blood and pancreas.
This work further emphasises cinnamon’s anti-diabetic effect and its sugar modulating benefits.