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  • Cinnamon Helps Diabetics - Scientists

    Tue 25 Nov 2003

    By Mark Sage, PA News, in New York


    Half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can significantly reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, American scientists reported today.

    Researchers stumbled on the discovery during a study of the effects of different foods on diabetics.

    They gave apple pie to diabetics, thinking it would do more harm than good, but the cinnamon used to spice the favourite American dessert was found to lower blood sugar levels.

    In follow-up studies cinnamon was found to reduce blood sugar levels by a fifth.

    Some patients were found to have near normal levels as a result of a small daily dose of the spice.

    Similar results could even be gained by simply dipping a cinnamon stick in a cup of tea.

    The discovery is an intriguing development for the 1.4 million people in the UK who have diabetes.

    Most patients use insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels.

    A further one million people in the UK have diabetes without knowing it.

    The research was carried out at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Centre in Beltsville, Maryland, and published in the journal Diabetes Care.

    Richard Anderson, who led the study, said: “We were looking at the effects of common foods on blood sugar.”

    He told New Scientist magazine one such food they used in the study was apple pie, which contained cinnamon.

    “We expected it to be bad. But it helped,” he said.

    He said that a molecular compound in cinnamon, called MHCP, mimicked insulin in further tests.

    Following the test results, a more in-depth study was conducted in Pakistan where diabetics were given one, three or six grams of cinnamon powder a day, in capsules after meals.

    All saw their blood sugar levels fall by an average of 20% within weeks, compared to a control group.

    In addition, the cinnamon lowered levels of fats and “bad” cholesterol in the blood.

    But Dr Anderson said the findings should not be used as an excuse to gorge on cakes, buns and pies which are flavoured with cinnamon.

    “I don’t recommend eating more cinnamon buns, or even more apple pie – there’s too much fat and sugar,” he said.

    “The key is to add cinnamon to what you would eat normally.”

    The active ingredient cannot be found in cinnamon oils but in powdered versions of the spice.

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    Cinnamon may cut blood sugar levels

    BELTSVILLE, Md., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A half teaspoon of cinnamon a day can reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, according to a study by the Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md.

    However, researchers at the department's Human Nutrition Research Center do not advise increasing the consumption of cinnamon buns or apple pie because they are high in fat and sugar.

    However, soaking a cinnamon stick in a cup of tea or sprinkling some cinnamon on cereal could be beneficial.

    The active ingredient in cinnamon that lowers blood sugar is the water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP which mimics insulin, activates its receptor and works synergistically with insulin in cells, New Scientist reported.

    "We were looking at the effects of common foods on blood sugar," Richard Anderson told New Scientist. "One was the American favorite, apple pie, which is usually spiced with cinnamon. We expected it to be bad. But it helped."

    In the study, published in Diabetes Care, volunteers taking cinnamon also had lowered blood levels of fats and "bad" cholesterol, which are also partly controlled by insulin.

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    • #3
      Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes

      Excerpt:

      Alam Khan, MS, PHD1,2,3, Mahpara Safdar, MS1,2, Mohammad Muzaffar Ali Khan, MS, PHD1,2, Khan Nawaz Khattak, MS1,2 and Richard A. Anderson, PHD3
      1 Department of Human Nutrition, NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan
      2 Post Graduate Medical Institute, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, Pakistan
      3 Nutrients Requirements and Functions Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland

      Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Richard A. Anderson, Nutrient Requirements and Functions Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Bldg. 307, Rm. 224, Beltsville, MD 20705. E-mail: [email protected]

      OBJECTIVE—The objective of this study was to determine whether cinnamon improves blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

      RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS—A total of 60 people with type 2 diabetes, 30 men and 30 women aged 52.2 ± 6.32 years, were divided randomly into six groups. Groups 1, 2, and 3 consumed 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon daily, respectively, and groups 4, 5, and 6 were given placebo capsules corresponding to the number of capsules consumed for the three levels of cinnamon. The cinnamon was consumed for 40 days followed by a 20-day washout period.

      RESULTS—After 40 days, all three levels of cinnamon reduced the mean fasting serum glucose (18–29%), triglyceride (23–30%), LDL cholesterol (7–27%), and total cholesterol (12–26%) levels; no significant changes were noted in the placebo groups. Changes in HDL cholesterol were not significant.

      CONCLUSIONS—The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

      http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi...alcode=diacare
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      • #4
        Cinnamon spice produces healthier blood

        17:52 24 November 03

        NewScientist.com news service

        Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics, a new study has found. The effect, which can be produced even by soaking a cinnamon stick your tea, could also benefit millions of non-diabetics who have blood sugar problem but are unaware of it.

        The discovery was initially made by accident, by Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.

        "We were looking at the effects of common foods on blood sugar," he told New Scientist. One was the American favourite, apple pie, which is usually spiced with cinnamon. "We expected it to be bad. But it helped," he says.

        Sugars and starches in food are broken down into glucose, which then circulates in the blood. The hormone insulin makes cells take in the glucose, to be used for energy or made into fat.

        But people with Type 1 diabetes do not produce enough insulin. Those with Type 2 diabetes produce it, but have lost sensitivity to it. Even apparently healthy people, especially if they are overweight, sedentary or over 25, lose sensitivity to insulin. Having too much glucose in the blood can cause serious long-term damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves and other organs.

        Molecular mimic

        The active ingredient in cinnamon turned out to be a water-soluble polyphenol compound called MHCP. In test tube experiments, MHCP mimics insulin, activates its receptor, and works synergistically with insulin in cells.

        To see if it would work in people, Alam Khan, who was a postdoctoral fellow in Anderson's lab, organised a study in Pakistan. Volunteers with Type 2 diabetes were given one, three or six grams of cinnamon powder a day, in capsules after meals.

        All responded within weeks, with blood sugar levels that were on average 20 per cent lower than a control group. Some even achieved normal blood sugar levels. Tellingly, blood sugar started creeping up again after the diabetics stopped taking cinnamon.

        The cinnamon has additional benefits. In the volunteers, it lowered blood levels of fats and "bad" cholesterol, which are also partly controlled by insulin. And in test tube experiments it neutralised free radicals, damaging chemicals which are elevated in diabetics.

        Buns and pies

        "I don't recommend eating more cinnamon buns, or even more apple pie - there's too much fat and sugar," says Anderson. "The key is to add cinnamon to what you would eat normally."

        The active ingredient is not in cinnamon oils. But powdered spice can be added to toast, cereal, juice or coffee.

        Anderson's team were awarded patents related to MHCP in 2002. But the chemical is easily obtained. He notes that one of his colleagues tried soaking a cinnamon stick in tea. "He isn't diabetic - but it lowered his blood sugar," Anderson says.

        The group now plans to test even lower doses of cinnamon in the US, and also look at long-term blood sugar management with the spice.

        Journal reference: Diabetes Care (vol 26, p 3125)

        Debora MacKenzie

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        • #5
          As a diabetic I must read this thread carefully myself. Tomorrow that is. I just read that rye bread is also good.
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          • #6
            I've perused the researches now and will definitely try cinnamon in my tea next time. When I was a kid, my grandmother always put cinnamon in her tea and the tea tasted good!
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            • #7
              but how will you know if its working, jc?

              i dont have diabetes, but from what i understand, you take your medicine whether you feel sick or well
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