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Most scientists won’t admit it, but some of them are a lot like journalists. Some people in both groups seem to get their jollies and make their reputations by debunking the work of others.
Cinnamon is now important enough for glucose control that the debunkers have jumped on it. A group of five scientists in Maastricht, The Netherlands, carefully studied the effects of cinnamon and found that it doesn’t work.
They found that “Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients ”. The Journal of Nutrition published their research in its April 2006 issue.
Specifically, they contradicted “ Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes ” by Richard A. Anderson and his associates at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland and in Peshawar, Pakistan. Earlier I have written about Dr. Anderson’s work on this blog and my website.
The Dutch scientists used the same type of cinnamon, cinnamomum cassia (...
It matters which type of cinnamon you use to help control your diabetes. Some types are more expensive than others. And some types might taste better than others to you, although my taste buds aren’t sensitive enough to tell much difference. But all types of cinnamon can reduce blood glucose levels.
The wave of interest in cinnamon as herbal medicine started half a dozen years ago when U.S. Agriculture Research Service scientists found that its most active compound – methylhydroxy chalcone polymer – increased glucose metabolism 20-fold in a test tube assay of fat cells. The researchers, led by chemist Richard A. Anderson, tested 50 plant extracts and found that none of them came close to this compound’s effect on glucose metabolism.
When the Agriculture Research Service announced its findings, I interviewed Dr. Anderson. At that time he told me that they tried all species of cinnamon and they all worked similarly. “We also tried numerous commercial bottles of cinnamon and they also...
Cinnamon has always been known as a healing spice, which scientific studies are now beginning to prove. For instance, an Israeli researcher discovered its anti-viral properties after seeing it mentioned in the bible as part of a holy oil prepared during animal sacrifices to potentially prevent the spread of infectious agents.  It is even said that it may have saved cinnamon factory workers during the 1918 flu outbreak, who seemed to be immune to the virus during that time.
Cinnamon has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine, which is over 5,000 years old for digestive, respiratory and reproductive system conditions. It is typically recommended for Kapha and Vata types, but not Pitta types due to its heating effect, which can be aggravating for their already warm body constitution. However, due to these same properties, it has been recommended in traditional Chinese medicine for colds and other respiratory infections. 
The two most common varieties of cinnamon are...
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