Cinnamon may benefit people with diabetes
For once, something that smells and tastes delicious is also healthy. Cinnamon may help type 2 diabetes patients manage their sugars better. A new study published in The Annals of Family Medicine found that patients who took cinnamon supplements had lower fasting plasma glucose levels compared to those who went without cinnamon.
Researchers reviewed data from 10 randomized trials involving 543 patients with type 2 diabetes. Patients took daily cinnamon supplements in doses ranging from 120mg to 6g for four to 18 weeks. When all trial results were combined, the data showed cinnamon had a positive impact on both the patients’ glucose levels and cholesterol. The fasting glucose levels were lowered by 25 milligrams/deciliter, a better level than is sometimes achieved by traditional diabetes medications. Previous studies have traced the benefits of cinnamon back to cinnamaldehyde, which is believed to stimulate the release and effect of insulin.
However, other studies on the role of cinnamon in diabetes have mixed results, saying cinnamon has no effect on blood sugar. This new study isn’t clear on which type 2 diabetes patients would best benefit from taking cinnamon. The researchers also said they’re unsure of the proper dose and time length a patient should take cinnamon pills. More research is needed to flush out these details and create a stronger link between cinnamon and low blood sugars.