Research has revealed that a number of herbs and spices have insulin-like activity. In a study published in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cinnamon demonstrated the greatest ability to stimulate cellular glucose metabolism among 49 botanicals tested.
Researchers have confirmed that constituents in cinnamon bark called procyanidin Type-A polymers help maintain the body’s ability to metabolize glucose in a healthy way. Best Cinnamon Extract is Cinnulin PF®, a patented, water extract of Cinnamon that contains Type-A polymers. Cinnulin PF® is a registered trademark of Integrity Nutraceuticals International and is manufactured under US Patent # 6,200,569.
Clinical Trials Show Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar
The effect of cinnamon on glucose and blood lipids levels on people with type 2 diabetes was tested in a recent randomized, placebo-controlled trial. A total of 60 subjects were divided into six groups administered 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon daily, in 500 mg capsules, or equal numbers of placebo capsules. The cinnamon or placebo capsules were consumed for two periods of 20 days each. Serum glucose, triglyceride, cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol was measured after 20 days, 40 days and again at the end of a 20-day wash-out period, during which neither cinnamon nor placebo was consumed.
In all three cinnamon groups, statistically significant reductions in blood glucose levels occurred, with decreases ranging from 18 to 29 percent. Interestingly, glucose levels remained significantly lower after the 20-day wash-out period (60 days from the study start) only in the group that took the lowest cinnamon dose (1 gram daily). The placebo groups showed no significant changes.
Decreases in triglyceride levels ranging from 23 to 30% were observed in all three cinnamon groups after 40 days. When the study ended at 60 days, triglyceride levels remained lower than at the study start in the 1 and 3 gram cinnamon groups, but not in the group taking 6 grams daily.
Cholesterol reductions also occurred with the three cinnamon doses, with decreases ranging from 13 to 25% that were maintained at the study end. For LDL, the 3 and 6 gram cinnamon groups showed significant reductions from 10 to 24%, while in the 1 gram cinnamon group, non-significant reductions occurred after 40 days; LDL levels continued to decrease, reaching statistical significance at 60 days. With respect to HDL, significant increases were seen only in the 3 gram cinnamon group after 20 days; non-significant changes occurred in the 1 and 6 gram groups after 40 days.
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