Cinnamon
Cinnamon

Cinnamon seems to lower blood glucose... triglycerides... and LDL cholesterol in patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers speculate that cinnamon increases insulin sensitivity. This improves both glucose and lipid metabolism. They’re using 1 to 6 g/day of Cinnamomum cassia...the most common type of cinnamon used in the U.S. This works out to be about one-half teaspoonful a day... sprinkled on cereal, coffee, or other foods. Cinnamon capsules are also being marketed on the Internet... but these may contain different types of cinnamon. If patients want to try this, recommend monitoring blood glucose...and adjusting diabetes meds if needed.

Agric Food Chem 2004;52:65-70.



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