Cinnamon May Improve Insulin Resistance

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September 03, 2000 | 40,136 views

Cinnamon may significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate their blood sugar. As a matter of fact, this study found that it increased glucose metabolism 20-fold.

Dr. Richard A. Anderson, lead scientist at the Beltsville, Maryland-based Human Nutrition Research Center, a branch of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), explained that his mostly unpublished research shows that a compound in cinnamon called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) makes fat cells more responsive to insulin by activating an enzyme that causes insulin to bind to cells and inhibiting the enzyme that blocks this process.

While it is too soon to recommend the spice as a regular treatment for type 2 diabetes, Dr. Anderson said patients could try adding 1/4 - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to their food. "The worst that will happen is it won't do any good and the best is that it will help dramatically," he stated.

Preliminary Findings Announced by the USDA August, 2000.

Wow, what a delightful way to improve diabetic control, especially if you are as crazy about cinnamon as I am. Since this is a food, the likelihood of this causing any long-term complications is very small. However, even though it is "natural" it is important to remember that it is not the "cure" for diabetes. The "cure" for most would be rigid restriction of all grains and replacing them with large amounts of vegetables as per my dietary recommendations. One hour of daily exercise is also essential to improve insulin sensitivity.

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