Can cinnamon become a cure for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes? A study conducted in Pakistan in 2003 by researchers of which Richard A. Anderson, Ph.D., CNS, of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center(BHNRC), was also a part made certain observations regarding cinnamon being effective in improving blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
A group of 60 people with Type 2 diabetes were split into 6 sub-groups. Three groups got cinnamon in the dosage of 1, 3, and 6 grams respectively in a day; while the other 3 had placebo capsules thrice a day after meals. The groups receiving cinnamon showed varying levels of reduction in levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL and total cholesterol just after forty days of ingestion which continued to drop further after continuing cinnamon consumption after 20 days.
The results of the study are not made conclusive because it was conducted on a small number of people. Nevertheless, it has brought out the goodness of cinnamon. People having Type 2 diabetes could benefit with just 1 gram of it in their daily intake, while a little cinnamon a day may do more good than harm for all of us in general.
Cinnamon comes in 2 varieties, namely Cinnamomum zeylanicum nees and Cinnamomum cassia blume. The latter is widely available in stores. This was used in the abovementioned study too. Cinnamon can be had in ground form or as sticks .Ground cinnamon can be consumed directly or in tea, while Cinnamon sticks make for good clear tea. It can also be added to orange juice, oatmeal, salads, meats and coffee.
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