Quale JM, Landman D, Zaman MM, et al. The scent reminds me of fall, my favorite time of year, and brings back memories of making apple pies with my mom, and celebrating the holidays. The optimal management of diabetes, especially for type 2, requires addressing not only glucose concentrations but also concomitant lipid and blood pressure measures. 1996;24:103-109. Oishi K, Mori K, Nishiura Y. Also, while technically not sweet, “sweet spices” like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger have been shown to boost satiety and mimic sweetness, which allows you to cut back on sugar in nearly anything, from your morning cup of Joe to a batch of homemade muffins. This interest was first sparked by a 2003 Pakistani study of 60 patients with type 2 diabetes.1 The patients had significant improvements in fasting glucose concentrations, as well as lipid concentrations, while taking cinnamon in dosages of 1 g to 6 g daily.
Bull Jap Soc Sci Fish. 1974;40:1241-1250. On two separate days, volunteers added two tablespoons of spices, including cinnamon, to a fatty meal, which was tested against an identical control meal without spices. Similarly, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride concentrations were decreased by 15.6 mg/dL, 9.4 mg/dL, and 29.6 mg/dL, respectively. Am J Chin Med . 1996;24:103-109. In the study, 22 obese volunteers with prediabetes were divided randomly into two groups.
In addition, some studies were from countries with dietary patterns that are significantly different from those of most Americans with type 2 diabetes. Horm Res . 1998;50:177-182. A University of Georgia study also found that cinnamon can prevent tissue damage and inflammation caused by high levels of blood sugar. Study participants had a body mass index ranging from 29.8 kg/m2 to 34.4 kg/m2. J Pharm Pharmacol . 1999;51:1305-1312.
This effect also further decrease the risk of heart damage, since AGEs contribute to hardening of the arteries. Nutritional approaches are the foundation of maintaining overall good health in patients with and without diabetes. Eur J Clin Invest . 2006;36:340-344. This aromatic spice may also help the brain heal. Most importantly, because its long-term benefits are unknown, use of cinnamon does not replace standard therapies such as metformin, statins, and lisinopril. J Int Soc Sports Nutr.
2006;3:45-53. Sprinkle cinnamon into your coffee, or add it to your coffee grounds before brewing. Glycated haemoglobin and blood pressure-lowering effect of cinnamon in multi-ethnic Type 2 diabetic patients in the UK: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial. Diabet Med. 2010;27(10):1159-1167. Season roasted or grilled fruit with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Coumarin and cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon marketed in Italy: a natural chemical hazard?
Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment. Food Additives & Contaminants. Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto popped popcorn.