Cinnamon May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

A new study found that taking a cinnamon extract for three months helped people with type 2 diabetes have better blood sugar control.

According to Nutrition Research, a study in China followed 66 people being treated for type 2 diabetes, divided into three groups. For three months, the first group received 120 mg of cinnamon extract per day, the second group received 360 mg of cinnamon extract per day, and the third group received a placebo.

At the end of the study, the researchers found the following, which are consistent with a number of previous studies:

• Fasting blood glucose levels were reduced in cinnamon users, but not the placebo group, suggesting that cinnamon improved their bodies’ ability to keep blood glucose down between meals.

• Fasting blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c levels appeared to improve more in people taking the higher amount of cinnamon than people taking the lower amount.

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