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Cinnamon and blood sugar levels

Note from Hope: Cinnamon is great for helping control blood sugar levels, you can sprinkle it on to muesli, porridge, or add it into a smoothie or use it to make your own chai tea. See the study below:

Cinnamon can help control blood sugar levels

A 12-week London study was recently conducted involving 58 type 2 diabetics with hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels over 7 percent. Hemoglobin A1c is a marker for long-term glycemic control in diabetics.

After 12 weeks on 2g of cinnamon per day, study subjects had significantly lower HbA1c levels, as well as significantly reduced blood pressures (systolic, SBP and diastolic, DBP).

The researchers’ conclusion:

“Intake of 2g of cinnamon for 12 weeks significantly reduces the HbA1c, SBP and DBP among poorly controlled type 2 diabetes patients. Cinnamon supplementation could be considered as an additional dietary supplement option to regulate blood glucose and blood pressure levels along with conventional medications to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus.”

Sources:

Diabetic Medicine: A Journal of the British Diabetic Association October 2010

Reuters September 24, 2010

Diabetes Care August 31, 2010 [Epub Ahead of Print]

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