Prediabetes is a condition whereby blood sugar levels are higher than normal. This state can lead, in the long run, to type 2 diabetes, the typical diabetes of adulthood. Spices, and in particular cinnamon, appear to be an effective remedy for fighting prediabetes. This emerges from a very recent study published in the Journal of Endocrine Society by a team from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston (Romeo et al, Journal of the Endocrine Society, July 2020).
The researchers recruited 51 people, all of whom in prediabetes conditions. Study participants were divided into two groups. The first group was asked to take a supplement containing 500 mg of cinnamon 3 times a day. To the second group, instead, was given a placebo. The people were followed for a period of 12 weeks. At the end of this period, it was possible to observe that cinnamon had been beneficial for keeping blood glucose values ??stable in those who had taken the supplement. In fact, cinnamon had reduced abnormal and too high fasting blood glucose values. Not only that, this spice has also been able to improve the body's response following a carbohydrate meal. Both fasting blood glucose values ??and the body's response to a carbohydrate meal are considered indicators of prediabetes.
Therefore, cinnamon was able to counteract prediabetes and was well tolerated and without particular side effects. You can add, for example, a pinch of cinnamon to the yogurt or the morning coffee, to give a warm and spicy taste but also to add more health! Be careful, however, before taking supplements, it is always better, in this case, to ask your doctor for advice by evaluating your personal situation.