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Cinnamon, the sweet spice against type 2 diabetes

November 23, 2023
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Cinnamon, the sweet spice against type 2 diabetes

A sprinkling of cinnamon to combat type 2 diabetes! Finally, very recent research has been able to shed light on this very interesting topic, thanks to the analysis and comparison of 24 previous studies carried out up to December 2022. The research is published in the journal Phytotherapy Research thanks to the work of an Iranian team (Moridpour et al, Phytother Res, 2023).

Cinnamon combats type 2 diabetes, here's what science says

The study, as indicated in the introduction, is solid as it is based on data collected from 24 previous studies. What clearly emerges is that including cinnamon in one's daily diet helps, in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, to significantly reduce fasting blood sugar, insulin resistance and glycated hemoglobin. Glycated hemoglobin is a very important index as it represents the average blood sugar values in recent months and therefore is a much more truthful photograph than the simple measurement of blood sugar at the time of the blood test of how any diabetes is kept under control.

Conclusions and warnings

The study indicates that cinnamon is a useful spice for keeping blood sugar under control and combating type 2 diabetes.

In addition to this action, we know from previous studies that cinnamon is also hypocholesterolemic, anticancer and antioxidant.

Therefore, cinnamon can be added, without exaggerating and in moderation, to yogurt, smoothies or even fruit salads.

Alternatively and only after talking to your doctor, cinnamon is also available as a supplement. Finally, a note. On the market you can find cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. The latter is safer if you intend to take it for prolonged periods of time as it contains low levels of coumarins, substances that, at high doses and in the long term, can be hepatotoxic. Coumarins, on the other hand, are contained in significantly greater quantities in cassia cinnamon.

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