Cinnamon has been used as a spice and as traditional herbal medicine for centuries. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular, cholesterol-lowering, and immunomodulatory effects. Some studies have demonstrated that cinnamon may act as an insulin mimetic, to potentiate insulin activity or to stimulate cellular glucose metabolism. Furthermore, The use of cinnamon as an adjunct to the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most promising area.
Obesity and Type II diabetes are quickly becoming an epidemic in the United States. The increased incidence of these conditions has been attributed to diets characterized by high fat intake and repeated ingestion of refined foods and Sugars, coupled with low fiber and vegetable intake. Diet, along with the natural aging process, causes deterioration in the way in which the body metabolizes blood glucose. When the body cannot properly metabolize blood glucose, a tendency to store glucose as fat typically occurs. This is one reason levels of body fat increase with age.
A study conducted by the Department of Human Nutrition, NWFP Agricultural University, with over 40-year-people with type 2 diabetes showed that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
In addition to benefiting Type II diabetics, cinnamon may benefit individuals with impaired glucose tolerance (i.e., pre-diabetics). Further, cinnamon has been shown to possess antioxidant activities related to lipid peroxidation.
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