Cinnamon extract – well known sugar lowering factor
Cinnamon presents evident decrease in glucose level in diabetics (18-29%) (1), while doesn’t have such effect in control group. It’s important activity is increasing insulin-sensibility of tissues and inhibition of glucose intestine absorption. It reduces also effectively apetite, especially for sweets.
Additionaly, cinnamon improves serum lipid profile in both, diabetics and healthy (without diabetes) group. (1,4)
Improvement in serum lipids is also signifficant. Cinnamon lowered LDL-C by 7-27%, and trigliceride by 23-30% (1).
Lowering blood sugar effects of Cinnamon and Alpha-lipoic acid cumulate and work cooperatively in diabetics.
Extract of Cinnamon works more effectively than Cinnamon itself (5).
1 Diabetes Care. 2003 Dec;26(12):3215-8. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Khan A, Safdar M, Ali Khan MM, Khattak KN, Anderson RA
3 Eur J Clin Invest. 2006 May;36(5):340-4. Effects of a cinnamon extract on plasma glucose, HbA, and serum lipids in diabetes mellitus type 2. Mang B, Wolters M, Schmitt B, Kelb K, Lichtinghagen R, Stichtenoth DO, Hahn A
4 Pharmacognosy Res. 2012 Apr;4(2):73-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-8490.94719. Effects of Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon) on blood glucose and lipids in a diabetic and healthy rat model. Ranasinghe P, Perera S, Gunatilake M, Abeywardene E, Gunapala N, Premakumara S, Perera K, Lokuhetty D, Katulanda P.
5 Cinnamon use in type 2 diabetes: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Allen RW, Schwartzman E,
Baker WL, Coleman CI, Phung OJ. Source College of Pharmacy, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California