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Effect of Cinnamon on Diabetes Type 2

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One half teaspoon of this aromatic bark has been shown to improve fasting glucose control in type 2 diabetes by up to 28% after a 40 day...

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Effect of Cinnamon on Hypertension

Cinnamon has shown some potential to lower blood pressure and high cholesterol, and help control glucose levels in the blood. How it does this is not yet fully understood.

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Effect of Cinnamon on Lipid Disorders

In the study discussed here, cinnamon supplements improved triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol, without worsening HDL cholesterol.

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What Is Cinnamon Used for Today?

Based on the results of one preliminary double-blind, placebo-controlled study, cinnamon has been widely advertised as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes as well as high cholesterol . However, as described below, this conclusion was premature.

Germany's Commission E approves cinnamon for improving appetite and relieving indigestion ; however, these uses are not backed by reliable scientific evidence. 1 Two animal studies weakly suggest that an extract of cinnamon bark taken orally may help prevent stomach ulcers . 2 Preliminary results from test tube and animal studies suggest that cinnamon oil and cinnamon extract have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties. 3 4 5 6 7 8 For example, cinnamon has been found to be active against Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections and thrush (oral yeast infection), Helicobacter pylori(the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), and even head lice. However, it's a long way from studies of this type to actual proof of effectiveness. Until cinnamon is tested in double-blind human trials, we can't conclude that it can successfully treat these or any other infections.

References

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  4. Quale JM, Landman D, Zaman MM, et al. In vitro activity of Cinnamomum zeylanicum against azole resistant and sensitive Candida species and a pilot study of cinnamon for oral candidiasis. Am J Chin Med. 1996;24:103-109.
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