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Sugar under control: cinnamon has proven effective against diabetes

19 December 2021

Adding cinnamon to food can improve health and normalize blood sugar levels in pre-diabetic people. This is the conclusion reached by American scientists.

Every third or fourth inhabitant of the developed countries of the world suffers from the so-called metabolic syndrome. This is a set of characteristic changes in metabolism - a decrease in the body's sensitivity to insulin, weight gain, and high levels of fats and sugar in the blood. This condition usually precedes diabetes, as well as diseases of the cardiovascular system.

How exactly metabolic syndrome occurs, scientists do not yet know. But the main catalyst for its development is called chronic inflammatory processes that occur inside the adipose tissue. The molecules it produces change how the liver works, stimulating the body to rapidly store fats and accumulate glucose in the blood. As a result, a chain reaction occurs that leads to the development of diabetes.

In a new study, doctors suggested that these processes can be suppressed with the help of cinnamon. This condiment is known for its strong antioxidant properties. Scientists tested their hypothesis on volunteers, who were divided into two groups. One group took 500 mg of cinnamon extract three times a day for three months, the other a placebo.

As a result, the participants from the first group had their blood glucose levels lowered. Their bodies as a whole have become more responsive to carbohydrates. “Cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar levels,” says study author Giulio Romeo. "Now we want to find out if it can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes."