Cinnamon Helps Stop Type 2 Diabetes
scientists have claimed that a teaspoon of cinnamon a day may help prevent the
onset of diabetes.
common spice could help millions of sufferers of Type II, non-insulin dependent
diabetes. This condition usually develops in middle-age and prematurely kills
100 million people around the world every year. Type II diabetes causes cells
to lose their ability to respond to insulin, the hormone that tells the body to
remove excess glucose in the bloodstream. If glucose builds up in the blood, tiredness,
weight-loss and blurred vision are some of the resulting symptoms. In extreme
cases this can lead to blindness, heart disease and premature death.
from the Agricultural Research Unit in Maryland was first published in the New
Scientist in August 2000. The researchers found that cinnamon rekindled the
ability of fat cells in diabetics to respond to insulin and greatly increased
glucose removal. It is believed that a substance in cinnamon called MHCP is the
main reason for its beneficial results.
mice were given MHCP, their glucose levels fell dramatically and tests on humans
have begun this year. The researchers are so confident that cinnamon will have
the same dramatic effect of reducing insulin tolerance in humans they recommend
that type II diabetics should take a quarter to one full teaspoon of cinnamon
Type II diabetics have already found a new feeling of well-being and improvement
in health by using this simple cinnamon supplementation in their diet. Cinnamon
has long been known as an "energizing" spice, and it is likely that
increasing the intake of this common and cheaply available food will benefit even
non-diabetics, if used as a daily energizing tonic.
insulin resistance that leads to type II diabetes develops relatively slowly as
the body ages and even those who have not yet experienced severe symptoms may
have some degree of elevated insulin resistance.
is also a rich source of magnesium, which is essential for maintaining bone
density, electrolyte balance, certain enzyme functions and many other crucial
biochemical processes. Magnesium is also linked to the more dramatic forms of
diabetes that occur earlier in life.
research has been carried out to establish a metabolic defect in diabetics that
prevents the absorption of magnesium. As cinnamon provides a readily available
source of MHCP, magnesium and possibly other beneficial substances it seems like
a very cost-effective way of offsetting future health problems related
to glucose/insulin imbalances as we grow older.
can be bought inexpensively in a convenient powdered form at almost any food shop
and taking it couldn't be easier: just use up to a teaspoon a day in milkshakes
or fruit juice.
personally take a half-teaspoon daily in this way every morning and can confirm
a distinct energy benefit. Diabetics should always inform their doctor before
taking cinnamon as it may affect medication requirements.
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