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Health News Archive 240 - Blood Sugar
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Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar

Cinnamon lowers blood sugar and raises levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol, in type 2 diabetic rats, a new study has found.

Researchers administered cinnamon extract at different dosages (50, 100, 150 and 200 mg/kg) to the animals for 6 weeks. At the end of the study, blood glucose concentration was significantly decreased in a dose-dependent manner with the largest reduction in the 200 mg/kg group compared with the control. Serum insulin levels and HDL-cholesterol were significantly higher and the concentration of triglycerides and total cholesterol were significantly lower after the 6-week study.

“These results suggest that cinnamon extract has a regulatory role in blood glucose level and lipids,” the researchers wrote, “and it may also exert a blood glucose-suppressing effect by improving insulin sensitivity or slowing absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine.”

Source: Kim SH, Hyun SH, Choung SY. Anti-diabetic effect of cinnamon extract on blood glucose in db/db mice. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Mar 8;104(1-2):119-23. Epub 2005 Oct 5.

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