A study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
suggests that a water soluble extract of cinnamon,
which contains anti-oxidative compounds, could help
reduce risk factors associated with diabetes…
For the study, conducted in Ohio, at the Center for Applied
Health Sciences based in Fairlawn, Ohio, enrolled volunteers
and collected samples.
Twenty-two obese participants with impaired blood glucose
values, a condition classified as “prediabetes” volunteered for
the 12- week experimental research study. Prediabetes occurs
when cells are resistant to the higher-than-normal levels of
insulin produced by the pancreas (in an attempt to help remove
elevated glucose levels from blood).
The volunteers were divided randomly into two groups and given
either a placebo or 250 milligrams (mgs) of a dried water-soluble
cinnamon extract twice daily along with their usual diets. Blood
was collected after an overnight fast at the beginning of the
study, after six weeks, and after 12 weeks to measure the
changes in blood glucose and antioxidants.
The study demonstrated that the water-soluble cinnamon
extract improved a number of antioxidant variables by as
much as 13 to 23 percent, and improvement in antioxidant
status was correlated with decreases in fasting glucose.
Only more research will tell whether the investigational study
supports the idea that people who are overweight or obese
could reduce oxidative stress and blood glucose by consuming
cinnamon extracts that have been proven safe and effective.
In the meantime, weight loss remains the primary factor in
improving these numbers, according to ARS scientists.
USDA/Agricultural Research Service
“Antioxidant Effects of a Cinnamon Extract in People with
Impaired Fasting Glucose That Are Overweight or Obese.”
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2009
The work is of cooperative agreements between the Beltsville Human
Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) operated by USDA’s Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) at Beltsville, Md.; Integrity Nutraceuticals
International of Spring Hill, Tenn., and the Joseph Fourier University
in Grenoble, France. Anderson works in the Diet, Genomics and
Immunology Laboratory of BHNRC. ARS is USDA’s principal
intramural scientific research agency.