Cinnamon and your Heart
The metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism. The syndrome has been linked to increased risks of both type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The study, presented at the 47th American College of Nutrition annual meeting, is thought to be the first to show Cinnamon’s effect in humans and adds further support to studies showing that cinnamon has a positive effect on glucose metabolism.
In the placebo-controlled, double-blind trial, researchers from the Joseph Fourier University in France studied 24 subjects with impaired fasting glucose. The subjects were randomly assigned to receive either a daily dose of 500 milligrams of Cinnamon extract or a placebo for 12 weeks.
At the end of the study the researchers found that markers of plasma antioxidant levels were significantly increased in the Cinnamon group relative to the placebo group. In addition, plasma levels of a compound that is a marker of oxidative stress (malondialdehyde) were decreased in the cinnamon group, but remained unchanged in the placebo group.
The authors concluded that Cinnamon extract’s active compounds may be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes by protecting cells from harmful oxidation.
A previous study in 2003 by one of this trial’s lead researchers ( Diabetes Care. 26:3215-3218) reported that just 1 gram of cinnamon per day reduced blood glucose levels, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol.
Make sure that the Cinnamon you take is real Cinnamon and not Cassia a substitute for Cinnamon.