Monday, May 3, 2010
Cinnamon Extract Shown to Decrease Blood Glucose
I have been reading about the health benefits of cinnamon for many years. Since cancer cells consumes 16 times the sugar of normal cells I work to keep our blood sugar as low as possible and have added cinnamon to our fruit recipes for a long time. According to this abstract scientists tested 137 patient using a double study (neither patients nor scientists knew who was given what) and found the cinnamon extract lowered blood glucose. While this is by no means definitive evidence I think adding cinnamon can’t hurt you so why not include it where it is appropriate. The most shocking thing about this article was the mention that 8% of Americans are diabetic. Clearly this problem is rampant in our society.
I sprinkle cinnamon on fruit, toss it into our smoothies and use cinnamon sticks when making Indian style rice dishes. We have yet to try cinnamon extract but I am warming up to that idea. I need to do a little more research to make certain it is safe before I buy it. When I finish that research I will let you know. But for now I will continue to use cinnamon whenever it works with the dish I am preparing.
I am really behind in my "health" reading. There may be another quick health blurb or two to follow this one.
I hope Monday is treating you as well as can be expected. Talk to you again soon.