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Diabetes and Cinnamon ~ [Issue 0905-1]  Wellness Weekly
 Sep 05, 2005 08:07 PDT 


Scientists in the United States claim that a teaspoon of cinnamon a
day may help prevent the onset of diabetes.

The common spice could help millions of sufferers of type-2,
non-insulin dependent diabetes. This condition usually develops in
middle-age and prematurely kills 100 million people around the world
every year. type-2 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!

Data 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.

When 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-2
diabetics should take a quarter to one full teaspoon of cinnamon per day.

Many type-2 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.

The insulin resistance that leads to type-2 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

Cinnamon 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.

Much 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.
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