Cinnamon helps control diabetes
People with diabetes can help keep their bodies healthy by simply adding a dash of spice to their diet, new research reports. Cinnamon contains compounds that help make insulin more efficient, improving the hormone's ability to bring glucose to the cells that need it.
The team found that all cinnamon-takers experienced a drop in blood levels of glucose, fats and cholesterol by up to 30 percent. No change was seen in people taking placebo capsules. Cinnamon contains virtually no calories (less than 3 calories per gram) which is negligible in the total dietary intake. It, however, contains some substances that can be toxic in high amounts, so people should be sure not to get too much of a good thing. The current findings suggest that a small amount of cinnamon can help protect diabetics from these and other potential complications of their condition. Diabetics could add a dash of cinnamon to their morning servings of coffee, orange juice or cereal. Cinnamon may also help stave off the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at risk of the condition.
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