Cinnamon may protect prediabetics from developing type 2 diabetes
A study conducted by chemists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that cinnamon - which is known to contain powerful antioxidative compounds - could potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Lead investigator Richard Anderson and his team studied 22 obese participants with impaired blood glucose values. This symptom indicated a condition known as prediabetes, which occurs when cells are resistant to even high levels of pancreatic insulin.
The individuals were randomly split into two groups, one of which received a placebo and the other a dried water-soluble cinnamon extract. Each person was instructed to take these supplements two times a day over the study period of 12 weeks.
Blood was collected from each participant at the beginning, middle and end of the study to measure the changes in glucose and antioxidants.
The scientists found that the cinnamon improved antioxidant variables by up to 23 percent. This result was accompanied by a significant decrease in fasting glucose, according to Anderson.
Although the findings are promising, the researchers emphasized that more studies are needed to conclude whether cinnamon has a significant impact on oxidative stress and blood glucose for obese and overweight individuals.