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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cinnamon Can Lower High Blood Glucose

If your HbA1c is higher than your target and you wish to lower blood sugars, try taking 2 grams of cinnamon a day for 12 weeks. Research shows it lowers blood sugar.

The study was done in the United Kingdom using 25 males and 33 females in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind trial.  The subjects were all Type 2 diabetics who were given either a placebo or 2 grams of cinnamon per day for 12 weeks.

The cinnamon group's mean HbA1c went from 8.22% to 7.86% while the placebo group went from 8.55% to 8.68%.  Since the HBA1c test measures average blood sugar for the previous 120 days (hence the 12 week trial period), it is no easy feat to lower the average. In addition, systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the cinnamon group was also lower compared to the placebo group.


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