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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cinnamon may be Beneficial for Control of Bad Fats and Diabetes

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 12:25 PM Comments

The beneficial effect of cinnamon was being studied in the recent years. A double blind, placebo controlled study has shown that the consumption of 1.5 gms (Half a teaspoonful) of cinnamon powder daily, physical activity and balanced diet may reduce insulin resistance in diabetics and lower the bad fats (LDL) level.
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Cinnamon may help remedy lipid profiles and have therapeutic benefits in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a new Iranian trial. The trial was conducted by Dr. Hekmatdoost and colleagues of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran and was published online in the Nutrition Research on 9th December, 2013.
It was found that 12 weeks consumption of 1.5 grams (half of a teaspoon) cinnamon per day plus a balanced diet improves insulin resistance and eases Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) by lowering the LDL (Low density Lipoprotein) level. The effect may be due to the anti-oxidant and insulin-sensitizer properties of cinnamon.
The researchers studied 50 patients who were randomized to two 750 mg capsules of cinnamon or placebo daily for 12 weeks. All patients were given advice on how to integrate a balanced diet and physical activity into their daily lives.
In both groups, LDL cholesterol dropped significantly but there was no significant change in serum HDL cholesterol levels. After 12 weeks, LDL levels were 55.8 mg/dL in the treatment group and 90.3 mg/dL in the placebo group (p=0.032).
In the active treatment group there were also significant decreases in the HOMA (Homeostatic Model Assessment) index, fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, triglyceride; and liver enzymes like alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase. This was also true of gamma glutamine transpeptidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP).
The researchers note that although the study was small, the findings are in line with those of other studies and confirm their hypothesis that cinnamon supplementation can reduce the main characteristics of NAFLD, including insulin resistance, liver enzymes, and the inflammatory marker hs-CRP.
More studies are needed, they conclude, but it appears that cinnamon "could be a good adjuvant therapeutic option for this disease."

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