Cinnamon Bark has been historically used as a digestive aid and to promote other health benefits. Recent studies indicate that Cinnamon may also help support healthy serum lipid levels. In addition, Cinnamon contains potent antioxidants that help to support cardiovascular function.*
Modern Scientific Research
In the last decade, in vitro studies revealed that water-extracted cinnamon might help support healthy blood sugar levels by improving the effectiveness of insulin action. An animal study showed that cinnamon extract activates insulin and glucose transport, enhancing glucose utilization. Another study evaluated the possible effects on insulin function with 49 herb, spice and medicinal plant extracts. Cinnamon was found to be the most bioactive of the herbs, which suggests a possible role in improving glucose and insulin metabolism. A 40-day human study with 60 people, given 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon daily, found that all three levels of cinnamon reduced the mean fasting serum glucose (18-29%), triglycerides (23-30%), LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-26%) levels. In addition to improving cellular glucose metabolism, cinnamon may provide other benefits through its antioxidant activity. Cinnamon contains flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants and may be synergistic with vitamins and trace elements. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that water-soluble polyphenolic polymers in cinnamon may function as antioxidants, potentiate insulin action, and may be beneficial in the control of glucose intolerance.
LIKELY USERS: People on restricted blood sugar diets or concerned about blood sugar, People with Syndrome X, also known as Metabolic Syndrome
Cinnamon Bark powder
MAIN PRODUCT FEATURES:
True Cinnamon is one form of the common spice ( Cinnaminum verum, bark). "Cinnamon" is the name given to several different species. Experiments conducted by the USDA have shown that the variety we call "True Cinnamon" can lower blood sugar by mimicking insulin, activating insulin receptors and working with insulin in the cells to reduce blood sugar by up to 20%. However, cinnamon has some antioxidant benefits, whereas insulin is oxygen-reactive and can damage tissues.
600mg of Cortex Cinnamomi-True ( Ceylon ) Cinnamon verum J.S. Presl., synonym C. zeylanicum Nees) (tamalpatra) powder in a gelatin capsule. Common spices such as cinnamon display insulin potentiating activities which is not due to total Chromium (Cr) concentrations. This product supports healthy glucose management.
OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES:
COLOR: Reddish brown to variations of brown color with no speckles
IMPURITIES: Pesticides; Absent (at ppb level)
ADULTERATION: Absent, esp. with barks of other Cinnamomum species
Cinnamon may inhibit some microbes, such as candida and H. Pylori bacteria
Studies were done at the USDA-ARS Nutrient Requirements and Functions Laboratory
AMOUNT TO USE: One to six grams a day (2 to 10 capsules). One gram = 1,000 mg. Begin slowly and use caution, as this product may affect blood sugar and blood sugar medications.
COMPLEMENTARY PRODUCTS: Chromium, alpha lipoic acid, vanadium, fish oil and flax oil
CAUTIONS: Some people are sensitive to cinnamon and should not use this product. Discontinue use if it causes any discomfort. Cinnamon may lower blood sugar even in people with normal levels. This effect may last for some weeks after discontinuing a cinnamon supplement or food. This herb may have effects on blood sugar. Anyone using drugs to control blood sugar should notify their physician before using this product, as it may lower the amount of a drug needed to regulate one's high blood sugar. There would be a significant risk of overdose if cinnamon were used with these drugs without modulating the dosages!
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Agricultural Research Magazine, July 2000 - Vol. 48, No. 7
Diabetes Care (vol 26, p 3125)
There are cellular and molecular studies being done at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Neil E. Levin, CCN, DANLA
Cinnamon Helps Type 2 Diabetes
Also Helps Cholesterol -- But More Than A Sprinkle Required
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Medical News
Dec. 5, 2003 -- A spicy tip: Cinnamon can improve glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood. For people with type 2 diabetes, and those fighting high cholesterol, it's important information.
Researchers have long speculated that foods, especially spices, could help treat diabetes. In lab studies, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, and turmeric have all shown promise in enhancing insulin's action, writes researcher Alam Khan, PhD, with the NWFP Agricultural University in Peshawar, Pakistan. His study appears in the December issue of Diabetes Care .
Botanicals such as cinnamon can improve glucose metabolism and the overall condition of individuals with diabetes -- improving cholesterol metabolism, removing artery-damaging free radicals from the blood, and improving function of small blood vessels, he explains. Onions, garlic, Korean ginseng, and flaxseed have the same effect.
In fact, studies with rabbits and rats show that fenugreek, curry, mustard seeds, and coriander have cholesterol-improving effects.
But this is the first study to actually pin down the effects of cinnamon, writes Kahn. Studies have shown that cinnamon extracts can increase glucose metabolism, triggering insulin release -- which also affects cholesterol metabolism. Researchers speculated that cinnamon might improve both cholesterol and glucose. And it did!
The 60 men and women in Khan's study had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes for an average of 6 1-2 years but were not yet taking insulin. The participants in his study had been on antidiabetic drugs that cause an increase in the release of insulin. Each took either wheat-flour placebo capsules or 500 milligram cinnamon capsules.
Group 1 took 1 gram (two capsules equaling about one-quarter of a teaspoon) for 20 days.
Group 2 took 3 grams (six capsules, equaling a little less than one teaspoon) for 20 days.
Group 3 took 6 grams (12 capsules, equaling about one and three-quarters teaspoons) for 20 days.
Blood samples were taken at each level of the study.
Cinnamon made a difference! Twenty days after the cinnamon was stopped, there were significant reductions in blood glucose levels in all three groups that took cinnamon, ranging from 18 to 29%. But this was one peculiar finding that researchers don't understand at this point. Only the group that consumed the lowest level of cinnamon continued with significantly improved glucose levels -- group 1. The placebo groups didn't get any significant differences.
Taking more cinnamon seems to improve the blood levels of fats called triglycerides. All the patients had better triglyceride levels in their 40-day tests -- between 23% to 30% reductions. Those taking the most cinnamon had the best levels.
In groups taking cinnamon pills, blood cholesterol levels also went down, ranging from 13% to 26%; LDL cholesterol also known as "bad" cholesterol went down by 10% to 24% in only the 3- and 6-gram groups after 40 days. Effects on HDL ("good cholesterol") were minor.
Cinnamon should be part of our daily diet -- whether we have type 2 diabetes or not, writes Kahn. However, for the best effects, just a sprinkle isn't enough.
SOURCE: Kahn, A. Diabetes Care . December 2003; vol 26: pp 3215-3218.
|Nutrition Info |
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Cinnamon ( Cinnamonum verum ) (Bark) ( Ceylon ) (True Cinnamon)
1.2 g (1,200 mg)
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
+ Daily Value not established.
Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 2 capsules 2 times daily with meals.
Free of: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Silica, Stearic Acid and Magnesium Stearate.
Warnings: Caution: Diabetics, hypoglycemics, and pregnant/lactating women should consult with a qualified health practitioner before using. Caution: Please discard the inedible freshness packet enclosed. Disclaimers: *This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and you should always consult your physician before taking any and all supplements. LifeSource Vitamins.
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