Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Review of Cinnamon Studies Finds No Significant Benefit

Here's the latest bit of research on the use of cinnamon to help control blood glucose:

Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose Control and Lipid Parameters

It appeared in this month's issue of Diabetes Care. Researchers performed a meta-analysis (a study of studies) of five randomized placebo-controlled trials using cinnamon. Their conclusion:
"Cinnamon does not appear to improve A1C, fasting blood glucose, or lipid parameters in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes."
This is not a new investigation, but an analysis of older studies. has a good run-down:
Meta-Analysis Questions Cinnamon's Diabetes Benefits