Cinnamon May Help Prevent Type-II Diabetes
Cinnamon may prevent or at least delay type-II diabetes, the type of diabetes that develops with age when fat and muscle cells gradually lose their ability to respond to insulin. Nutritionist Richard Anderson says patients with type II diabetes could benefit by adding the spice to their food or drink. "We recommend people take a quarter to a full teaspoon a day of cinnamon, perhaps in orange juice, coffee or on oatmeal," he says.
The insulin hormone directs cells to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream. If glucose builds up in the blood, it causes symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss and blurred vision. Anderson and his colleagues at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's nutrition labs in Maryland established that cinnamon rekindles the ability of fat cells from type-II diabetics to react to insulin.