Thursday, March 15, 2007

'Cinnamon,' Diabetes & Cholesterol



Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes

"OBJECTIVE—The objective of this study was to determine whether cinnamon improves blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS—A total of 60 people with type 2 diabetes, 30 men and 30 women aged 52.2 ± 6.32 years, were divided randomly into six groups. Groups 1, 2, and 3 consumed 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon daily, respectively, and groups 4, 5, and 6 were given placebo capsules corresponding to the number of capsules consumed for the three levels of cinnamon. The cinnamon was consumed for 40 days followed by a 20-day washout period.

RESULTS—After 40 days, all three levels of cinnamon reduced the mean fasting serum glucose (18–29%), triglyceride (23–30%), LDL cholesterol (7–27%), and total cholesterol (12–26%) levels; no significant changes were noted in the placebo groups. Changes in HDL cholesterol were not significant.

CONCLUSIONS—The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases."

I'm still researching WHICH 'cinnamon' was used in this study. Cinnamon is not always 'Cinnamon' which is why herbalists always use the FULL and CORRECT name of the plant.

...Cinamomum Cassia and cinnamon are not the same plant, and are different in character above and beyond their geographical source. Cinamomum ceylon and cassia are not precisely the same, they are closely related (they are the only members of the genus Cinamomum, being Cinamomum cassia and Cinamomum zeylonica).
Nevertheless, if further studies bear the theory to be true, 'cinnamon' has far fewer side effects than many of the current cholesterol and diabetic drugs. I am NOT saying to not use current allopathic medicine; I am saying there may be an opportunity to get ahead of the game before such drastic medicine is required by implementing changes in lifestyle and herbal additions. Or lessening the total uptake of allopathic medicines by the addition of herbal medicines.

Further study and research is required. When I figure out WHICH 'Cinnamon' was used in this study, I'll update my blog.

Simply Recipes' "Lamb Stew with Almonds, Apricots & Cinnamon

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
-Alice May Brock, author (1941- )

Just a thought:
"Medicine in our country has been on a crusade over the last 100 years to wipe out every other form of medicine. One of the things they did that was unique was they lobbied to make words legal only for them to use. Today in the US, only a medical doctor can diagnose a disease, prescribe something, and cure you.

Nobody else can say "diagnose", "prescribe" and "cure". That means that nobody can cure you but a medical doctor….I can’t say "Chaparral is the cure for a tumour". I can’t say garlic is the cure for cholesterol or high blood pressure. They have made the laws. So that makes me look stupid, impotent, and it makes the herbs look weak and wimpy.

I can’t as a herbalist, say that an herb will cure, even though a lot of prescription drugs are made from herbs.

This was a tactic by organised medicine to wipe out the opposition, by making them look silly and impotent…they have the words…they control the high ground. They can walk out and say, "Yes, if you take this drug, you will cure yourself." But they hired lawyers and got the government behind them.

If I say that I go to jail. It isn’t because the herbs don’t work and the drugs are better, it’s just because they have more money, they lobbied more and got the law passed in their favour. That is why people get this idea that herbs don’t cure you."
—Dick Shulze, N.D. M.H.

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